Introducing Bolingbrook: Project Music

Listen to fresh new music created by our very own Fountaindale Public Library patrons in Bolingbrook: Project Music. This special collection features only local content creators who share their music and more.

Our aim is to capture, curate, and share the knowledge and artistic creations that YOU produce and make them available to FPLD patrons through our local collection. Visit this link for details. To submit your own work to Bolingbrook: Project Music, visit this link.

Room updates

GCRStudio 300 recently completed upgrades to four of our rooms to better assist our patrons. Our three Group Collaboration Rooms are used by businesses, students and community groups for meetings and classes.  The media:scape tables make it easy for groups of up to six to share content and collaborate.  The update converted our tables to a new all-digital switch that greatly simplifies the system while increasing the resolution of the screens. This new switch will better detect connected devices and scale readily resulting in a better and more streamlined experience for our patrons. Additionally, we replaced the original monitors with crisper, brighter, and larger dual 48″ screens.

The control room for the two Tricaster television production systems also saw an update. We rearranged the room to better help patrons with the production workflow. We augmented the talkback system for better communication between the control room and the studio itself. Also, we added a duplicate program monitor that can be seen from inside the studio. This monitor greatly assists on-camera talent especially when working with green screen and virtual set technology.Tricaster

Stop by or contact Studio 300 for details about these updates and how you might use them for your own personal and professional projects.

BCT-Studio 300 Open House

Join us on Sunday, May 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a joint Open House with BolingbPrintrook Community Television (BCT) and Studio 300. Stop by the BCT studios in the lower level of the Village Hall and also visit us in Studio 300. Discover how you can use both resources to make your own TV program or movie and get it on the air.

Back to School

The summer flew by and school ioverview_wa3_img05s back in session. For those in the media world that means working on digital media projects. So why not take advantage of Studio 300 resources? We have equipment, software, learning services, and helpful staff always willing to answer questions.

Have a multimedia project and need equipment? Studio 300 has an amazing equipment collection that can be used within Studio 300 as well as a smaller collection available for a 3 day checkout period. Be sure to complete your orientation to be eligible for equipment checkout.

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Here at studio 300 we have a large collection of media creation software including Adobe CC which includes some of the main software used in the multimedia industry like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and After Effects. Click here for a full list of Studio 300 software.

We also have Lynda.com which is an extremely useful training service that can help you learn software through video tutorials. If you find yourself at home and lost in a particular section of a project come in and search the Lynda site and watch an in-depth tutorial that can get you through challenging situations, answer questions you may have, troubleshoot an ongoing problem, or teach you something completely new.

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Studio 300 offers free access to Lynda.com training.

Don’t forget the Staff! Studio 300 staff members are always willing to assist you through software or hardware issues. They are also available for one-on-one training sessions to answer basic or specific questions related to software or hardware.

Being a multimedia student means that you often find yourself scrambling to complete projects or overcoming obstacles in completing projects. Take advantage of all that Studio 300 has to offer and make your school year a breeze!

Screenwriting Competitions

celtx02xAre you a budding screenwriter? Amazon sponsors a script writing competition each year. Submit your script on Amazon Studios where it will be evaluated publicly (anyone can visit Amazon, read it, and make comments) or privately where only an Amazon editor reviews it.

Amazon Studios picks the top 5 scripts from the competition to show Warner Bros. Pictures (their partner for this competition).  If Amazon likes your script they may decide to buy it from you (for up to $200,000 but you won’t own it any longer and can’t earn additional money from it) or after 45 days paying you $10,000 to extend the option on it for a full 18 month period.  An option means your script is off the market and you can’t show it to other producers.

Even if your script doesn’t get picked, it’s still a fine idea to submit it for evaluation and reviews from other people.

Other screenwriting contests can be found online. Do your research before submitting so you know what to expect. Here are two well-known contests (but they require a fee to enter):

At Studio 300 we have Celtx, a very intuitive script writing software package with options to create storyboards, sketches, production calenders, and call sheets.  Check out books on script writing and see what Lynda.com videos (free in Studio 300) can teach you about screenplays.

Meetings redefined

mediascapeA unique feature of Studio 300 is the Group Collaboration Suites. Six people can connect laptops and other devices and share screens quickly and easily. It’s a whole new way to hold meetings and work together on projects.

You really need to see it in action to fully appreciate its power. The manufacturer prepared a video about the concept that you can view below.

 

Studio 300 Group Collaboration Suites will also have videoconferencing capabilities.

What’s inside Studio 300?

imacIt’s still too soon to show photos of Studio 300, but you may be asking what exactly will be in the Fountaindale Public Library Lower Level?

Studio 300 will have:

  • Two video studios each with a green screen and lighting.
  • One shared video control room.
  • Three group collaboration rooms with computer connections and large monitors for sharing content.
  • Six audio and music studios.
  • 18 desktop iMac computers, some with dual screens (read USA Today’s recent review of the new iMacs).
  • A large collection of audio, video, and musical equipment for use in the space.
  • And more (keep watching this blog for further details).

Read this article for ideas about the kinds of projects you can make in Studio 300. And you’ll be able to see the space when it opens in the early spring of 2013.

What can you do?

Studio 300 has an extensive collection of computers, software, equipment, and staff  to help you tell your personal stories through creating and sharing your original media content.

Here’s a partial list of the kinds of projects you can do at Studio 300:

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Audio

Music

Animation

  • Draw traditional animation
  • Create stop motion
  • Create 3D animations
  • Work in Flash/HTML5

Video

  • Make studio recordings (interviews, demonstrations, training, etc.)
  • Participate in a webinar or video conference
  • Make music videos and capture other performances
  • Edit and enhance video
  • Create visual effects
  • Make videos for business and non-profit (profiles, promotion, fundraising, etc.)
  • Make original documentary and narrative films
  • Transfer VHS to DVD

Literary

  • Write and design a book and e-book
  • Publish to the web

Collaborate

Whew! This list gives you a better idea about the Studio 300 possibilities. Don’t see something on this list? Use the comments below to ask your questions and we’ll answer them here.

Studio 300 opened in early Spring of 2013.