Take a digital media class at BIG! We offer many digital media classes for adults focused on editing, sound, DSLRs, scriptwriting, storytelling, cinematography, and 360 cameras, and more!

What type of classes are you interested in?

If you have any questions about classes, please contact Erin Kinney at erin@brooklineinteractive.org.

VR Academy Classes:

BIG and the Public VR Lab are pleased to offer several classes in virtual reality.

WebVR with A-Frame
Want to make 3D websites? We’ll show you how in this two-session class! Instructors from Fasility will lead two sessions on how to make virtual reality for the web, also known as WebVR. We’ll use A-Frame, a popular and free framework from Mozilla that makes VR as easy and powerful as editing HTML.

Next sessions: TBD

 

 

Advanced WebVR Topics with A-Frame
In this 2-session class our instructors from Fasility will build on the basics of previous Web VR with A-Frame classes to add interactivity, positional sound, and environment changes to WebVR scenes. Whether you are working on a simple game or another kind of experience, these are the next steps for creating engaging worlds.

Next sessions:  TBD

 

Designing for VR: Creating 3D objects with Blender
Blender is a free professional open-source 3D computer graphics software used for creating animated films, visual effects, and video games. This two-session introductory course will provide you with a basic understanding of using Blender, including creating basic shapes, color and rendering options, and modeling techniques.

Next session:  TBD

Introduction to Unity
Unity is a powerful and widely-used game engine for developing VR experiences, as well as video games for consoles, mobile devices, and websites.
This 2-session workshop will introduce you to the basic functions and concepts of Unity and will provide you with the opportunity to do 3D modeling and coding through its systems.

Next session: TBD
Tuition: $50

Augmented Reality: The Right Place at the Right Time
Augmented Reality (AR) is an exciting form of emerging media that has great potential that spans far beyond the Pokemon Go! game that launched this medium into millions of households (and cell phones!). In this one-session workshop, you will learn more about AR, how it works, ways in which it is being used, and how YOU can make a powerful impact on your local community.

By utilizing the Hoverlay app, you can start creating your own AR content on day one. Please be sure to bring your iPhone or tablet, as you will be downloading this app during the class.

Next session: TBD

 

 

Saturday VR Classes

We are excited to team up with Boston VR to offer some workshops this fall at BIG.

  • Unity Programming for the HTC Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Focus and Vive Trackers
    In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to build applications in Unity for the Vive, the new Vive Pro, the Vive Focus and the Vive Trackers.We will also look at the latest software available from HTC and third parties. This class will kick off a Dev Jam we are hosting in collaboration with HTC Vive! Tuition for this class includes entry to the Dev Jam.

Date TBD
Tuition: $30

 

360 Filmmaking & Storytelling Training for Media Professionals

Date: Stay tuned for a winter date!
Tuition: $150

Well-designed immersive reality (VR, AR, 360) experiences can invoke a powerful sense of wonder and empathy and have a transformational effect on the viewer as the full frame of VR allows for an experiential story and an immersive experience. In this half-day, hands-on training, you will learn how to use these emerging media tools to create immersive stories using 360 video and apply it to your media work.

This workshop will cover the following topics:

~Overview of 360, AR & VR basics
~Examples/use cases of immersive stories in 360 video, VR and AR
~360 Filmmaking: Hands-on exercises using the Nikon Keymission 360 cameras; capturing high quality footage
~Editing in 360 – learn the basics to get started editing your videos, experimenting with text, transitions, etc.
~Uploading 360 to the web

 

Workshops for Educators:

  • Practical Augmented Reality in Higher Education
    Offered in partnership with the Higher Ed IT Professionals Meetup group, this workshop surveys the basic uses of augmented reality (AR) to convey information and explores opportunities for project based learning with commonly available tools. In the second half of this workshop, attendees will use a sample authoring platform to create their own AR projects.The class is intended for teachers in colleges, high schools, and possibly middle schools. Please bring a smartphone with a glass touch-screen interface. Recommend an iPhone 5 or higher or the Android equivalent.
    Next session – TBD
  • Practical Online Virtual Reality in Higher Education
    Offered in partnership with the Higher Ed IT Professionals Meetup group, this workshop provides an introduction to the use of Multi-User Online Virtual Environments (MUVEs) in the classroom. The lecture will survey the basic uses of MUVEs to convey information and opportunities for project based learning with commonly available platforms. We will also take special care to compare the traditional interface (screen + mouse + keyboard) to the new VR headset interfaces (e.g. an Oculus Rift).In the second half, attendees will virtually meet in MUVE using the HMD and computers available at Brookline Interactive Group. We will also experiment with content creation. The class is intended for teachers in colleges, high schools, and possibly middle schools.
    Thursday, December 6th, 7:00-10:30pm
    Tuition: $60
    Register here

Adult Media Classes:

Basic Editing in Premiere

Join BIG for this two-session workshop where you will edit and create your own brief video. Adobe Premiere is a high-quality editing software used throughout the film industry that enables one to edit footage and craft a video or film. This workshop will introduce you to the basic functions and concepts of editing, including cutting video footage, adding and manipulating audio, and creating an opening and ending slides.

Next session: January 24th and 31st
Tuition: $50

Register here

 

 

Podcasting 101

If you’ve ever listened to a podcast and thought, “I can do that!” now’s your chance! Join us for a crash course that will give you all the tools you need to start planning and recording your own podcast. In this one-night class, you will learn the ins and outs of a recording at our high quality sound booth. You will become familiar with how to best use a microphone, how to record using professional software, how to adjust the sound quality, and how to save your file in the most useful format for your intended purpose.

Next session: Winter dates coming soon!
Tuition: $50

 

 

Advanced Editing 
Join our resident Adobe Premiere expert as they delve into more advanced functions, tools, and concepts of editing with this high-quality software.  This two-session intermediate editing course will build on the basics and cover importing, master effects and color correction, syncing multi-cam angles, recording multi-camera edits, color matching angles, and more! Utilize advanced editing techniques to take your editing to the next level and make your own professional quality films.

Next sessions: TBD
Tuition: $50

Register here

 

 

Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a powerful, creative and exciting animation tool in today’s media culture. This workshop will introduce you to the basic functions and concepts of animating in today’s most popular motion graphics program. Join us for this one-session workshop where you will create an animated production company logo.

Next sessions: Tuesday, February 26th, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $30
Register here

 

Filmmaking and Storytelling
Basics of Cinematography
This class provides the fundamental knowledge you need to create great video productions. You will learn aspect ratio vs resolution, composition, types of camera movements and angles and exposure theory. If you have never studied film or video before, or need a review of the concepts, this class is a must-take!Next session: TBD – Stay tuned for more dates!

360 Camera and Editing
Instead of only capturing what’s in front of you, in just one frame, new cameras allow for a full 360 degree view of the world you are documenting. In this two-session class, you will gain a basic understanding of using a 360 camera, stitching content with software, uploading to YouTube, and editing footage in Premiere. BIG members can check out the Ricoh Theta after the class which uses two 180 degree cameras front and back to capture two videos simultaneously, which are then stitched together to create one 360 degree video.

Next session: TBD
Tuition: $30

 

 

Audio 102: Advanced Techniques in Audio
Want a professional level of audio and sound editing in your film or podcast? This class provides you with the chance to explore and learn how to use more advanced audio editing tools, including side chaining, echo, reverb, mixing tracks, editing, panning, EQ, and compression.Next session: Stay tuned for more dates

 

Kids Classes:

Movie Makers at BIG:
Through instruction and class exercises, kids will learn to script, film and edit a short movie. In project-based teams, students will learn to use a camera, studio equipment and green screen to develop a storyboard, set and costume ideas. With professional software, they will edit their own version of the movie with their original concepts, music and graphics. And, once the movies have been created, kids and their families will celebrate with a movie premiere in the BIG’s theater!TBD – Stay tuned for upcoming dates
Musical.ly Magic (ages 10-14):
Come to BIG to deeper explore the world of musical.ly, a video social network for creating, sharing and discovering short videos. In this workshop for middle schoolers, kids learn advanced production techniques and express themselves through singing, dancing, comedy, and lip-syncing by creating a video project video with their team!TBD – Stay tuned for more dates

Early Release Day Workshops

Join BIG in exploring the world of media by creating videos, animations and graphics that will promote problem-solving, creative thinking and self-expression!

Each session is for kids ages 8 and up, and is held in BIG’s location, and runs from 1:00-3:30 pm. If your child cannot get to BIG right at 1:00, that’s OK!

Tuition – $30 per child per session

Next sessions: Stay tuned for next dates  

 

Middle School Media Literacy

An after school program for girls in grades 6-8
Take a closer look at the media in your life, and learn to make your own in this new after school program! In this new 8-session media arts class, students will explore how women and girls are represented in the media and think critically about how they are portrayed. Then they will write and create their own media that challenges stereotypes and problematic messages and tells a story they want to tell. BIG staff will mentor them through the entire creative process and teach them production skills as they write, film, and edit their own media content.

Next Session: TBD

Thanks to a generous grant from the Brookline Community Foundation, this pilot program is free for all students. Space is limited. One spot per family.

 

Brookline Interactive Group also offers after school and enrichment courses in several K-8 schools in Brookline. Visit each school’s after school or enrichment website for more information on classes like Claymation, Movie Making, Graphic Design, and more!

To take a class, we ask that tuition is paid before the start of the class.  Scholarships are available with low intern residents. Please email Erin at erin@brooklineinteractive.org to inquire.