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Overview of Workshops:

Reel Stories Workshops are designed so you get to deep dive into specific filmmaking topics and strengthen your creative skills over the course of just one day. Workshops will be held bi-monthly on Saturdays, for 4-5 hours. All equipment, tools and snacks will be provided by Reel Stories!

All workshops are held in-person with Covid-19 safety measures at Oakstop in downtown Oakland.

Each workshop is unique, so please read the description for your desired workshop carefully and then choose it from the drop down menu when you purchase your ticket.

Workshop tickets are sliding scale, please pay what you can using the discount codes listed when you purchase your ticket! All proceeds go directly to the cost of running the workshop and paying our awesome instructors. Scholarships are also available.

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Workshops are open for gender-expansive youth and young women ages 12-24 of all skill levels – the only requirement is that you are excited to learn something new!



Current Available Workshops:

🎬 Documentary Workshop:

Time: 10am-3pm

Date: February 25th, 2023

About: Deep dive into Documentary! Learn about the different types of documentary and learn how you can celebrate and share your story in endless ways through a documentarians perspective.

🎬 Stop Motion Animation Workshop:

Time: TBA

Date: April 22nd, 2023

About: Celebrate Earth Day by creating a film from your recycling bin! Learn the basics and history of Stop-Motion animation, then put your new-found skills to the test by creating your own short Stop-Motion project using found objects.


Covid-19 Safety:

Masks are required unless participants are actively eating/drinking or acting in front of the camera. Masks and sanitizer will be provided by the Reel Stories Staff. When you buy your ticket, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status. If you are not vaccinated, you will be asked to provide a negative covid-19 test (Rapid Antigen Tests OK) taken 24 hours prior to your workshop. All Reel Stories staff are vaccinated. Read Reel Stories’s full covid policies here: click.

Refund Policy:

100% Refunds are available up until one week before your scheduled workshop. After that, refunds are not available but you may switch your registration to a different workshop at a later date if spots are open.

Who We Are:

Reel Stories is a non-profit organization created in 2013 in Oakland, CA to train and empower the next generation of young women and gender-expansive filmmakers. In 2021 Reel Stories merged with BAVC Media, a 45-year-old media arts nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social change by empowering media makers to develop and share diverse stories through art, education and technology.

Past Workshops:

🎬 Motion Graphics Animation Workshop: (Past)

Time: 10am-3pm

Date: December 10th, 2022

About: Create a unique animation with After Effects! Have you ever created a film with a cool title you wish had an exciting animation to go along with it? Have some end credits that need spicing up? Or just want to learn the basics about motion graphics in after effects? Then this is the workshop for you! Learn the basics, then create and export your very own short animation with hands-on help.

Costume Design Workshop: (Past)

Time: 10am-3pm

Date: October 29th, 2022

About: Take your films to the next level with our costume design workshop! Increase production value by learning how to approach designing costumes for your characters, why costume design matters, and how it all enhances the greater narrative of your story. We will be learning tips for period pieces, analyzing examples from film and tv, and finishing the day with you drawing and picking fabric swatches for your own look!

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