BALTIMORE REIMAGINED: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS OF COMPOSITING AND ANIMATION
Summer 2018, Morgan State University
In this compositing and animation workshop, student fellows will create magical interpretations of Baltimore in both still and moving images. Compositing combines elements from different images into a single, surreal but aesthetically coherent whole (sample images). Fellows will capture the real world around them on video and in photographs, then replace and otherwise alter selected parts of their images to create alternate "surrealities," versions of their environments that express their personal visions or revisions. They might revise their neighborhood or city, their own social groups or entire political systems; and might reflect on current truths, alternates to history, or aspirations for the future. By scripting and recording each other in front of a green screen, fellows will also be able to implant themselves into their new realities. The workshop will combine the practices of photoshop compositing, green screen video production, and keyframe animation. Fellows will work together and with instructors to create short, individual projects. Their work will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 10 student fellows.
Baltimore Reimagined: An Introduction to the Arts of Compositing and Animation is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and Morgan State University.
Kyle Yearwood is an award-winning visual artist from Baltimore. His work has been exhibited at the National Black Theatre and at the Museum of the African Diaspora, and has been featured in The Baltimore Sun, Afropunk, Essence, and on ABC2 News. He was a 2018 Light City Neighborhood Lights grant recipient.
Keith Mehlinger is Director of the Digital Media Center and Coordinator of the Screenwriting and Animation program (SWAN) at Morgan State University. A producer/writer/director, he produced episodes of the syndicated series, Story of a People, and recently completed a short documentary about parents of sons lost to street violence for the Morgan multimedia project, Mother's Lament.
David Lee Roberts Jr., an award-winning television producer and documentary filmmaker, is Adjunct Professor in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. Television credits include Metro Focus, and film credits include the upcoming features Covenant of Peace, about the Washington, D.C. juvenile justice system, and Charm City, about Baltimore community reform and engagement.
Jessica Pettiford is an undergraduate in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. She hopes to improve her own skills in animation while working with others and helping them learn something new.