Co.Open Media Making Workshops - Registration Open!

We are excited to announce another round of media making workshops being offered through Co.Open. Co.Open is a media cooperative, sponsored by Allied Media Projects, that provides design services, training, and professional development for freelancers and media makers in Detroit.

Classes offered include “Intro to Video Production”, “Electronic Music Production”, and “Data, Mapping and Research Justice”. The video and data classes are geared towards beginners, while the Electronic Music Production class is for students at an intermediate level. All classes begin in March and will meet once a week for four weeks at Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St.

Class sizes are being kept small so seats are limited. Register today at the AMP Store.

The deadline to register is February 28, 2015 March 1, 2015 and the cost to register is $90 per four-week workshop. If you have questions about the Co.Open workshops, email

video production

Intro to Video Production

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25

This video workshop is an intensive month long course, introducing the basics of video production. This workshop explores video equipment and software operation, composition and storytelling. The workshop begins with editing, and moves backwards to production. Students are expected to complete a project and will need to work on their project outside of class meeting times.

Instructor: Imad Hassan
Imad is a multi-media Michigan artist with more than 17 years experience as a film & video producer. He was one of the coordinators of Detroit Future Media, Imad is currently working on independent documentary films through his company In Detroit Films.

music production

Electronic Music Production

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on March 3, March 10, March 17 and March 24

This class will focus on electronic music production. In this class we will use computer software, midi controllers, tape recorders and electronic hardware instruments. Using these tools, we will break down a wide range of methods used in electronic music production. Take this class if you are interested in understanding how electronic music is made on a theoretical and practical level. This is an intermediate level course, so some fundamental experience and knowledge is desired from participants.

Instructor: Ben Christensen
Ben (a.k.a. b-Christensen, Dakota Bones, ter(r)a) is a Detroit-based musician and producer. He composes music for TV, Film, animations and advertisements. He has taught electronic music with Youthville Detroit, Detroit Future Schools, and Detroit Future Media. You might see him around town deejaying your favorite sets.


Data, Mapping and Research Justice

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26

Maps and data can be used to better understand where inequality exists, to look at possible correlations between environmental risk factors, or even to visualize community responses to social issues. Working within the framework of research justice, we will be using open source tools to learn about and work with maps and data. Our goal will be to successfully understand equitable data collection, data management, and basic map visualization techniques. Do you want to use maps and data to further your social justice cause? Then this is the course for you!

Instructor: Alex Hill
Alex Hill was trained in social justice movement building by the Movement Strategy Center and has supported the efforts of numerous social justice oriented causes. He is currently a Project Coordinator at a Wayne State University research center and brings 5+ years of experience in GIS, mapping, and conducting research.

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