The Open Media Foundation
June News from the Open Media Foundation

June 2012
In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
ED Report
OMF Spotlight: Anthony Weathersby
First Friday at DOM
Internship Opportunities
Youth Production Group
Class Highlight: Narrative Scriptwriting

The Narrative Scriptwriting class walks students through the process of scriptwriting.  Students are taught basic story-telling and dramatic principles, writing a treatment, scene structure, different avenues and genres, and writing a script.


The class also introduces students to Celtx, a free program that can be used for scriptwriting, storyboarding, shotlists, and production budgets.  


This is a 4-class series and students must be able to attend all 4 sessions. 



Hold your spot by registering here

48-Hr Challenge!

Spoken Word Cinema is a new 48-hour film challenge. The filmmaking teams have 48 hours to create a cinematic interpretation of a local poets poem, and the completed films will be screened at the showcase on June 19th at the Nomad Theater in Boulder, Co. 

Get more information here. 

Denver Open Media Updates!

We are moving in the direction of getting DOM member badges for each of our DOM members.  We feel like this will help our team better facilitate your experience here at the studios.  More info on that soon!

Come Meet The Neighbors!

We need you to help us canvass on June 2nd!  We're going out door-knocking in teams of 2 and would love it if you would help out.  We'll meet at OMF at 11am for a brief training on the questions we're asking and then we'll all have some lunch together, then hit the streets!


Please email asap if you're available.  This will be a fun way to meet our neighbors and get the word out about OMF! 

Special Performance: Rock Ballets

We will rock you...again. A special encore performance of Ballet Nouveau Colorado's most requested production, Rock Ballets. See stunning contemporary dance, choreographed by Garrett Ammon, set to the music of Queen, INXS, and David Bowie. Get your tickets before they are sold out. Event is Friday, June 8th, 7:30pm.


The evening will open with Lighthouse Writer's Workshop presenting poetry and short written excerpts in a spoken word performance.


Ticket info here.

Upcoming Classes/Events
First Friday
June 1, Friday

Intro to Google Docs
June 4, Monday

Your Voice. Your Media Tour
June 6, Wednesday


Adobe After Effects Workshop
June 7, Thursday

Shooting Video with DSLR Cameras
June 7, Thursday

Intro to Motion 4 Workshop
June 12, Monday

3D Animation with Blender Series (4-class series)
June 13, 20, 27th, & July 11th

Pre-Production Basics
June 14, Thursday

Final Cut Pro X Workshop
June 16, Saturday

Narrative Scriptwriting Series
June 18, 25, July 2 & July 9th

Your Voice. Your Media Tour
June 20, Wednesday

Editing with Premiere Pro
June 21, Thursday

Field Production Workshop
June 23, Saturday

Final Cut Pro 7 Workshop
June 30, Saturday
Executive Director Report

Monthly Update with Tony Shawcross   


This is shaping up to be a huge summer for OMF!  Next month, we'll be launching a cloud-based version of the software that enables community members to run their local media stations through our Open Media Project. In August, we're launching new open-source software to help local governments make their work more transparent and accessible as we've done with the Colorado Channel. All summer, we're working with local partners to gain unprecedented insight into the unique communication and technology needs of our community through the Knight Community Information Toolkit.  More info on these endeavors will come later this year.  


For this month's report however, I wanted to call attention to the services that are the true backbone of OMF. All of the exciting work we do in education, with DOM, and blazing new trails with open-source software development are made possible through the revenues generated by our web and video services. Hundreds of local nonprofits have hired OMF to build their websites or produce videos to promote their work, train their staff, or help raise funds. Back in March, we highlighted the robust new website we built for Free Speech TV, one of several nonprofit websites we launched this spring. On the video production side, one project we're especially happy with is this short fundraising video produced for Denver Kids, Inc.
Denver Kids, Inc. 2012 
Denver Kids, Inc. 2012
These 7-minute fundraising videos can sometimes follow a formula that becomes banal or stale, but in nearly a decade of working with Denver Kids' ED Glenna Norvelle, we've always been challenged to think outside the box. Its no coincidence that the videos we've produced for them have not only been some of our favorites, but also among the most effective. This video, for example, helped Denver Kids raise over $300,000 at their annual fundraising breakfast last month. 
Working exclusively with nonprofit and public-sector clients, OMF offers a 50% matching grant to help make our services affordable to even the smallest community organization. If you know of an agency or organization who could use a new website or video --or who wants to learn to make them on their own-- please send them our way!
Youth Filmmakers: Registration open one more month!


Only 4 weeks left to register for

the Open Media Generation Camp!


The Open Media Generation Camp is a one-week multimedia camp for young people interested in using music, art and film to create social change. Using soundtracks from local musicians, students will work on a team to produce a music video, and will participate in all aspects of the creative process, including pre-production, filming and editing.






When: July16-20th

Final Screening on eve of Thursday, July 23rd

Who: 13-19 year olds  

More information and link to registration here.


OMF Teacher Spotlight: Anthony Weathersby


This month, we talked with Anthony Weathersby, one of the instructors for our 3D Animation with Blender workshop.   We're so excited to have Anthony teaching for OMF, and he's created one of our most exciting new workshops!


Tell us about yourself.

I'm a full time tech junkie with a penchant for 3D art. I love both the technical and aesthetic side of computer graphics. I've been attending the Art Institute of Colorado for Animation,  and being able to create 3D art is like a dream come true. 


How did you get started in multimedia?
I have always been fascinated with constructing wild stories, especially imaginative ones that bend the rules of reality. Around the 5th grade I had an increasing interest in comics, but I wished my characters would come to life and move. Then I discovered Microsoft PowerPoint could be used to create animations. I created small characters that I could move around on separate slides, and by setting the presentations to play automatically...voilą - I had animation! 


What was it like when you first started animating and how have things changed since then?
Perhaps the most notable distinction is the addition of a third dimension in my work now. As with a lot of animation today, 3D animation allows artistic space to be explored in ways that other medians are either incapable of or restrictively difficult.  Moving from a program that was not even originally intended for animation to dedicated hardware and software has really ripped the roof of what I am able to do.  

Tell us how you got involved with DOM/OMF?  
I joined DOM as an Intern during my Senior year in high school. I created logo animations, station IDs, and worked on the graphics of several  shows that DOM produced. It was a fun experience, and got me used to working with people of various backgrounds in creative media. 


Why do you think community media centers like OMF are important?
We live in world were media is omnipresent. A lot of it comes from big corporations trying to sell advertisement space, but there is a large sector of people wanting to share there own personal message. Open access gives people a space in which to share that message, and by providing professional equipment, studio space, and crucial classes such as video editing and studio production, OMF gives people an opportunity to grow and have more impact in their communities. 

What kinds of projects are you working on right now? 
Right now I've been busy with 3D and motion graphic animations for school and at my internship at Freed Motion, as well as teaching the DOM Blender Class. Personally, my interests have expanded into video game design and development, where there's a lot of room for a 3D artist to be creative.  I've been working on a game design of my own, which I hope to release in the near future. 

Tell us about your 3D Animation with Blender workshop.
3D Animation with Blender is a four week course that will introduce many of the major concepts needed to make 3D art using Blender. It covers 3D modeling, lighting, animation, as well as rendering and students who take the course will come out of it with a strong foundation in 3D animation. And once you know a little bit about 3D, your imagination is the limit. 
Colorado Channel Wraps Up Another Successful Year!


The Second Regular Session of the Sixty-eighth General Assembly had an exciting end, which included a three day Extraordinary Session that ran from May 14th - May 16th, 2012.  There were many pieces of legislation that passed through each Chamber this Session, to catch up on anything you might have missed, visit  


While you're there, check out some of our Additional Content videos, on topics like How a Bill Becomes a Law, How to Participate, and more.  There is a wealth of information under our Get Informed tab...and be sure to check out our Photo Blog section to see some great shots of the Capitol, and submit some of yours as well! 


TEDx Mile High: Risk & Reward Event 


TEDxMileHigh is pleased to offer you an exclusive invitation to join 20 renowned Colorado innovators and changemakers who will share their big ideas and explore solutions to the world's greatest challenges.  Presenters include Jeremy Bloom, Olympian, Laura Merage, Founder of RedLine, Chris Davenport, Adventure Skier, Slam Nuba, Denver's award-winning slam poetry trio, Natalie Baumgartner, Chief Psychologist at RoundPegg, Adam Lerner, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Woody Roseland, five-time cancer survivor, comedian and speaker.  Get tickets here.


Be prepared to think differently.  Get ready to start a movement.  

First Friday at Denver Open Media: June Street Party!


On the first Friday of most months, DOM hosts a free community event that spotlights local performance groups, musical acts, and nonprofit organizations. These events are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 57 as well as streamed on our website. They are re-broadcasted on channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online for on-demand viewing. 
Next event: Friday, June 1   
Doors at 6:30p
Event starts at 7p

This month we're featuring live music inside Studio A brought to you by Ed McGee and Ward Scott.  Stop by the Learning Lab inside DOM and participate in a mini-workshop featuring  some of our most popular classes! We'll also have multimedia events outside, including music, interviews, and media demos!


This event will be held inside 
 Denver Open Media's Studio A.
This event is free and open to the public; and will be BROADCAST LIVE on Channel 57; and LIVE-STREAMED on our website - see you there! 
Accepting Applications for Volunteer Teachers


Do you love to teach? Have multimedia experience? You could be perfect for our volunteer teaching team!  


Gain valuable multimedia + teaching experience and give back to a community media center. 

OMF is looking ahead to 2013 and some exciting new classes - we'd love to hear your ideas for both new classes and if you'd like to be considered for our volunteer teaching program!

If you are interested in this opportunity please email us.

Denver Open Media's Youth Production Group: Open Media Generation

Do you know a student who dreams of being on TV?  How about working behind the scenes?  If so, they should join Denver Open Media's FREE Youth Production Group!

The Open Media Generation Youth Group meets weekly!  Anyone between the ages of 11-24 c
an stop by any Wednesday from 3:30-6pm to join the fun...and did we mention it is free?

Participants will learn field, studio and editing techniques.  Students will learn how to produce youth-related content and will help solicit new youth-related programs.  Please check out our website for more information or email

Also, we are always looking for food donations to help keep our youth fed and alert during trainings/productions.  Please let us know if you have
suggestions or information about youth group sponsorships.

Open Media Generation