Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Green Flatters Everyone (Filming Pick Ups for "Blair's Beard")

Today, we have done a few pickups for our film Blair's Beard. We used a lot of green-screen today.

Sometimes when you don't have a set around that you can use, or you need a different kind of set you can't find in real life, the actors stand in front of a green-screen and later the green is taken away and the background is put in its place.

We used the green screen because we needed an area in which we could put Ryan's head floating around Rebecca's head for a dream sequence. In it, Ryan is talking about how he's going to put a hex on her to give her a beard from the power of Chewbacca.

Today Kyle and Ryan were flabbergasted by Rebecca's beard.

A scene where Ryan will have his head floating around and changing color.

Madison has been doing a perspicacious job editing the film from the start, she's making it look great! :D 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Script is Finished (Hooray!)

Today we were finally able to finish our script. It was a good feeling that it took less time compared to other scripts that I have worked on. Our script is about a girl who learns a lesson after she wakes up with a beard.
Once we completed the script those who knew about the cameras taught those who didn't while the actors read over the script.

In conclusion, today was a very successful day and I am sure tomorrow will be as well.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Today was the first day of Children's Media Project's Reel Expressions Filmmaking Intensive! Six dedicated youth producers are collaborating to create a professional-quality production that will hopefully make it into CMP's Reel Expressions youth film festivals.

Youth producer Zoe, who created the animated short "A Problem" in the summer 2014 DROP TV youth employment program, was among the intensive filmmakers present.

We kicked things off with some improv acting exercises:


              Next, the class learned about the Hero's Journey and began brainstorming their own story ideas. Concentrating on character psychology and motivation, the class is making great progress towards beginning their script tomorrow and be filming by the end of the week. 

Stay tuned for more updates from our Reel Expressions All Stars!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Support Our New Program - Forge Media!

Our annual fundraising drive begins today in support of the official launch of CMP's Production House Apprenticeship Program.

The Production House, re-branded under Forge Media, is an Apprenticeship Program, and provides advanced CMP youth (youth who have "leveled up" through our programs) with the opportunity to continue their education and launch their career in the media industry.

Forge employs these apprentices to shoot professional commercial productions for local businesses and organizations. This not only provides our apprentices with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, but allows us to provide area organizations and businesses with high-quality, but low-cost productions.

This is a huge undertaking, and we need your support to reach our goal of $20,000, so please donate by going to, and clicking on any of the donation levels! No amount is too great or small, and every bit helps, so give today! Support the local community and make an investment in the young people that can brighten its future!

November 12th - January 10th 

Some alums share their experience!

" I progressed as a leader... I feel that I played a big role in getting the pieces shot and finished."
 - Alex Haynes 

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Birth of a Super Hero film
In the following photos the the students are in the second stage of production. We are filming a super hero trailer featuring Bang and Electro. This trailer includes how the hero Bang gains the ability to teleport. During the production sequence we brain stormed then came up with a bare bone script. Then the script gets edited. After that we went into the part shown below (filming).
 The scene of Bang getting his mask is being slated
 Student is using the boom pole for audio
Shot of Bangs expression when his Mother tells him of responsibility to come

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Original Banned Book Public Service Announcements

Media Magic has been learning about banned books, and why we think books shouldn't be banned. A book can teach us life lessons, help us improve our reading, or even inspire us to write our own books.

We made these Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to show what we have learned about the issue of banned books. To make the PSAs, we broke up into small groups and came up with original ways to share information with the public about this issue.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Best Moments from Reel Expressions 2014

Reel Expressions 2014 was a blast! Here's a look back at some of our favorite moments from the night:

Thanks to the Bardavon Theater for being such a great venue! 

One of our youth film makers, and our papparazzi for the night, Jeremiah. 

Some attendees striking a pose. 

Reel Expressions is fun for all ages!

Ryan, one of CMP's teachers and producers. 

Green screen filming in process as part of our interactive media reception. 

Youth film makers searching for gold. 

State Senator Terry Gipson meets CMP board president Cynthia Rosenzweig. 

CMP Executive Director Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt and CMP Founder Maria Marewski.

Nate, CMP staff member extarordinaire!
Youth film makers Khadija and Donald help with serving food. 

Board President Cynthia Rosenzweig with her family.

State Senator Terry Gipson honors Maria Marewski. 

Youth film maker Vivianna asks for donations after the show. 

Got pens? 

A group of amazing youth film makers from Albany. 

Former CMP student Tyler with Ryan and Mike. 

Ryan with his mom. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Banned Books...The Sequel!

For yet another week Media Magic has been working at the Adriance Library making projects that share information about banned books. Many of us were surprised by some of the books that have been challenged or banned. Here is a video of us talking about some of our favorite banned books:

Our next project on banned books is writing and filming original PSAs (Public Service Announcements) to spread awareness of the issue. We had a lot of fun planning and filming them. Here are some photos from the process.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Banned Books Selfies

Media Magic has been spending Mondays at the Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie working on special media projects for the library. Because it's Banned Books Week, as well as the kick-off for the Big Read, the teens from Media Magic decided to take selfies with their favorite banned books. What's your favorite banned book?

Vivianna and Madeleine like "Bone" by Jeff Smith

Brianna likes "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini and Jason likes "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey

Michael likes "Fat Kid Rules the World" by KL Going

Teen Librarian Martha likes "The Pigman" by Paul Zindel and Media Magic teacher Maya likes "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman

Jack and Brianna like "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

Jason likes "Will Grayson Will Grayson" by John Green and David Levithan

Khadija likes "Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer

Ari and Azzan like "Bone" by Jeff Smith and Shyhiem likes "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury 

Dyasia likes "I Hunt Killers" by Barry Lyga

Dyasia likes "I Hunt Killers" by Barry Lyga and Dyreek likes "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes

Azzan likes "Maus" by Art Spiegelman and Ari likes "Bone" by Jeff Smith