Creativity + Media Literacy + Community

Upper Valley media professionals share their trades and talents in master class-styled “media labs.” These hands-on workshops can stand alone or work together to provide a comprehensive introduction to digital media arts production. (Fee assistance is available; contact info@uvjam.org)


October JAM Lab Series: Camera

  • Tuesdays, October 4 – 25
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • JAM Media Lab Leader: Will Freihofer
  • Registration Fee: $150.00
  • Waiver/assistance available – Contact: samantha@uvjam.org
  • For: Community (16+)
  • Enrollment: Min: 4,  Max: 16

This hands-on workshop series focusing on Camera fundamentals for creating moving images is suited to all levels. You are invited to bring media projects-in-progress or ideas you’re incubating. Equipment will be provided (or bring your own) and can be borrowed between sessions for optional “homework” activities.

  • 10/4 Camera Fundamentals: F Stop. Focal length. ISO and Gain. Depth of field. Composition. Familiar? Learn or deepen your knowledge of the fundamentals of how cameras create images to harness their power for your film and media visions.
  • 10/11 Motion Pictures: Frame rates. Tilt and pan. Camera angles. “Coverage” (aks shooting for editing). Dive into motion picture photography to translate the camera’s potential into the kinetic power of moving images that help you tell your story in its most effective form.
  • 10/18 Cinematic Images: Depth of field. Three-point lighting. Color. Prime lenses. Bump your filmmaking up to the level of art with the tools used by pros to achieve movie magic.
  • 10/25 Culminating Camera Workshop: The final meeting will be designed by participants to workshop their projects, reviewing concepts in context or engaging the group for test shooting.

About Will: Will Freihofer is a professional photographer with a studio in White River Junction, Vermont. Raised in Lyme, New Hampshire, he studied at the University of Montana where he taught photojournalism courses while completing his master’s degree in science journalism. His approach to visual media hinges on authentic storytelling, using the camera to provide a window into a world outside our own. He hopes to create imagery that explores the familiar within the foreign (and vice versa). Freihofer’s professional media career has included stints filming the History Channel’s “Mountain Men”, serving as a media director in the bicycle industry for The Cyclist’s Menu, and a wide variety of commercial photo and video work as Freihofer Photography. His photography has been on the cover of Science and Bicycling magazines, and been featured by ESPN, Outside, Danner boots, YETI coolers and others.

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October Weekend Intensive: Directing the Actor for the Camera & Camera for the Actor

  • Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • JAM Media Lab Leaders: Samantha Davidson Green & Richard Waterhouse
  • Registration Fee: $75.00
  • Waiver/assistance available – contact samantha@uvjam.org
  • For: Community (16+)
  • Enrollment: Min 4, Max: 16

This one-day, hands-on workshop will explore the director’s role in bringing about powerful performances on camera. Participants will jump in on both sides of the camera – as directors, camera operators, and actors – in exercises taken from published narrative screenplays. Participants are also invited to share originally scripted scenes for activities ahead of time for workshopping with the group. Suited for all levels, no previous experience required. All equipment will be provided.

  • About Samantha: Samantha is an independent filmmaker and theater director who studied film at UCLA’s School of Film, Television and Digital Media and whose original short films and first feature have played to festivals worldwide. She brings her work experience in public media and education and her deep roots in the Upper Valley to her current role as Executive Director of CATV/JAM, where she is dedicated to nurturing the uniquely rich civic and cultural life that characterizes our community.
  • About Richard: Richard Waterhouse is an acting instructor at Brown University and teaches online for University of the Arts. He is one of the founders of Fuller Road Artist Residency in Newbury, VT. Richard began his career as an actor and member of three professional acting unions and then transitioned to teaching approx. 25 years ago. Richard has founded two 48 Hr. Film competitions, one at the Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier, VT and another in Bradford, VT.
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November JAM Lab: Sound

  • Tuesdays, November 8 – 28
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • JAM Media Lab Leaders: JAM crew – Chico, Cedar, Samantha & Jordyn
  • Registration Fee: $150.00
  • Waiver/assistance available – contact: samantha@uvjam.org
  • For: Community (16+)
  • Enrollmen: Min 4, Max 16

This hands-on workshop series focusing on Sound fundamentals for recording and creating compelling soundscapes is suited to all levels. You are invited to bring media projects-in-progress or ideas you’re incubating. Equipment will be provided (or bring your own) and can be borrowed between sessions for optional “homework” activities.

  • 11/8 Sound Recording Fundamentals: Lavalier and shotgun mics. Zoom recorders. XLR in-puts. Levels. Directionality and pick-up patterns. Signal to noise. Location vs. studio recording. Learn the fundamentals for recording just audio (for podcasting) or audio with image for film and media projects.
  • 11/15 Sound Editing: Dialogue edit. Pre-lapping and post-lapping. Room tone. Discover the power of sound editing to clean up and unify the world you are creating in your podcast, film or media project using standard digital editing softwares (Adobe Premiere/Audition, Final Cut Pro, Logic)
  • 11/23 Sound Design & Music: Sound effects. Foley. Backgrounds. Soundtrack and score. Discover how to create layered tracks for a lush, fully dimensional soundscape that achieve the full emotional power of your storytelling.
  • 11/29 Sound Mixing Workshop: Levels and fades. EQ. Panning. Stereo or 5.1 surround. Learn how to boost your audio, film or media project to a pro level through the final mix.
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December JAM Lab Weekend Intensive: Painting with Light

  • Saturday, December 3
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • JAM Media Lab Leaders: Chico Eastridge +
  • Registration Fee: $75.00
  • Waiver/assistance available – contact: samantha@uvjam.org
  • For: Community (16+)
  • Enrollment: Min 4, Max 16

This one-day hands-on workshop illuminating the power of light to create compelling motion picture images is suited to all levels. The morning session will focus on creating Video Art for projection at Light River Junction.  After lunch, the focus will shift to cinematic lighting.  Activities will include both studio and location lighting exercises to discover tools and techniques, whether sculpting light or working with what nature gives you, to create intentional moving images.

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