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In Collaboration with Flash Frame Film and Video Network, Vox Popular Media Arts Festival provided the following workshops in January/February 2018:

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This workshop has been made possible by funding from the Ontario Arts Council.

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Acting for the Camera Workshop

Starts January 17, 2018

Open to participants of all ages and experience, this workshop will look at the differences between theatre and film acting; technical aspects of how a film is shot; types of shots; continuity; terminology; blocking; and the audition process.

The format will be largely hands on, and will include shooting 1 and 2-person scenes to evaluate together. Guest presenters will join us to speak about their area of expertise (a Director; camera operator/DOP). A short film script, made by the participants, will be produced for the final class.

The class will be limited to 15 participants. It will run on 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings (6-9 pm) beginning January 17th, with a final production date (to be determined by the class; likely a Saturday or Sunday half day) to shoot a short film.

The instructor, Dennis Dubinsky, has been a film, television and theater actor for 25 years. Now residing in Thunder Bay, Dennis worked in film and television in Ottawa, Vancouver and Edmonton, and had roles in TV series (Strange Luck, The New Addams Family), feature films (Best Buds, 10-57, The Pineville Heist, Angela’s Isle, Long Walk Home) and numerous commercials (Ocean Spray, Eddie Bauer among others). Dennis acts in Cambrian Players productions (My Favourite Year, Pericles, The Full Monty); has appeared in two 10 X 10 Festival plays; two melodramas at Chippewa park, and has appeared in numerous Con College student films.

360 Filmmaking Workshop

Starts January 17, 2018

Kelly Saxberg is a film producer, director, editor and cinematographer with credits on over 100 films. Kelly has mentored dozens of emerging filmmakers in Thunder Bay through Flash Frame workshops and collaborative film projects since 2001. She organized Docs North Doc Nord in 2016, 2011-2013. She also organized and was a participant for the 360VR workshop in August 2016.

The 5 week 360˚ Virtual Reality workshop will teach youth and emerging filmmakers how to shoot 360 video with Go-Pro Fusion, record ambisonic sound, stitch the 2 camera footage together into a seamless single frame and edit a 360 VR production for the Oculus Rift and post it to Youtube. The final productions will be presented at the festival’s 360 projection experience at Docs on Bay events and at the Vox Popular in 2017.

Introduction to Arduino Workshop


Starts January 13, 2018

This hands-on introductory workshop teaches Arduino, an open-source electronics board used by hobbyists, artists, students and tinkerers all around the world to make interactive electronics projects. Arduino accepts a wide variety of sensors as input like touch, heat, motion, sound, wind, etc., to collect information from its physical environment. In turn, this information can be used to control various outputs (actuators) like lights, music, motors, robots, etc.

Each participant will receive an Arduino kit that includes the board, wires, sensors and actuators. They will learn how to hook up various sensors and actuators to the Arduino board. They will also learn to write computer code to control their Arduino boards. The participants will also have an opportunity to talk about their ideas and will learn how to put them into action using Arduino.

Requirements: Participants are required to bring their own laptop computers to work with Arduino projects. No prior knowledge of electronics and / or computer programming is required.

The workshop mentor Riaz Mehmood is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. His artistic oeuvre encompasses a range of practices including new media, video, photography and performance. His research explorations include emerging technologies, interactive art and magic realism. Riaz holds an MFA from the University of Windsor, completed the Integrated Media program at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and BSc Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan. He has participated in several international and national artist residencies and workshops, and has earned a number of grants, scholarships, and awards. His works have been shown nationally and internationally.

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