Welcome to the brand new MDC Creative Lab for their Media Arts School! In partnership with Zeitgeist Film Duluth, Minnesota Discovery Center has recently opened up their latest addition to their learning center that includes iMac computers loaded with creative design and editing software, meeting rooms, multi-media studios, film/video equipment for on-site phot/video shoots & projects, digital tools & more!
Their goal is to empower, support, and educate Northland community members ages 16+ as active participants in shaping our culture, and engage diverse communities to rethink the way we view film, art, and local storytelling. We provide access and a platform to work, learn, create, and experience filmmaking and media production in our community.
Want to know more? Visit Minnesota Discovery Center at their website for more info!
Interested in checking it out and seeing what is possible with equipment & software designed specifically for creative projects? Register for one of their upcoming classes!
Check out some of their classes, which are featured below and sign up for a chance at learning the trade with top of the line software and equipment!
If you would like to learn more about upcoming events & news in the Chisholm area, visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website!
Are you interested in learning about film production but don’t know where to start? Gain some hands on filmmaking experience by working with the Upper Midwest Film Office on an upcoming project! This will be a three day experience that will allow you to be involved in the filmmaking process and to gain some valuable skills that are an invaluable asset on any film set. Attendees will also be able to make invaluable connections with those who are already in the field, because it is very important to make connections when breaking into a new field!
The three day experience will take place from Friday, September 15th 2023 to Sunday, September 17th 2023.
Want to learn more about the Upper Midwest Film Office? Check out their listing on our Chisholm Chamber page and see what they’re all about and why they are a great resource for learning about the film industry!
In This 3 Day Immersive Workshop:
- Learn the basics of being a Production Assistant – the most common entry-level position on a film crew
- Work alongside working filmmakers in the making of a short film
- Gain practical on-set film production experience
- Learn how the various departments such as Grip & Electric, Sound, Camera, and Art work together and how best to assist in those departments
- Build invaluable professional connections within the MN film community
- Be eligible for paid PA positions on incoming film productions
Friday, September 15th
12 pm – 5 pm, presentation from UMFO and Lost Forty Studios, and introductions to instructors. From the concept of our project all the way through our plan of execution, you’ll meet the instructors and learn on-set protocols for each department so that everyone is prepped and ready to make our film.
Saturday, September 16th
Call-time at 10 am, wrap at 5 pm. (specific times subject to change). “There’s nothing like a good ol’ film light in a fogged-up studio.”
Filming in controlled environments, all participants will be hands-on under the guidance of the department leads, switching between departments throughout the day, making it happen.
Sunday, September 17th
Call-time at 10 am, wrap at 5 pm. (specific times subject to change). Post-Production –“That’s a wrap!” Students will be sent a link to the final product to reference!
Ready for a great date night? Sign up for tango lessons at Valentini’s!
Tango lessons at Valentini’s will be taking place on July 21st at 6:30 PM! What could go better with a top of the line Italian dinner (at a restaurant recently featured on “America’s Best Restaurants”) than drinks and Tango, the most romantic form of dancing? Get your feet moving and dress in your best for a knockout combo of an evening, general admission tickets are $20 per person plus tax and attendees will be given instruction on tango from internationally acclaimed choreographer and performer, Miriam Lea.
With proper instruction from a professional you can leave the class with some solid moves under your belt! Tango across the dance floor as you’re surrounded by the sites, sounds, and tasty food from Valentini’s.
Attendees should arrive by 6:20PM for check-in and can grab a drink before class to get the mood going. No previous experience, special shoes or clothes are required (but looking great on the dance floor is always fun, so why not get flashy?)
Want to see more upcoming events in the Chisholm area? Visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website for more!
The very first Chamber Social Media Class will be taking place on May 17th from 2PM-3:30PM at the Minnesota Discovery Center Media Arts Lab and all Chamber members that are interested in learning or improving upon their social media skills for business promotion are invited to join!
FREE to attend!
There will not be any food served at this event and there will be no food or drink permitted in the lab, so make sure to get your lunch before attending!
RSVP for the May 17th Class
What will the Chamber Social Media Class cover?
- Strategies to expand your audience
- Content creation basics
- Learning how to use analytics
- How to create & promote your “brand”
- Methods to make content creation easy & seamless
- How to manage expectations, disappointment & how to handle the wake of success!
Social media is a broad and constantly shifting sea, and having a business page on any platform can take your business to the next level if you use the tools at your disposal! We at the Chisholm Chamber believe that helping everyone to succeed is critical in making the Chisholm community successful. With this class we are hoping to give you the confidence and basic knowledge necessary to start your journey into the vast sea of social media advertising.
If you would like to know more about the Minnesota Discovery Center’s new Media Arts Lab, visit this article about it!
Want to know more about upcoming Chisholm area events, businesses and news? Check us out on our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website!
Have a Great idea for a Feature Film? Learn How to Bring it to Life!
The MDC Screenwriting Workshop begins on April 12th and will continue weekly on Wednesdays for an eight-week course that will teach students how to navigate the process of screenwriting! This class is a virtual workshop that students can participate in from home.
Many have great ideas; only few craft them into screenplays. In this workshop, learn screenwriting fundamentals as you develop your idea from pitch to outline to screenplay. While no previous screenwriting experience is required, you should come to the workshop with ideas for short films.
Matthew Dressel is a Duluth based award-winning screenwriter and recipient of the 2017 IFP Minnesota Screenwriting Residency award. His most recent screenplay, the dark comedy Daniel’s Gotta Die (starring Joel David Moore and Bob Saget), was produced by Darius Films and is slated for a release in 2023. He is the former Programmer for Zinema 2 and former Festival Director of the Duluth Superior Film Festival.
Discover more about the Minnesota Media Arts School including upcoming workshops, instructor bios, the MMAS mission, and our supporting partners HERE
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