CineYouth Festival accepting films through March 25th

CineYouth FestivalThe CineYouth Film Festival set for May 6 – 8 at Columbia College in Chicago has a new deadline for film entries.

If you’re 20 years of age or younger, then this festival is for you. Officially selected films will be screened and filmmakers are invited to attend exciting workshops, meet film professionals and network with other youth filmmakers from across the country at the Festival in May..

For more information, please visit http://www.cinemachicago.org/cineyouth for submission guidelines and festival information. Columbia College is located at 1104 South Wabash in Chicago.

BCM Business After Hours huge success!

Boulder Community Media (BCM) was the site for the February Business After Hours networking event. Trattoria on Pearl provided great appetizers, pizza and pasta and music was provided by Caroline Cotter.

Well over 125 people attended the mixer. Click on the image of Caroline Cotter to view other photos from the event taken by BCM paparazza Ejiga Hartmane and paparazzo Ken Wajda.

BIFF opening night images


The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) opened with a great start on Thursday night at the Boulder Theater. Boulder Community Media (BCM) covered the event that featured the movie “The Lightkeepers” directed by Dan Adams and produced by Straw Weisman. Blythe Danner, one of the actors in the movie, was on hand to watch the screening. Click on the photo to see more images from opening night. (BCM Photo: Jenna Jordan).

Fast Film intensive seminar to be conducted in Laramie

The Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour film making festival will be screening the top 10 films on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. February 5 at 7pm. in the Rendezvous Room in Washakie Center. The event is free to attend and is co-sponsored by the Best of the West Film Club. The club produced one of TSOC top 10 films and will be on hand to answer questions.

On Saturday, Feb. 6, also in the Rendezvous Room, Alan O’Hashi and Michael Conti will be offering a seminar on making the “fast-film”. The cost is $10 for community members and $5 for students.

Instructors will work with students of all ages and at any skill level. This workshop is designed for the amateur and the professional to help them hone their skills by disciplining themselves using “fast-filmmaking” techniques. The following are brief outlines for proposed classes on digital storytelling, introduction to portable camera, three-point lighting, introduction to audio resulting in the completion of a short movie.

Digital Storytelling
Digital storytelling expresses the creative voice through writing, audio and video recording and editing. The product will be a 1-5 minute video. You will hear the creator’s voice recite the story and see images chosen or created by the writer. They may be abstract or literal, still or moving.
Story writing – Find a topic to create your digital story about. It could be about someone who is important to you, an experience you had, an object of yours that has meaning or an activity that you do. Write a one to two page story. We work on story structure, clarity, transitions and length. Learn the tools and start recording – We do basic camera and audio training in order to properly record our stories and images we want to be seen within our projects.
Share – We may burn the stories to DVD or upload on the web.

Intro Camera Class
Learn basics on planning and shooting a digital video production
How to plan for specific projects, tools needed for shoot
Intro to camera, menu navigation, white balance, tape insertion and basic features.
Intro to tripod, how to set up and attach camera, how to use properly.
Basic shot descriptions including extreme wide shot, wide shot, medium shot, close up, extreme close-up, two shot, three shot, low angle, high angle, Dutch angle, frame within a frame, leading lines, and the rule of thirds. Students perform exercise and capture all types of shots on their own and then we review their tapes in class. On-set procedures, tips and rules.

Three-point lighting
Learn lighting basics and how to setup standard three-point lighting
Introduction to lighting instruments, what they are called and their functions.
Proper placement demonstration for three-point lighting. Examples of harsh lighting use of diffusion on subjects; Explanation of light manipulation for effect; Explanation of watt use and electrical procedures; Hands on trial and error with students.

Introduction to Audio Production
Learn basics about audio equipment, production and editing
Introduction to boom, hand and lavaliere microphones, pick up patterns, and proper uses.
Introduction to audio cords, fish pole, wind buffers, and how to read audio levels.
Record each other reciting favorite song lyrics in different acoustic spaces with each type of microphone and review.