Popcorn Diaries, Episode 027

Listen in as Joe and Adriana discuss movie music, songs and soundtracks. Every movie has its own score whether it uses chart toppers or is an original score music can make or break a movie. Joe and Adriana will talk about some of the most memorable songs ever used, some that have been overused and their top three favorite composers. This episode is all about the sound of movies. Comment below if you have a favorite song you love to hear, or one that you may be tired of hearing.

Great Thanksgiving Listen

TGL-Horizontal-w-backgroundStoryCorps is hoping to use the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to continue their mission to “archive the wisdom of humanity.” If you are unfamiliar with StoryCorps, read about them here.

They are asking you to make history by interviewing an elder and sharing it. The process is simple. As their website says:

  • “Choose someone to interview.
  • Pick great questions. Find a quiet place to record. Listen closely.
  • When you’re finished, share your interview with the world.”

Their new, free StoryCorps app gives you all the tools you need to complete and share an interview. You just need to supply the smartphone.

This year is a pilot program for high school students, but really anybody can be part of the Great Thanksgiving Listen project (or contribute to StoryCorps anytime). Here is a free educator’s guide about the pilot program.

If you prefer not to use their app, Studio 300 has recording equipment, both for use in-house and that you can checkout to record anywhere. The Studio 300 staff is available to help you make sure your interviews go smoothly.

Here is a video we did as part of a similar Illinois Veteran’s project, helping to preserve memories for future generations.

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUlQudhTLI0%5D

Music and Sound Camps

Here are compilations of the work done by our Tween and Teen patrons at the Summer 2015 Music and Sound Summer Camps at the Fountaindale Public Library Studio 300. Their task was to rebuild the soundtrack to this game trailer starting from scratch. They started with a silent video and added all the sounds you hear, often creating the sounds themselves. Enjoy their fine work.

Tweens:

Teens:

 

Digital Learning Day

Learn Blocks On Computer Screen Showing Online Kids EducationJoin us on Wednesday, February 4th for Digital Learning Day in Studio 300. Gain new skills or enhance those skills you already have. We are hosting several classes during that day. Click the links below for more information and to register. You can also call (630) 685-4260 to register. (Spaces are limited and classes do fill).

Also, all of these classes qualify for our on-going Passport to Success Program.

 

300 in 300 – 001

Join us for the first episode of our new podcast: 300 Seconds in Studio 300. In under 5 minutes, Jeffrey and Ryan discuss what’s new in Studio 300. They talk about software updates, new software additions, and new hardware arriving soon for our patrons to use. Got five minutes? Give this podcast a listen and discover all that’s happening at Studio 300.

Gift making in Studio 300

christmas-tree-1_green-021114-ykwv1Surprise your family and friends with one-of-a-kind gifts that you create in Studio 300. Here are some ideas:

  • Retouch an old family photo and share digital files or print on photo paper using our high-quality printer (you can even make a poster!)
  • Take a family portrait.
  • Find a pre-built model on Thingiverse and print it using our 3D printer (or create your own unique design and print that).
  • Record your family singing holiday songs or just a special message and then make a CD.
  • Convert that old VHS tape to DVD and share copies with others.
  • And more.

These all make heartfelt gifts and are easy and inexpensive. For more ideas and to get started on your project, stop by Studio 300 today.

Software updates soon

smallmacAll of the Studio 300 iMac desktop and MacBook Pro laptop computers will soon see major updates to our most popular software programs. There will also be some new additions to expand the creative potential of our patrons (some based on your recommendations).

Updates include:

  • The Mac OS
  • The latest Adobe CC updates (Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and many more)
  • iLife and iWork updates (iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, etc.)
  • Logic Pro X (the latest audio/music workstation from Apple)
  • Comic Life 3 (this fun program gets even more powerful features)

New software includes:

We’re happy to show you these exciting changes as they become available in the next few weeks.

Popcorn Diaries Episode 015

In this episode Joe & Adriana discuss the less appealing movie selections out on the market. Whether its your guilty pleasure, or so bad it might be good, to the sheer awful movies today we discuss and tell you about our guilty pleasure movies. As always if you would like to continue the discussion further, or have suggestions for upcoming shows please comment below.

Tell us, what is your guilty pleasure movie?

Ever wonder what its like behind the scenes of Popcorn diaries well here’s a small peek at what it takes to record!

Equipment

Equipment

We use Reaper software to record.

We use Reaper software to record.

Joe getting ready to record.

Joe getting ready to record.