Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Get Educated: Community-Minded Television and creativeLIVE, and your ideas!

With the 48-Hour Film Festival on its way, we wanted to share a few resources--CMTV14 and creativeLIVE--for brushing up on your skills or learning new ones.

These resources are also great for those out there who saw the announcement for the 48-Hour Film Festival, but don't feel ready to compete. Let us know below if you know of any additional resources!

Photo courtesy of B Uncie on Flickr.

You know about Community-Minded Television Channel 14, but did you know that you can take cheap classes on video production and even rent equipment from CMTV14 for approved projects?

Before taking any classes at CMTV14, you'll have to go through the station's Orientation, which takes place at 5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Once you've gone through Orientation, five classes are available to you. You'll have to call CMTV14 at (509)444-3381 or email for class dates and times.

High-Def Camera Certification (1 hour; Free)
Get certified to use CMTV14's Sony HDV cameras.
Intro to Video Production (12 hours in two parts; $75)
This class is an immersive experience--learn to use a digital camera and non-linear editing system while producing a short film project.
Photoshop 1 (8 hours; $100)
Learn to manipulate images and dapple in graphic design.
Illustrator (8 hours; $100)
Get the knowledge to create your own graphics for print, web and video.
Final Cut Pro 1 (8 hours; $100)
Learn to use the professional editing software--workflow, digitizing, audio and video manipulation and more will be discussed. (Previous non-linear editing experience is required for this class.)

Once you've been trained, you can use CMTV14's equipment--usually for a project to air on CMTV14.

Learn new skills for free(ish) online with streaming classes on creativeLIVE.

The brainchild of photographer Chase Jarvis and a few other people, creativeLIVE is, as Jarvis describes it "free, live creative education"--available worldwide. creativeLIVE is a site that offers various online art classes--from "Watercolor 101" to "HDDSLR Cinemas with Vincent Laforet."

Sign up for the classes and catch them steaming live, and they're free. Miss a class, or want to take a classes that's already completed, you'll have to download and pay for the classes, but even then you can watch a whole 10-week course for just $129. With top-notch instructors and luxury of learning on your own time at your own pace, it's a great value.

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