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Grab n Go Mirrorless Camera Kits

Open - 12/31/2022

Prerequisites:  You must be a current PhillyCAM member and have attended a Community TV Workshop (Member Orientation) session to register.

This portable, high quality Mirrorless Camera (Canon EOS M50) 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 15-45 mm lens. Instruction will be 2 hours,  1-1 in person at PhillyCAM.  

Class Time: Upon registering, contact laura@phillycam.org to set a day/time to come in.We will work with you to schedule the training within 2 weeks of registration.

Pay online or in-person with a credit or debit card.
You will need to register in person if you are paying by cash, check or money order.

Fee: $50

Register for Grab n Go Mirrorless Camera Kits


Livestreaming Community News

 Class Dates/Time: 09/20/2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET

 Registration Open Date/Time: 08/08/2022 12:00 AM ET

Learn how to use PhillyCAM's new mobile phone livestream kit to cover community events. We'll review both the technical aspects of the kit, connecting to social media platforms, and basics of hosting and staying engaging when covering events live.

This is primarily for members willing to produce content for PhillyCAM Voices, Atrevete or member-produced community news programs.

Fee: This workshop is free for PhillyCAM member

 Register for Livestreaming Community News


 

Ancestor Ghosts: Audio Storytelling Workshop

Special Topic Workshop

Hybrid (in person and online)

Tuesdays, October 18 - Nov 15, 2022

6-8pm -FREE - Space is limited. Apply via the link below

Apply for a special workshop on how to tell stories about ancestor ghosts who help us navigate adversity and/or trauma: whether historical, intergenerational or brief and acute. This workshop will not include a rehashing of the details of the traumatic events; it will concern itself with ways in which we draw on connections with ancestors to feel better. Ancestors and ancestor ghosts can help heal us from traumas, as well as the slings and arrows of everyday life.

In this workshop, participants will come in with a story to tell, get help shaping it, and tell their story to a professional producer who will produce it with sound design. Together we will produce a one hour radio special to air around Thanksgiving. We’ll also learn from an expert who studies historical trauma and ancestor helpers. As a group, we will explore the ways in which these experiences, although out of the norm, are not only valid, but healing. We will also work with a professional musician and music therapist on creating a signature sound and theme for our show.

Instructor: Anne Hoffman-Freedman (she/they) is a Philadelphia based audio producer, documentarian and social worker. She has produced hundreds of public radio stories. Her work is tender, thorough, honest and celebratory. She is interested in personal events that become collective - transforming an experience from solitary to connected, helping listeners to feel less alone. In 2018, Anne founded a youth radio program called Philly Audio Diaries to train young people in Philadelphia to tell their own stories. She likes to stay behind the scenes and help new producers discover what they want to create.

Interested in applying?

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Core Classes

Introduction to TV Studio Crew

 Class Dates/Time:  09/13/2022 06:00 PM - 09/27/2022 08:00 PM ET

 Registration Open Date/Time: 08/08/2022 12:00 AM ET

Prerequisites:  You must be a current PhillyCAM member and have attended a member orientation session to register.

We are excited to restart training in our TV Studio.

This workshop is open to all members looking to produce or offer support as crew for producers, or who are just interested in knowing or learning the ins and outs of TV Studio production.  We will be introducing new concepts, policies, procedures, as well as introducing the new upgraded studio. It serves as a gateway to everyone wishing to move further along.

The goal of this workshop is to prepare you to support as a crew member in the TV Studio Crew. The first 2 sessions will be hands on instruction. The last class will be a practicum/assessment to demonstrate skills learned.

Participants will gain the following skills:

  • Understanding studio roles, teamwork and live to tape workflow
  • Understanding camera operation, shot types, framing
  • Understanding how to patch and mic guests
  • Hands on experience communicating and operating as a studio crew member, knowing how to take initiative and work as a team
  • Operating the sound board (basic mixing with the faders)
  • Understanding how the teleprompter works (additional training will be provided as needed)

Instructor: Tyreece Powell

Fee: $25

Pay online or in-person with a credit or debit card.
You will need to register in person if you are paying by cash, check or money order.

Registration Opens: Date/Time:  08/08/2022 12:00 AM ET

 


Introduction to StreamYard

Class Dates/Times: 11/03/2022 06:30 PM - 11/17/2022 08:30 PM ET  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET
Registration Open Date/Time: 08/08/2022 12:00 AM ET

Prerequisites: You must be a current PhillyCAM member and have attended a member orientation session.

This workshop is for members interested in crewing on a PhillyCAM or WPPM production or producers interested in running their own virtual broadcasts using the StreamYard platform. For members interested in supporting a virtual TV production or getting back in the 'studio' this is for you! StreamYard is ideal for talk and music shows that also stream live to Facebook or other social channels.

The workshop will cover both technical aspects of preparing a show in StreamYard, as well as tips for hosting and preparing guests. Participants will be paired with an existing producer to support as Technical Director on their show. All participants will be required to support on 1 member production outside of class to receive certification. Certification will allow you to access PhillyCAM's StreamYard pro account and staff support for PCAM and WPPM productions.

Fee: $25

Instructor: Doug Crisman

Register for Introduction to Streamyard

 


Basic Field Production

Class Dates/Times: TBD

Prerequisites:  You must be a current PhillyCAM member and have attended a member orientation session to register.

This class will be held in person at PhillyCAM.

This class will teach the basic operation of the Sony PXWX70 XDCAM  field camera, lighting and microphones. Students will learn how to set up their shots, properly mic subjects and prepare for their production shoot. 

We are keeping the class size to 6 members to reflect COVID protocol and maintain distance when together. Instruction will take place over the first 5 weeks, and the last class meeting will be the certification demonstration and exam. Upon conclusion and passing the certification, members will be able to reserve the equipment for their PhillyCAM projects.

Instructor: tbd

Fee: $75
Pay online or in-person with a credit or debit card. You will need to register in person if you are paying by cash, check or money order.

 


Production Planning & Producing

Class Dates/Times: 09/19/2022 06:00 PM - 10/24/2022 08:00 PM ET

Registration Open Date/Time: 08/08/2022 12:00 AM ET

Prerequisites:  You must be a current PhillyCAM member and have attended a member orientation session to register.

This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom.

Designed for members who are planning to produce content for PhillyCAM and also for those aiming to improve on management of a show already in production. This class helps members focus their ideas and develop a production plan/treatment for their projects. Students will learn how to plan accordingly for all stages of production from idea development to distribution. The workshop will also present participants with different production options for working from home, producing virtual productions, and working safely in the field.

The workshop will cover the key stages of production for working with audio and video, software and applications for working from home, and tips on how to access PhillyCAM resources and training opportunities at this time. If you're just jumping in for the first time, or eager to get back into production, this is a good place to recalibrate and prepare to execute your production!!

The last class will have an optional in-person opportunity for participants to present their ideas and celebrate with one another.

Instructor: Gabe Castro

Fee: $50
Pay online or in-person with a credit or debit card.
You will need to register in person if you are paying by cash, check or money order.

Registration Opens: 08/08/2022 12:00 AM ET

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Intro to Adobe Premiere

Class Dates/Times: TBD
Prerequisites:  You must be a current PhillyCAM member and have attended a member orientation session to register.

Intro to Premiere Pro will introduce members to working in the nonlinear editing program, Adobe Premiere Pro. Member will learn best practices for managing media and setting up projects, editing using different tools, manipulating tracks and an introduction to graphics, color correction, effects, and audio editing. PhillyCAM will supply the sample footage for you to work with.

This workshop is best for members who have an active projcet they are working on. This workshop will be held on Saturdays for a more condensed learning experience. In between sessions, students will be expected to work in the Lab for additional hours to complete their short edited project as part of the workshop certification. This workshop will be offered in the Media Lab at PhillyCAM with limited capacity.  

Masks are required at all times.

Instructor: Gralin Hughes
Gralin Hughes, Jr. is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, working at the intersection of sound & visual.  He merges visual art, and sound design through projection mapping, audio/visual live performances and installation art.  His recent work includes collaborations with muralist Michelle Angela Ortiz, The Philadelphia Jazz Project, and Alex Shaw/The Mandinga Experiment. Gralin holds an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from the University of the Arts.  Gralin is a member of Philly/AV, an artist-led experimental multimedia collective based in Philadelphia. When not experimenting in his art studio he teaches creative technology & new media courses.

Fee: $75


Advanced Camera: Sony A7III

 Class Dates/Time: 09/15/2022 06:00 PM - 10/06/2022 08:00 PM ET

Registration Open Date/Time: 08/08/2022 12:00 AM ET

This advanced camera workshop will offer an overview of the mirrorless Sony A7III camera and accessories. The 4-week class is for members with a foundational understanding of video production looking to bring  a more cinematic look to their productions.

We will review lens choice, gimbal operation and dive into the settings for custom effects and controls. Participants will complete a short production exercise as part of the certification.

Prerequisite: Basic Field Production or comparable field experience.

Fee: $75

Registration Closed


 

 Audio Field Production

Class Dates/Times: TBD

This 3-hour workshop will offer a hands on learning experience with PhillyCAM's audio field equipment. You will learn how to operate the Zoom H5 & H6 Audio Recorders and our range of microphones, including wireless lavaliers, condenser microphones and shot gun mics. Additionally we will review how to augment your mobile phone for audio recording. You'll learn how to select the proper mic for the recording setting, as well as proper audio recording techniques. Students will also receive an overview of the AV Booth for audio tracking and voiceover work.

This workshop will be in person at PhillyCAM. Space is limited.

This workshop is highly recommended for producers looking to expand into audio storytelling or radio production.

Cost: $25

 

If you're registering for a core class you need to meet the following requirements:

1. You are a current member

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

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

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