Laredo Film Society offers various workshops for all creatives

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For creatives in the city, there are several workshops offering various teachings and tools for people to create or deepen their way of creating digital content.

The Laredo Film Society offers various workshops throughout the summer, allowing locals to learn how to use digital media tools, create content for digital platforms, and begin to develop their creative uses. The first of several workshops has already taken place, but a host of them will continue throughout July.

“To provide ways for residents to learn about film and media arts, and more importantly, to develop the city’s film infrastructure by cultivating a network of creatives,” said Karen Gaytán, documentary film producer and co-founder of Laredo. Film Society. “We want to develop the collective imagination of storytelling in the region. We work to increase the cinematic presence along the borders and provide the training needed to produce our own stories.

Gaytan said she is happy that many locals attend the events as they showcase the area’s expertise or come from other parts of Mexico and the United States to express how important it is to the people of Laredo. to express their creative thoughts.

“We couldn’t be happier to see the inspiration and response from locals. The people running the workshops are often only seen on virtual platforms, “We Are Not Zombies” in Mexico City, or on stage, “Aliens on the Border Live” podcasts,” she said. at the workshops got a glimpse into these makers’ creative processes and met like-minded people to collaborate with.

Rogelio Ramirez is one of the co-hosts of “Aliens in the Border Podcast” and was one of the presenters during Tuesday’s LFS workshop. Ramirez is also a local comedian who produces shows locally.


“It went really well because we had a lot of people interested in starting their own podcast as well as improving their content creation and approach,” Ramirez said. “We talked about creating your own podcast or any kind of digital content source that you want to create.

“Whether it’s a webcast, a blog, or whatever you want to do…we’ve covered everything on how to do it on everything from conceptualizing it, how to execute it , how to distribute it and how to monetize it, if you are looking to monetize it.

Ramirez said the door is open for anyone to start creating a podcast and shaking things up, as the technology used for such shows is now available to the general public.

“The entry to start is very easy compared to what it was maybe five years ago,” Ramirez said. “We started our podcast about four years ago, and the technical routes to get into it were that you had to have all kinds of expensive equipment or have a lot of knowledge before you started your own podcast, because that’s what he asked the weather.

“But now you can start with an app in the phone and like a $10 mic that you can plug into your phone and go from there.”

Ramirez said during the seminar that he touched on these topics and also how people can invest in professional-grade equipment while telling them that such equipment is not necessary to gain a foothold in the booming industry. growth. He thinks people should test the waters without expensive equipment just to see what audience they can get first.

“I think here, especially in Laredo, I believe there’s a lot of local talent and a lot of very interesting stories because everyone has their own individual stories about their own life path and how that might resonate with people. differently,” Ramirez said. “I think there are a lot of podcasts in the community right now because the podcast field is very saturated, but I think locally here in Laredo we have a culture that creates and digests podcast content here locally . I think there’s still a lot of progress and a lot of room for people to create their own podcasts themselves.

Gaytan agrees with Ramirez saying Laredo’s talent cannot be underestimated.

“There’s a thousand percent talent there,” Gaytan said. “What’s missing? An audience. So many high-achieving Laredoans have left our city for places where their talents have been celebrated. It’s time to change that and give them a stage to shine on at home too. Whether by supporting, participating or creating a community through the arts, it is necessary to cultivate our own.

She thinks there will never be too many podcasts because he says there will always be an audience for everything. Ramirez said the work LFS is trying to do to get people more creative with digital content is great for community expression.

“I think they’re great,” Ramirez said. “They’ve got it all figured out, from how to fly drones, how to set up lighting and do things for animation, videography 101, they’ve got it all in terms of creating content and digital media and how this fits into the local scope. I think what they’re doing now is great at expanding the culture and educating the public on different avenues that we don’t really have in school or even through YouTube, because there aren’t a lot of avenues.

Ramirez said now is the time for people wanting to create their own podcasts because the resources are there and it’s time to get creative. He said the pandemic had helped establish a time when people could think of more creative ways to develop content for others to consume.

“It’s never been easier to start your podcast (than) now,” Ramirez said. “If you have a story that you’re willing to share – or if you have an expertise that you’re willing to lend to other people who are looking for this content, it will resonate with this content and make it relevant to them and inspire them to creating an opportunity to inspire people…you’re doing yourself a disservice if you think you don’t have the expertise, equipment, or access to equipment to start the podcast. this is the best time to go.

Gaytan invites everyone in Laredo to the upcoming workshops they plan to hold throughout July, which she says will provide many people with lessons on how to use digital media tools to enable them to create better content or start creating content.

“We have some exciting workshops coming up,” Gaytan said. “In July, get ready for lessons on how to use your drone from drone videographers Birds Eye Production, lighting for animation presented by Pixar and Laredoan animator Miguel Perez, mobile reporting by the recognized journalist Marissa Limón and direct production, a workshop with documentary filmmaker C. Diaz and Andres Sanchez from the Entre.TX cinematographic center.

“Help us build a film infrastructure. By supporting our work by attending screenings, volunteering or producing your own stories, you contribute to the collective voice of border regions. Help us shine our stories.

For more information on workshop prices or any other details, visit the LFS website.

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