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?
Adult Classes
Kids Classes
VR & AR Classes

We also offer several classes for kids, which are also listed below, and included on the class calendar.

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 this summer and fall.

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:  September 7th & 14th 5:30-7:30pm – $50

Register here.

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 sessions:  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: Monday, October 23rd & 30th – $50

Register here.

Unity – Basic Coding
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 learn basic C# coding.

Next session: TBD

 

Creating VR Experiences With Simmetri – 
Simmetri is an immersive design tool for creating interactive experiences for VR. In this one-session workshop taught by its lead developer, you will learn about the basics of Simmetri and create a mini-VR experience with your classmates. You will also export a 360 degree video of your creation for uploading to YouTube to share with friends.

In the class, we’ll learn the basics on using the tool and begin exploring and experimenting with various ideas.

For ages 14 and up

Next sessions:  TBD

 

Illustration in VR: Using VR Doodler
Want to create a virtual reality experience? Not crazy about learning Unity? If you like to draw or tell stories, come learn how to use VR Doodler, an easy-to-use online tool that enables you to make a 3D drawing on the web that you can ultimately turn into a virtual reality story!

For ages 14 and up

Next sessions:  TBD

 

Adult Classes:

Editing:

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: Tuesdays, September 26th & October 3rd 6:00-8:00pm – $50

Register here

 

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: Tuesdays, October 17th & 24th from 6:00-8:00

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 session: Monday, October 30th 6:00-8:00pm

Register here.


Filmmaking and Storytelling:

 

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!

Digital Storytelling:

Storytelling is poetry-in-motion, our common cultural currency, and a framework for self-identity. In this eight-session class, you will write a 150-300 word story and use scanned images, video, and narration to create simple, yet deeply connective, multimedia stories of your own. Sessions will include development of writing skills for transmedia projects, feedback during story circles, and cultivating basic audio, photography, and video production techniques to complete a short two-minute video that you will be able to share online, via social media, and via DVDs with family, friends or colleagues.

Next session:  Wednesdays, September 27th – November 15th, 6:30-8:30pm.

Tuition: $200.

Register here.

iPhone Photography and Filmmaking

Smartphones have become the most prominent recording devices today, allowing us to easily capture and share moments of everyday life and the world around us from our unique perspective. In this introductory class, we will explore techniques and concepts that enhance the quality of the content captured on an iPhone camera.  Learn about lighting, how to optimize iPhone camera settings, and using tools to create high-quality photographs and videos directly from your iPhone.

Next session: TBD

 

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360 Filmmaking

New innovative camera technology now allows you to capture your story with 360-degrees of video instead of just one frame. Utilizing two 180-degree cameras, these video recording devices capture two videos simultaneously, then stitch them together so they can be edited as one 360-degree video in Premiere. This introductory course will go over the basics of using a 360-cam, stitching content together, editing and uploading 360-video, and applying these techniques in the filmmaking process.

This class is similar to our 360 Camera Class, yet is slightly longer and more focused on applying the 360 camera techniques to the filmmaking process.

Next session: TBD


Equipment and Cameras:

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: Tuesday, November 7th and 14th from 6:00-8:00pm – $50

Register here.

 

DSLR Basics
This two session program provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of using DSLR cameras. The program delves into how these cameras operate, focusing, lighting, sound, and how to best optimize them a variety of settings and circumstances to film high quality footage.

Next sessions: TBD

DSLR Intermediate Skills
If you already know the basics of using a DSLR camera, but now want to further hone your skills, this class is for you. This two session program provides participants with an in-depth understanding of using DSLR cameras, specifically focusing on optimizing and manipulating lighting by using a wide variety of tools and techniques and enhancing shots in post-production.

Next sessions:  TBD

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

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Middle School Movie Makers

This class, which is specifically for middle-schoolers (grades 6-8), will teach students the fundamental elements of filmmaking by providing them the opportunity to script, film, and edit their own short movie. In project-based teams, students will learn to develop a storyboard, plan their set and costumes, and use iPads, studio equipment, and a green screen to create their films. With iMoviw software, they will edit their own version of the movie with their original concepts, music and graphics.  Once the movies have been created, teens and their families will celebrate with a movie premiere in the BIG’s theater!

Next session: Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30, October 3rd – November 21st. This class will be held at the Brookline Teen Center. 

Tuition: $100 per student

Register here.

 

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Unity for Middle Schoolers

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 6-session after school class, which is for students in grade 5 and up, will introduce you to the basic functions and concepts of Unity, and include several exercises to use and practice the skills you learn!

Next session: Our fall session has been cancelled. Stay tuned for winter dates.

Tuition: $120 per student

 

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!

Next sessions: TBD

 

 

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.