We had so much fun back in August – we decided to do it again! This month we held our second Youth Media Day. We opened our studios to youths of all ages and gave them the opportunity to learn about digital media and what it is like to create videos in a professional studio environment. The day ran from 10am – 2pm and cost only $10 per youth.
We brought back a favorite, the Photoshop Workshop, where our Educational Coordinator, Kristen Mattozzi, taught bite-sized lessons in Desaturating Colors, highlighting a specific color without the need for using a smartphone filter, as many are used to using now. She also taught how to clone and liquify images. Some of the kids really took to the Halloween spirit and edited out eyes and other facial features for truly spooky results!
In addition to the Photoshop Workshop, CreaTV Crew members Frank Mariscal and Gopher Gold taught “Green Screen Shenanigans”. Movies and TV shows use the green screen (known as chroma-key) effects all the time. This mini-workshop presented the kids with a green screen effect for them to work with. Kids did a one- and five-day weather forecast as well as sports report of a recent high school football game we filmed for CreaTV Sports.
If you see us around town at events, we often have our booth set up for you to share your “15-Seconds of Fame” — your chance to be creative or vocal about a subject. We brought that to Youth Media Day as well. The kids had a lot of fun singing, dancing, and letting their voice be heard in front of our cameras.
One last segment we added is the opportunity to view some of last year’s CreaTiVe Awards. It’s our gala awards event where we honor local video-makers. Many of which are students! Some of the kids that attended Youth Media Day shared that they have YouTube channels with content they are creating. Our CreaTiVe Awards offer youth the opportunity to showcase their content and potentially win an award. Many of the kids that attended let us know that it was a lot of fun to watch our awards show – that certainly put a smile on our faces!
Overall it was yet another successful Youth Media Day and we look forward to having several of these each year. We’ll bring back some favorites and create new workshops and experiences each time. That will allow the kids that have attended previously to continue to return and enjoy the day once again.
We look forward to hosting another Youth Media Day in early 2015. We will keep you updated!