On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of The Twin Cities as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event. It's free to participate, sign-up here.
MTN Youth's Queer Media Project
The QMP is about halfway finished with the program. Students have covered storyboarding and scriptwriting, and in the upcoming weeks will be filming and learning to edit using Final Cut Pro. Keep an eye on the QMP Facebook page, and MTNYouth on Facebook and YouTube, for sneak peeks at QMP projects.
(Photo-Seamus, Soren, Alex, and Ozzy)
MIA Surprised Birthday-Artists Wanted
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks creative minds to pitch projects to activate their 100 year anniversary—called the MIA Birthday Surprise—which takes place in 2015. Help MIA inspire wonder through the power of art! Check it out!
MTN Youth at Green Central Elementary
The VOICES Community Education class at Green Central Elementary is also halfway completed. So far, youth have made a short PSA about being a bystander to bullying, have created many short stop-motion animations using paper and clay, and have begun filming a piece about the day-to-day life in their school at Green Central Elementary Community Education
(Photo-Mary, a 5th grader)
MTN Youth at Broadway High School
Starting April 7th, MTN will be offering VOICES curriculum in conjunction with a Broadway High School English Class. Broadway High is a community school for pregnant and parenting students and their children. Their school promotes project-based learning and educational experiences that are hands-on and relevant to real-life, college, and career. Partner teacher will be Theodore T. Fabel. Don't forget to check out MTNYouth's YouTube page!
Welcome Emily Downes as MTN Animation Camp Instructor
Emily Downes is a filmmaker, animator, and photographer from Brookfield, Wisconsin who graduated with a B.F.A. in Film and Art History from UW-Milwaukee. Her senior thesis film found its way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and currently she volunteers at Art Buddies, where she makes costumes with kids and IFP Minnesota, where she assists high schoolers with their video projects. Emily enjoys exploring art museums, scouring antique stores and finds inspiration in surrealist and experimental media, The Brothers Quay being a particular favorite.
MTN Adult Classes and Youth Summer Camps
Look for new offerings in our Adult Production training program shortly. Highlights include new model camera offerings – with certifications… along with new equipment to help improve programs on MTN. MTN has been offering classes promoting media literacy for decades, and we're now redesigning our classes to confront the digital divide, making them more accessible and helping produce fine community programming. We have restarted our Final Cut Pro training as well... by request, with a class this month and another coming up in April. Watch for more information shortly.
Summer Camp dates are listed on MTN website. Beginner Animation Camp- June 9th-11th, 1:00-5:00- Instructor: Emily Downes. Media Connect Camp- June 23rd-27th, 1:00-5:00- Instructor: Jessica Talley. Advanced Animation Camp- Monday and Wednesdays, July 14th-23rd, 12:30-5:30- Instructor: Emily Downes. All camps- $75 for members, $100 for non-members. Registration begins April 1st. Please email Jessica Talley at email@example.com for questions, or to request a reminder once registration opens.
MTN Youth is able to offer all Spring Programs free-of-charge to youth participants thanks to generous grants from the General Mills Foundation and the Minneapolis Regional Arts Council. Also thank you to our partner schools, Green Central Elementary and Broadway High School. Please visit mtn.org/youth/support-youth
Welcome Back Ollie!
Ollie Stench is back as Master Control Operator and Programming Assistant. Stop by the Programming Dept. and pick his brain about the Punk Rock scene. If you would like to know more about this scene, check out Light Grey Art Lab blog where Ollie shares his knowledge about Punk Rock.
Photo Credit: LightGreyArtLab
From the Programming Dept.:
A friendly reminder regarding the length of your program:
TRT (Total Running Time)
The total running time of a program refers to the actual time (in hours, minutes, and seconds) between the first and last frame to be aired.
For a Series program that maintains a 30-minute timeslot the expected TRT is 28:30.
For a Series program that maintains a 60-minute timeslot the expected TRT is 58:30.
MTN Orientations are the first step to becoming familiar with all the equipment you will have at your fingertips, classes to become certified to use this gear, and rules for submitting programs on MTN's public access channels.
If you can not make one of our regular orientations that are listed below, please contact Doug Cain using our staff contact form.
Name: CONNECT Program subject areas: Community affairs/events, government & politics, local issues, public conversations, news & information
Name: CREATE Program subject areas: Arts & leisure, lifestyle topics (including sports, documentaries & slice-of-life, humor &
comedy, food & cooking, families and parenthood, etc.), youth & education
Name: INSPIRE Program subject areas: Spiritual & religious programming, questions of philosophy & existence