09-23-2017  1:14 pm      •     
The Wake of Vanport
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By The Skanner News

Join the Wake of Vanport 2016 Series production team. This is the one workshop you won’t want to miss. And PCM is offering it at NO CHARGE!

On Memorial Day 1948, a dike broke on the Columbia River starting a flood that would leave 18,000 people homeless and altering race relations in Portland forever. This class is designed to tell the stories through oral history video production of these individuals. In this class, you will interview Vanport flood survivors as they talk about their lives in Vanport before and after the flood that displaced many Portlanders in 1948 and left over 18,000 people homeless. The stories are packed with intrigue and passion as memories emerge. We hope that families will participate as well with younger family members interviewing survivors as they recall their lives in Vanport.

the wake of vanport movie posterThe Wake of Vanport documentary is listed in IMDb and has been reviewed by national film critic Kam Williams.Ten producers are trained on equipment, taught interview techniques, conduct interviews with Vanport survivors, and edit their productions using Final Cut Pro X. Equipment is loaned to producers throughout the workshop at no charge.

Topics covered in this workshop include the fundamentals of HD camera operation (Canon C100 Mk2), audio, shot composition, interviewing, lighting techniques and editing. These completed videos will be aired on the PCM channels and during special events throughout Portland.

 Classes are held at Portland Community Media – REGISTER HERE


Field Production Classes

Tuesday, May 24, Thursday, May 26, Monday, May 30, and Thursday, June 2 
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

You will learn the necessary video fundamentals to produce a short film to tell their story. Topics covered in this workshop include the fundamentals of HD camera operation (Canon C100 Mk2), audio, shot composition, interviewing, and lighting techniques.


Editing Classes

Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21 
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Final Cut Pro X training and editing raw Vanport footage to a 5 -8 minute production.




This is a project sponsored by The Skanner Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts, Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and Portland Community Media.

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