Friday, March 12, 2010


This week, I had a nice phone chat with Dexter Taylor, Director of Brooklyn Movie Labs. What a brilliant idea - to have a friendly place where people can go to learn film-making/editing skills (including podcasting) without taking a chunk of time (and money) out of their lives to go to film school.

I plan on taking a podcasting class there. Do check out his website - lots of good offerings!

Here's how Dexter described his project to me:

Back in 2007 I started a digital film school called Brooklyn Movie Labs. We teach people how to light, shoot, record sound, and edit (we're adding an acting/directing track soon). Recently we opened a new classroom/shooting space, Stage One, in Bed-Stuy (449 Nostrand Avenue on the second floor -- above Ms. Dahlia's cafe). We're been doing events there, such as our B.A.S.H. benefit concert (Brooklyn Artists Support Haiti -- we raised almost 2K), open house events on Saturdays and Sundays, and featured live music acts.

Our focus is on people who can't spare the time or the money to take an entire year off to attend film school, but who still want to learn the ins and outs of motion picture imaging and sound, whether it's for their job, their video podcast, or their indie feature film debut. We also offer masterclasses for working media professionals who want to augment their skills. Simply put, we're geeks -- we've got the digital filmmaking bug and we're excited to spread the word.

Dexter Taylor
Director, Brooklyn Movie Labs
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