Ages 16-29
Winter 2018, Morgan State University

In this digital filmmaking workshop, student fellows will explore and expand on the tradition of magical realism, a genre in which realistic narratives are enlivened by elements of the fantastic, the magical, the mythical, and the surreal.  Fellows will combine animation and live action in character-driven vignettes that test the boundaries of consensus reality, and reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary world.  The workshop will progress from development and pre-production, including the fundamentals of story design and screenwriting; to production, emphasizing not only technical skills, but the aesthetics of visual and sound composition; to post-production, including animation techniques and editing, using the Adobe CS6 Suite.  Fellows will work collaboratively, while supporting each other's individual visions.  Their films will be shared at a public screening and on the program website.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

Explorations in Magical Realism is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and Morgan State University.

Keith Mehlinger is Director of the Digital Media Center and Coordinator of the Screenwriting and Animation program (SWAN) at Morgan State University.  A producer/writer/director, he produced episodes of the syndicated series, Story of a People, and recently completed a short documentary about parents of sons lost to street violence for the Morgan multimedia project, Mother's Lament.

David Lee Roberts Jr., an award-winning television producer and documentary filmmaker, is Adjunct Professor in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University.  Television credits include Metro Focus, and film credits include the upcoming features Covenant of Peace, about the Washington, D.C. juvenile justice system, and Charm City, about Baltimore community reform and engagement.

Kyle Yearwood is an assistant in Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation program, with proficiency in cinematography, editing, photography, special effects, and animation.  He has worked as a videographer for the Baltimore MTA, interned for HBO’s Show Me a Hero, and currently freelances in visual production.

Sakinah Bowman is an undergraduate in Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program with a special concentration in editing.   She mastered Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 in order to create her own visuals for her poetry and narrative works.