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WeAccel Gender Equity and Equality Podcast

posted Nov 27, 2018, 9:15 AM by Tony Farley   [ updated Nov 29, 2018, 8:14 AM ]

 Deborah Acosta, the former Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Leandro and now CEO of WeAccel is creating a podcast on Gender Equity and Equality. They are forming a team of six students from Encinal and six SLAM students to produce the podcast. All meetings and production will happen at SLAM. This would be a great project for the Fast, which is coming next.

Here are the parameters of the project:

 We are proposing that the Leadership Team:
  • Be composed of 6 students maximum from each school.
  • Meet weekly at SLAM. Transportation for Encinal students will be arranged.
  • Commit for the remainder of the school year
  • Produce bi-weekly podcasts, between 10-30 minutes each.
  • Focus on podcast topics that explore gender equity and equality issues
  • Record at SLAM;  production work can be done at either school.

If you are interested, talk to Mr. Farley

Submit and Win at the Alameda County Fair!

posted Feb 2, 2018, 6:42 AM by Tony Farley   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 11:23 AM ]

SLAM students won many prizes and ribbons at last year's County Fair. This year they will have to open a new exhibit just for our work.

Deadline: April 25th

Some SLAMMish Categories

Photography (Printed & Non Printed)  We submitted a lot of non-printed last year and the work is shown on little monitors that nobody looks at. So we will be printing everything this year. 

Candid, Animal or People
Still Life
Special Effects/Composite (describe) Commercial/Advertising Project
Fair Theme Photo (Hello Summer!)
Narrative Photography (tells a story)
Macro/Bokeh (extreme close-up)
Warped Perspective (fish eye, tilt-shift, etc.)

Color Emphasis (Digital Photography Only) 

Digital Drawing & Painting


Any Computer Graphics (CD cover, Logo/Business Card, advertising flyer, etc.) 

Computer & Video

  1. Short Film

    Computer Based Animation Be sure to follow all copyright laws in use of music, text, and images. Violations will result in disqualification


Fair Theme Poster

  • Design a poster for the 2018 Alameda County Fair! The fair theme is Hello Summer!

  • Create or print your poster on white 9 x 12” to 11 x 17” paper

Fair of the Future

  • Show us your ideas for a future fair! What new food, activity or entry category would you like to see at a future fair?

  • Create or print your entry on white 9 x 12” to 11 x 17” paper  

Literature Based Art

Creative Writing & Literacy

Poetry, Short Stories, Any Other Creative Writing (story board, song lyrics, interview with a Literary character, etc.) 

SF Film Festival Deadline Jan 8

posted Dec 13, 2017, 10:48 AM by Tony Farley   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 10:52 AM ]

Be the first SLAM student to show at the SF Film Festival! The whole academy will be there to watch your film.
Submitting is worth a service project and getting shown in the festival will give you a one grade bump up.
Here's the link for information.

Narrative, documentary, and animated short films may also be considered for inclusion in our popular Family Films program.

Youth-Produced Short Films

Youth Works category submissions must include with the application a copy of a photo ID or other documentation indicating proof of age (18 or younger) for the director at the time of production. Adult participation in Youth Works is limited to an advisory role. 

The Google Breakthrough in Technology Award honors filmmakers who make innovative use of technology in their filmmaking process, as well as those who go the extra mile in telling stories about how technology can be used to solve problems and make the world a better place. The Breakthrough in Technology Award aspires to promote diversity in tech, while disrupting negative stereotypes in STEM fields.

Entry Fees by Deadline: Youth Works

 Oct 2Nov 6Jan 8
Under 30 minNo entry fee

Youth Works Awards

Youth Works — $1,000 
Google Breakthrough in Technology — $500

Storyboarder Free!

posted Sep 10, 2017, 12:04 PM by Tony Farley   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 12:24 PM ]

This is a great program every creative person should have and it was just released for FREE!
Get it, use it. It will be on the SLAM computers soon.

An intro to storyboarding:

YouTube Video

Why storyboard?

YouTube Video

Breakthrough Challenge! $250,000 Scholarship!

posted Sep 6, 2017, 10:49 AM by Tony Farley   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 10:57 AM ]

Deadline October 1st.

Can you explain a big scientific idea with a short film (3 minutes max)?

YouTube Video


Breakthrough Junior Challenge

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos (3 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The Challenge is organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.

DSLR Guide: Sound Design

posted Aug 22, 2017, 10:06 PM by Tony Farley

Learn about good sound design, how to record it, and why it's so important at DSLR Guide's blog post on sound design.

"Most filmmakers agree that audio is just as important as visuals – so this week I’m sharing some reasons why you should focus on sound – along with some tips at the end."

"Sound design is a hugely important part of filmmaking, and yet it’s often the area that low-budget filmmakers struggle with most. Once you understand that sound is important, it is very easy to improve your audio hugely without spending too much money."

1 Day Left! Girls Who Code Free Summer Opportunity

posted Feb 16, 2017, 3:00 PM by Tony Farley   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 10:23 AM ]

The Summer Immersion Program is a FREE 7-week summer program for 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US!

It is an introductory computer science course and no previous experience is required. We welcome all eligible applicants who have an interest in technology and a willingness to learn! 

Sign up for WriterDuet

posted Jan 30, 2017, 7:29 AM by Tony Farley   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 10:01 AM ]

Sorry, but Celtx now has so few features in the free version. In 15 days you will be locked out of many of the things you need most when it comes time to shoot your film.

So we are switching to ScreenCraft's WriterDuet. Go here and sign up.

Start a script and share it with

We no longer use Celtx in SLAM

Go to the link above and click on Pricing.
Click on the BASIC choice to sign into a free account.
Fill in your information at the top, and use your slamfamily email.

You need to check your email and verify it.

Once you are in, click on Plan a new video

Tobacco Use Prevention Public Service Announcement Contest for Students

posted Jan 27, 2017, 5:33 PM by Tony Farley   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 5:42 PM ]

This year's theme:

”It’s More than Vapor”

2016-17 Public Service Announcement Contest

Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Public Service Announcement Contest for Students: 
Middle and high school students in Alameda County are invited to enter public service announcement videos, audio clips, posters, or photos.

Students may enter individually or as a team (up to 4 members per entry).

Submission deadline March 31, 2017. 



  • Entries will be accepted between February 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017.
  • To be eligible for this contest you must be a Middle or High School student living or attending school in Alameda County (public, private, home schooled). Students may enter individually or as a team of up to 4 members per entry. Each team is required to assign a team leader (Note: Team submission can only wins 1 prize as a whole group)
  • Students must submit an entry for one category (video, audio clip, poster, photo) only.
  • Students are encouraged to use whatever equipment/electronic device is available, with permission. Teachers, principals, school audio/visual departments, parents and community leaders are encouraged to share their equipment and lend local support promoting this contest.
  • All entries must include student name(s), school name and title and category (back of poster or photo, or directly on the front)
  • Content of entries must comply with all local and national laws of the United States.
Content must NOT
  • promote illegal behavior 
  • support racial religious, sexual or other individual prejudice
  • advocate sexual or violent exploitation
  • violate rights established by law or agreement
  • Invade the privacy of any person
  • be otherwise inappropriate as determined by ACOE School Wellness


  • Size Limit: No larger than 18” x 24”
  • May be drawn by hand using crayon, paint, felt tip, pencil, etc., or computer generated.
  • Poster must be clearly identified on the reverse side of the drawing (written directly on the poster or must be attached securely) that includes the following information:

a. Name (or team leader’s name)

b. School name

c. Title of PSA

d. Poster size


  • Size Limit: No larger than 8” x 11”
  • May use a smartphone sized photo.
  • Photo must be clearly identified on the reverse side (written directly on the photo or must be attached securely) that includes the following information:

a. Name (or team leader’s name)

b. School name

c. Title of PSA or a photo caption

d. Photo size


  • Should be no longer than 2 minutes
  • Should introduce audio with 

a. Name (or team leader’s name)

b. School name

c. Title of PSA or caption


  • Should be no longer than 2 minutes 
  • Video should include (you may say or show us a screen with)

a. Name (or team leader’s name)

b. School name

c. Title of PSA or a photo caption

d. Photo size


  • You may email, mail, or hand deliver your entries. All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2017 (1 day grace period from the closing of the PSA contest) to the following address:

Student Wellness – PSA Contest

Alameda County Office of Education

313 W. Winton Avenue, Room 176

Hayward, CA 94544

  • Entries must be clearly and legibly labeled with the title of PSA, Name (or team leader’s name), school name.
  • If you plan to email your video or MP3 file, please email: making sure the subject contains “2017 PSA Contest Submission”
  • An official entry form must be completed for each entry submitted (located at the end of this document)
  • No copyrighted materials (footage, music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.
  • Entries will be judged by the Alameda County Tobacco Use Prevention Education Youth Advisory Board


  • Here are some questions/ideas to get you started (Remember these are just some ideas it’s up to to you to come up with something original and unique that sticks to the theme “It’s More than just Vapor”)
  • What are the effects of vaping/smoking on the…

human body ?

environment ?


  • What is vapor/cigarettes actually made of?
  • What can be done to stop people from vaping/smoking?


  • Based on creativity, originality, clarity, adherence to the theme and overall appeal (bonus points will be given for audio/video clips that are exactly 30 or 60 seconds in length).
  • The winning entries will be awarded cool prizes including VISA gift cards valued at $25 to $100
  • Winning submissions will be announced and showcased at the PSA Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 8, 2017 which will be held at the Alameda County Office of Education

By entering this contest, entrants agree to abide by these contest rules and guidelines and the decisions of the judges.


Please contact or 510-670- 4197 for additional questions or information.

Best of luck!

And, have fun!

One Shot Scenes in Movies

posted Jan 18, 2017, 3:18 PM by Tony Farley   [ updated Jan 18, 2017, 3:28 PM ]


"Weekend" traffic scene

Goodfellas Introductions

"Hard Boiled" Hospital Scene

Children of Men

Children of Men Car Scene

One Take Music Video by High School Students

Snake Eyes:

Vimeo one take challenge (includes tips and their process)

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