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INTRO TO AKAKŪ AND PUBLIC ACCESS MEDIA

This 2 hour class is an orientation to Akakū’s mission, facilities, services, plus our policies and procedures. You’ll learn why public access TV came to be, how it works, and the role it plays in our community. Find out how to engage with our center, to put your stories to air. You will also get a tour of the Akakū Studios! This orientation is a prerequisite for certifying in all TV production classes at Akakū.  To schedule your class by appointment email education@akaku.org or Call! FREE! 

INTRODUCTION TO RADIO & KAKU

KAKU FM 88.5 is Akakū’s low-powered FM talk radio station. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a radio personality, this 2 hour orientation is your first step. You’ll learn essentials like microphone handling and how to conduct a live broadcast. FCC rules that govern radio and Akakū’s policies and procedures will also be covered. See calendar below for dates! FREE!

Call 871-5554 to Register!

INTRODUCTION TO TV STUDIO TRAINING

Learn our traditional studio training in four modules, at your own pace. This pre-requisite 2 hour orientation will introduce you to the studio environment, its specialized equipment, and the various positions in the studio and control room. After, you can decide to take one, or all, of our modules. Each module covers different studio positions and enables you to volunteer on a show in that role. Completion of all four modules, plus Intro to Akakū, certifies members to reserve our studio for your own production!  To schedule your class by appointment email education@akaku.org or Call! FREE!

TV STUDIO PRODUCTION FOR GROUPS

Creating a TV show in Akakū’s Studio A is both fun and challenging. This immersive four-day class will introduce your team to all of the crew positions and equipment required to produce a simple TV program, ready to air. Your group will learn how to set lights, adjust cameras, test microphones, create graphics, and direct your own show through hands-on training. Graduate members are eligible to reserve the studio for their own programs. Call or email education@akaku.org to schedule your group. (4 student minimum, or by approval)

Number of Classes: 4, 12 hours

Cost: $200 per person | $160 for Members | $100 for Youth (12-18 Yrs)
*Prerequisite: Intro to Akaku and Public Access Media.

STUDIO MODULE 1: LIGHTS, CAMERA & AUDIO

Light is the paint on a filmmakers palette and adding light in just the right way can turn a mundane shot into a masterpiece. In this hands-on session, you will learn about the different types of stage lights, and how to focus, diffuse and tint them. You will learn the essential camera controls, like white balance, zoom, and focus, while practicing shots, angles, and camera moves. -3 hours. Call or email education@akaku.org to schedule your class by appointment!

Cost: $50 | $40 for Members | $25 Youth (12-18 yrs)

*Prerequisites: Intro to Akaku & Public Access Media and Intro to TV Studio Training

 STUDIO MODULE 2: COMPUTER GRAPHICS & TELEPROMPTER

Learn how to create and display titles, credits, and “lower third” graphics in a studio show. The teleprompter allows a scripted speech or dialog to be projected onto a one-way mirror mounted to the front of a studio camera, so that the talent can look directly into the lens while they read the script as it scrolls past. Youʻll also learn how to load and edit scripts, and to adjust the prompterʻs scrolling speed to match the readerʻs pace. -3 hours. Call or email education@akaku.org to schedule your class by appointment!

Cost: $50 | $40 for Members | $25 Youth (12-18 yrs)

*Prerequisites: Intro to Akaku & Public Access Media and Intro to TV Studio Training

STUDIO MODULE 3: PLAYBACK, RECORDING & SWITCHER

Learn how to import video clips and photos into the Playback Pro software for ʻroll-insʻ during a studio show.
The switcher allows you to preview and choose which camera or source will be ʻliveʻ or recorded. Students will also become familiar with the digital recording decks used to capture a studio program. -3 hours. Call or email education@akaku.org to schedule your class by appointment!

Cost: $50 | $40 for Members | $25 Youth (12-18 yrs)

*Prerequisites: Intro to Akaku & Public Access Media and Intro to TV Studio Training

 STUDIO MODULE 4: PRODUCING & DIRECTING

Whether youʻre filming a scripted drama or capturing news on-the-fly, ʻpreproductionʻ planning is critical to telling the story you intended. Scripting, drafting interview questions, constructing a run-down, and timing segments in advance all help to ensure success in the end. You will leave with a clear sense of what it takes to plan and execute a studio program. Skills taught include directing talent, using hand signals and headsets, timing your show and “calling the shots.” -3 hours. Call or email education@akaku.org to schedule your class by appointment!

Cost: $50 | $40 for Members | $25 Youth (12-18 yrs)

*Prerequisites: Intro to Akaku & Public Access Media and Intro to TV Studio Training

FIELD CAMERA OPERATION & TECHNIQUES

Learn how to safely operate one of our video cameras for in the field, along with attaching and leveling microphones! Get the principles of shot composition and the stages of production. Check the camera out after class and schedule its return to have a critique of your shots and have any issues or questions answered. That same day successfully build and breakdown the camera package and pass a short quiz to certify. Certified members have camera check out privileges for approved projects. 4+ hours. Call or email education@akaku.org to schedule your class by appointment!

Cost: $100.00 per person | $80 for Members | $50 for Youth (12-18 Yrs)
*Prerequisite: Intro to Akaku and Public Access Media.

BASIC VIDEO STORYTELLING AND FIELD PRODUCTION FOR GROUPS

Video production is visual storytelling. Whether your passion is capturing sporting events, community gatherings, news stories, interviews or scenery, there is always a story to be told. Get your team hands-on operating our HD video camcorders and properly using tripods and microphones in the field. This project based training includes the rudiments of editing in Final Cut Pro X. Students will produce short stories while training to build confidence. Graduate members are eligible to reserve camera packages and our Media Lab edit bays. Call or email education@akaku.org to schedule your group. (3 registrants minimum)

Number of Classes: 8, 24 hours +assignments

Cost: $300.00 per person | $240 for Members | $150 for Youth (12-18 Yrs)
*Prerequisite: Intro to Akaku and Public Access Media.

EDITING WITH iMOVIE

Learning to edit with Apple’s iMovie software is fun and simple to learn. You’ll learn how to import content, basic editing techniques and using graphics. Plus, see how to animate still photos, add music, voiceovers or special effects. This training is hands-on with supplied content to edit with. Graduate members are eligible to reserve and use our Media Lab editing bays. Offered once a quarter, see the calendar below for dates!
Number of Classes: 2, 6 hours
Cost: $100 | $80 for Members | $25 Youth (12-18 yrs)
*Prerequisite: Intro to Akaku and Public Access Media.
*Classes may be canceled if registration minimums are not met, 3 registrants minimum.

EDITING WITH FINAL CUT PRO X

Final Cut Pro X is a professional program that allows maximum creativity when editing video. This class will introduce you to the essential features and techniques that editors employ. You will learn to navigate the program, import content, create a project and events, transitions, visual effects, add titles and graphics, as well as how to level audio. Graduate members may reserve Akakū Media Lab edit bays to edit their own shows for air. This class is only offered once a year! Email education@akaku.org to express your interest!

Number of Classes: 4, 12 hours

Cost: $300.00 | $240 for Members | $150 for Youth (12-18 Yrs)

*Prerequisite: Intro to Akaku and Public Access Media.
*Classes may be canceled  if registration minimums are not met, 4 registrants minimum.

BASIC MOBILE VIDEO PRODUCTION

This is a one-day crash course in basic mobile video production, using an Apple i-Device. Learn to shoot with both the on-board camera and the Filmic Pro video app. Edit short projects using i-Movie, the editing software that comes free with all Apple products. 
This class is a pre-requisite for more advanced mobile training. Graduate members are eligible to check out mobile kits to use with their own iPhones. This class is scheduled 1x/month, see calendar below for dates to book!  7 hours

Cost: $100 non-members | $80 Members | $50 youth 12-18 years 

*Pre-requisites:  Intro to Akakū & Public Access and must be Mac literate

*Class may be canceled if registration minimums are not met, 2 registrants minimum.

Scheduled Classes are listed below in the Events Calendar- others are by appointment, check descriptions above!

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