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Tech-Kno Camp Summer 2014

 When the teens were asked about some of the contributing factors of Chicago’s violence, “Surprisingly, they all agreed that teen pregnancy has played a major role in creating the current violent climate we live in,” said Kirk Denson, executive director of the MEMa studio, which he founded to introduce disadvantaged youth to the recording and film arts.

The documentary, “Who’s Raising Who?” explores how teen pregnancy leads to the devastating cycle of single parent households, poverty, poor education, lack of fathers in the home, etc – all of which creates a fertile ground for violent crimes. One of the teens profiled in the documentary brings you closer to what life looks like when the father of your child is a 20-year-old street hustler without a job.
 
The group of 14 teens, ages 14 through 18, met this summer four days a week, where they conceptualized, produced, created storyboards, researched and videotaped the documentary.

 

 

 

 

Tech-Kno Camp Spring 2014

The purpose of this 10 week project was to give the teens of our After School Matters/Tech-Kno Camp program a voice... to speak in their own language about the challenges they face daily. They chose to encourage one another, and the youth of their communities, to discover their true selves and present it to the world. 

 

 

After School Matters invites us to run our Tech-Kno Camp for 10 weeks, beginning January 30, 2014 teaching high school youth how to make a short film and music video. This week the participanrts learn the craft of storyboarding.

The class is divided into groups: Music and Audio (which includes songwriting), and Video (including scriptwriting). This video depicts the video class collaborating on their chosen storyline. 

 

 

The MEMa Tech-Kno Camp 2013

Once again, The MEMa Studio collaborates with The Lighthouse Youth Center on the South Side of Chicago to offer youth an opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to produce and perform their very own arts oriented project. Last year it was a short film. This year it's a music video to accompany that short film "Black Beauty". After a Songwriting Class, administered by Canadian songwriter Melissa Endean, 21 students collaborated with each other to come up with Spoken Word, Rap and Song (anthem), lyrics. The intended theme of the lyrics are purposely connected to the "Black Beauty" short film written and directed by former classmates during Tech-Kno Camp 2012. The theme and all lyrics are 100% conceptualized written and produced by the students, in their own words without input from the instructors. This self-affirming music video is their statement of being. The MEMa Studio is privileged to have the honor of giving them a platform to express themselves in this artistic manner.

 

The MEMa Tech-Kno Camp 2012

The MEMa Studio partnered with the Lighthouse Youth Center on the South Side of Chicago and taught 15 youth how to shoot a short film.  From conception to postproduction, the MEMa Students wrote the script, produced, directed, shot the footage and completed postproduction in 5 days!

 

Tech-Kno Camp Instructor Kevin Watson teaches the process of film making. 

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Tech-Kno Camp Instructor John Johnson helps the students develop their script. 

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Tech-Kno Camp Students learn film set lighting. 

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Tech-Kno Camp students learn how to construct a set

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Tech-Kno Camp Students learn how to Direct a short film

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Tech-Kno Camp Students learn screenwriting theory

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Tech-Kno Camp Instructor Kevin Watson encourages the students to folow their passion

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This final video is a short film that was written, produced, directed, shot and edited by the students of the MEMa Tech-Kno Camp 2012. Summer 2013, we will teach the same students how to produce a music video to join their short film "Black Beauty".

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MEMa MOMENTS

 

A MEMa Moment: "What does M-E-M-a stand for?"

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A MEMa Moment: "What MEMa Represents"

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A MEMa Moment: "What MEMa Offers Youth"

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A MEMa Moment: "Why MEMa?"

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A MEMa Moment: 'Adora Svitak and the Power of the Arts'

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A MEMa Moment with Balligomingo's Jody Quine!

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