Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend was created especially with you in mind. As the Public Access television station for Brooklyn, New York, our whole mission is to level the media playing field so that every human—no matter their economic status, race, creed, or gender—has access to quality film, TV, and podcast education and facilities. Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend was created for YOU!
Now in its third year, Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend 2019 will focus on the fine art of narrative storytelling.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
- Street Photography
Time / Location One / Location Two: 3 - 5PM / Media Lab / Outdoors
Instructor: Yosef Alexander
Learn on-the-fly composition techniques and how to capture engaging photos of people, buildings, and the Brooklyn Cityscape. Please check the weather reports and dress accordingly. We'll meet rain or shine. Please bring your own digital camera fully charged, with plenty of battery power and available memory.
- Interviewing for TV & Film
Time / Location: 5 - 6PM / TV Studio B
Instructor: Kieran Dick
This workshop will cover preparing for an interview, researching your subject, choosing engaging questions, avoiding common pitfalls, and the art of using guiding questions to get the best answers during your interview. We will also cover which microphones are appropriate for various settings, location scouting, and one/two-camera interview techniques.
- Perfect Your TV & Film Pitch Panel (PITCH WORKSHOP #2)
Time / Location: 7 - 8:30PM / TV Studio A
Panelists: Squeaky Moore, Snypes Murdock, Caralene Robinson, Jason Samuels; Moderator: Kecia Élan Cole
You’ve had an opportunity to create your pitch and now it’s time to perfect it before pitching your show idea. Learn valuable techniques from industry insiders on how to prepare a TV pitch, including: developing a hook, considering your audience, and coming up with a trailer.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 (COMMUNITY MEDIA DAY)
Time / Location: 10 - 11AM / TV Studio A
Instructors: Matthew Allen & Mark Pagán
Want to have your film, TV show, or short air on our New York Emmy-winning community-produced TV channel? It’s possible! Learn more at orientation, the 1st step to becoming a certified community producer at Brooklyn Free Speech!
- Brooklyn Voting Alliance Booth
Time / Location: 11AM - 2PM / Media Center Lobby
Learn more about how you can get involved in the 2018 election.
- Free Speech & Voting Testimonials
Time / Location: 11AM - 3:30PM / Mini Studio & Podcast Studio
In between the day’s workshops, attendees will be able to record either video or audio testimonials about voting experiences and the importance of free speech in society.
- Ethics & Community Journalism
Time / Location: 11:30AM / TV Studio B
Instructor: Jackie Zammuto, Program Manager at WITNESS
WITNESS’ workshop will explore the challenging ethical decisions that journalists and community reporters often face when sharing stories, testimony, and footage of human rights abuses. Participants will engage with specific examples and walk away with practical guidance on how to navigate through difficult ethical choices in their own work.
Time / Location: 11:30AM - 1PM / TV Studio A
Instructor: Geoff Grimwood
Improvisation creates "a set of experiences that allow you to fine-tune and hone all necessary skills needed to think on your feet and simply, react and adapt." You'll play games, learn techniques, and just have a really great time. Everyone will participate. You may have occasion to act a little silly. Don't worry, everyone else will too.
- Fundamentals of Screenwriting
Time / Location: 1:30 - 3:30PM / TV Studio B
Instructor: Sean Mannion
Our crash course in screenwriting gives you tips on going from your brain to paper. Included are the basic elements of a screenplay, proper structure and format, and techniques for how to explain your story to others in clear and concise language. We’ll also discuss free and low-cost programs for screenwriting at home!
- Speed Pitching (PITCH WORKSHOP #3)
Time / Location: 2 - 3:30PM / TV Studio A
Instructor: Rashidi Hendrix
Inspired by the “Speed Dating” phenomenon, this hands-on workshop pairs media makers so that they can make their pitches one-on-one, without the pressure of being in front of a panel. You’ll have to make your case in three minutes or less! After everyone’s been heard, you’ll receive feedback and instructions on how to tighten your pitches and get them ready for the real thing!
- Film Screening & Audience Analysis/Mixer
Time / Location: 4 - 7PM / TV Studio A
Moderator: Robert Gilmore
For our final Brooklyn Media Maker Weekend event, we’re hosting a special screening of Crooklyn. Directed and co-written by Academy Award-nominee, and Brooklynite Spike Lee, Crooklyn tells the story of a family growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the summer of 1973, and their interaction with the colorful characters around the neighborhood.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
- From Mind to Paper: Building Your Pitch (PITCH WORKSHOP #1)
Time / Location: 3 - 4:30PM / TV Studio A
Instructor: Rashidi Hendrix
You’ve dreamed up this amazing idea for a TV show, a web-series, or a feature film— now, how do you get it heard? This workshop will be a guide to cultivating, organizing, and converting your dream into a tangible, written description.
- Starting an Episodic Podcast
Time / Location: 5 - 6:30PM / TV Studio B
Instructor: Mark Pagán
This seminar/workshop will help future and current podcasters with tips on launching and structuring an episodic season using a case study from a pre-existing podcast.
- Keynote Address – It's All About The Angles: The Many Facets of Storytelling in Film
Time / Location: 7 - 8:30PM / TV Studio A
Guest Speaker: Adepero Oduye
Enjoy an interactive keynote experience, led by award-winning actress and filmmaker Adepero Oduye (Pariah, 12 Years A Slave, The Big Short). She’ll expel her wisdom of storytelling through the lens of a director and as an actor that will prove invaluable to all who attend.
The BRIC Media Center gives Brooklynites the tools and know-how to professionally create and cablecast their own television and podcast shows on the Emmy-winning Brooklyn Free Speech, and produces non-commercial TV and podcast programs that reflect the borough's diversity of thought and culture. We provide a voice for Brooklynites just like you to air their hopes, dreams, and aspirations to the world.
The BRIC Media Center provides all Brooklynites with access to television studio facilities, equipment, and free or low-cost media training. We are located in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street.
ACCESS-A-RIDE | UBER | LYFT
Tell the driver you're going to 57 Rockwell Place (Between Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue). It'll be much easier for them to find our building and you'll be dropped off right in front of the door.
2 3 4 5 to Nevins Street (closest station!)
B Q R (D & N, 11PM - 6AM) to Dekalb Avenue (ACCESSIBLE)
B D N Q R to Atlantic Avenue—Barclays Center (ACCESSIBLE)
A C G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street
C to Lafayette Avenue
G to Fulton Street
B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 (ACCESSIBLE)
All of the above buses stop within three blocks of The BRIC Media Center.
LONG ISLAND RAILROAD
The Long Island Railroad stops at Atlantic Terminal, approximately 2 ½ blocks away from The BRIC Media Center. (ACCESSIBLE)
FULL LIST OF ACCESSIBLE SUBWAY STATIONS
Looking for the full list of MTA accessible subway stations in Brooklyn? Here it is!
Travel Alert: Please confirm bus and subway service on the MTA website as there are
frequent weeknight and weekend service interruptions.
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