Fall 2016 Programs!

Mobile Media Labs: Free Media Arts Workshops

Free to attend, registration required.
Mobile Media Labs are supported by the NYS Regional Economic Development Council, which enables Spark to bring comprehensive Media Education to area libraries!

Saturday, December 3, 10, and 17, 2016 | 1-4 pm
In this three-part workshop, learn to create your own digital character and animate it with motion-capture software! Using Adobe Photoshop and Character Animator, students will design digital characters and backgrounds, then bring them to life through giving them facial expressions, movements, and a voice. Last, students will bring their backgrounds and recorded animations into Adobe After Effects to bring the whole scene together, leaving them with a complete digitally animated short video! This workshop is funded by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation. Ages 12+. Please register through the Woodstock Public Library at 845-679-2213
Woodstock Public Library
5 Library Ln, Woodstock.


Filmmaking 101 Intensive

DATES: December 5-15, 2016 • Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 pm
Experience the exciting process of filmmaking! After exploring basic cinematography, you’ll learn various new skills, such as scriptwriting, storyboarding, acting, filming, and editing. By the end of the two weeks, participants will have collaborated to create a film to submit to Reel Expressions, Spark’s annual youth film festival! Ages 13-19.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE PROGRAM: Download an application here! and email it to MaryEllen@sparkmediaproject.org by November 28!


Media Magic

When: September 27-November 10: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:45-5:30 pm
Where: Spark Media Project (42 Catharine St., Poughkeepsie – Second Floor)
Applications Due: September 16

Media Magic is Spark’s after-school, workforce-development program: Youth ages 13-19 earn incentives after learning how to create media in various forms. Media Magic offers a life-changing opportunity to develop new skills, improve media literacy, and earn rewards, while gaining valuable job-related skills, such as teamwork, leadership, communication, independent thinking, and creativity. With guidance, participants will create unique projects for the following partners:

WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON: Hudson River Drone Footage Editing Contest
Working with professional, high-quality drone footage of the Hudson River and its waterfront, youth will learn the ins and outs of editing in Adobe Premiere and After-Effects to cut the existing footage to craft their own unique, creative videos. These remixes will be entered into a contest sponsored by the Walkway Over the Hudson and the winner receives a cash prize!

Teens will learn the art of portraiture and audio recording to create a series of photojournalism projects around the topic of sexual-violence prevention and healthy relationships. Participants gain an understanding of how to use social media professionally by promoting Photovoice media via Instagram and Twitter.

FRAME Workshop: Paid Job-training & Filmmaking

TEENS: Build a portfolio and get paid to be creative!
The FRAME (Film, Radio, Arts, Media, Entrepreneurship) Workshop is an after-school, paid, professional development program in which teens ages 14-19 create high-quality videos for local client-partner organizations. Over the course of six weeks, participants learn about the world of professional media production while gaining workplace and leadership skills, client-producer relationship building and management, and much more. Plus, Youth Producers receive a $100 stipend for program completion!

When: November 1- December 15: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 pm
Where: Kingston Free Library in Kingston, NY
Applications Due: October 3
Client Partner: The Center for Creative Education