Monday, February 27, 2006

Wifi is coming...

The CTEP Wifi Video Project is now available for your viewing pleasure! Click here to watch the clip.

We spent a lot of time and energy putting together about 2 minutes of video. Let us know what you think.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Chicago was a blast. The Wrens were spectacular, as was The Casket Lottery. Jeremy's family was an absolute pleasure.

We drove to St. Cloud last Friday to see Kevin Smith. He spoke for four and a half hours before they had to close the place down. It was awesome.

The Alliance for Community Media Conference took place this past Friday and Saturday. There were a number of fantastic presentations, including one on youth media in which two Set It Up members, Donald and Xavier, participated. They did a really fantastic job representing SPNN and discussing their work on the show.

The second episode of Set It Up for the season is now available for download! Click here to watch it. Alternatively, you can right click on the link and choose "Save Link As" to download the file to your hard drive. As with the last file, Quicktime is required to view the clip. Please post comments!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

SPNN pics 253
Originally uploaded by kevinkalla.
We recently went out and shot the new ending to the wifi video. It was very, very cold out during our shoot. That's why Roxanne looks angry. I'm in post-production right now, and I've run into a few snags with some clips having gone missing. Fortunately, we still have all of the raw footage on tape, so I can always re-capture that if all else fails. Tomorrow morning I'm getting up extra-early to drive to the windy city with my roommate Jeremy. And then we'll see The Wrens. And it will be awesome.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I'm definitely overdue for a post, but it has been a bit hectic lately.
Here's a quick recap of what's been going on. We had the studio shoot for our second episode of the season yesterday. It went fairly well, although it took longer than we anticipated. Andrea's back was hurting, so it was up to me to set up the studio.
Fortunately, Donald came in early to help out and saved the day. As you'll notice in the picture I've posted, we projected the intro to Set It Up as the backdrop of the set. It was an experiment (and hopefully it doesn't come across as too distracting).

The media committee has been meeting about future projects - we're going to reshoot the end of the WiFi video tomorrow. Upon completion of that project, we have a couple of other ideas in the works. We're planning on creating another presentation involving a film screening and a more in depth discussion of the power of media to create change. We've also been talking with other CTEP members about possible video projects, including a short documentary piece on the WiFi initiative.

At SPNN, I've written an article for the latest issue of the SPNN newsletter about our four youth films that were accepted into the Walker Art Center's 2006 Girls in the Director's Chair program. For those who are interested in checking the event out, it takes place at the Walker on Saturday, March 4th starting at 10:00 am. There are screenings throughout the day, lasting until 5:00 pm. The films from SPNN will be showing at 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. I'll be bringing youth to the festival, and I highly encourage everyone to attend.

In other news, I've started helping out on Mental Engineering once again, which has been a lot of fun. Al Franken is going to be on the show April 1st, so I'm definitely not going to miss that taping. That's all for now.