Workshops

Become part of a network of producers who want the social and professional benefits of working in a noncommercial media environment. Learn to analyze, produce, and distribute your own media by taking a workshop at PhillyCAM!

PhillyCAM is hands-on, easily connected to your projects and goals, and designed to build confidence in your technical and creative abilities.

If you are uncertain or want to discuss the different learning paths you might take, feel free to contact Education DIrector Laura Deutch at education@phillycam.org

SPECIAL WORKSHOP


Exploring Visual Storytelling: A Collaborative Documentary Workshop

Class Dates/Time: 3/12/2024 - 4/30/2024 | 6 PM - 8 PM | Virtual and Zoom

Fee: $50

Students will work together to create a short portrait of a person, place or process while learning and deepening their skills in visual storytelling.

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Producción y Edición de vídeo reportajes

 fechas de clase: 03/23/2024 12:00 PM - 03/30/2024 04:00 PM ET

¡Únase a nosotros en este taller intensivo de 2 días y aprende sobre cámara y edición en PhillyCAM! El objetivo de este taller es familiarizar a los miembros con nuestro kit de cámara “Grab n Go” para grabar noticias breves acerca de la comunidad, documentar eventos y crear videos cortos e informativos para nuestro programa en español, Atrevete.

 

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Production Planning & Producing

 Class Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 1/10/2024 - 2/14/2024 | 6 PM - 8 PM
 Fee: $50
 
Location: Zoom

Prerequisites: Current PhillyCAM member and TV Orientation Certified

This workshop will be held on Zoom.

Focus your production plan/treatment by learning how to plan accordingly for all stages of production from idea development to distribution. Production options available for working from home, producing virtual productions, and working safely in the field.

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Basic Field Production

Class Date/Time: Tuesdays, 01/09/24 - 02/13/24 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Fee: $75
Location: In-Person at PhillyCAM Media Center

Prerequisites: Current PhillyCAM member and TV Orientation Certified

You can never go wrong with the basics! Explore the technical/creative aspects of video production outside the studio and gain an improved knowledge of our Sony XDCAM field cameras, lighting equipment, and microphones.

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Introduction to TV Studio Crew *Bootcamp* Version

Saturday 5/04/2024 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ET
Fee: $25
Location: In-person at PhillyCAM Media Center

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. This all day workshop will get you up and running in the main studio ready to crew. The morning will include hands on instruction and the afternoon will include a simulated production where students rotate through crew roles and practice setting up and executing a production.

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)

Fee: $25

Instructor: Chad Murdock

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Intro to After Effects 

Class Date/Time:  Saturdays, 01/20/2024  - 02/03/24 | 2 PM - 3 PM
Fee: $25

In this new 3 session workshop, students with a foundation in Adobe Premiere Pro will learn some foundations of After Effects to create motion graphics for their work.

The workshops will review how to bring in assets and setup projects, use keyframes and animation tools. Students will gain an understanding about working with layers, using text in title sequences, creating masks and applying Chroma and Luma Key. Lastly we’ll review working with 3D objects on a plane. All material will be provided. 

This workshop will be held in person at PhillyCAM.

Fee: $25

Instructor: Joe D’Agostino

Joe D'Agostino is an experienced videomaker who thinks clarity in communication is essential. He brings that value to any part of the production process he does – writing, producing, directing or editing.  Joe served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Television Association, a professional society for corporate video producers. He also served as a regional Vice President for the same group. He settled into video editing and compositing in the last several years and added more formal teaching to his activities. He's taught classes in video editing at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Drexel University and Arcadia University.

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Introduction to StreamYard

Class Dates/Time: 01/25/2024 - 02/8/2024 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET
Fee: $25

Location: This workshop will be held on Zoom.
Prerequisites: Current PhillyCAM member

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.

Because StreamYard is an application that relies on a strong Internet connection and runs best on a Desktop or Laptop computer, you are welcome to use the PhillyCAM media lab if you need access to a proper device. Members will not be able to use their phone to join the class.

Must be an active producer or be willing to crew on a PCAM/WPPM Production.

Instructor: Doug Crisman

Intro to Adobe Premiere

Class Dates/Time: Thursdays, 02/01/2024 - 03/07/2024 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Fee: $75
Location: In-person at PhillyCAM Media Center

Prerequisites: Current PhillyCAM member and TV Orientation Certified

Get hip to industry standards by learning Adobe Premiere Pro including importing and exporting media, assembling footage, editing audio, and adding titles.

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AV Booth Training

Class Date: On Demand by Appointment

This training is FREE for PhillyCAM members and suggested for members with active projects.

This 45 minute training provides an overview of the equipment and software in the AV Booth at PhillyCAM. Currently the AV booth is configured with 2 mics ideal for Voiceover recording or 1-1 interviews, a high quality webcam and softbox light. It's an ideal space for recording voiceover or voice tracks for video, podcast or radio. Additionally, it's ideal for using StreamYard as a host or guest to participate in a virtual broadcast or recording. Maximum capacity in the space is 2 people.

In the training we will cover:

  • Use of the mics, setting levels and checking input/output settings
  • Use of Audacity for recording simple voice tracks or interviews.
  • How to open and setup StreamYard for a broadcast (Complete StreamYard training is offered separately)
  • How to power on/off the mixer, lights and computer after each session

This training is FREE for PhillyCAM members and suggested for members with active projects.

Once you sign up, please email laura@phillycam.org to make an appointment for the training.

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Starting your Podcast

Class Date/Time:  No workshop is currently scheduled.
Fee: $75

This 6-week class will help you kickstart your Podcast production.  The workshop will cover topics from story development to interviewing tips, technical tools, and marketing and distribution strategies.  Local podcasters will join as guest speakers. Participants will receive additional production and consultation support outside of class. The workshop will be offered over Zoom.

Location: Taught on Zoom

If you are not a PhillyCAM member and you are interested in this workshop, please email laura@phillycam.org

Instructor: Tezarah Wilkins

Tezarah Wilkins is an Entrepreneur, Arts Administrator, and Multimedia Producer. Most recently, Tezarah is the Producer, Creator and Host of the internationally award-winning podcast Who Taught You How To Drive?! The show was chosen to be in the first cohort of the PRX and Google Podcasts creator program and has gone on to receive a Resolution from the City of Philadelphia and a nomination for Best Comedy Podcast, from the Black Podcast Awards 2020.

Grab n Go Canon M50 Mirrorless Camera Kits

Class Date: On Demand by Appointment
Fee: $50

Prerequisites:  Current PhillyCAM member and TV Orientation Certified

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.  

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.

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.

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Livestreaming with PCAM Kit

Class Date: On Demand by Appointment

Prerequisites: Current PhillyCAM member and TV Orientation Certified

Fee: Free for members

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.

Scheduled by appointment for interested members.

To schedule a 1-1 session to get trained, email laura@phillycam.org to set up a time.

Express Studio Training

The Express Studio has been redesigned to support TV Producers with a sleek modular set that is optimized for talk shows and video podcasts seeking a live to tape production workflow.

The space is designed to be intuitive for beginners and easy to use.

  • The studio supports up to 4 live guests and up to 5 virtual guests.
  • Producers can bring in customized logos, graphics and assets to include in their productions and use built in lower thirds for their shows.
  • Producers can create unique looks with custom lighting and logos.
  • The cameras in the studio are SonyZVE-10 Mirrorless Vlog cameras.
  • The software is Livestream Studio.


Due to the small space, we are training people by appointment and allowing 1 hour to review basic show setup, switching and graphics and additional time to learn how to configure the show for remote guests and external sources (like connecting a laptop).

Once you pay for the training, please email laura@phillycam.org to setup a time with our Tech Staff.

Work exchange offered for members willing to support PhillyCAM/Member productions.

If you are interested in signing up via Work Exchange, please email laura@phillycam.org

We will work with you to schedule the training within 2 weeks of registration.

 Fee: $25

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