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Today was the day! Our final session — X-Men and Esperanza pulled through and crossed the finish line with two more 3-minute films! (Their main issue was cutting their films down to three minutes…) CONGRATULATIONS UOFA 2013 MENTEES! YOU DID IT! Thank you again to the Youth Mentoring Connection staff — Derrion Wyatt, Abe Valencia and Creon Dotson, and to […]

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Impromptu Session!

Youth With Attitude

Today a few dedicated mentees spent their afternoon getting a couple more editing hours in on their films! For Sound Waves and Youth with Attitude those extra hours paid off — they are officially done with their films! 4 out of 6. X-Men and Esperanza will finish up their final tweaks, music, titles and credits this Sunday at our last […]

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Session Nineteen: Post-Production

Original music by Osiris

Today mentees got a couple more hours to edit their films. LGBTQA finished tonight! Editing mentor Kate Donnelly helped them finish up their titles and credits and off they go! Esperanza, X-Men and Youth With Attitude made some great progress, and Sound Waves had their own original music composed by Osiris! 2 out of 6 films complete: finish line here […]

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Session Eighteen: Post-Production and Guest Visitors

Cristi Catlin, Jerry London, John visiting UOFA

Today we had a special visit from Jerry London, most famous for directing the television mini-series Shogun, and Cristi Catlin, co-founder of the Urban Oasis Film Academy, Youth Mentoring Connection board member, and our liaison at HBO. Jerry London shared some of the basics to know if you want to be a filmmaker: 1) Start with a good script! 2) […]

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Session Seventeen: Post-Production

Gaby Castillo working with Esperanza

Today we had more visiting mentors help mentees work on editing their films! Gaby Castillo and Tony de la Torre, students in the Television, Film & Media Studies program at Cal State LA, worked with mentees on timing, sound effects and downloading copyright-free music online. Monique Beltran, aka musician Mo Bel, has also been mentoring youth for the last two […]

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Session Sixteen: Post-Production

High 5 with volunteer mentors Diego and Monique

Today was a productive day for editing! X-Men got their project back online after some Final Cut “reconnecting media” mishaps, High 5 finished up their first full draft of their film and added titles and credits (2 minutes and 59 seconds!), and LGBTQA added a couple more interviews to their film, which is almost done and ready for titles. Youth […]

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