At CTV-21 we are always looking for ways to share the benefits of learning local production to the community. It is not uncommon to find us at concerts, fairs, debates parades either taping or extolling the benefits of getting involved with CTV21.
When approached last May by a member of the Newtown Arts Commission the expectation would be that they would ask us to videotape an event. What followed was a brief but effective brainstorming session that resulted in a new and different way for community members to learn about television production.
If you don’t already know, the premiere of the Newtown Arts Festival September 15th and 16th is going to be one of the top area family activities for the month of September. The apples won’t be ready for picking yet and the weather will be seasonable with just the hint of a few leaves beginning to turn.
During the 2 day festival numerous artists will not only be selling their unique creations many will be demonstrating them too. Under the big tent you will find Music and dance as well as theatre and instruction. Food and other items for purchase will also be available.
What is our role, you ask. The idea that was borne out of that initial meeting was to provide more than just coverage of some of the sights and sounds, but to provide an opportunity to demonstrate and teach as well.
During the 2 day festival CTV21 will be offering 2 kinds of classes, both an hour long, both alternating on the hour from 10am to 4pm. The first class is a short video subject challenge. A group of three participants will accompany a CTV21 staff member to one or more points on the festival grounds to captures scenes in order to tell a story. They will return to the mobile Art Studio (read: mobile production truck) to learn how to edit and publish a short video.
In the 2nd class We will emphasize producing with still cameras– Instead of video – participants in this class will need to bring their cameras. After a breif training the photographers will venture out among the crowds and activities to capture the flavor of the festival. Upon returning their images will be loaded to a computer for the creation of a slide show set to music.
The results of both classes will be displayed during the festival; selections will be uploaded to the festival website, and to air on CTV21. Although there is a fee to enter the festival, there is no additional fee to participate in these classes.
Don’t wait until the last minute. Space is limited. call CTV-21 today to sign up for either or both workshops call (203) 304-4050.