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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!/p>

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.

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.


Field Production Classes: 5/24 (Tues.) 5/26 (Thurs.) 5/30 (Mon.) and 6/2 (Thurs.) 6 – 9 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: 6/20 (Mon.), 6/21 (Tues.) 6 – 9 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, The Regional Arts and Culture Council and Portland Community Media.

For Your Video Needs, Call Us at 503-285-5555 x 501

For Your Video Needs, Call Us at 503-285-5555 x 501

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"Let's make a PSA" workshops sponsored by NPMTC taught Community Transition Students how to produce a PSA using a Sony HD camera, interview techniques and editing with Final Cut ProX. Students are a part of a Portland Public School program to support job and living skills in the community. Two PSA's were filmed and will soon be available for viewing on NPMTC website and on Community Access stations. Fourteen students participated in four workshops and two labs. Pictured are CTP students with their Certificates of Completion, NPMTC trainers and PPS teachers and staff. The project was sponsored in part by The Black United Fund of Oregon and The Skanner Foundation. For more information on "Let's Make a PSA" workshops, contact NPMTC at 503-285-5555 x 521.

The North Portland Multimedia Training Center through its Vanport Oral History Video Contest sought producers to interview Vanport survivors. Dozens of survivors came forward to be interviewed. We acknowledge and appreciate the many individuals in the community that helped with our outreach and continue to help us.

Four Vanport related videos have been produced and are available to view. Several more Vanport interviews have been filmed and are being edited to include in the NPMTC 2014 Oral History project to collect video recorded histories about Vanport, Oregon.

Productions resulting from interviews will be submitted to public access TV, posted on social media and multimedia websites. Venues throughout the city will provide opportunities for Portland communities to view them.

If you are interested in volunteering for this project or to learn more about it, please contact Naomi Pierce, npmtc@comcast.net or call 503-285-5555, X 521, go to www.npmtc.org or visit the NPMTC page on Facebook and "Like" us.

This PSA was created by the students of The Community Transition Program. NPMTC instructors helped the class to create these powerful messages about CTP.

This PSA was created by the students of The Community Transition Program. NPMTC instructors helped the class to create these powerful messages about CTP.

Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland Development Commission, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Black United Fund gave support through their 2014 grant programs to the North Portland Multimedia Training Center, an educational project of The Skanner Foundation.

PDC is providing nearly $20,000 to upgrade to ADA standards one of the existing downstairs bathrooms at the training center site on Killingsworth. The building’s design already has several built in advantages for people with disabilities with its wide doors and spacious hallways. Building owner and The Skanner Foundation President, Bernie Foster says this helps toward their commitment of being 100 percent ADA compliant for NPMTC trainees. Their next big challenge is to provide ADA access to the second floor of The Skanner Newsgroup building, where training occasionally occurs. Part of the PDC project is to provide a design and estimate for second floor ADA access.

Meyer Memorial Trust, The Black United Fund, and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition provided a total of $14,000 in support to train HD camera production. Productions will include the Vanport Film Project and PSA’s made by PPS students attending the Community Transitions Program through Portland Public Schools.

NPMTC understands the impact of these awards and sees them as a stabilizing factor for the training center as well as providing leverage for additional funding. NPMTC trains individuals in the community at no charge to use professional state of the art HD video cameras as the method to record oral history interviews and other productions.

In 2014 NPMTC will continue to collect Vanport stories to create a video archive for the community and the public at large and to provide opportunities to view the productions in venues across the city. For more information, visit npmtc.org or call NPMTC at 503-285-5555 x 521.

L-R: Naomi Pierce, NPMTC Administrator; Benita Aloith, 2nd Prize Winner; Alisa Christensen, 1st Prize Winner; and Bernie Foster, Project Director. Not pictured is 3rdPrize winner, Sharon Sirois.

Just in time for Christmas, three contestants of the North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC) 2013 Vanport Film Festival received prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Winning the $1,000 first place award was Alisa Christensen; 2nd place for $500 when to Benita Aloith; and Sharon Sirois won 3rd Place for $300. Submissions were judged monthly throughout 2013 by the general public on Facebook. Monthly winners were then independently judged by film professionals. Submitted videos R2DToo, A Vietnam Story, and Mr. Woods, a Vanport Story can be viewed at npmtc.org For more information, call 503-285-5555, ext. 521.

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