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ALBANY (April 29, 2016) — The College of Saint Rose will offer another series of free video workshops for people who want to produce programming for Albany’s public access TV channel.

Albany city residents will be given first priority to register to attend the two-hour workshops. Non-Albany residents may have their names placed on a waiting list in the event openings occur.

Five different training sessions will cover video shooting, basic digital editing, advanced digital editing, story development and use of the television studio. The workshops will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in May and June 2016.

Most sessions will be presented on the Saint Rose campus in the William Randolph Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, 996 Madison Ave., Albany, New York. The TV studio workshop will take place in the studio at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, New York.

This is the fifth round of annual workshops offered as part of a collaboration among The College of Saint Rose, the City of Albany, Time Warner Cable, The New School of Radio and Television and Albany High School to assist city residents in preparing content to be shown on public access TV. Additional training may be required to operate equipment in the television studio.

Filmmaker and video installation artist Liz Richards, an assistant professor of communications at Saint Rose, will lead the workshops. Richards has worked in television and web production at WGBH in Boston, was a cinema professor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and received the 2009 Women in Film and Media (Pittsburgh Chapter) “Excellence in Filmmaking Award.” Richards has had more than 60 national and international screenings of her work in Japan, Germany, Sweden, Finland and France.

To attend the workshops, participants must be 18 years of age or older, must have a valid photo ID with address and must register in advance for each workshop. Computer skills are essential, particularly for the editing classes.

To register, visit Capacity is limited to 15 people for each workshop session, so early registration is advised. Deadline is May 9 for registration for the May series and June 6 for registration for the June series. Walk-ins will not be accommodated.

Details and dates for the five workshops follow. Workshops 2, 3, 4 and 5 build on information presented in each of the previously numbered sessions, so participants must take them in sequence:

  • Session 1 – Camera 1: Participants will brainstorm short film ideas, create pre-production materials and learn various camera types, anatomy, and file formats. Dates: May 16 and June 13.
  • Session 2 – Camera 2: Working from pre-production materials, participants will shoot necessary footage to turn their ideas into reality. Dates: May 17 and June 14.
  • Session 3 – Basic Editing: Participants will learn digital file management and storage, importing and sequencing footage and other basic editing concepts and techniques. Dates: May 18 and June 15.
  • Session 4 – Advanced Editing: Participants will learn more complex editing techniques and how to export their edited sequences to upload on the web. Dates: May 23 and June 20.
  • Session 5 – Studio Training: Overview of public access TV studio policy and procedures, producer concerns and fair use and copyright issues. Dates: May 24 and June 21.

For further information, or to be placed on the waiting list for non-Albany residents, contact Liz Richards by email at or phone 518-337-4691. For information about the television studio, email



For More Information, Contact:

Benjamin Marvin
Director of Media Relations