The Open Media Foundation
August News from the Open Media Foundation

August 2012
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Upcoming Classes/Events
ED Report
Internship Opportunities
OMF Spotlight: Brian Nemeth
First Friday at DOM
Class Highlight: Narrative Scriptwriting

Our popular Narrative Scriptwriting series is back! 



Students are taught basic story-telling and dramatic principles, writing a treatment, scene structure, different avenues and genres, and writing a script. 


Hold your spot by registering here.

OMG Youth Music Video Camp

OMF recently held our first-ever Youth Music Video Media Camp, and it was an incredible experience!  Lead instructors worked with a team of youth who did concept, pre-production, filming and editing for the song "Rise" by the Flobots  -  all in one week!


The youth started the week with a curiosity about media and finished the camp as filmmakers.  



Crew taking a break from the sun on location!


The world-wide premiere of the video is Thursday, August 16th, 6p, in Studio A here at OMF. Please join us!

September 2-on-2 Workshop

We have a spot available in our Sept 2-on-2 workshop. During the 2-on-2, we take two students and pair them with two professionals to complete a media project. With 32 hours of 1-on-1 training, students learn every aspect of production and complete the class with a real-world project that is shown on both Denver Open Media and hosted on our website. 


Cost is $750 per student, and includes certification in both Final Cut Pro Editing and Field or Studio Production at Denver Open Media. For more information or to sign up, email us.

48-Hour Film Project

The 48-hour Film Project is the world's largest filmmaking

competition taking place in nearly 125 cities and engaging more than 50,000 participants. 


The Denver edition of the event invites local and regional filmmakers of all levels to participate and revel in the challenge of creating a film over the course of a wild and sleepless 48 hours.  The Denver event will take place August 3rd - 5th with all submitted films being screened at the Public Premiere August 12th at the Gothic Theatre.


More info & registration here.

Upcoming Classes/Events

Your Voice. Your Media Tour
Aug 1, Wednesday

Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro
Aug 2, Thursday

First Friday
Aug 3, Friday, 7p
Narrative Scriptwriting Series
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27, Mondays

Intro to Studio Production
Aug 8 & 9, Wed & Thurs
6p-9p each evening

Pre-Production Basics Workshop
Aug 14, Tuesday

Your Voice. Your Media Tour
Aug 15, Wednesday

Intro to the Steadicam Workshop
Aug 15, Wednesday

Intro to the Mac Workshop
Aug 16, Thursday

Youth Music Video Camp Screening
Aug 16, Thursday

Final Cut Pro X Workshop
Aug 18, Saturday

Intro to After Effects Workshop
Aug 22, Wednesday

Field Production Workshop
Aug 25, Saturday

The Art of Radio Storytelling
Aug 28, Tuesday

Shooting Video w DSLR Cameras
Aug 29, Wednesday

Intro to Google Docs Workshop
Aug 30, Thursday

Final Cut Pro 7 Workshop
Sept 1, Saturday

Executive Director Report

Monthly Update with Tony Shawcross   


This week I'm at the Alliance for Community Media conference in Chicago, IL, where the Open Media Foundation will be launching a cloud-based media service that could change the face of community media. After 7 years and $700,000 contributed by OMF and other supporters, the open-source software will be launched as both a paid monthly service, and free of charge to organizations wishing to implement and manage it themselves.  

Our latest version of the Open Media Project (OMP), reflects a major step forward in our mission to put the power of the media and technology in the hands of the people.  For the first time, small stations with limited budgets and technical resources will have an opportunity to join a growing network of stations devoted to empowering their communities to run a new kind of media operation. Our goal is to help community media stations modernize, getting all their content online and shared with other stations, establishing a network unlike anything we've seen before. Unlike other networks the programming of the OMP is created, rated, and scheduled by the community... it's truly community-driven TV.

This cloud-based service is open-source and fully-supported, meaning stations without technical staff will not require an in-house developer and through our partnership with, the OMP enables content-sharing across stations on a level never before possible. During this challenging economy, everyone is searching for the most cost-effective way to continue meeting their organization's goals, and it's especially important for our nonprofit partners, government agencies and community media stations that may be hardest hit by budget reductions.

We're excited to unveil a government version of the software at the National Alliance for Public Affairs Networks conference on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.  A third version targeted at schools, libraries, and community technology centers will be launched in September in partnership with Warecorp, Inc. Learn more about the Open Media Project  here


OMF is looking for Development and Fundraising Interns 


Interested in building your Nonprofit Development and Fundraising skills?  OMF is looking for qualified folks to join our Development Team and support the various development and fundraising activities of the organization including grantwriting, individual donor cultivation, major event planning, and more!


This position is a great fit for someone with some experience with development and an interest in supporting the growth of a community media center, as well as the ability to commit to a 12 hour/week, 200-hour total internship schedule. 
This internship is perfect for someone who would like to build their nonprofit management skills, while at the same time gaining access to the incredible internship benefits OMF has to offer, such as access to free classes and a free Unlimited membership during the duration of the internship.

If you are interested in this opportunity or any other internship opportunities at the Open Media Foundation, please email for more information.
Brian 'Scoop' Nemeth: Denver Open Media Member


This month, we talked with Denver Open Media Member Brian 'Scoop' Nemeth... read on to learn more!


How did you become interested in creating media?
I was referred to Denver Open Media by Kyle York in Colorado Springs. York works for Smokemuse, which is a multimedia art company. As I was getting ready to move to Denver this fall, I needed a way to gain some off-campus media experience, so I can have a better chance at getting hired by the Denver stations after graduation from Metro State. Plus, I needed a way to get my name out there, including video documentaries; not just video shorts of my reporting of stories. I needed a place to film my projects, and then submit them to other places (such as Rocky Mountain PBS). So, a friend of mine, Kyle York suggested Denver Open Media for off-campus media experiences.
Do you have plans for your own show?  If so, what will the message of your show be?
Documentaries that expose the real scoop, which the mainstream media doesn't have the balls to report. One documentary I'm working is about two former Broncos cheerleaders (Brianne Bateman and Lauren Gardner), and what they have to offer the world as a duo. This documentary humanizes eye candy, who they are and what they can offer the world. 
Another documentary in the works is INTERNAL CLEANSING, why doctors and pharmaceutical companies hate hearing those two words; not realizing the benefits. The evidence will be in the blood tests before and after the cleanse. Before the cleanse, get the first blood test, and see what I'm at risk for in the future. Do the cleanse at New Choices Plus in Lakewood: Large intestine cleanse, ion cleanse foot bath, and lemon-lime master cleanse. After the cleanse, get another blood test, and they'll be shocked at the difference.
What do you do outside of producing videos?
 I'm studying at the Metro State College of Denver; going for my BA degree in Journalism.  I also go to live sporting events and opera. I produce a weekly three-minute reports for Meegan The Masher Kiefel's show on Mile High Sports Radio (Saturdays at 12Noon - AM 1510 KCKK).  I perform onThe Chris Miller Show every two Thursdays a month at the Voodoo Comedy Club.  I'm also launching my own clothing line. 
Why is public access television important? 
For one thing, since public access stations are broadcast stations, it gives journalism students a chance to get their feet wet, as they go for their degrees. It is because employers prefer applicants have 2-3 years experience at a broadcast station. Secondly, it's a chance to report what the commercial stations don't have the balls to report. It's because stories might be detrimental to sponsors.
Why do you enjoy producing public access content?
It's a good starting point, so I can take my skills to the next level, especially commercial productions in the future.

First Friday at Denver Open Media: Laugh Track Comedy Festival


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 rebroadcast on Channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online for on-demand viewing. 

Next event: Friday, August 3rd   
Doors at 6:30p
Event starts at 7p

This month we're featuring livestream coverage inside Studio A of Denver's fabulous Laugh Track Comedy Festival.  Stop by the Learning Lab inside DOM and participate in a mini-workshop featuring  some of our most popular classes! We'll also have DOM Street Team interviews and our new Santa Fe gallery spotlights!



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! 

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