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new fall workshops  live online  and in-person


During the COVID-19 pandemic, PhillyCAM remains committed to offering media training to our community. We now offer virtual and a limited number of in-house workshops.

  • These workshops are open to members and non-members.
  • Members must log in to register for member-only  workshops
  • Zoom links will be shared with registered participants 2 days before the start of our virtual workshops.
  • Class: Virtual Workshop: Intro to Drone Filmmaking

    Learn about the new frontiers of drone filmmaking. This session will introduce participants to the creative and technical considerations of drone videography and also address questions about certification of becoming a drone operator and review different models for getting started. This is not a hands on workshop, but an opportunity to ask questions and discuss this new frontier of media production.

    Free and open to the public.

    Instructor: Charles Gregory Postell

    Class Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30 pm
  • Class: Virtual Workshop: Writing DIY Short Films

    This new workshop will focus on storytelling techniques for short films. Exploring narrative structure and beats, genre, character arcs, and dialogue the workshop will guide participants through the steps of bringing their ideas to life through writing screenplays. Students will learn how to pitch a project and have opportunities to workshop their ideas and writing. 

    Member price $75. 

    Nonmember price $100. Email to register

    Instructor: Iris Devins

    Iris Devins is a writer, director, and producer. The Sundance Institute selected her to participate in the Screenwriters Intensive, and she was a 2017 Sundance Knight Fellow. The Leeway Foundation awarded her with a 2018 Transformation Award. She recently finished a festival run with her narrative short, After the Date. The film portrays a romance between a trans woman and a straight man.  Her latest short, Trashy Booty, premiered at Outfest Los Angeles. The film is a dark dramedy about two dumpster diving trans women who find a hitchhiking robot in the outskirts of Philadelphia. She is currently developing her first narrative feature, Angie Star. The film is supported by a grant from the Sundance Institute with additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She completed her MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She works as a freelance filmmaker and film instructor.

    Class Dates: Wed, Sep 30, 2020 to Wed, Nov 4, 2020
    Class Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

  • Class: In Person Workshop: Grab n Go Mirrorless Camera Kits

    The high quality Mirrorless Cannon Camera is ideal for field recording, Vlogging and DIY filmmaking on the go. This condensed workshop will orient the participants to the user-friendly functions and menus and review basic concepts of composition and framing. Each camera kit comes with a shotgun mic, mini tripod and lens.

    Fee: $50.

    Instructor: Conrad Burgos

    Conrad is an artist, educator, and media maker from Buffalo, NY and new PCAM member! He's made short documentaries, episodic content, and podcasts often profiling artists and their creative process.  He enjoys collaboration and live performance, and produces a variety show exploring local talent. Interested in interview, performance, music, experimentation, and family history. 

    Class Dates: Sat, Oct 10, 2020 to Sat, Oct 10, 2020
    Class Time: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Class: Virtual Workshop: Grab n Go Mirrorless Camera Kits

    The portable, high quality Mirrorless Camera from Canon is ideal for field recording, Vlogging and DIY filmmaking on the go. This condensed workshop will orient the participants to the user-friendly functions and menus and review basic concepts of composition and framing. Each camera kit comes with a shotgun mic, mini tripod and lens. Participants must pick up equipment from PhillyCAM during business hours and return it within 4 days of workshop completion. Please check PhillyCAM's website for revised hours of operation for equipment access.

    Fee: $50.

    Instructor: Conrad Burgos


    Class Dates: Sat, Oct 17, 2020 to Sun, Oct 18, 2020
    Class Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

  • Class: In Person Workshop: Audio Field Production

    This workshop will introduce participants to the Zoom Digital Audio Recorder. Students will learn how to properly use the recorder for field production.  The workshop will cover techniques for properly recording voice, interviews, and natural sound. Students will learn about free audio editing software and how to manage their files, however, the class will not spend a lot of time on audio editing. 
    PhillyCAM Members Only.

    Fee: $50

    Instructor: Elissa Fredeen 

    Elissa Fredeen is a freelance live sound engineer and co-founder of the Sound Museum Collective through which she has collaborated with Girls Rock Philly to facilitate workshops such as Noise Nights, Deep Listening, Soldering Contact Mics, Gear Guts, and Field Recording Experiments in addition to DJing at WPRB from 2016-2019. She is currently working with the Art for Social Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation to experiment with radios and electromagnetic fields and create an archive of past and present pirate radios in Philadelphia and how they are embedded in queer cultures. The Sound Museum Collective of Philadelphia (SMC) holds space to reconstruct our relationships to sound by creating a platform for women, trans and nonbinary sound artists, and engineers.


    Class Date: Sat, Oct 3, 2020
    Class Time: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Troubleshooting Tips

If you are attempting to register for this class/workshop and you do not see the Register Now link, please confirm that you meet the following criteria:

1. You are logged in to your account.

2. You are a current PhillyCAM member (except for classes open to non-members).

3. You attended the required community media workshop for this class.

4. You have all the necessary certification(s) to register for this class/workshop.

To verify your certification status please contact For technical issues call 267-639-5481 or sonia@phillycam.