Workshops

Our students, staff and faculty maintain a number of partnerships with neighboring institutions and community members throughout the region. Through not-for-credit workshops in film and animation, not only are our faculty able to develop lasting relationships with this community, but we give our students a chance to apply their skills through filmmaking, teaching and mentoring young creatives.

One such partnership is our relationship with the Baltimore Youth Film Arts program, a multi-institution and community imitative that offers Baltimore City residents ages 16 to 29 the opportunity to learn camera skills, refine storytelling techniques, and create films and photographs to be shared at public screenings and exhibits and on the program website.

Recent Workshops

BALTIMORE UPROAR: DOCUMENTING MEMOIR AND JAZZ
Ages 16-29
Fall 2017, Morgan State University and on location
This digital filmmaking workshop will introduce best practices and basic production techniques for documenting memoir, and for filming and recording live musical performance. Inspired by Romare Bearden's (bio) famous glass mosaic, "Baltimore Uproar" (link), fellows will document stories from across generations told by jazz musicians with solid roots in the city, including Grammy Award-winning alto saxophonist Gary Bartz. In the spirit of Bearden, described by the New York Times as America's "foremost collagist," the workshop will explore connections between jazz and the art of collage, aided by expert insight from Dr. Diedre Harris Kelly, Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation. Fellows will collaborate on one or more films responding to the art and the artists they encounter. They'll be introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite, including After Effects, Premiere, and Parallax, as 2D animation is employed to transform art into a living porthole to the past, present, and future of jazz in Baltimore. Their film(s) will be shared on the program website and at a public screening. Some workshop meetings will take place on location at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.

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EXPLORATIONS IN NEOREALISM
Open to Ages 16 -29
Saturdays, April 8-May 13, 9-2, Holmes Hall, Morgan State University (map)
In this collaborative storytelling and filmmaking workshop, student fellows will conceptualize, script, storyboard, perform, and produce short neorealist films. The neorealist style emerged in Italy following World War II, with films such as Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves, and extended its influence to American films from forties film noir to Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, and newer films such as Wendy and Lucy and Ballast. The storylines are fictional, but the films are characterized by their naturalism, often using non-professional actors, and emphasizing location photography and episodic storytelling. Fellows will work in teams and take a "by any means necessary" approach to their projects, drawing on available resources. The workshop will provide an introduction to three-act narrative form, basic cinematography and editing, and the phases of content production that are the building blocks of narrative film, including (1) Scripting and Pre-visualization (2) Production (3) Post-production and Exhibition. Fellows will also be introduced to Adobe Creative Cloud, including Premiere and After Effects, and to simple scoring with original music and sound design as a "finishing" technique to enhance moving image mood and theme. Their films will be shared at a public screening and on the program website.

PHOTO MOTION ULTRA-SHORT FILMMAKING
Ages 16-21 (this workshop is fully enrolled; waitlist only)
Saturdays, 9-1, September 24-November 5, Holmes Hall, Morgan State University (map)
This experimental storytelling and filmmaking workshop will challenge student fellows to conceptualize, script, storyboard, and produce an ultra-short film in the spirit of Chris Marker's 1962 film, La Jetée. In collaboration with each other and with the instructor, fellows will integrate cinematic stills, voice-over, and music into minimalist "live action" video animatics. The workshop will provide an elemental introduction to three-act narrative form, basic cinematography, and editing, as well as the phases of content production that are the building blocks of narrative film, including (1) Scripting and Pre-visualization (2) Production (3) Post-production and Exhibition. They'll also learn some basics of Adobe Creative Cloud, including Premiere, Parallax, and After Effects. Their films will be shared at a public screening and on the program website.


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