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February 26, 2016

Take your media-making skills to the next level!

Here's what's happening this month at RETN & VCAM's Media Factory.  Whether it's having a conversation about the art of crafting a great story, exploring how to make great videos, or learning to produce your own podcast, we've got something for you.  RETN, VCAM and WBTV-LP 99.3 have teamed up to bring a variety of workshops and events to help nurture your creativity and media-making skills.  Learn more about each organization by clicking on the logo icon next to each workshop.


MARCH 2016

5 | VCAM Member Access Orientation

VCAMThe Access Orientation is an overview of VCAM facilities, equipment, studio space, policies, and procedures. This orientation is required before any other trainings can occur or equipment can be used. Learn More

TIME: 11 a.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Eric Herz-O'Brien
PLACE: VCAM
PRICE: FREE, Walk-ins are welcome

8 | CAMERA 101: Basic Camera Operation

RETNExplore basic camera features of and setup procedures for our loaner Canon XA-10 HD video cameras. You will also learn to properly adjust the camera’s focus, audio, color balance and exposure.

TIME: 5-6:30 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Ross Ransom
PLACE: Media Factory Classroom
PRICE: FREE  |  REGISTER


10 | STORYCRAFT: Erica Heilman

RETNWBTV-LP 99.3Erica Heilman talks about "Recording Life: Conversations on the Process, Art, and Work of Audio Recording" during this StoryCraft event. Erica produces a podcast called Rumble Strip Vermont. Her independent radio work has aired on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, SOUNDPRINT, KCRW’s UnFictional, and on major public radio affiliates across the country.

TIME: 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
MODERATOR: Gin Ferrara, Spindle & Widget
PLACE: Media Factory Classroom
PRICE: Pay What You Can  |  REGISTER


12 | Intro to Digital Video Editing (Adobe Premiere)

VCAMLearn the basic concepts behind digital video editing with the Adobe Premiere editing software. Learn More

TIME: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (VCAM membership required)
INSTRUCTOR: Eric Herz-O'Brien
PLACE: VCAM
PRICE: FREE  | Register by calling 802-651-9692


16 | Green Screen for iPads

RETNLearn the basics of applying two apps—Do Ink Green Screen and Do Ink Drawing and Animation—to tell compelling visual stories with whimsy, creativity, and flair.

TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Jill Dawson
PLACE: Media Factory Classroom
PRICE: $35  |  REGISTER

16 | Basic Camera

VCAMLearn the basic functions of our Canon XA10 camcorder: focus, exposure, color balance and audio. Taught by production technician Jim Kelty, the workshop is designed to help VCAM members feel more comfortable with our gear and to encourage them to use our cameras to tell their stories. Learn More

TIME: 7-8:30 p.m. (VCAM membership required)
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Kelty
PLACE: VCAM
PRICE: FREE  | Register by calling 802-651-9692


17 | Zoom-a-Zoom-Zoom: Learn to Use a Zoom Handheld Recorder

WBTV-LP 99.3WBTV-LP — Ready to hit the streets for some media-making on the go? Borrowed one of VCAM's handy Zoom audio recorders and wondering what all the buttons do? Wonder no more, my friends. Let VCAM's Bill Simmon talk you through: where the headphones go, which mics are recording, how to optimize audio and retrieve your data.

TIME: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Bill Simmon
PLACE: Media Factory Classroom
PRICE: Sliding-Scale Fee $0-25   |  REGISTER  | Registration is required. 


19 | VCAM Member Access Orientation

VCAMThe Access Orientation is an overview of VCAM facilities, equipment, studio space, policies, and procedures. This orientation is required before any other trainings can occur or equipment can be used. Learn More

TIME: 11 a.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Staff
PLACE: VCAM
PRICE: FREE


22 | iMovie for Computers

RETNDuring this two-hour workshop you’ll learn and practice essential iMovie editing skills including creating and managing new projects; importing videos and photos; inserting and trimming clips; and adding music, text and graphics.

TIME: 5-7 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Ross Ransom
PLACE: Media Factory Classroom
PRICE: $35  |  REGISTER


23 | Oral Histories: A How-To

WBTV-LP 99.3WBTV-LP — Join noted professional oral historian Kate Blofson for this introduction to the fine art of collecting oral histories. Blofson will tackle the soft skills that make great stories as well as practical production tips, drawing on her extensive work in the field, most recently for the Vermont Historical Society.

TIME: 5:30-7 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Kate Blofson
PLACE: Media Factory Classroom
PRICE: Sliding-Scale Fee $0-25  |  REGISTER  |  Registration is required. Register early, this workshop is expected to fill quickly. 


24 | WBTV Unplugged: Aly Perry and Bill Simmon

WBTV-LP 99.3WBTV-LP — In this installment of our informal radiomaker conversation series, Aly Perry, drama educator and co-host of WRUV's popular Soundsmith Radio sits down with longtime local dj and local filmmaker Bill Simmon to talk about art, drama, education and radio.

TIME: 6:30-7 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Aly Perry and Bill Simmon
PLACE: Media Factory Classroom
PRICE: No registration or fee required, but please note: we will be conducting a recording during this session.


26 | Intro to Digital Video Editing (Adobe Premiere)

VCAMLearn the basic concepts behind digital video editing with the Adobe Premiere editing software. Learn More

TIME: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (VCAM membership required)
INSTRUCTOR: Eric Herz-O'Brien
PLACE: VCAM
PRICE: FREE  | Register by calling 802-651-9692


30 | Intro to Studio Production

VCAMLearn the basics of production using VCAM's three camera studio—from a simple interview setup to live, multi-camera switched productions. Learn More

TIME: 7-8:30 p.m. (VCAM membership required)
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Kelty
PLACE: VCAM
PRICE: FREE  |  Register by calling 802-651-9692


31 | RadioMaker Meetup

WBTV-LP 99.3WBTV-LP — Drop in and hang out with other radio-making folks! Bring your in-progress or in-planning projects in person to this casual walk-in session. Toss ideas around or get help with sticky technical issues.

TIME: 5:30-7 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: WBTV Volunteer
PLACE: Media Factory Classroom
PRICE: No registration or fee required