PCM HD - Headline Digest - February 2012

PCM Offers Free Course
For young, aspiring multimedia directors 

Portland Community Media, through its Youth Media Program is offering a free 12-week program, funded by ZeroDivide and the Federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP), to help teens and young adults get started on a career in film making and media production.

The program,“21st Century Now: Multimedia Production and Career Readiness,” is open to all aspiring multimedia producers, ages 16-24.  The class combines creative expression and technical know-how with career-planning skills and opportunities, with an emphasis on building self-confidence and realistic strategies for reaching goals. As part of a production team, students will plan and produce public service announcements, documentaries, and narrative-style films focused on a specific social or community issue. They will develop written and video resumes, set up profiles at professional networking sites, give presentations and complete other creative projects designed to facilitate personal and professional growth.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, February 14
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Portland Community Media
2766 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

For additional information about the program contact Jymi Hart at jhart@pcmtv.org. The full class description and online registration form are available online at www.pcmtv.org/education

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PCM's winter fundraiser  

 When we recognize that a better word for Fundraising is “friend raising,” we open limitless doors to creativity in support of our causes.
- Sue Vineyard

Paella Bembe was a night of laughter, succulent food and great company. Hosted at Curious Comedy Theater, the comedy team, lead by Stacey Hallal, entertained us with a funny, "scary" improv neutrino show named by the audience, "Murder at Bembé". 

Guests had the choice of vegetarian or seafood paella prepared by Pata Negra Restaurant. 

Among our friends that attended were PCM producers, staff from the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and Commissioner Amanda Fritz. We wrapped up the evening dancing to live Salsa music performed by the Seattle band, Nueva Era.

"The Salsa band at Paella Bembe was the best Salsa band I have heard in the Northwest. If PCM puts on a party, you better go, because it is the best party of the year!"
Sue Diciple - Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission Chair

We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped us in making the event enjoyable and memorable.

Visit Facebook to view more photos of our fun event.  Don't miss the video!

On the weekend of January 14 and 15, PCM's Multimedia Services Department provided audio and visual support for the 11th annual Oregon Robotics and Outreach Programs' (ORTOP) First Lego League Championship. The event, held at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, consisted of two days of robot action as students from around Oregon SW Washington competed to represent ORTOP in the FLL Open Invitationals held later in the year at LEGOLAND California and St. Louis, Missouri.

PCM also provided technical support for events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Skanner Newspaper Breakfast at the Convention Center and the 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Highland Christian Center. Both events were televised live as the Portland community came together for these important celebrations.

In February, the MMS department will be covering several engaging talks from the City Club of Portland's Friday Forum, including forums from Multnomah County Chair, Jeff Cogen, and Multnomah County District Attorney, Mike Schrunk. The City Club Friday Forums can be seen every Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast CityNet 30.

Series scheduling is coming up! 

Whether you're a new producer who's eligible to start a series, or a veteran producer who's returning to series life, please contact Sophie Butigan, Programming Coordinator at sophie@pcmtv.org or 503 288-1515 ext. 134, to make sure you're sent an application in the mail. Series applications for Spring Quarter (April 1-June 30) will be accepted at the front desk from 2 p.m. on February 3rd until 9pm on February 15th, and scheduling priority is given on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't wait until the last minute!  

Help us promote your shows. 

Do you have a timely special show coming up in the near future or a special guest that is scheduled to make a rare appearance? Consider making a promo for it. Promos are a great way to let viewers know about your upcoming shows. They can grow your audience, increase awareness, and generate interest. They will also help us let our viewers know when they can see your program. Contact Andre Middleton at andrem@pcmtv.org for information regarding submission details.

Producer's Circle Meetings

Producers' Circle is a great place for community producers and volunteers to connect, and to hear about what's happening at PCM. Topics include volunteer opportunities, new technology, PCM events and activities, and there's always time for question and answer with PCM staff.

The Producers' Circle is held every other month on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Studio A. Community producers and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

Join us for our next meeting:  

Monday, March 12
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Portland Community Media
2766 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Updates on our website. 

In November we launched a Studio Upgrade Survey asking for your input on the future design of the studios at PCM. Thanks to all of you who completed the survey! Your feedback and comments are driving the development process with this project. We also asked for community producers to volunteer for the committee and would like to thank Tim Kohl, Dave Mendenhall and Steve Wasson for stepping forward to participate.

The Studio Design Review committee held it's first meeting on December 19th to discuss the results of the survey, review the project timeline and for an initial brainstorming session to identify priorities. We are posting information on the process at the PCM website as we progress. Please visit www.pcmtv.org/news and select "Studio Upgrade" on the right sidebar to see all of the activity associated with the project. The next step of the process will result in a draft design of the studio upgrades. We expect to have the draft design by the end of February. The draft design will be posted at the website and within the facility for all to review.

Your feedback is important to us! If you have any comments you would like to share as you review the notes or designs associated with this project please share those comments in writing with Bea Coulter. You can send them via email to bea@pcmtv.org, or mail/drop your written document off at PCM and we'll incorporate your feedback into the process.

Field Production: Documenting Portland 

In this three-session workshop, participants will work as part of a team to develop a documentary field production about a Portland person or place. The completed project will be distributed by PCM. Working from criteria set forth by PCM, participants will collectively determine their production topic and then plan, shoot and edit a complete program. Participants will learn to tell a story using video, conduct an interview in the field, learn the fundamentals of field audio, camera operation, and how to edit with Final Cut Pro.

Saturdays, February 4,11 & 18
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Portland Community Media
2766 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

To enroll visit our website.

Recording Music for TV and Video 

Do you wonder about the best way to record music for video? Well ponder no more.

In this three session class students will go over the basics of multitrack recording, learn how to "mix" a song and record live music in the studio. Working with one or more musicians to create your song(s), we will learn about capturing songs with microphones and using digital programs to mix them.

Students should think of songs in movies or TV shows that are memorable and come to class with some ideas. Keep in mind, no one needs to be an expert and any idea, even silly, can end up working great.

Please join us! Everyone's welcome. It's going to be a lot of fun.

Tuesdays, February 21st, 28th, and March 6th
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Portland Community Media
2766 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

To enroll visit our website.

Visit our website to view all our upcoming classes.

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