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portland community media


portland community media is growing!

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PCM has been opening doors to technology and story since 1981. In 2016, our commitment to inclusion still drives us. As we work to meet new community needs, broaden our reach and reflect current media practices, we’re proud to nearly double our programming this fall. We continue to offer digital literacy and activist-based media classes, and add the following new programs:

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classes, ages 16+

Do your parents say you’re too young to make a video? Not at PCM! Our classes for children offer an accessible way to learn digital media skills. Each workshop is capped at 10 students.

Media classes for adults teach you to use software and equipment, explore the art of storytelling and certify you to use our media equipment library. Most classes are capped at 12 participants, providing you close contact with instructors and fellow students.

Please pack a lunch for the lunch break!

Project-based workshops where PCM instructors help you complete your personal project (beginning page 6) Professional skills classes to help independent media makers run their businesses (page 8) Experimental media classes (page 9) Public talks with professional media artists (page 9)


classes, ages 8-13

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iPad Animation | $85

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Ages 8-10 Saturday, 11/19, 10 am-3 pm Location: Portland Community Media

Intro to Video Production | $105

Let your imagination run wild as you learn how to make your own cartoons with our iPad animation kits! The sky’s the limit. Students can learn claymation, stop-motion and more.

Three 3-hr sessions: 10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 6:30-9:30 pm Repeats 11/1, 11/2, 11/3 Location: Portland Community Media

No prior experience required.

Want to learn how to shoot digital video? This course introduces you to the basics of capturing HD images and audio. You’ll learn simple lighting techniques and conduct interviews, so you can begin shooting your own productions. This class certifies you to check out PCM’s video equipment, free of charge!

Please read on to find ways to learn with PCM this fall! Visit to learn more about how we’re expanding, and for opportunities to be part of the conversation.

iPad Filmmaking | $85 Ages 11-13 Saturday, 12/17, 10 am-3 pm Location: Portland Community Media


Workshop Registration

Workshop Scholarships

Register for workshops online at To register by phone, call (503) 288-1515 or stop by Portland Community Media during our public hours of operation.

The Bob Hedlund Scholarship offers classes at reduced rates or at no charge to participants that demonstrate financial need. To apply, stop by during our public hours and pick up an application or download one from workshop-info.

Anyone can make a film with our iPad filmmaking kits, which come with mics, a light, lenses and a monopod, so that young filmmakers can create whatever they want. This class certifies you to check out PCM’s iPad filmmaking kits. No prior experience required.

Previously Intro to Field Production

No prior experience required.**

Intro to Animation | $105 Three 3-hr sessions: 10/3, 10/4, 10/5, 6:30-9:30 pm Repeats 11/7, 11/8, 11/9 and 11/28, 11/29,11/30 Location: Wacom Experience Center In this hands-on course, you’ll learn fundamental stop-motion animation techniques using mediums such as claymation and


media classes,

media classes,

ages 16+

Read full course descriptions and register at

Read full course descriptions and register at

cut-outs. We’ll cover frame-rate, movement and timing using industry-standard Dragonframe software. This class certifies you to check out PCM’s one-of-a-kind stop-motion kits.

After Effects: Experimenting with Digital Media | $105 NEW!

No prior experience required.**

Three 3-hr sessions: 10/17, 10/18, 10/19, 6:30-9:30 pm Location: Portland Community Media Repeats: 11/14, 11/15, 11/16 and 12/5, 12/6, 12/7 Location: Wacom Experience Center

Capturing Controversy: Intro to Documentary Filmmaking | $210

Ready to take your digital media skills to the next level? In this course, you’ll learn the basics of After Effects through the lens of creating contemporary digital art projects, applying introductory skills to non-traditional formats. You’ll leave with a piece of Net Art or an animated GIF, and you’ll have the foundational skills you need to create longer-form films.

Previously Documenting Portland Six 3-hr sessions: 11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8 6:30-9:30 pm Location: Portland Community Media In this collaborative course, you and your team will learn the basics of pre-production, scout a location to shoot, interview subjects, and learn to shoot HD images and audio. You’ll also receive a basic overview of Final Cut Pro (FCPX) so you can edit your team’s footage. This class certifies you to check out PCM’s video equipment (HD cameras, audio/lighting gear) and FCPX-equipped editing laptops.

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of Adobe CS software such as Photoshop, InDesign and/or Illustrator.

Advanced Editing | $105

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HD TV Studio Production | $145 Six 3-hr sessions: 10/18, 10/19, 10/20, 10/25, 10/26, 10/27, 6:30-9:30 pm Repeats 11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/15, 11/16, 11/17 and 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22 Location: Portland Community Media Gain a technical understanding of how to shoot in our stateof-the-art HD TV studios, including camera operation, lighting, audio, directing, graphics and more. Learn multi-camera production skills, and get certified to use PCM’s HD studios. No prior experience required.

Advanced Video Production | $105


Three 3-hr sessions: 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 6:30-9:30 pm Location: The ReBuilding Center

No prior experience required.


ages 16+


Three 3-hr sessions: 10/11, 10/12, 10/13, 6:30-9:30 pm Repeats 11/8, 11/9, 11/10 and 12/13, 12/14, 12/15 Location: Portland Community Media

Go beyond basic editing to learn skills such as sound mastering, transitioning, color correction and chroma keying (green screening), using a range of editing software. You’ll also focus on aesthetics, rhythm and creative choice in editing. This class certifies you to check out PCM’s Macbook Pro laptops with FCPX and Creative Cloud for free.

Advanced Camera: Canon C100 |  $80 One 3-hr session: Wednesday, 10/26, 6:30-9:30 pm Repeats Wednesday, 12/8 Location: Portland Community Media PCM has just acquired ten Canon C100 Mkii cinema digital cameras! In this class, you will learn how to safely operate this camera and how to use the histogram and waveform monitors to capture high-quality images. The camera’s slow motion and face-tracking auto-focus will also be covered. This class certifies you to check out PCM’s Canon cameras for free. Prerequisite: Intro to Video Production, or passing our Fast-Forward test.**

tell your s t ory Intro to Editing: Storytelling Techniques $105 NEW! Three 3-hr sessions: 10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 6:30-9:30 pm Repeats 12/20, 12/21, 12/22 Location: The ReBuilding Center This course will tackle both the technical and emotional elements involved with crafting a story through editing. Learn how to create tension, arouse sympathy and express your ideas using Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). This class certifies you to check out PCM’s Macbook Pro laptops with FCPX.

Build upon the skills you gained in Intro to Video Production and dig deeper into production skills, including video scripting, lighting, directing, shooting, editing and cinematography. Instructor Ira Flowers will help you explore different film genres, including features, documentaries, television and new media.

Prerequisite: Intro to Editing

Prerequisite: Intro to Video Production, or passing our Fast-Forward test**

**We offer a Fast-Forward program for experienced media-makers to test out of Intro to Video Production, Intro to Animation and Intro to Editing and get certified to check out our equipment. Contact to schedule your appointment, or download our form at

No prior experience required.**


media classes,

ages 16+

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Read full course descriptions and register at

From Story to Script: Narrative Screenwriting $90 NEW!

other PDX events. You’ll also learn how to use these kits to stream your footage online for maximum impact. Each month has a different theme to guide the work.

dience. You’ll explore how B-roll and music can improve your footage, and how to capture live sounds/music to aid in your documentation of activism. Your final project will be broadcast on PCM’s cable channels.

What Will the Neighbors Say? | $80

No prior experience required.

Three 3-hr sessions: 10/25, 10/26, 10/27, 6:30-9:30 Repeats 11/29, 11/30, 12/1 Location: The ReBuilding Center


Have an idea for an amazing script but having writer’s block? Or maybe you just want to get inspired? Learn how to develop and edit an original narrative for film or television. Read texts, watch films to inspire your personal story and focus on screenwriting techniques.


Two 3-hr sessions: 10/17, 10/18, 6:30-9:30 pm Location: The ReBuilding Center Our October class will focus on community dialogue. You’ll learn how to create compelling interviews, document public speaking and mic voices in both indoor and outdoor settings. Your final project will be broadcast on PCM’s cable channels.

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No prior experience required.

Ready, Set, Plan: Video Pre-Production & Planning | $90 NEW!

Safety First! | $80

Spook Spectacular | $75

Three 3-hr sessions: 11/1, 11/2, 11/3, 6:30-9:30 pm Location: The ReBuilding Center

Two 3-hr sessions: 11/14, 11/15, 6:30-9:30 pm Location: The ReBuilding Center

One 7-hour session: Saturday, 10/8, 10 am-5 pm Location: Portland Community Media

This workshop guides students through the process of preplanning and preparing for their studio or field productions. Learn how to create storyboards, shot lists and pre-production checklists, as well as how to effectively plan and organize your shooting days.

Our November class will focus on shooting in tense, crowded and exciting situations. You’ll learn techniques to get great shots and audio while keeping yourself and your gear secure. We’ll also focus on when and where to film, and practice skills to keep our cameras (iPads) rolling while staying safe. Your final project will be broadcast on PCM’s cable channels

In our October session, you’ll learn how to make spooky characters by using sound, color and backgrounds. We’ll make animations with skeletons, ghosts and goblins, using paper, collage, pixelation and clay.

No prior experience required.


No prior experience required.

objects. We will use our found objects in paper cut-out animations, stop-motion pixelations and clay! Prerequisite: Basic animation skills

Chilling Out | $75

Ready to use your animation skills to create an amazing project? Come to PCM to work on a personal project with the guidance of an instructor, using our space and equipment. New themes every month will inspire your creativity.

No prior experience required.


media classes,

ages 16+

One 7-hour session: Saturday, 12/3, 10 am-5 pm Location: Portland Community Media In December, you’ll make animations that are meditative. You’ll explore ways that sound and color affect the mood of your animations. End projects will incorporate some aspect of relaxation, using paper cut, collage, pixelation and clay animation techniques. Prerequisite: Basic animation skills

Prerequisite: Basic animation skills

Fabulous Found Objects | $75

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Translating Emotion | $80

These project-based classes are designed to get you certified to check out our portable activist filmmaking kits for free. The kits are lightweight and compact, yet allow you to shoot professional-looking footage of protests, strikes, festivals and

Two 3-hr sessions: 12/12, 12/13, 6:30-9:30 pm Location: The ReBuilding Center


Activism is inherently full of emotion. In our December workshop, you’ll learn how to convey emotional content to your au-

One 7-hour session: Saturday, 11/12, 10 am-5 pm Location: Portland Community Media In November, you’ll learn how to use found objects to create interesting and unique animations, creatively reusing unusual


media classes,

Read full course descriptions and register at

Read full course descriptions and register at

proj ect - ba s e d c la s s e s

This Ain’t Your Mama’s Classified Ads: Marketing in the Digital Age | $30

experimental med ia

Hands-On with Sony FS7: Advanced Camera Project | $80

One 3-hr session: Monday, 10/24, 6–9 pm Location: Portland Community Media

Alternative Approaches to Media Production | $85

One 5-hr session: Saturday, 10/29, 10 am-3 pm Repeats 12/10 Location: Portland Community Media

Are you an artist or small business owner struggling with selfpromotion in the digital age? In this workshop, we’ll demystify the connections between Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; talk about cookies and Search Engine Optimization; and discuss the value of a strong narrative across multiple platforms.

Three 3-hr sessions: 10/10, 10/13 and 10/17 6:30-9:30 pm Location: Portland Community Media


Students will learn the functions, layout, and operation of the Sony FS7. You’ll then get real-world experience by shooting a project out in the field. Each workshop focuses on a different genre of film. Prerequisite: Canon C100 Certification or intermediate DSLR camera skills

Experiments in Motion Graphics | $80 One 7-hr session: Saturday, 12/17, 10 am-5 pm Location: Portland Community Media Ready to dive deeper into the world of Motion Graphics? In this workshop, you’ll focus on creating your own digital project from start to finish, using After Effects. We’ll help you explore your personal creativity and overcome technical obstacles. Prerequisite: Basic After-Effects skills

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Go Get That Money!: The Sweet Science of Grant Writing | $30 One 3-hr session: Monday, 11/14, 6–9 pm Location: Portland Community Media Gain tips to secure the funding you need for your media projects. We’ll walk you through the steps of crafting a projectbased grant proposal, including how to prepare a budget, write a narrative and evaluate impact. You’ll learn what funders look for in proposals, including concept clarity, readiness and feasibility.

Show Not Tell: How to Be a Video Teaching Artist | Free One 2-hr session: Monday, 12/12, 6–8 pm Location: Portland Community Media


Learn the business of working as an independent media artist from local experts in the nonprofit field.


media classes & ARtist talks

ages 16+

Learn the nuts and bolts of becoming a teaching artist that specializes in video. Learn best practices, such as lesson plan basics, equipment wrangling and how to integrate your practice into your lesson plans. You’ll also get an overview of teaching opportunities available in our region.


Weird Fiction artist Carl Diehl will help you reach beyond “normal” use of media tools and unearth novel possibilities for audio-visual expression. Build upon your existing skills using experimental methods with camera work, editing and animation. You’ll use image-processing apps, web browsers and smart phones to explore alternative ways of producing with media tools. Previous experience with basic video and animation recommended, but not required.

Intro to Video Projection Installations | $56 Two 3-hour sessions: Tuesdays, 11/29 and 12/6 6:30-9:30 pm Location: Newspace Center for Photography Pacific Northwest College of Art faculty Stephen Slappe will introduce you to basic techniques of video installation, and ways you can use video projection as a creative medium. This class will cover scripting spatial experiences, looping and cycling moving images, sound-image-space relationships and synchronization through hands-on exercises and discussions. Previous experience with basic video and animation recommended, but not required.

media artist talks


futureforum Get up-to-date on media artwork happening right now across the country, at these free, interactive talks. FutureForum is presented in partnership with the Hollywood Theatre. These groundbreaking artists are also part of the PCM/Hollywood youth programming.

Tadashi Moriyama Monday, 9/26, 7-8:30 pm Location: Hollywood Theatre Tadashi Moriyama specializes in painting, drawing, animation and sculpture. Born and raised in Japan, Moriyama moved to Philadelphia in 2001, where he attended the Tyler School of Art. Now based in Los Angeles, Moriyama’s work has been shown at international art fairs and galleries in Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Canada and the U.S.

Morehshin Allahyari Monday, 10/24, 7-8:30 pm Location: Hollywood Theatre New media artist and activist Morehshin Allahyari was raised in Iran, and moved to the United States in 2007. She thinks about technology as a poetic means to document the personal and collective lives we live in the 21st century. Morehshin’s work has been featured by The New York Times, Wired, VICE, Hyperallergic and Al Jazeera, among others.


artist talks

other programs & Locations

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Jeremy Rotsztain Monday 11/14, 7-8:30 pm Location: Hollywood Theatre Jeremy Rotsztain is a Portland-based visual artist who works with computer programming to generate abstract animations, digital prints, and virtual reality. Jeremy holds a Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunication Program at New York University. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NY; Grimmuseum, Germany; and Festival Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal.

Weird Allan Kaprow Monday, 12/12, 7-8:30 pm Location: Hollywood Theatre The media art collective Weird Allan Kaprow repurposes pop melodies as vehicles for new narratives and moments of collective catharsis through the mocking of power. WAK’s most recent work, Karaoking Portland, brought together local artists and community organizers to create 11 songs in 11 days.

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media installation

event & Class locations

Join us on Monday nights to learn more from local artists who use technology in experimental ways. These talks are free of charge.

Glitch: A One-Night-Only Art Installation

Portland Community Media

Kevin Noonan Monday, 10/3, 6:30-8 pm Location: Portland Community Media PCM Producer Kevin Noonan will share how he makes Good Vibes, a popular show using 1960s Haight Ashbury-style liquid light combined with analog video feedback and other effects, some of his own creation. He will discuss his use of PCM equipment in unconventional ways and how video artists can incorporate playful experimentation into their work.

Jessie Rose Vala Monday, 11/7, 6:30-8 pm Location: Portland Community Media Jessie will discuss her recent video and 3D work, showing how it relates to present-day ecological concerns, land art, non-linear narratives and nostalgia. From the Pacific Northwest, Jesse is part of the collaboration Light Hits, creating installations, music, and videos with artist Kelie Bowman; and a founder of the Ungrund Collective.

Thursday, 9/22, 5-9:30 pm Location: Portland Community Media ͮ G͠ li̔t᷾ c̝ h̳ is an exhibition of 35 new media artists organized by ͮ arts collective Peripheral Forms. For one night only, g͠li̔t᷾ c̝ h̳ will take over PCM’s lobby, showcasing work that uses a “glitch” aesthetic, exploring the beauty of pixelation, visual “noise” and other digital image imperfections.

learn more about pCM! Information Sessions

2525 NE MLK Blvd., Portland, OR 97202 Please use the main entrance on Graham Street.

Hollywood Theatre

4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Newspace Center for Photography 1632 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

The ReBuilding Center

Looking for an easy way to get introduced to PCM? Our information sessions are free and open to the public. Learn how to access our media equipment library, use our state-ofthe-art studios and get your work on our cable channels.

3625 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227

Monday, September 26, 6-7 pm Monday, November 14, 6-7 pm Monday, December 5, 6-7 pm

1455 NW Irving St., Portland, OR 97209

Wacom Experience Center

Location: Portland Community Media

◄ 4-channel installation by Stephen Slappe; image courtesy of the artist.



about portland community media Diverse. Independent. Local. Portland Community Media (PCM) empowers Portlanders to make effective use of media for creative expression, cultural exchange and civic participation. We ensure equitable access for all communities to share their stories and viewpoints. PCM broadcasts locally produced television programming on six channels: Community Access Networks (CAN11) Metro East 21, Independent Television Network (ITN 22 and ITN23, Pulse of Portland (POP29) and CityNet30. PCM provides a range of unique resources:

Because we’re not-for-profit, we can offer video production classes for a dramatically lower cost.

We have cable TV platforms, enabling you to share your story with 400,000 households in the Portland metro area.

Once you take our certification classes, you get access to our cutting-edge equipment and studios—for free!

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