Want to learn how to make mobile apps for iPhone and iPad?

Come to AMF Summer School and learn the basics of making apps by using the Xcode development environment and the new Swift programming language.

Date: 1.-3.6.2015 at 10:00-17:00
Place: Aalto Media Factory auditorium
Teacher: Janne Käki (M.Sc., Aalto 2010)
Number of participants: 22
Registration to the course: https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/08430054F808DDA8.par

After the course you should be familiar with:

– Basic structure, grammar, and vocabulary of Swift.
– Structure of a simple iOS app: view controllers and different navigation paradigms.
– How to use the elementary iOS user interface components, such as buttons, labels, and image views.
– Table views and the idea of delegation.
– How to flexibly define your app’s user interface using Auto Layout.
– Using location and map services.
– Networking, sending and receiving data.
– How to distribute your app to users.
– What is easy and what is difficult, what is possible and what is off limits, in the world of iOS.

Requirements: You should know the basics of object-oriented programming, such as the concepts of objects, classes, methods, arrays, and dictionaries. (A Mac is necessary for making iOS apps. An iOS device is not an absolute necessity, since most functionality can be tested on a simulator.)

Teacher Janne Käki (M.Sc., Aalto 2010) has been making iOS apps for a living for the past five years and he’s now convinced it’s something he wants to do for the next fifteen, too. His Java lectures in Aalto used to be somewhat legendary, and he’s very excited to finally get back into teaching.

 

For more information:
Leena Närekangas
Aalto Media Factory
Tel. 050 3427114
leena.narekangas@aalto.fi

Video school 3.0 in May 2015!

Do you need to make an interview-based video related to your research or study project? Want to get familiar with Media Factory’s AV equipment?

The new, improved Media Factory video school is here! The course is five days long and distributed during three weeks in May. It focuses on making a short, interview based documentary video, such as the Aalto Snapshots. We will learn to use Media Factory’s own video equipment that you can borrow for your production later on!

During the course we learn the basics of shooting video and recording quality audio with hands-on exercises. We will also learn how to edit video and audio with Adobe Premiere. During the course the attendants will produce their own, short interview based video in groups. Please bring your own idea for a 3-5 minute interview based documentary film and prepare to present it to your group in the beginning of the week. One idea out of four will be actually produced in each group!

The course teachers are three master students from the Department of Film, Television and Scenography. They study the fields of cinematography, sound recording and sound design, and film editing and are now ready to give you tips on how to make your video look and sound better!

Registrate here (https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/D93A322F8069AB47.par) before 16th of April! We will inform you on the whether you were selected for the course after 19th of April.

The course will be held on 4.5. – 5.5. & 12.5. – 13.5. and 19.5.

Course topics in brief:
– shooting video with Canon 5D mark II (focus on interview situations)
– recording speech with professional gear
– editing image and sound with Adobe Premiere

Course schedule:

MON 4.5.

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Brief introduction lecture: planning your production, basic concepts of camerawork and audio recording. Going briefly through the camera- and recording equipment used during the course.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Four guided interview exercises in four groups: camera, lighting, recording audio, directing/interviewee. Getting to know the equipment better and learning the roles in a video production.

TUE 5.5.

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Reviewing the material produced during previous day’s exercises. Lecture: Analysis of the structure of an interview based short documentary (one of the Aalto Snapshots). Starting the group work: presenting and choosing the ideas.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Group work: planning each groups’ own documentary. Tutoring with equipment and planning.

From 6.5. to 11.5. Shooting the group works (each group approx. 4 hours)

TUE 12.5.

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Lecture: Basics of digital video formats. Editing with Adobe Premiere: importing the material, syncing image and sound, basic editing principles.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Editing workshop.

WED 13.5.

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Lecture: Where to find creative commons licensed music, images etc. that you can use on your video. Group work: editing the videos, guidance provided.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Lecture: Adding titles and basic color correction. Smoothing sound in Premiere. Group work: editing the videos, guidance provided.

TUE 19.5.

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Finishing touches. Exporting the videos.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Premiere of the exercise documentaries. Feedback.

No previous knowledge on video productions is required for attending the course. The teaching language is English.

More information from Leena Närekangas – leena.narekangas@aalto.fi

Coming up: more seminar+workshop collaboration with ELO

Last week, on November 12th and 14th we were happy to host a Seminar and Workshop on Musicality and Screenplay Development here at the TV-studio Lume. The crowd was diverse with professionals: screen writers, composers, dancers and more. The seminar was open for everyone, and afterwards we had spots for ten participants for the one and a half day workshop.

The seminar was such a successful session, that we’ll be continuing such events in collaboration with Aalto ARTS, Department of Film, Television and Scenography in the future. Stay tuned in the spring 2015 for more seminar + workshop sessions and don’t miss out.

Thank you for all the participants for the great two days last week!

Seminar and Workshop on Musicality and Screenplay Development Nov 12-14, 2014

Teachers: scholar-practitioner, Dr. Virginia Pitts and composer Taren McCallan-Moore
Purpose: to explore ways in which musicality can be harnessed to develop the rhythmic and tonal structure of a screenplay.
Place: TV-Studio, Lume, Hämeentie 135 C, Arabia Campus

The seminar is open to everyone; for the workshop, the maximum number of participants is 10. (5 Aalto students, 5 graduated scriptwriters, directors, composers) If you are student in Aalto and interested in participating the lecture and workshop, please contact Kirsi Rinne (kirs.rinne@aalto.fi), others please contact Leena Närekangas (leena.narekangas@aalto.fi).

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday 12th:

10.00 – 13:00 SEMINAR:

1)    Virginia Pitts introducing the rationale for this approach and the process undertaken with Taren McCallan-Moore (1.5 hours)

2)    Composer’s perspective on how the dialogue between story and musicality work together (45 mins).

3)  Q & A with Taren and Virginia (45 mins).

Lunch break

14.00_17:00 WORKSHOP:

Workshop with participants to

a)     discuss their story ideas and central characters

b)    break down their story into a series of ‘movements’ and to express this in a language that invites a composer to respond.

One story will be chosen to develop musical sketches for as a case study for Friday’s workshop.

Friday 14th November, 2014

10:00 -12:00 WORKSHOP:

All participants engage in auto-writing responses to the musical sketches composed by Taren; develop into more specific ideas for imagery, character development and sequence-building.

Lunch break

13:00-15:00 WORKSHOP:

General discussion about the effect the process has had on the evolving story.

Wrap-up talk from Virginia about musicality and the brain.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Virginia Pitts is a lecturer at the University of Kent, School of Arts.  Her screen practice spans drama, documentary, dance films and various hybrid forms for both film and television. Her films have screened at many of the world’s top film festivals, toured art galleries and sold widely. Virginia has published in the areas of embodied screenwriting, literary adaptation, political documentary, intercultural film practice and independent digital cinema. Her current practice-based research focuses on a range of collaborative screenplay development techniques, including improvisation, kinesthetics and musicality.

Taren McCallan-Moore is a UK-based composer and visual artist. For a decade he developed a sound project called MagicVan, the output of which is available through The Internet Archive and Netlabels. Now working under the moniker The G Street Orchestra, he uses the minimum of equipment (an Apple computer, a keyboard and Logic Pro studio software) to create sound design and orchestration for music videos and audiovisual gallery-based installations. Taren also paints and draws in a small Cambridge studio, interrupted with time spent working in Paris and London, where he has exhibited independently and with the support of local galleries.

 

Learn the basics of 3D modeling program Rhinoceros

What:
Basic course in 3D modeling with Rhinoceros

Where and when:
Aalto Media Factory auditorium on Tuesday 14.10., Thursday 16.10. and Tuesday 21.10. at 17:00-19:30.Exercise session is held in the FabLab on Wednesday 22.10. at 13-16.

To whom:
Aalto faculty and students

This course will teach the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros. During the evenings we will go through exercises in which we will learn the basic workflow of Rhino from creating exact 2D curves, editing them and creating 3D surfaces and editing them. Both intense afternoons will continue with exercise sessions in the FabLab, where you can test your skills in practice.

Some of the basic commands learned: Line, Arcs, Circles, Ellipses, Fillet Curves, Extrude Curve, Rotate, Boolean, Fillet Edges, Sweeps and so on.

For the course you need your own laptop that has the Rhinoceros 4 or 5 software installed. You can download an evaluation version of Rhino 5 from the homepage of Rhino3D. The course material applies equally well to version 4 as to version 5 of Rhino.

The course will be held by Peter Kaario, an industrial designer at Innokas Medical Oy. Peter is experienced teacher in Creo2, Rhino and Pro Engineer programs.

Register to the course here. There are places for 25 people in the course. You will get a confirmation email about your registration from Leena Närekangas latest on October 7th.

For more information:
Producer Leena Närekangas, 050 342 7114,  leena.narekangas@aalto.fi
Teacher Peter Kaario, 040 740 6804, pkaa@plasticity.fi

 

Register now for Media Factory video school 2.0 in October!

Do you need to make an interview-based video related to your research or study project? Want to get familiar with Media Factory’s AV equipment?

The new, improved Media Factory video school is here! According to feedback from the previous course, we extended the course to the length of one week to have time for more learning. The course focuses on making a short, interview based documentary video, such as the Aalto Snapshots. We will learn to use Media Factory’s own video equipment that you can borrow for your production later on!

In the beginning of the week we learn the basics of shooting video and recording quality audio with hands-on exercises. In the end of the week, we will learn how to edit video and audio with Adobe Premiere. During the course the attendants will produce their own, short interview based video in groups. Please bring your own idea for a 3-5 minute interview based documentary film and prepare to present it to your group in the beginning of the week. One idea out of four will be actually produced in each group!

The course teachers are three master students from the Department of Film, Television and Scenography. They study the fields of cinematography, sound recording and sound design, and film editing and are now ready to give you tips on how to make your video look and sound better!

Registrate here until 29th of September! We will inform you on the 6th of Oct whether you were selected for the course.

The course will be held from 20.10. – 24.10.

Course topics in brief:
– shooting video with Canon 5D (focus on interview situations)
– recording speech with professional gear
– editing image and sound with Adobe Premiere

Preliminary schedule:

MON 20.10.

Morning: Brief introduction lecture: planning your production, basic concepts of camerawork and audio recording. Going briefly through the camera- and recording equipment used during the course.

Afternoon: Four guided interview exercises in four groups: camera, lighting, recording audio, directing/interviewee. Getting to know the equipment better and learning the roles in a video production.

TUE 21.10.

Morning: Reviewing the material produced during previous day’s exercises. Lecture: Analysis of the structure of an interview based short documentary (one of the Aalto Snapshots). Starting the group work: presenting and choosing the ideas.

Afternoon: Group work: planning and shooting each groups’ own documentary.

WED 22.10.

Morning: Group work: shooting each groups’ own documentary.

Afternoon: Lecture: Basics of digital video formats. Editing with Adobe Premiere: importing the material, syncing image and sound, basic editing principles.

THU 23.10.

Morning: Lecture: Where to find creative commons licensed music, images etc. that you can use on your video. Group work: editing the videos, guidance provided.

Afternoon: Lecture: Adding titles and basic color correction. Smoothing sound in Premiere. Group work: editing the videos, guidance provided.

FRI 24.10.

Morning: Finishing touches. Exporting the videos.

Afternoon: Premiere of the exercise documentaries. Feedback.

No previous knowledge on video productions is required for attending the course. The teaching language is English.

Register for the course here until 29th of Sep.

More information from Leena Närekangas – leena.narekangas@aalto.fi

Pixstories minor subject – Last few seats remaining!

The new Pixstories minor subject offers a unique opportunity to study dramatic thinking, screenwriting, character design and digital animation, taught and supervised by esteemed professionals. By taking the full 25 ECTS minor studies the students can produce their own animated films that even include score and sound design.

Please see the link for more info about the minor.

You can still apply for the Pixstories minor subject by Fri 13th of June by sending an application with the attachment (prior exercise) to study coordinator Sara Rönkkönen, sara.ronkkonen@aalto.fi.

More information: professor Saku Heinänen, saku.heinanen@aalto.fi, tel. 050 3141 552

Students apply for the Pixstories Minor Subject by doing a prior exercise. This task gauges the student´s motivation as well as her / his ability to compress thoughts into a short narrative form and to suggest a visualization for them.

Entry exercise: write a roughly one-page text (max c. 3000 characters), in which you by means of narrative make it clear why you want to study visual storytelling. What kind of a story do you want to tell, and why? Give your text the headline “My Story”. Attach some ideas and / or sketches about how you would like to illustrate or visualize your text.

Stream Games Now! open lecture Mon 28.4.

Games Now! lecture series gets its final session today with Stuart Nolan on Physical Deception, Wobbly Interfaces and Mind Reading Birds. The lecture will be held today, on Monday April 28th at 15:00-17:00 at the Design Factory (The Stage), Betonimiehenkuja 5C, Espoo. The lecture is free and open for anyone.

If you can’t make it to Espoo, you can also stream the lecture online HERE.

THE COURSE IS FULL – Media Factory video school 7.4. and 11.4. @ Media Factory

Do you need to make a video related to your research or study project? Want to get familiar with Media Factory’s AV equipment?

We provide a two-day crash course on video production with our own equipment that you can borrow for your production later on! On the first day we learn the basics of shooting video and recording quality audio and the second day is reserved for the post production: editing image and sound. The course will be held Monday 7.4. and Friday 11.4. from 9 to 5 in Media Factory Auditorium. We will primarily accept people who can attend both course days.

The course teachers are three master students from the Department of Film, Television and Scenography. They study the fields of cinematography, sound recording and sound design, and film editing and are now ready to give you tips on how to make your video look and sound better!

Course topics in brief:

– shooting video with Canon 5D
– recording speech with professional gear
– basic editing with Adobe Premiere (special effects are not covered)
– some tips on sound editing with Adobe Audition

No previous knowledge on video productions is required for attending the course.

Sign up by 28.3. using this FORM.

More information from Leena Närekangas – leena.narekangas@aalto.fi

Electronics for Artists at FabLab

Electronics for Artists is here again!

Time : Wednesdays from 12:00 to 12:30
Place: Aalto Fablab in the Media Factory, Hämeentie 135 A

In Electronics for Artists you will be acquainted how to design a circuit board, how to make a PCB and how to solder the components on the board. You will also get your hands on experience with measurement devices and after being familiar with them you will learn how to test and debug your circuit boards. In these sessions you will also learn about micro controllers, work with Arduino and teensy and experiment with sensors and actuators. We are planning also to talk about how to connect the Arduino to the internet and more about communication.

Method: In each session we are going to do a small project together.

No signing up is necessary.

More information:
Ali Neissi Shooshtari
Electronics Studio Master
ali.neissi@aalto.fi

http://fablab.aalto.fi/site/content/electronics-artists