Master Class

Virtual Reality Narratives of Urban Spaces with Tim Portlock

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Friday, November 6, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Instructor: Tim Portlock
Fee: $25. $15 for Scribe Members

Tim Portlock began his art making as a community-based muralist and studio painter. After discovering the Internet, he saw technology as a means to create socially engaged projects illustrating the cultural and societal changes American urban spaces have undergone since the end of the industrial era. In this master class Tim will share excerpts of his current digital work which includes virtual reality interactive narratives and 3D simulations of historic spaces depicting post-industrial cities. The imagery he creates synthesizes traditional media and new media to show the relationships between changes in technology, how people form communities, and how people conceive a communal history.

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Preserving Your Memories: Family Film, Photo & Document Preservation and Oral Histories

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Saturday, September 19, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Instructor: Ashley Maynor
Fee: $20. $10 Scribe Members

In the first hour of this hands-on workshop, filmmaker Ashley Maynor will discuss and demonstrate best practices for protecting and preserving home movies, photographs, and documents. She'll explain how to store and care for these items and provide information about obtaining archival quality photo albums and supplies. Maynor who was Oral History Archivist for Roanoke Public Libraries will then share tips and techniques for recording oral histories with elders. She'll discuss and demonstrate easy-to-use and affordable technology that makes recording family histories easier than ever before. Participants are invited to bring their own home movies (8mm, Super 8, etc.) and documents or photos for inspection and repair tips and recommendations.

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Sonia Sanchez: Where Writing Comes From

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Wednesday, July 22, 29 August 5, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Instructor: Sonia Sanchez
Fee: $120. $96 Scribe Members

We are honored that the distinguished poet and playwright Sonia Sanchez will conduct a writing workshop this summer. Over three sessions, Sanchez will help participants find their voice through the process of creating a performance monologue. A soliloquy told simply and directly is what thrills us about radio, theater and often film. The audio monologue is the essence of storytelling. Workshop participants are invited to come with an idea, an image or experience that they would like to explore and write about. Finished works may be thought of as a performance work or as the script for an audio or video piece.

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Aesthethics of Editing


DATE: Wednesday, May 20; TIME: 6:00 PM

Instructor: Ann Tegnell
Fee: $35. $25 for Scribe Members

As low-cost digital video formats allow videomakers to shoot many more hours of footage, the editor, sifting through all the video and audio elements to find the story, has become even more central to moviemaking. How do you tell a story through the language of editing? What is the meaning of a cut, a dissolve, a fade?

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Meet the Red

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DATE: Tuesday, April 7 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Instructor: Paul Hazlet
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe & PIFVA members

Want to see what all the fuss is about?

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