Classes & Workshops

Filmbuilding Holiday Workshop

Orientation: Sunday, Dec 20, 7-8 pm
Day 1: Sunday, Dec 27, 9-11 am & 7-9 pm
Day 2: Monday, Dec 28, 9-11 am & 7-9 pm
Day 3: Tuesday, Dec 29, 9-11 am & 6:30-8:00pm (screening)

Fee: FREE. This program is sponsored by Malden Reads One City, One Book through a grant from the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in association with Arts Midwest.

Across-cultures and generations, one thing remains true about the holiday season- it’s all about the magic of connection, as we gather around the dinner table with loved ones, sharing perspectives, memories, recipes, laughter, joy. This year, things look a little different. Reclaim that magic- Join us for a family-friendly Holiday Filmbuilding workshop! Connect virtually with participants of various backgrounds, as well as your own family members, over-seas or across town, to create a unique short film that tells your collective story around the theme, “Home.” This 3-day workshop uses the discovery-based Filmbuilding method, which allows for an organic process that opens you to honest, creative work- perfect for anyone curious about filmmaking or craving creative collaboration! 

The workshop uses innovative technology such as Zoom and WeVideo’s cloud-based editing system, which allows participants to collaboratively share and edit film online! No previous filmmaking experience is required. You just need to have a smart phone, a computer with Internet and a way to transfer footage from your phone to the computer.  This is an adult workshop but family members, including youth are welcome to join as guests. You will be the representative for your family, participating the entire workshop, while your family members will join certain sessions for discussion and production.

At the close of the workshop, gather friends and family for an inspiring online screening and talk back. The result? One big cross-cultural family, sharing stories, making magic, finding our way back home again.

Meet the Instructor : Tom Flint

Much of Tom Flint’s life has been spent exploring different cultures, whether through his own eyes or the lens of a camera.  The 14 years he has spent living overseas and traveling to over 50 countries has taught him what can be learned if one is exposed to an entirely different set of perspectives, customs and values from one’s own. Tom’s time spent in Japan, in particular, has fueled his philosophical and aesthetic interests in terms of arts-based learning, and many of these principles related to mindfulness, collective problem-solving and intuitive thinking are grounded in the unique approach taken by Discovery-Based Filmmaking.

Check out the previous Filmbuilding workshop here!

Registration is limited. All registrations will be reviewed and you will be contacted for confirmation. If you have any questions or need more information, please email Hailey Hao at hailey@matv.org.


What is your story? Where do you come from?

Storytelling Workshop

Coming 2021
Dates: TBD


Description

“Where are you from?” is a question that is often asked and usually replied to with a geographic location. Yet we are so much more than a place on a map. We are from types of food, of people and customs. We are from habits and feelings and smells and sounds. We are from places we’ve been to and challenges we’ve overcome. These influences are just as much “where we are from” and what makes us who we are as the country or region or city of our birth.

In this “Where I am From“ writing workshop, participants will work with spoken-word artist CD Collins to compose and present a “Where I Am From” poem (no poetry-writing or performance experience required). Participants will get to know each other through writing exercises and will be walked through the process of writing their poems. A virtual public reading will be held several weeks following the two-part class.

Students’ feedback from October’s class

“I had a long career of successful business oriented writing, but writing from my heart was a less familiar experience.  CD helped me realize that I have something personal to share that is worth writing about, and she inspired a new way of thinking about how to do that.”

“I appreciated so much the guidance and feedback from instructor CD Collins, as I struggled with how to tell my story. The poem I created was more meaningful to me than I had imagined it would be when I signed up for the class.”


Meet the instructor: CD Collins

“CD Collins has the voice of a natural-born storyteller. Original and unforgettable.”

Stephen McCauley author, The Object of My Affection.
CD Collins

Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. She is one of the originators of the resurgence of spoken-word with live music. Her work is represented in five compact discs, one of which won Best Spoken-Word album at the Boston Poetry Awards.

Ms. Collins has performed in a variety of venues including Berklee College of Music Performance Hall, Boston Public Library, Club Passim, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the New York Public Library. She was guest at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for a pilot conference to advance the development of innovative technologies that support the inclusion of people with disabilities.

She is the author of three books, a collection of short stories Blue Land (Polyho Press), a poetry collection (Ibbetson Street Press) and a novel Afterheat (Empty City Press). Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines including StoryQuarterly, Phoebe, Salamander and The Pennsylvania Review.

She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Kentucky where she studied with author and environmental activist Wendell Berry. More information at www.cdcollins.com


*This workshop is sponsored by Malden Reads. Grant-Subsidized Fee to participants: $20. This project is coordinated through MATV/UMA (Urban Media Arts) and is offered with funding support from the community-wide reading program, Malden Reads: One City, One Book. MATV/UMA and Malden Reads believe in the power of storytelling to bring people together and find common ground across the spectrum of differences that may divide us.


Filmbuilding

Exploring important issues through film.

October 23, 24, 25
(Friday 7:00-8:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday-time to be determined based on participants’ schedules)
Fee: FREE

Description

This is a virtual discovery-based filmmaking workshop available to adults interested in collaborative storytelling through film. Participants team up online to produce short films which explore social issues present in our communities. The experience will consist of collaborative discussions, shooting, editing, and a screening on the final day!

If interested, please click on the register button below to sign up. Registration will not automatically guarantee you a spot. Because this is a free pilot program, we will select 8 participants who meet certain criteria. You will be notified if selected. Thank you!

Meet the Instructor : Tom Flint

Much of Tom Flint’s life has been spent exploring different cultures, whether through his own eyes or the lens of a camera.  The 14 years he has spent living overseas and traveling to over 50 countries has taught him what can be learned if one is exposed to an entirely different set of perspectives, customs and values from one’s own. Tom’s time spent in Japan, in particular, has fueled his philosophical and aesthetic interests in terms of arts-based learning, and many of these principles related to mindfulness, collective problem-solving and intuitive thinking are grounded in the unique approach taken by Discovery-Based Filmmaking.


Storytelling Workshop

What is your story? Where do you come from?

Tuesday October 6, 13
7:00-8:30 PM
Fee: $ 20*


Description

“Where are you from?” is a question that is often asked and usually replied to with a geographic location. Yet we are so much more than a place on a map. We are from types of food, of people and customs. We are from habits and feelings and smells and sounds. We are from places we’ve been to and challenges we’ve overcome. These influences are just as much “where we are from” and what makes us who we are as the country or region or city of our birth.

In this “Where I am From“ writing workshop, participants will work with spoken-word artist CD Collins to compose and present a “Where I Am From” poem (no poetry-writing or performance experience required). Participants will get to know each other through writing exercises and will be walked through the process of writing their poems. A virtual public reading will be held several weeks following the two-part class.

Students’ feedback from last spring’s class

“I was amazed that there were so many different voices and how far we all came in our writing. At first I was not sure I could use the techniques the instructor taught, but then I realized they worked!”

“I liked that our professor participated in the class activities, and made everything lively. We learned so much about each other and about ourselves. I wish I could have more classes like this.” 


Meet the instructor: CD Collins

“CD Collins has the voice of a natural-born storyteller. Original and unforgettable.”

Stephen McCauley author, The Object of My Affection.
CD Collins

Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. She is one of the originators of the resurgence of spoken-word with live music. Her work is represented in five compact discs, one of which won Best Spoken-Word album at the Boston Poetry Awards.

Ms. Collins has performed in a variety of venues including Berklee College of Music Performance Hall, Boston Public Library, Club Passim, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the New York Public Library. She was guest at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for a pilot conference to advance the development of innovative technologies that support the inclusion of people with disabilities.

She is the author of three books, a collection of short stories Blue Land (Polyho Press), a poetry collection (Ibbetson Street Press) and a novel Afterheat (Empty City Press). Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines including StoryQuarterly, Phoebe, Salamander and The Pennsylvania Review.

She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Kentucky where she studied with author and environmental activist Wendell Berry. More information at www.cdcollins.com


*This workshop is sponsored by Malden Reads. Grant-Subsidized Fee to participants: $20. This project is coordinated through MATV/UMA (Urban Media Arts) and is offered with funding support from the community-wide reading program, Malden Reads: One City, One Book. MATV/UMA and Malden Reads believe in the power of storytelling to bring people together and find common ground across the spectrum of differences that may divide us.


Past Classes & Workshops

Citizen Journalism Class (via Zoom)

Tuesday July 7, 14, 21, & 28
7:30-8:45 PM
Fee: $ 60

With the newspaper business struggling and new form of digital media emerging, local writers and reporters are stepping forward to write important stories about their communities. Would you like to join their ranks?

In this 4-session course, we will review and practice principles of journalism and basic reporting. Students will improve their writing and reporting skills and see their work published.

Instructor Stephanie Schorow is a veteran journalist, who has worked for the Boston Herald, the Associated Press and numerous publications, both print and online.

Virtual Workshop (via Zoom): Podcasting for Beginners 

Subject: Marketing and Promotion

This workshop will be offered via Zoom. It’s perfect for those who already have a solid podcast plan or who have already begun to record to take the next step in putting their podcast out there–hosting, distributing, marketing and even monetizing. Learn the secrets to building a strong and engaged audience, figure out which hosting site is right for you, and learn about how to develop a web and social media presence to get your podcast out in the world!
Wednesday & Thursday, April 8 & 9 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Fee: $25 for members or $40 for non-members

Contact: Hailey Hao hailey@matv.org

Register and Pay

Presenter: Heather McCormack , Boston Free Radio Station Manager & Youth Media Program Director at Somerville Media Center

 

Orientation

An overview of our history, structure, services, and programs.  This presentation is open to anyone in the Malden community who wishes to be involved with MATV in any capacity.  The orientation is also a prerequisite for all of the MATV production courses. To sign up for Orientation, click here.
Cancelled due to COVID-19 6:30 – 8:00 pm
No fee Presenter: Anne D’Urso-Rose, Associate Director

Podcasting for Beginners Sessions 1 and 2

Register and Pay

Movie Factory (Cancelled due to COVID-19) 

Register and Pay

Basic Portable Production (Camera & Editing) (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

 

Learn how to professionally shoot and edit your own videos. This class will cover the basics of portable camera operation using our professional Sony NX70U cameras, shooting technique and general pre-production planning. After each participant practices shooting their own footage, they will learn the basics of nonlinear editing with Final Cut Pro X software, including importing and organizing footage, selecting clips, timeline management, and adding transitions and titles. Additional editing training is available.

PREREQUISITE: Orientation.
Class size is 1- 4 participants.

Class currently available on request. Contact Hailey at hailey@matv.org.

Fee: $35          Instructors: Guillermo Hamlin & James Mudge

Intermediate – Final Cut X (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

The next in the editing workshop series, this two-session class will instruct participants in organizing clips and information; adding music and editing sound clips; using keyframes for motions such as zooming into clips; and other “beyond the basics” exploration of Final Cut X.  Participants will work on a guided project during the class and on their own time. PREREQUISITE: Basic Final Cut X (including certification)
Currently being scheduled on demand for individuals & small groups Flexible dates & times. Contact james@matv.org

Fee: $30          Instructor: James Mudge, Director of Programming & Production

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