Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cops Mistakenly Hand Over Anti-Protest Guides to Anarchist

After filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the Richmond Police Department for police training documents, Mo Karn received much more than expected in return: she got homeland security and crowd control guides that show how the police target protests. Read More The Richmond Police Department’s Emergency Operations Plan includes a section on “civil disturbances.” While this sounds innocuous, “civil disturbances” are defined so broadly as to include what the police call “dissident gatherings.” “The City of Richmond is a target rich environment” for antiwar protesters, the document says. Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Friday, April 27, 2012

30th April -Free online showing of Just Do It - a tale of modern-day outlaws

A FREE 24-hour ONLINE SCREENING of Just Do It - a tale of modern-day outlaws In celebration of May Day and in honour of the direct action being taken by thousands of people 5:30pm EST Monday 30th April to 5:30pm EST Tuesday 1st May Plus live Q&A with director Emily James at 7pm EST, directly after the first showing Occupy.com presents, in collaboration with Constellation, a FREE 24-hour online screening of Just Do It. Just released in the US, the film is not yet available online. But in honour of the many direct actions being planned for May Day on Tuesday 1st May, we are delighted to offer an exclusive opportunity to watch Just Do It - the direct action documentary from the UK, just released in the US - as a mark of our solidarity. Director Emily James will be live online at 7pm EST on Monday 30th April to answer all of your questions. How to watch the film Simply head over to occupy.com/watch/, sign up for your free ticket courtesy of Constellation, and get watching! OH, and of course, make sure you spread the word before time runs out! On Monday 30th, you can either watch the film whenever suits you (click "watch instantly"), or at a designated time with friends and family (showings every hour). Just Do It is currently on release in the US with screenings sprouting up all over the country. Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Thursday, April 26, 2012

VHS videotape table

What to do with all those VHS video tapes? How about this?
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Green Dragon’s Den - win £10,000

Hay on Earth funding opportunity – deadline 8th May Hay on Earth – the Dragon Series 5-9 June 2012 In 2012, the Green Dragon’s Den event will be running for the third year, with up to £40,000 grant funding from Welsh Government available to help winning projects in Wales (up to £10,000 maximum for the winning project in each of the four categories). Each day has a different theme, featuring specialist speakers, practical workshops, networking, learning and action, with the opportunity to contribute ideas and help others develop theirs. Looking for projects that demonstrate one or more of the following elements: Introduce and prove new concepts that increase sustainability action Link projects, organisations and solutions in more effective ways Make inspired use of seed funding http://www.nptcvs.com/news/hay-on-earth-funding-opportunity-deadline-8th-may/ Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Job for a media-maker in London

Postive Money are looking for an all-round creative computer whizz to join the team and help us fix the financial system. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find a way of using video, infographics and the web to educate a few million people about the flaws in our debt-based monetary system, in a captivating and compelling way, which also respects the non-political and non-partisan nature of our organisation. Read more Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Enter pan-European citizen journalism contest.

Bridging the growing generation gap across Europe is the theme of this year's round of a pan-European citizen journalism contest. Organisers of the International Citizen Media Award say the rise in the number of older people across the continent is one of the biggest issues facing Europe as we head into the second decade of the 21st century. They're looking for media products, such as radio reports, television programmes or internet projects showing how young people and older people can work together to campaign for a better life for all Europeans. "Common civic involvement is the key to solidarity between the generations and the positive development of society in Europe," says a spokesman for the awards. "Outstanding products about active aging and solidarity between the generations are going to be recognized. Beside the personal interest, quality, medial implementation, activity, authenticity, extent and relevance of research, design elements and innovativeness are relevant for the jury’s decision." Over 50 entries were received for the last round of awards in 2011, and organisers are hoping to build on that this year. Cash prizes of up to €1,000 and the chance to participate in an international media camp are up for grabs for the lucky winners. The competition is open worldwide to single participants, groups, associations, civil initiatives, school classes and especially for producers, actors and editorial teams in the field of citizen media work. Entries have to be in by 31 July 2012 - and should be submitted to the Bennohaus international media centre via their website at http://www.icm-award.com/ Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

How Media and Government operate

This is an insight into how the media and Government works by Nick Davies Murdochs used the Sun to make sure that Gordon Brown was driven out of Downing Street so that the incoming Conservative government could deliver them a sequence of favours – a fair wind for them to take over BSkyB; the emasculation of the much resented Ofcom; and a severe funding cut to their primary broadcasting rival, the BBC.
Five months after the election, Cameron's government slashed Ofcom's budget by 28% and cut back its role; and slashed the BBC's income by 16% and cut back its commercial activity. Read more here Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Hacktionlab event -London- media activism

Come to the Spring Hacktionlab event - it's where computers meet humans and talk about communication and media activism. 4th, 5th, 6th May in London. http://hacktivista.net Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Monday, April 23, 2012

Workshop- edit videos with an I-phone

23 Jun 2012 , 9:45 AM - 4:30 PM Union members: £35 Non-union 3rd sector: £70 Public: £120 Learn how to shoot and edit high quality video content on your iPhone – and then edit it on your iPad/Mac laptop. The iPhone 4S is a revolution in video technology. It shoots in HD, delivering pictures that are often far better than those from cameras costing thousands of pounds. At the same time, it has its limitations and these need to be managed. This course sets out some simple, easy to understand rules that will allow you to transform your iPhone from a “birthdays, weddings and holiday” camera into a powerful journalistic tool. Content: The day is made up of a series of practical exercises designed to get you shooting simple but effective sequences that will allow you to tell stories through video. We look at the different shots you need to make good edits. We cover how to shoot an interview. And we learn how to go about filming people when they doing things. Locations, interviews, action. If you can shoot these things well, you can tell stories through video. This course will show you how – using your own iPhone. Who should attend: Anybody with an interest in learning the basics of video-journalism using an iPhone. Equipment: You will need your own iPhone 4 or 4S (or iPod Touch), together with your iPad or MacBook with iMovie installed. (There may be small additional kit requirements). Will will supply basic tripods. Keep it in mind that you can get discounts on Apple products as an NUJ member (via the main NUJ website). Participants will learn how to: • Recognise and shoot the key shots needed to tell stories through video. • Shoot professional looking video content on their iPhone, suitable for use on the web. • Control focus, exposure and white balance on their iPhone. • Shoot basic sequences to cover location, interviews and individual activity. • Edit sequences together to form a short film, using iMovie. http://www.nujtrainingwales.org/events/shootedit-using-iphone-ipadmac NB: Only members living and working in Wales are eligible to apply for these courses. Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Bike Film Competition

Bikeminded, a cycle campaign run by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has launched Cycle Shorts a filmmaking competition open to anyone interested in the filmmaking process, from raw talent through to the more experienced. The entries, which need to be submitted by Friday 15th June 2012 at 5pm, will be judged by award winning film director and cycling enthusiast Richard Loncraine, and Director of the Portobello Film Festival Jonathan Barnet. The shortlisted films will be shown at an exclusive viewing at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill. The winning entry will be shown at the Portobello Film Festival and the Olympics Festival on Exhibition road, and the winner will also receive 1000 for their next film whilst the peoples choice winner will receive 500. To bring the competition to life, Bikeminded has launched its own animated film to be shared among the filmmaking community and to encourage entries: http://www.bikeminded.org/2012/04/bikeminded-launches-cycle-shorts-filmmaking-competition/ Entrants can let their creative talents run wild by submitting a film of any genre, be it for example, comedy, horror or thriller. And it can be shot with a pro-camera and crew, on a mobile phone, or it could be animation or stop-motion. The end result must be a short film of just 90 seconds which challenges peoples barriers to cycling in the city, and inspire them to get back on their bikes or take up cycling for the first time. It must also reference the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in some creative way. To see full competition and entry details and Bikemindeds own short film visit: http://www.bikeminded.org/2012/04/bikeminded-launches-cycle-shorts-filmmaking-competition/ Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Monday, April 16, 2012

Heritage Lottery Fund Launches New Small Grants Programme (UK)

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced the launch of a new
£1million small grants programme for people to get involved in their
heritage. Called “All Our Stories”, the programme will provide grants
of £3,000 - £10,000 to support charities, community groups and heritage
organisations running local history projects. The types of activities
that can be supported include:

Visits to places like historic buildings, landscapes, parks, burial
grounds, museums, archaeological sites or industrial heritage sites like
railways.
Using collections like archives, libraries and museums, including
collections held by people in the community.
Talking to people who know about heritage or holding workshops, talks
and sessions exploring people’s memories.
Recording things like people’s memories or local wildlife.
Scanning old photographs and documents; archaeological digs or surveying
historic buildings.


To be eligible for funding organisations will need to share what has
been learnt by holding or producing things like:

Community events
Digital things like smart phone apps, DVDs or websites
Display boards
Exhibitions
Guides/trails
Leaflets or books
Packs for schools
Performances.
HLF is working in partnership with universities throughout the UK to
offer support with activities. The closing date for applications is the
31st July 2012. For information visit:
Links here


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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I'm a 'maverick film-maker' apparently.

A new filmmakers magazine has an article about my expose about a Swansea man scamming filmmakers with his sham festivals. They called me a 'maverick film-maker' which I guess it is a compliment.
Read the magazine online here

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Dictator- this looks funny



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