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REELFilm Summer 2013 at Arcadia – Discounts still available!

13 May 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Calling all aspiring young filmmakers!

Looking for something FUN to do this summer that also builds your skills?  Here’s your chance to create your own short films or animations while working with established filmmakers from the Big Picture Alliance at the BPA REELFILM Summer at Arcadia camp!

Session 1 runs from June 24 to July 5, 2013 9a-3p
Session 2 runs from July 8 – 19, 2013  9a-3p

Each session offers two options:

·     Live-Action — Create your own 1-3 minute film, then work on a production team for their second film (drama, comedy, action thriller – their choice), going “script-to-screen” in just two weeks. Space limited to 20 campers per session.

·     AnimationNation — Learn the ins and outs of animation in a two-week session that blends art, graphics and technology. You’ll make your own short animated film, and work in a production team to create a longform animated movie. Space limited to 10 per session.

BPA REELFilm summer film camp is at Arcadia University, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open to rising 6th through 8th graders, AND rising 9th- 12th graders (2 groups).

Cost is $340 per week, or $680 per session.
Register before May 31 (extended) receive a $40 a week discount.

BPA student films have been broadcast on Comcast, MiND TV Philadelphia Stories series and featured at local screenings like the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s Young Filmmaker Series.

*We will also be taking 1-2 field trips to production companies or studios, plus FILM Fridays at the HiWay Theatre in Jenkintown!  Each Friday we’ll be at the HiWay Theatre watching films, and meeting industry guests!

For more information, or to REGISTER NOW before the Discount Deadline!

Email info@bigpicturealliance for a registration form or call (215.381.2588

BPA Welcomes Second Intern

24 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

BPA Welcomes Winter/Spring 2012 Intern Sam Wickes…

 Sam Wickes

Sam Wickes is 18-years-old and currently a senior at Hill Top Preparatory School in Rosemont, PA.  Sam’s interest in film and video began at a very young age where he recalls crawling to the VCR to watch “The Lion King” and “Titan A.E.” As he grew older, his visits to Blockbuster became more frequent and he realized he had a passion for storytelling and film. He also realized the value, and power, in media.

“With the help of technology, we have created movies that get the audience to think about the situation and to think about what will happen next,” says Sam, “it means that we think about stories and ideas that we wish to share.”

Sam is actively involved in his school’s performance group and basketball team, in addition to his new adventure with Big Picture Alliance. He hopes to learn more about himself while developing both his filmmaking and computer skills.

Check back soon for a video about what Sam hopes to achieve through his co-op… and some other fun facts!

Thank You: Allen Hilles, Enon Baptist, Matthews Family Foundation

13 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

REELFilm Experience students work closely with a BPA Media Instructor to learn basic camera skills.

Heartfelt thanks to The Allen Hilles Fund, Enon Baptist Community Ministries & The Matthews Family Foundation for their support of Big Picture Alliance and our REELFilm Experience programs in the coming year!  It’s thanks to supporters like these that we can continue to engage, educate and expose youth to the world of media arts, literacy and filmmaking in 2012 and beyond!

Want to support Big Picture Alliance?  Click here.

Does your company match?  Remember our United Way Donor Choice #10298.

From all of us at Big Picture Alliance, Thank you!

BPA Media Instructor “Matters”

25 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Cabral working with a student in BPA's REEL Film Experience 2011

BPA Media Instructor Nuala Cabral is a jack of all trades. In addition to her teaching, she is also a filmmaker who actively supports the anti-street harassment movement and is the co-founder of a Philadelphia-based media literacy project, FAAN Mail.

Walking  Home, one of Cabrals’ more recent films, won the “Speaking Out Award” at the Media That Matters festival in New York City .  This festival is a premiere showcase for short films that inspire action on the most important topics relating to both local and global communities.  It’s only natural that Cabral’s poetic film about street harassment (from the unique perspective of women who are harassed) was selected for this honorable project.

“Walking Home” will be screened in NYC on Thursday, October 27 at the SVA Theatre.

Sending her a big congratulations for this honor!

BPA Welcomes Fall Intern

26 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

BPA Welcomes Fall/Winter 2011-12 intern Scott “Chicharito” Hyde….

Scott Hyde is 21-years-old and currently a junior at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, studying Film & Video.  Born in Honduras (Central America) and raised in Lewisburg, PA, Scott has been interested in filmmaking since an early age.  He is especially interested in the editing process and hopes to become a full-time film editor after he graduates college.  His other interests include playing and watching soccer, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and listening to music.  He is very excited to be an intern at Big Picture Alliance.  Click here to learn more about what Scott hopes to achieve through his co-op… and some other fun facts!


P.S. Don’t get the “Chicharito” reference?  Now you will.

Save The Date: Sunday, October 9

26 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Join us on Sunday, October 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a small reception and film screening to, again, celebrate the 2011 Delphi Summer Teen Media Program!  This informal reception is FREE to attend and all BPA students, families and community friends are welcome.

Save The Date: Thursday, June 23

09 June 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Join Big Picture Alliance for a Summer Film Jam you won’t forget!

Summer Film Jam 2011
Thursday, June 23
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Asian Arts Initiative (Gallery and Theater)
1219 Vine Street
Philadelpha, PA
Minimum $20 donation at door.  Donations can also be made online.
Refreshments will be served.
Student admission FREE upon valid student ID.
Seating is limited, please  RSVP to brittany@bigpicturealliance.org

“Philadelphia Stories 8” Winners Announced!

12 May 2011 ~ 1 Comment

The Big Picture Alliance student-produced film “The Jerk” was selected as a winner in the 15-minute category of Philadelphia Stories 8!  It premieres at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 on MiND TV.  Click here for a full broadcast schedule.

A big congratulations to the students involved in the making:

Jose Aponte
Darian Bagley
Tucker Finney-Burton
Christlynn Dornevil
Giovany Gonzalez
DaRon Hunter
Yine Jaquez
Jose Morales
Natasha Reyes
Karen Romero

Philadelphia Stories feature films created by local filmmakers who have utilized the Philadelphia region and community as inspiration and location for their work.  Genres selected are typically documentaries, short narratives, creative animation or experimental programs.

“The Jerk” is a fictional-short about four friends facing the trials and tribulations of high school, both together and apart.

PhillyCAM Screening on November 5th

25 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Friday November 5, 5:30PM-7:30PM

An Evening Showcasing Youth Media at PhillyCAM Studio

Showcasing various short videos, including the film “Jerk.”

Come support the Big Picture Alliance students who directed and produced the film “Jerk,” a film about a teenager, John, who is going through life changes that have hardened his personality. Three of his old friends are unhappy about John becoming a jerk until they realize the reason why. Can his friends help him before it’s too late?

In the summer of 2010, students from various high schools across the city worked with BPA teachers under the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program to create several films that display the students’ talents in film production. The film ” Jerk,” was done in collaboration with BPA, Esperanza Academy,Taller Puertorriqueño, and Philadelphia Museum of Arts within the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program. On November 5, 2010 the film will be shown at the PhillyCAM studio at their event: An Evening Showcasing Youth Media. Along with a screening of various videos from youth media programs, selections from PhillyCAM’s recurring series Straight Up Real Talk will be screened. The screenings will take place from 5:30PM-7:30PM.

PhillyCAM Studio
232 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

We hope to see you there!

Screening Tonight! 6 PM at Nueva Esperanza Academy

06 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

6-8 PM ~ Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter School ~ 301 West Hunting Park Ave.

Tonight’s the night! Join us for the grand finale of the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program. Come meet and mingle with the filmmakers, watch their creative productions and engage them in a Q&A session after the screening.

Students DaRon Hunter and Will Espinola during the BPA's Delphi Summer Teen Media Program

This year marks the tenth year that the Big Picture Alliance, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Taller Puertorriqueño and Nueva Esperanza have collaborated in teaching young filmmakers from underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods. The following films will be shown at the screening tonight.

Personal Films by:

Lady Soto
Ricardo Lopez
Christlynn Dornevil
DaRon Hunter
Yine Jaquez
Joan Lopez
Tucker Finney
Reggie Coleman

Group Films:

Friend of a Friend
This Is What War Does