It’s SummerFun Week, and we’re all having a blast with the dozen students who have enrolled in a week-long television production “camp” at ACMi. All the kids are soaking up information like the sponges they are, from camera operation to sound boards to studio production. They will also be learning about how to film events on location, how to do animation, and how to edit what they have shot into a broadcast-quality program. As you can see in these photos, all of us on staff have been taking part in both the instruction and the proceedings, and we have really been enjoying ourselves in the process! And boy, these youngsters sure do pick things up quickly!!
Something special occurred last week at the Boston Herald headquarters. A group of diverse educators from around the state were each awarded a $1000 grant for being recognized as Mass. Literacy Champions. ACMi’s Production Coordinator Jonathan Barbato arrived to spread media literacy through an iPhone Filmmaking Workshop.
“Jonathan brought a special energy into the room with his workshop. Everybody was excited about creating videos on their phones and sharing their ideas with others,” says Julie DeFrancesco, Director of Mass Literacy Foundation.
Everyone has the ability to create beautiful videos on-the-fly with a smart phone. Jonathan’s number one tip is to hold your phone in the landscape position, or sideways (see photo above), as opposed to the portrait position, which is upright.
There will be a special Selectmen Meeting tomorrow, July 1, 2014 at 7PM on the Government channel (Comcast 22, RCN 15, Verizon 26).
ACMi is partnering with our colleagues at Somerville Community Access TV (SCATV) to present ROUGH CUT MEDIA SOCIAL. This event is open to all media makers who have a video work-in-progress. This means a TV show, documentary, experimental film, music videos, etc. You will screen 3-5 minutes of your piece, and the audience will give their feedback immediately following. A select group of filmmakers will guide the feedback process throughout the event. One such esteemed critic is Mike Oliver from the Medford Arts Council. Feel free to come just to watch – no film submission is required! And Free Snacks will be provided!!
Here’s all you need to know about ROUGH CUT:
Date: Sunday, June 29th, from 3-5pm
Location Details: The event is held at The Uniun, 3 Sanborn Court, Union Square (across from Stone Place Park).
Contact: Erica Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org at
Technical Specs: Bring your video on a thumbdrive or DVD
RSVP HERE to the Facebook event!
Dear Friends and ACMi Community,This Sunday at the Regent Theatre, we will have The Steve Katsos Show Fifth Anniversary Spectacular at 7:30 pm. The event will be carried live on ACMi and aired as a special on CharterTV3 on Thanksgiving. The taped version of this show will also air on public stations all over the world, helping us to raise money for The Jimmy Fund. We have a real HD production truck donated for the event for the first time ever. This is a one-time deal, and I am so excited for the donation. Come to the Regent Theatre to feel what it was like to be on the set of The Ed Sullivan Show or The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The cameras are professional, the technicians are top-notch, and the truck is used on national events for ESPN. I am grateful that 150 staff and performers donate their time on this night to maximize our gift to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. It is an amazing event, and I am humbled to have my name on it.We need the community to come celebrate with us and help support our drive to raise $15,000 for a great cause. We have opened the balcony up at the Regent Theatre and tickets are only $10. Orchestra seats are $20. Please come enjoy the show or make a donation using the links below. Thank you for doing all that you can do.Steve KatsosBuy Tickets to The Steve Katsos Show Fifth Anniversary Spectacular:
Pocket Filmmaking Workshop 101
- Tuesday 6-8 pm, July 1, 8 & 15
- Session 1: shooting your footage
- Session 2: editing on iMovie
- Session 3: uploading to YouTube
- A smartphone or tablet with charger
- A Mac laptop (or ACMi can provide access to our own)
Email to sign up at Pocket@acmi.tv
Be among the first iPhone-ographers in town!
Join us in July!
Yes, it’s time for all our treasured ACMi members out there to renew your memberships, and for first-time members to sign up to get the most bang for your buck. Our membership period runs from July 1 to June 30 each year, and access to both the equipment and the resources the studio makes available requires that your membership be current. The membership fee for the 2014-2015 period is $40 for an Individual and $70 for a Family or Group (up to 4 members). ACMi will be mailing renewal forms out to all active members in the coming week – please look out for our mailing and send your renewal form and fee back to us ASAP!!
Come join us at ACMi’s Producer’s Night on Wednesday, May 14, from 7-9 in the evening, at our studio at 85 Park Ave. Learn all about how to produce your own video, from full-crew shoots to simply using your smart phone! Several FREE workshops will be offered in this Open House session, with hands-on instruction provided by ACMi staff and prominent community television producers. Whether you are an experienced video maker or simply curious, please join us for an evening brimming with useful instruction and sheer fun. Click here for more information. See you there!!