Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival 

One last Quick Note:

There has been a time and date change for the event so that we can include as many people in the festivities as possible.

The festival premier will now be held Saturday, March 16 at 2pm.

We hope to see you all there!

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Teen Tech Tip of the Week #20: Green Screen Fun 
Welcome back to the blog after a bit of a break. Today we will discuss how to use a green screen and make some movie magic.

(Patrick Fitzgerald, Beargrass Media Director, giving a discussion on green screen magic at this past weekends' community-led workshop as part of the Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival)

Using Chroma Key

Using a green screen is a fairly simple process that can be done with a green cloth or brightly painted wall.

First, record a person or subject in front of the green screen and add it your video editing software. Next, you will need to utilize a tool called chroma key to remove the green leaving just the subject. (Tip: don't wear clothing that is the same color as the green screen, or else the background will bleed through.)

Next, add another background image or video clip in the same time frame on the storyboard of your video editing software to place the actor in a new background. (If you zoom in on your actor, be sure to zoom in on the background to match.) Adjust your sound levels and export your clip.

Free Video Editing Software

Here are some freely-downloadable software programs that have a chroma keyer:

Wax 2.O

For more information, be sure to check out some of the many video tutorials available on YouTube.

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Teen Tech Tip of the Week #19: Film Tech 
Welcome back to the blog! With the 85th Academy Awards just around the corner (and the Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival!) we thought that it would be nice to look at some free web apps to help you get the most out of your Oscar experience for 2013.

Oscars App

Learn more about this year's nominees, cast your guesses with your friends on Facebook, and follow along with the winners. Available on: Android, Kindle Fire, and iOS


Look up information on any movie, actor, or director. Watch trailers and find release dates for new movies. Available on: Web, Android, Kindle Fire, and iOS


Find out show times for movies, what is playing at a theater near you, read reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and look up release dates on DVD. Available on: Web, Android, Kindle Fire, and iOS

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Teen Tech Tip of the Week # 18: Weather Tech 
We were planning on saving this one until the spring, but due to last week's interesting weather developments (tornadoes and snow in the same week!), we thought that it would be a good idea to share it now. Let's take a look at some tech to keep you safe during inclement weather.

Weather Forecast on the Web

Get up-to-date weather information and what to expect for your area on the web:

Weather Underground
Weather Channel

Weather Apps

Take weather information with you and get updates on the go with these mobile apps:

Weather Channel

Weather Underground


Weather Blogs

For a more in depth look at weather forecasts (including map data), check out these weather blogs from local news teams:

Fox41 Weather Blog
Wave3 Weather Blog
WHAS11 Storm Team Blog

Social Media

Meteorology is field that relies heavily upon data recorded from Doppler radar stations (pictured above) to forecast weather. Eyewitness accounts are also very important, because they allow meteorologists to verify what data suggests may be happening in an area.

Social media is taking over that process in a very interesting way. Check for your favorite local meteorologist or the National Weather Service on Facebook or Twitter. You can receive updates in your news feed and see photos/video of weather events happening in your area. This may provide for quicker and more direct safety preparedness. You can also contribute as an eyewitness, but make sure that you exercise safety above all else.

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Community-led Filmmaker Workshops 

We want to take the opportunity to share the following information about our upcoming community-led filmmaker workshops in support of the upcoming teen film festival. We are looking forward to having a lot of fun and hope to see you all there!

Where Do You Start?

Saturday, February 2, 1 pm, Job Shop Classroom
Kick off the Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival by learning the basics of filmmaking with the Speed Art Museum Youth Apprentices.

Improv in Film

Saturday, February 9, 1 pm, Job Shop Class Room
Want to be in a movie? Take part in the LYFF’s original film experiment and be featured at the red carpet event. Join in an acting workshop with Louisville’s own Project Improv. Actors, directors and tech crew needed—costumes welcome.

Green Screen and Teleprompting

Saturday, February 23, 1 pm Job Shop Classroom
Master the art of green screening and teleprompting with Beargrass Media and take your film project to the next level.

All workshops are to be held at the the Main Library Branch and are for teens ages 12-19.

Click here for more information on the the Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival and don't forget to get your submissions in by March 1.

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