Workshops, Scripts, Productions & MY Reel 2018 Highlights

It is the end of week six at JuiceMedia!  Lots of things have been happening at our space and also in the greater youth media community.  Let’s catch up!

Students pitched their ideas for their short films, leading to more planning and writing.  We also recently had a screenwriting workshop led by intern Max, and a creative lighting workshop led by intern Sharon.

As they finalize their stories, students are all working hard on their productions.


Photo courtesy of Walker projectionist, Justin Ayd.

On March 1st, we were part of the TCYMN MY Reel screening hosted at the Walker Art Center.  The night highlighted the diverse and talented group of young filmmakers from around the Twin Cities who submitted their amazing work to a group of youth curators.  Several of our youth received awards, including current JuiceMedia crew member, Anna, who won for Best Animation!

William (left) really enjoyed watching everyone’s films.  
Metamorphosis was his favorite.  He also appreciated walking around the Walker beforehand and taking in their exhibits.

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Also before the screening, students and mentors had a chance to participate in various media-making activities led by the youth planning committee.  Everyone involved shared their imagination and there were a lot of laughs.  Some helped make stop motion animation clips, while others had the opportunity to hang out and let loose in front of the giant green screen–the background changed depending on what other participants collaged.  And I can’t forget to mention the Pizza Luce pizza.

It was a successful and fun night had by all.

Meanwhile, back at JuiceMedia, the excitement builds around our own films as the combination of talent and creativity come together in anticipation of the final screening in May.

Scripting, filming and editing are all underway.  It is very exciting!


–Sharon, intern

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JuiceMedia Spring 2018 Launches

It’s February, and JuiceMedia just wrapped its second week!  This spring 2018 semester launched with the students jumping in on production right away with a scavenger hunt. Students split into teams and filmed around the building, searching for and composing all different types of shots.  The rest of the first week was spent coalescing footage into a short video.

You can check out some of these videos on our Vimeo channel.


This week we had a couple demos that introduced lighting equipment, audio recording, and the HMC camera. As an intern, it’s been really fun to work with the students so far. Watching them put together edits was quite the experience, and the level of work they produced, with many of them being first time filmmakers, was really astounding. I’m very excited to see how they grow through the semester and the awesome work they make.

— Sam, intern


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10 Reasons Why You Should Join JuiceMedia

We shouldn’t have to persuade you to join the JuiceMedia crew but if you’re still wondering why to join, here are 10 answers:

1.) It’s a nice time to decompress after school while doing what you love.
15 more minutes until Geometry is over and JuiceMedia begins!

2.) You can always count on tasty snacks to get you through the evening.
Hummus and fruit and chips, oh my!

3.) We’re always arguing about movies.
In a productive way, of course…

4.) Everyone is always willing to help each other create.
Collaboration is key!

5.) There’s so much to learn.
Want to learn editing? Sound design? Motion graphics? Scriptwriting? We got you.

6.) The instructor and interns are the best.
They love what they do and they do it well.

7.) The students make the best films and the critiques are important!
Animated, comedy, drama, action–-there’s always something exciting.

8.) There’s access to all of the professional equipment!
Whatever you want to create, we have what you need to get the job done.

9.) You make tons of connections, which lead to more opportunities!
Guest speaker day today? Horrah!

10.) You learn a very important lesson: planning!
Storyboards, scripts, shot lists galore!

So, why wouldn’t you join the coolest team in the world?  If you are interested in being part of the JuiceMedia crew, please complete our online application.

— Elena, intern

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Fall 2017 Final Screening

In December of 2017, JuiceMedia students presented their short films made over the course of our fall term to an audience of friends, family and community members in our Vandalia Tower space!

These talented youth tackled subjects from comedy to thriller to documentary and all demonstrated a unique voice and understanding of the wonderful medium.

We’d like to thank the students for all their hard work and effort through the season, and all their supportive family and friends for attending the screening.

blogpostfinalWe hope to see you all in the Spring!

To view the terrific work by our youth, click here.

— Maxwell, intern

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FALLing Into Place

Hear from more folks involved in this fall’s fantastic crew!


“Hi, my name is Ethan Dulaney! This is my 3rd or 4th term at JuiceMedia. I finished my first project a few weeks ago using only 5 frames, and am now scripting another project right now. I also got the opportunity through JuiceMedia to do a promo video for another company’s website.  Right now, I’m learning about cinematography and lighting techniques.”



“Hi there my name is Steven Yearby and this is my first year at juicemedia. Im working on my first project right now and learned about lighting, green screening, editing and more.”


“Hi I’m Nicholas Nicome this is my first term with JuiceMedia. I am currently working on my first film project at JuiceMedia! I’m excited to learn about how to shoot an interview, lighting, and audio. k thx bai”

“Hello, My name is Nuredin Dahir, this is my first year of JuiceMedia and I really like it. I finish my first project. Now am working on my second project which is documentary. I’m 12 grade and am student at Wellstone.”


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JuiceMedia Fall 2017 Has Started!!!!

Today you will hear from four current JuiceMedia students detailing their progress on projects and other endeavors:

“Hi, my name is Henry Ricker! This is my second term with JuiceMedia, and already things are going smoothly. I finished my first project a few weeks ago, in which I was assigned to make a film using only five frames. I’ve also relearned camera operation and lighting, and am currently working on a larger film project.”

“HI, my name is EhKuDu! This is my first term with JuiceMedia. It is fun to be apart of JuiceMedia. I have finished my first project and now I’m working on another. I have met new people, been working together and also helping each other. I have learned how to set up lighting and learned more about Premiere Pro CC.”


“Hi, my name is Paj Ntsha Vang. This is my first time being involved with JuiceMedia, and the experience is great. I never really thought about filmmaking until now, and I’m learning new things that come along with it, which is nice. Making a film together with a group feels really accomplishing, and getting feedback from others opens new ideas. I’m currently working on a film project that I’m still trying to figure out with the help of others. I hope to continue learning new things from JuiceMedia, and also making more films.”


“Hey, I’m Savina Sisneros. I’m a senior, and this is my fifth term at JuiceMedia. Filmmaking is always what I’ve wanted to do, and now that I’ve started, I love it. I currently have waaayyy too many project ideas, and hopefully you will all get to see some of them shortly. You can see what I’ve made already at A Good Reason Film Production on Youtube.”

We’re excited to keep producing (but really juicing) our films!

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Spring 2017 Final Screening

Earlier this May, JuiceMedia students celebrated their efforts with a final screening at our Vandalia space.  Audience members were treated to a blend of thoughtful short films, talented animations, and heartwarming documentary pieces.  View the final films on our Vimeo channel.

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IMG_7685 cropped.JPG— Photos by Raj

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