ACMi is located in Arlington Heights, between Massachusetts Ave. and Route 2, on Park Ave, at the Corner of Paul Revere Rd. Studio B is located directly across the street from the Arlington High School.
What’s the best way to integrate all that our TV Production participants have learned throughout the week in typical ACMi fashion? Why, challenge them with making a 1-minute original film on the last day of camp!
The campers were randomly divided into two groups, assigned a genre for their film, and given a specific character, prop, and line that had to be included. With guidance from ACMi staff and select Summer Fun alums, the kids got right to work (or should I say play?), throwing themselves into the project with characteristic creativity and gusto…
The results? Although they contained many of the same elements, the films each had a distinctive style that reflected the unique collaboration that produced it. But there is at least one way in which the two efforts were nearly identical – both teams had a TON of FUN making their movies!!
Today our Summer Fun participants are having a blast exploring the magical opportunities offered by Green Screen technology. A number of them have taken on the roles of “field reporters” for an imaginary newscast, filming their on-site dispatches in front of a Green Screen. The trick is that, while the newscast’s anchors know what locations these reports are coming from, the reporters themselves have no idea!
They will attempt to guess from the available clues, and will only find out if they are right when the “scene” that has been projected behind them is magically revealed at the end of the game.
This activity offers excellent insight into the typical approach to teaching and learning here at ACMi, and not just for kids! Direct, hands-on experience with the available technology is offered in a context of creativity, imagination, and just plain fun!
Interested? Find out more by clicking on the Membership tab on this website, or come see us at our main Studio at 85 Park Ave in Arlington Heights. There’s no better way to learn how to make TV!
The Summer Fun experience continues today with a crash course in Stop-Motion Animation. All twelve of our charges were punctual as always, and more than ready to take on the week’s newest challenge. ACMi’s characteristic approach to instruction begins with a brief overview provided by Jess, quickly followed by diving right into the process itself. As you can see below, the components required to produce a piece of Stop-Motion Animation include storyboarding, assembling animation materials, and setting camera angles, lighting, etc. As with everything else, these guys learn fast!
ACMi’s resident interior design wizards (and Summer Fun ringmasters) Jonathan Barbato and Jessica Barnthouse turned our studio into a brand-new set just for “Show and Tell,” a new interview show in which our Summer Fun participants share an object that is particularly significant for them. Whether in front of the camera or working behind the scenes as camera operators, audio engineers, and technical directors, each and every one of the youngsters will be doing their part to produce “Show and Tell.”
Their reward – by only the second day of the session (!), they will have created a program that they and their friends and families can watch on TV!
Just as they do every year, a dozen effervescent middle schoolers arrived today at ACMi to begin their weeklong Workshop in Television Production. We are delighted to take part in this collaboration with Arlington Community Education to provide a fun-filled, action-packed week of hands-on television experience to the youngsters.
As you can tell from the photo above, the students jumped right in with vigor and enthusiasm. As their parents met them outside at the end of the first session, more than one “Awesome!” was heard in response to questions about how the day had gone…it promises to be another great week of Summer Fun!!
Arlington Community Media Inc. and Friends of Robbins Farm Park announce the third annual Arlington Short Animation Film Festival, an evening outdoor festival showcasing local animated work for all ages.
Date: Saturday, August 29 (Rain date: August 30)
Time: Films will begin at Sunset (around 8 pm)
Place: Robbins Farm Park
Want to show your own film in the festival? Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2015
For more information about how to submit and the festival itself,
visit the festival page.
And more great news for aspiring animators!
In anticipation of the festival, the Studio Knights (ACMi’s in-house production group) are offering a series of four weekly Animation Workshops on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm, beginning July 8. Learn all you need to know to create your own animated film, then submit it to the festival and come to your own Premiere on August 29th!