10 Minute Film School

Is it still possible to make a movie on a low budget?  Check out the short The Robert Rodriguez 10 Minute Film School  on YouTube. Rodriguez directed From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City and more. Watching this could provide just the motivation you need to make something from nothing.

Use the many resources available to you at Studio 300 and even get advice on movie production and post-production. Here are a couple of books that can further your film studies:

index2130 Projects to Get you into Filmmaking by Elliot Grove

The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down and Dirty DV Production by Anthony Q. Artis

Exporting in Premiere Pro

Here are some quick tips to save time when exporting your video file to multiple, different formats from Premiere Pro. Start first with a completed master file and then export to other formats from that primary file. To create the master file, export using Quick Time as the format and use the Apple ProRess 422 as the preset:

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Add your movie to the export queue.  That will open up Media Encoder.

Highlight your Master File video and click on Add Output to export the same video to different formats.  Every time you click on Add Output, you can choose another export format.

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For DVDs, choose the MPEG 2-DVD  codec. Choose constant bit rate instead of variable bit rate for a faster encode.

For help editing or exporting using Premiere Pro, come to Studio 300 for immediate assistance.


Learn Delta Blues

119-musicJoin Donna Herula for a 75- minute Delta Blues Guitar Workshop. Songs will include Tommy Johnson’s Big Road Blues in drop D tuning and Willie Brown’s Future Blues in open G tuning. Tabs will be provided. We suggest this for players with intermediate skills though all are welcome. Participants should bring their own acoustic guitar to the workshop.
The workshop is: Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. in Studio 300 (Video Studio C). Register here.

Stick around after the workshop for a free concert with the Chicago-based blues duo of Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello as they bring harmony, heart, and driving rhythm to the blues tradition. The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

Video Camp for Teens Summer 2014

This week it was our Teen patrons attending the Fountaindale Public Library and Studio 300 Summer 2014 Video Camp. They made trailers for imaginary films and then completed several Public Service Announcements. All these projects were conceived, written, videotaped, and edited by Teens in grades 9-12. Enjoy their hard work.


Photoshop Club

photoshop_logo_wallpaper_by_peterbaumann-d6c88bwThis August Studio 300 will host Club Photoshop.  This on-going club is for beginners, intermediate, and advanced Photoshop users. The first project will be a poster using multiple images, brushes and shapes, and includes Photoshop tools such as masking, typography, and basic compositing.

Club Photoshop is for you to explore techniques beyond our regular Photoshop classes and an opportunity for you to work with and learn from other Photoshop users. Future projects will include photo editing, HDR photos, digital illustration, and so much more. Your suggestions are also encouraged.

Club Photoshop meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. starting on August 27. Seats are limited so sign up today.

Make your own movie trailer

PrevWhen you visit a movie theater, there are always previews (aka trailers) for upcoming movie releases. Have you ever thought of making your own movie trailer? It’s a creative and fun way to present a vacation, birthday, or other family event. A business could use the trailer format to promote a product or service. Of course, you can make a trailer for fun, too. Imagine the possibilities.

The iMovie video editing software includes an easy-to-use trailer function. Login to a Studio 300 iMac, drop in your own video, change some titles, and in a few minutes you have a finished, professional movie trailer.

Recently, Studio 300 made trailers for upcoming Fountaindale Public Library programs. We compiled these into a sequence to show at the movie night following our annual Ice Cream Social. You can watch all the trailers we made by visiting our YouTube channel. Below is the trailer we did to promote Studio 300:



Animation by Teens

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 6.01.29 PMThis time around it was our Teen patrons taking advantage of the Studio 300 Summer Animation Camp. Patrons in grades 7-12 learned about the animation art form and made several animated projects during the week-long camp. They experimented with different styles including pixilation, stop motion, and computer-based animation. Below are the results of their highly creative work: