EMTA Conference presentation

Peter Mahan, a high school art teacher from Hannibal Central Schools and a brand new member of MATA, would like to invite interested members of MATA to a presentation he is giving at the 2008 New York Educational Media teachers (NYSEMTA) Fall Conference related to work he has done with media literacy and video production. The lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24th at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, New York. The presentation will consist of two selections of high school student work his classes produced during the 2007 school year and a brief talk on his unique approach to media literacy as it applies to film. If you are interested in more information you can contact him at pmahan@hannibalcsd.org

Want to Make Your Own Film?

Squeaky Wheel in conjunction with Buffalo Tours (a joint project of the Preservation Coalition and the Landmark Society) seeks youth producers for the fourth annual BUFFALO YOUTH MEDIA INSTITUTE, an after-school program for 8th – 12th graders.

  • Write, shoot and edit a documentary using professional equipment and techniques
  • Learn more about your community and its history
  • Earn a stipend for up to five hours of work per week (up to $1,000) Continue reading Want to Make Your Own Film?

The “true cost” of inkjet prints

Red River Paper has posted a revealing report on the cost of ink used to make standard size prints on several Epson printers. For those of us making the transition from conventional to digital printing, this can help us and our students place a monetary value on our prints. I’ve never encountered an analysis of chemical costs per print, but you can at least compare the cost of in-house printing against outside lab costs.

This report does not include the cost of the printer. You may want to amortize that cost over its useful life (perhaps 4 years) and divide it by the estimated number of prints that will be fed through.

NYS Short-film competition

The State of New York is running a short-film competition that invites amateur filmmakers to create their take on the world-famous “I LOVE NY” slogan depicting what they love about New York “In A New York Minute” (a 60-second film.)

Filmmakers will compete for top-notch prizes (professional HD video equipment, scholarships to professional film workshops, a mentorship with a high profile filmmaker, New York weekend getaways) and the opportunity to have their short film screened on a national television network.

One prize will also be awarded to the top film submitted by a New York college/university student who is named the Student Filmmaker of Distinction. A separate category, the Young Filmmaker of Distinction, recognizes filmmakers 14 to 18 years old. Judges for the competition include Tina Fey, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Doug Liman.

The contest opens on June 1; entries will be collected through July 15, and we will announce the winners in September.

The competition will be unveiled this week with a press event at George Eastman House in Rochester. We would like to invite students, teachers and local filmmakers to join us for the announcement. The event will take place on Thursday, May 29th at The George Eastman House. We’ll unveil the details of the competition to the public and the media – including a short video from judge Tina Fey. NY State regional film commissioners will be there; students can ask questions and be in the news photos. They’ll be the first to get all the details!

The event will begin at 2:00 pm; we are asking guests to arrive at 1:30 pm.  I have included the event details and an overview of the contest below.  Information on RSVPs is below. 
We’re eager to let as many students and aspiring filmmakers as possible know about the competition. I can be reached at 507.645.9525 or betsy.spethmann@cegny.com.

WHAT: Press conference officially launching the “I Love NY” Short Film Competition. Attendees include Dan Gundersen – Upstate Chairman of Empire State Development Corporation, Pat Kaufman – Executive Director of The Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development, Dr. Anthony Bannon – Director of The George Eastman House, and others.

WHEN: Thursday, May 29, 2:00 PM -Guests should arrive at 1:30 PM
WHERE: George Eastman House, Rochester, NY – Dryden Theater
Parking will be available on site

Nichols School Flick Fest | April 22, 2008

The Nichols School Flick Fest is in three weeks. If you have student film and video entries that you would like to have considered for the festival send them in ASAP (the late deadline in this Friday). There is no entry fee and attendance to the festival is free. The festival is Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00pm at the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School

Send work labeled with the student’s name, address, school, title and TRT to:
Andrea Mancuso
Nichols School
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
716 875-8212×252

If you have any questions email Andrea amancuso@nicholsschool.org

Reel Teens Festival 2008

The “Felix”

The eighth annual Reel Teens Festival will be held June 6-8, 2008.

The Festival celebrates the creative intelligence of young people by screening films and videos made by teenagers. This past year 623 entries were received, 42 from foreign countries with 78 finalists being screened over the 3 days of the festival which is held in the Village of Hunter, New York.

Deadline for submission is April 15, 2008. For more details about the festival and the application process, visit Reel Teens.

WNY Media Arts Show, Feb 29, 2008

The WNY MATA Media Arts Show will be held at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts on Feb 29, 2008. Students will have the opportunity to show their work — including video, computer art, and photography — to their peers and to professional artists. Students may also take the opportunity to apply to the NYS Summer School of Media Arts. But students need not bring work to enjoy the event. We’ll also have tours of the Departments of Visual Studies and Media Study, and hand-on workshops.

Back by popular demand – Scannergrams, Flash animation, and digital iron-on transfers. Apple Inc. will demonstrate podcasting: making a podcast with Garageband, and how to share them with collaboration technologies like wikis and blogs.

Please keep the following in mind for students who will be presenting work:

1. Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes each.
2. Supply either a QuickTime file on a Macintosh compatible disk; or a  mini DV tape, queued and labeled.
3. Include student’s name, grade and school.
4. Please mail the work in by Feb 17, 2008. We will make an effort to include work received after the 17th, or brought in the day of the show, but we cannot guarantee there will be enough time. Mail to:
WNY MATA Show Video
c/o Carl Lee
239 Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY 14260

Photos or digital prints
1. Work should be matted or mounted. If mounting is not possible, prints should at least be organized in a portfolio case or binder.
2. A quantity of 8-10 prints is recommended.

For more info, email Dom Licata.

Download the WNY MATA Media Show schedule.