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Seeking extras and production crew July 23rd during CFD

Lights Camera Action!

Click on the image to download the participation release

CREW
WCM and Angel Street Films are producing a short film The Rose Garden (working title) set in Cheyenne, Wyoming during Cheyenne Frontier Days. We need a small crew for the day at the CFD parade, the gunslinger town, Frontier Park carnival and rodeo arena. Media passes provided Please download and complete the participation release and return it to the email below:

  • Production Assistants
  • Make up artist
  • Boom operator
  • Assistant Director
  • 2nd camera operator

EXTRAS
We also need some extras during the parade for a shot that takes place in front of Marv’s Pawn Shop at the corner of 16th Street and Carey Ave.

When: Saturday, July 23rd – 8am to 4pm

Where: Staging location 109 E. 17th Street (corner of Central and 17th St)

If interested download and complete the participation release and email it to bvet22@yahoo.com or call 307-509-0181

Watch LightsOn! DoorsOpen! Live – get the app and set up a channel

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Click on the poster to go to the live LightsOn! DoorsOpen! video feed

The Hynds Building is opening for good on Friday night June 3rd. The LightsOn! DoorsOpen! reception marks the first time in 25 years that the historic venue will be habited.

There will be music, movies, art, food and socializing. Check out the new windows, restrooms in an urban loft-like atmosphere.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can tune in and watch a live Wyoming Community Media video stream by clicking on the poster on the left to go to UStream.tv but if you have a facebook account, you can view it on the LightsOn! facebook page.

If you’d like to be part of the video action and have an iPhone or Droid, add the UStream app and we’ll assign you a channel or set up your own account! Talk to people in the crowd, capture the music and live action and produce your own reality show about the historical reopening of the Hynds Building!

Remember the first classes to be taught there will be the Wyoming Community Media and Laramie County Community College Lights, Camera, Action! video production classes June 16, 18 and 23. For more information see the link below.

Tickets are still available at www.lightsondowntown.com

Online TV Shows by Ustream

WCM – LCCC teaching ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ Next workshop June 16th

Register through LCCC

Create professional videos without being a professional! Download the catalog then sign up through Laramie County Community College.

Learn how to operate a video camera, the basics of setting up lights and
sound and the fundamentals of screenwriting while working on an actual film production project. Check us out on facebook!

Optional: As part of a grant, earn a small stipend to help cover the cost of your class by serving as a crew member on an actual community video production project. Details of the dates and times of the community projects will be presented at the end of your workshop.
Upcoming workshop dates:

• 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16
• 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 18
• 4:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23

Cost: $95 Location: Historic Hynds Building, Downtown Cheyenne
Registration: 307.778.1236 or online lccc.wy.edu

Thank you to the Wyoming Arts Council, Visit Cheyenne, Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority, Plains Hotel, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, Wyoming Film Office, and City of Cheyenne for their support.

These workshops are being offered for enrichment. No college credit will be issued. LCCC reserves the right to cancel any classes without sufficient registration.

Vote for ‘Running Horses’ in the Wyo Short Film Contest

Cole (Ben Voloch) comforts his sister Sarah (Maggie Mirrione) in "Running Horses". Click on the image to view and vote for the film.

Wyoming Community Media and Angel Street Films teamed up to produce “Running Horses”, a heart warmimg coming of age story. The film is entered in the Wyoming Film Office Short Film Contest.

The top ten most popular films based on views and votes will advance to the judging round. Voting is a bit of a hassle. You’ll be asked to register with Strutta where the video is uploaded, then view it and then rate it by clicking on the FIFTH STAR under the video viewer. Watch the film by clicking on the image of Sarah and Cole.

Sundance Film Festival alumus, screenwriter Pamela Cuming (Downloading Nancy) wrote the screeplay about Sarah (Maggie Mirrione) overcoming a personal tragedy by realizing the strong sibling bond she has developed with her younger brother, Cole (Ben Voloch). Pamela’s touching story and direction coupled with strong performances by Ben and Sarah will keep you glued to your computer screens.

The film opens with sweeping images of the high plains of eastern Wyoming and ends with climactic shots among the granite formations of Veedauwoo.

WCM and Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine tells transmedia stories

Find the latest edition of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine (WLM) and see transmedia storytelling in action. On page 9 is the print version of the inauguration of Governor Matt Mead.

You’re then led to a link on WLM Telvision (WLMTV) to watch a video news package of the day’s activities that started at the Cheyenne Civic Center and ended with hundreds of well-wishers at the state capitol building.

WCM and WLM caught up with the Governor, Secretary of State Max Maxfield and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. Reporters also talked with inauguration activity attendees from around Wyoming. Watch the video by clicking on the Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine logo.

WCM and Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine Inauguration coverage

WLMTV reporter Kati Hime talks with Governor Matt Mead The event is filmed by Alan O'Hashi during the inaugural reception (Dan Cepeda, Star-Tribune)

Wyoming Community Media (WCM) and Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine (WLM) teamed up to provide coverage of the inauguration of Governor Matt Mead.

The ceremonies took place at the Cheyenne Civic Center on January 3. The state’s top five elected officials took their entourages to the Capitol Building for a public reception.

The day ended with the inaugural ball held at Little America. Watch for a slide show and podcast of the day’s festivities.

Click on the Star Tribune image of Alan O’Hashi and Kati Hime interviewing Governor Mead for a video.

WCM developing technical certificate in video production

Wyoming leads the nation in post high school technical certificates earned by Wyoming residents and Wyoming Community Media (WCM) will be adding to this trend.

WCM in collaboration with Laramie County Community College (LCCC) is developing a community-based experience which combines teaching with hands-on experience to produce informational videos, podcasts, photo essays and other transmedia versions for nonprofit organizations.

According to an article that appears in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, a report released by Complete College America Wyoming had the highest proportionate number of residents  earning long-term technical certificate that boost careers and result in higher wages. CCA is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C.

Post high school certificates are issued after short term or long term and coursework generally takes less than a year to a year or more to complete. While the report finds that the greatest benefit came from completing a long-term certificate, the WCM – LCCC video production certificate will likely start out as a short term program.

Additionally, growth in community colleges is projected to happen quickly through the new “Skills For America’s Future” federal program that develops stronger partnerships between private sector and community colleges with an additional 5 million associate degrees awarded by 2020.

WCM plans to create “production teams” of six to 10 individuals who will learn as they experience preproduction – working with a client, writing, location scouting; production – lighting a scene, setting sound, operating a camera; postproduction – editing and distribution.

Who can participate? Primarily, the course will be set up for residents who may be displaced from the labor force – either unemployed or underemployed – and current members of the labor force who want to learn new skills or augment existing skills with digital media arts knowledge and experience.

The work won’t consist of tedious projects, rather, projects that will be used by local non-profit organizations to tell their stories. For more information respond by commenting on the post.

Contemporary storytelling – transmedia paradigm shift

Wyoming Community Media (WCM) is developing a project in the New Creative Economy. WCM has partnered up with Laramie County Community College (LCCC), Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine (WLM) Media in the Public Interest (MPI), the Public News Service – Wyoming (WPNS) and a variety of Cheyenne community and economic development organizations with the hopes of teaching students how to use digital media arts as a way for the private sector can better tell their stories.

Storytelling is an art that involves creative and critical thinking, not a bunch of rules of structure. Stories well told mold the structure.

Stories have been told for centuries to convey information create relationships with others and be more empathetic to others. Stories haven’t changed much, but the ways they are conveyed have multiplied over the years. This day and age information flies at the speed of light around the world via TV, YouTube, Radio, TV reporting about YouTube and print media catering to a variety of niches.

As a result of the info explosion, Institutional wisdom isn’t as important as it used to be. In the not-so-distant past, the wise sages who held information and experiences of community or a business in their heads were revered. These days, that’s not the case. The wisdom of crowds prevails – Google, Wikipedia and user groups are kings.

If a company wants to sell goods or services and want to get a consistent message out there, one way to do that is through “transmedia storytelling” (TMS).

That sounds a little academic and it is. TMS began as a scholarly term first coined by Henry Jenkins in his book Convergence Culture. He says, “transmedia represents the integration of entertainment experiences across a range of different media platforms,” Jenkins goes on to say that transmedia storytelling  “immerses an audience in a story’s universe through a number of dispersed entry points, providing a comprehensive and coordinated experience of a complex story.”

A strong transmedia strategy means stories remain connected by the same main narrative and theme. Each entry point presents the story natively, in a way it does most effectively, rather than re-purposing the story for multi platforms. What kind of stories are we talking about? Any long or short form genre – documentary, commercial, narrative, journalistic news, essays, blogs.

In the current case, Howard Major, and Maryellen Tast of LCCC wrote about a Creative Economy community development model in their white paper, Cheyenne at Stake: Comprehensive Community Development For the 21st Century (2009).

WCM is developing in partnership with LCCC an alpha-level curriculum that will bridge digital media and traditional media. People will be trained to work with and within local non-profit organizations, reporting cultural events and private for profit businesses develop stories to sell their goods and services that will be presented initially through these transmedia portals – Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine hard copy, Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine web TV, Community TV on Bresnan channel 22 and more traditional news and information distribution through Media in the Public Interest and the Public News Service – Wyoming.

Local residents learning new skills for existing jobs, reinvented skills for entrepreneurs and potentially new residents moving to Cheyenne to ply their digital media arts skills in new jobs represent economic and community development components of the project. Will this model replace journalism? Journalism is an overlay to storytelling. It isn’t designed to be a replacement, although KQED PBS in San Francisco is using TMS to tell science and nature stories in photos, TV and for education.

Over the couple months, this project’s story will come together.

WCM awarded big Arts Council grant

Wyoming Community Media (WCM), in partnership with Laramie County Community College (LCCC), the City of Cheyenne (CITY), LightsOn! Development Group (LightsOn!) and the Cheyenne Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (Visit Cheyenne), Wyoming Film Office (WFO), Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine TV (WLMTV)will provide a variety of opportunities to attract digital media artists – webmasters, photographers, filmmakers, animators – to Cheyenne and grow homegrown digi-artists to diversity the vitality of Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Growth in community colleges is projected to happen quickly through the new “Skills For America’s Future” program that develops stronger partnerships between private sector and community colleges with an additional 5 million associate degrees awarded by 2020. The WCM CAP project is on the leading edge of this trend.

WCM video and digital media courses will be taught on collaboration with LCCC in Downtown Cheyenne.

Cheyenne has a rich arts community and is an emerging digital media-based community. Cheyenne is the home of the UCAR super computer that is being developed in partnership with the University of Colorado — Boulder and the University of Wyoming. The Cheyenne economic base is ripe for expansion in the areas of digital media arts.

WCM and its partners want individuals and groups in the Cheyenne community and attract others to develop a space to tell their stories, share their commonalities and differences in the safe haven of the arts and particularly digital media.

Visit Cheyenne, the LightsOn!, the WFO the City and LCCC all promote the arts and culture as ways to expand and vitalize Downtown Cheyenne. In addition to merely promoting the arts as an “add-on” to community development, the project’s goal is to integrate digital arts into the Downtown fabric. WCM proposes to create additional partnerships with at least seven Downtown cultural activities, organizations and events for which promotional videos will be produced to increase cultural tourism in Downtown Cheyenne.

The Wind River Tribal College Shoot Out Cheyenne team poses in front of the Lincoln Theater

As a baseline, Cheyenne lodging tax figures declined 10.5 percent and sales and use tax collections are down 12.7 percent between the 1st quarters of 2009 to 2010. The Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) developed a Cultural Vitality Index (CVI) measuring arts and culture activity. The Wyoming CVI was recently released and doesn’t analyze digital media arts.

However, based on analysis of eight job categories identified by the CVI, Southeast Wyoming has experienced a 9 percent decrease in digital arts job count and broken down further, Laramie County had a 27 percent decline between 2006 and 2008 from 104 jobs to 82 digital arts jobs.

WCM is working with LCCC to develop a digital media filmmaking curriculum – to augment its existing web design and photography courses – that takes place in Downtown Cheyenne. Not only will participants learn hands-on skills related to pre-production tasks including story telling/screenwriting, casting, location scouting; production services — lighting, sound and camera operation; post production — editing, but also skills around distribution such as through film festival production, on websites and community access television.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dan Junge and his wife Erin visit with Joe Evans at the CIFF.

This project will assist WCM and LCCC design an academic curriculum for those wishing to learn more about digital video media arts and how it can be applied to existing jobs, nurture entrepreneurship of those reinventing themselves, create means and ways for communities to tell their stories and apply their learning in “out of school” experience in partnership with local non-profit organizations. WCM plans to partner with at least five downtown projects and produce promos for the events to bring more cultural tourists to downtown Cheyenne.

WLMTV reporter Kati Hime interviews a vendor at the Cheyenne Frontier Days parade for a "Wyoming Greats" episode.

The project also provides a way to integrate art into the community through monthly Downtown Brown Bag series at non-traditional venues – bookstores, banks, law firms, architect offices, etc. – for local business owners and organizations to position themselves as potential purveyors of goods and services or as locations to the film and digital media industry or for artists wanting to learn about entrepreneurship and the business of art.

‘Boomer Alley’ Humana video now on-line

“Boomer Alley” is a program created by Marc Sotkin, who was one of the producers and writers for “The Golden Girls”. He came up with a concept geared to baby boomers.

Alan O’Hashi directed and co-produced this episode which was shot by Michael Conti about Boomers and 2nd carriers. Click on the Boomer Alley header to watch the movie.