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?
VR Eco Hack
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 Eco Hack:

VR Eco Hack:

VR Eco Hack

BIG, The Public VR Lab, and BostonVR are organizing a three-day hackathon to create educational content that focuses on environmental sustainability lessons in VR, AR and 360. Sign up to hack the future at the Lab, and create a more sustainable planet! You’ll get the chance to learn VR, AR and 360, and test your theories on the latest headsets.

Dates: April 21st- 23rd, 2017. Click here to learn more and sign up.

 

 

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 opening and ending slides.

Next session: March 6th and 13th, 7:00-9:00pm – $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:

April 4th and 11th, 7:00-9:00pm – $50

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: February 27th, 7:00-9:00 pm – $30


Filmmaking and Storytelling:

Cinematography with DSLR Cameras
This three-session course provides participants with a basic understanding of using DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras to create cinematically beautiful films. Learn about aspect ratio versus resolution, composition, types of camera movements, angles, and exposure theory. You will also learn the basics of operating BIG’s Canon DSLR cameras, plus lighting and audio, including tips and tricks to optimize a variety of settings and circumstances to film high-quality footage.

Next session: TBD

 

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 our classes, you will create a 150-300 word story, record an audio track of yourself reading the narrative, and then pair it with digital images and video to bring this story to life.

This spring and winter, we are expanding the options for the types of digital content to accompany your narrative: traditional digital storytelling in which you create a video file which includes images, photographs, and video footage, and, for those who have experience with editing and video, 360 video footage.

Therefore, digital storytelling will be taught in a two-course format:
1. Introduction to Digital Storytelling: Crafting your narrative (required)

2. Classic Digital Storytelling – Video and Images (no experience required)
OR
Digital Storytelling in 360 Video (previous editing class required)

You can learn more about each of these offerings below. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Kinney, Manager of Engagement and Education, at erin@brooklineinteractive.org.

Introduction to Digital Storytelling
This introductory two-hour class will introduce you to the digital storytelling format, methodology, and equipment needed to share your personal narrative. View digital stories from around the world, learn how to begin and organize a script, use the equipment and media arts resources of Brookline Interactive Group, and gain valuable feedback on your story ideas from the group in a story circle format.

Next session: February 27th, 5:30-7:30 pm – $30

Register through Brookline Adult & Community Education

Introduction to Digital Storytelling: Crafting your narrative (2 sessions)
This introductory two-hour class will introduce you to the digital storytelling format, methodology, and equipment needed to share your personal narrative. View digital stories from around the world, learn how to begin and organize a script, use the equipment and media arts resources of BIG, and gain valuable feedback on your story ideas from the group in a story circle format.

If you are interested in created your own digital story, see the description above of the intermediate hands-on digital storytelling class that we offer in the Spring of 2017 .

Next session:
March 28th and April 5th, 5:30-7:30pm – $50

Registration is through BACE and will open soon.

Classic Digital Storytelling
Use the 150-300 word story you created in Introduction to Digital Storytelling, scanned images, video, and narration to create a simple, yet deeply connective, multimedia story of your own. Sessions will include recording an audio track of your story and cultivating basic audio, photography, and video editing 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: TBD

Digital Storytelling in 360 Video
In this program you will create a deeply connective 360 story using the 150-300 word narrative you created in Introduction to Digital Storytelling. You will learn how to use a 360 Camera, film 360 video footage, record an audio track of your story, and ultimately a 360 story of your own. Sessions will include cultivating basic audio, photography, and 360 video production techniques to complete a two-minute video that you will be able to share online and via social media with family, friends, and colleagues.

Next session: TBD

 

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: February 7th, 6:00-8:00 – $30

 

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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: March 14th, 5:30-8:00 – $30


Equipment and Cameras:

360 Camera
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. 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: March 11th, 2:00-4:00 – $30

 

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: 

March 7th and 8th, 5:30-7:30pm – $50

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: 

February 14th and 15th, 5:30-7:30pm – $50

April 11th and 12th, 5:30-7:30pm – $50

Audio:

Audio 101: Improve Your Audio Storytelling
This class will introduce you to concepts in audio, including recording good audio, positioning mics, setting levels, understanding ambient noise, tone, and signal, using Audition software and a project-based learning environment. After the class you’ll have a basic understanding of audio so you can improve your use of sound in film and podcast projects.

Next session: 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 (ages 12-14), 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 a camera, studio equipment and green screen to create their films. With professional 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:

March 29th – May 24th from 3:00-4:15 pm – $100 (Dates have been changed from March 15th-May 10th)

 

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:

April 5th from 1:00-3:30 pm. – $30

April 11th from 1:00-3:30 pm. – $30

April 26th from 1:00-3:30 pm. – $30

May 2nd from 1:00-3:30 pm. – $30

Photojournalism

Through Photojournalism, students will explore journalism through a creative, community-based project that teaches them to think outside-the-box and develop career skills. Youth will learn creative journalism skills by researching news stories, writing their own content, and creating video segments through visual art and film in an exciting, hands-on environment.

The 2017 winter session has been cancelled.

For kids ages 10-12

 

VR Academy Classes:

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

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.

For ages 13 and up

Next sessions: 

Tuesdays, May 9th and 16th, 5:30-7:30pm -$50

Unity 101: 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 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 this system.

For ages 13 and up

Next sessions: 

Monday, April 3rd – Monday May 1st – 5:30-7:30pm – 5 classes total – $125

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.

For ages 14 and up

Next sessions: 

March 28th 5:30-8:00pm, FREE

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: 

Kids workshop – ages 7-13: April 12th 3:00-5:00pm ($50)
Adult workshop (14+): April 12th 6:00-8:00pm ($50)

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.