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Upcoming Classes

We are only offering online classes at this time. Brookline Public Schools have announced that they will be closed through the end of the academic year as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As BIG is in a school building, we will also close our facility to the public during this time. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 spread, related public policies, and community impact as the situation evolves daily. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate this very challenging time.

ONLINE WORKSHOPS:

BIG and the Public VR Lab are pleased to offer several classes online!

Promote Your Small Business

Watch this Webinar BIG created for the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Learn how to use basic storytelling techniques as well as at-home production and editing techniques and tools.

Survival, Adapting & Connection: Digital Storytelling During COVID-19

This class will teach you how to create a 300-word story using a script, images, video, and voice narration to create a simple, yet deeply-connective digital story. Sessions will include the development of writing skills for media projects, feedback, and how to use tools you have at home and online to create a short two-minute video about your experiences. Using story prompts, small group breakouts, and story circles, this class will give participants time to process, write, and share their stories with others. This is a beginning storytelling class, no writing or technical experience is required. Each class will be 90 mins long and will use Zoom as its online communication tool. Recorded sessions will be available to registered attendees, as well as handouts.

The fee is $50 for the entire four-week program, and the opportunity to share your stories online and over cable television in Brookline will be offered to all participants. Limited scholarships are available.

If you are interested in this class, please email education@brooklineinteractive.org.

Video Conferencing Tools for Nonprofits, Artists, and Educators

Want to learn how to effectively use Zoom to tell a story, record a performance, interview an artist or just share information?

This online workshop will walk you through how to use video conference software like Zoom to host teleconferences, share your screen and record your performance. It will also teach you tips and tricks for making yourself and all your guests look and sound their best. This tool can also be used for podcasting and video interviews. Objective: Students will learn essential online tools for delivering high-quality video and audio for conferences and meetings through video conferencing software like Zoom. Materials Needed: Zoom Computer/Smart Device with camera Moderate to high-speed internet

To inquiry about upcoming schedule, email: education@brooklineinteractive.org

SMARTPHONE Movie Making Class

We are living through a historic time. Learn how to harness your phone’s potential to be a storytelling device by learning how to shoot and edit footage, and upload it to social media sites as well as submitting it for broadcast on your local cable channel. Topics covered are use of camera supports and handheld options, optimizing lighting and audio conditions for your phone. We will also review how to edit your productions, and what online tools are available to help increase your production quality.

To inquiry about upcoming schedule, email: education@brooklineinteractive.org

Intro to Virtual Reality

Explore virtual reality in this introductory class. We will discuss the different types of VR devices & headsets, the software and example VR applications to get a firm understanding of VR technology. All participants will get an opportunity to experience a variety of VR experiences. All ages welcome, but children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. EVERY WEDNESDAY, 6-8pm

360 Filmmaking

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 class, you will gain a basic understanding of shooting with a 360 camera, editing footage in Premiere, and uploading content to YouTube.

Prerequisite knowledge –
Basic Computer Skills
What you will learn –
In four hours, you will gain a basic understanding of shooting and recording with a 360 camera, stitching content with software, and editing footage in Premiere, & uploading to YouTube.

BIG Video Production Classes:

BIG is pleased to offer several classes in traditional media

Intro to 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 BIG for this workshop where you will create an animated logo.
Prerequisite knowledge –
Basic Computer Skills
What you will learn –
Basic editing skills, project management, importing and cutting video, adding b-roll, adjusting audio, creating graphics, and exporting video for uploading to YouTube.

Intro to DSLR

This crash course provides participants with a basic understanding of using DSLR cameras to create cinematically beautiful video. Learn about aspect ratio versus resolution, composition, types of camera movements, angles, and exposure theory. You will also learn the basics of operating DSLR cameras, plus lighting and audio, including tips and tricks to optimize a variety of settings and circumstances to film high-quality footage. Bring your own DSLR camera, or use one of ours! Either is fine with us. If you would like to bring your camera, please let me know the make and model so we can be sure to be prepared to assist you with it.
Prerequisite knowledge –
None
What you will learn –
Aspect ratio versus resolution, composition, types of camera movements, angles, and exposure theory. You will also learn the basics of operating DSLR cameras, plus lighting and audio, including tips and tricks to optimize a variety of settings and circumstances to film high-quality footage.

Adobe Premiere

Learn how to edit, produce, and master your film on an industry-standard platform! Description: Premiere is an industry-leading software used throughout the film industry for editing video. In this two-session workshop you will edit and create your own short video after learning the basic concepts of editing, including cutting video, adding and manipulating audio, and creating an opening and ending graphics.
Prerequisite knowledge –Basic Computer Skills
What you will learn –Basic editing skills, project management, importing and cutting video, adding b-roll, adjusting audio, creating graphics, and exporting video for uploading to YouTube.

BIG Audio Production Classes:

BIG is pleased to offer several classes in audio production

Podcasting 101

Ever listened to a podcast and thought, “I can do that!” now’s your chance! Description: Join us for a course that gives you all the tools you need to start your own podcast. In this one-day class, you will learn about podcasts, the ins and outs of our sound booth, how to best use microphones, and the professional software you need to make your podcast.
Prerequisite knowledge –Basic Computer Skills
What you will learn –How to plan and prepare your podcast, how to record and basic editing techniques.