ACMEBoston believes that everyone has a voice and the right to be heard, regardless of race, class, age, gender, or sexual-orientation. ACMEBoston advocates for the use and sharing of media tools, skills, and knowledge that promote self-expression, artistic creation, and social change. ACMEBoston supports tools and resources that promote this vision, including:

  • “How To Guides” Step-by-step guides created by ACMEBoston members, local media educators, media makers, and organizations to use for learning how to create media and make your voice heard!
  • “Community Media and Technology Centers” Visit your local community media and technology center to learn, create, and share media with your community and beyond.
  • “100 Second Film Festival” Create and share your video at the The 100 Second Festival is an open ended motion media extravanganza. It is a celebration of media makers from all skill levels and backgrounds testing the creative constraint of 100 seconds.


Video Tutorials from CPCS Student Bruce Lundeen


Bruce Lundeen, student in the Community Media and Technology Program at UMass Boston’s College of Public and Community Service provides video tutorials at the Video and Multimedia Resources webpage. Use these tutorials to learn basic camera, lighting, and more advanced camera techniques for making your own videos!

Download Quicktime to view these video tutorials


Bruce explains:

“Sometims owners’ manuals are a little difficult to figure out by yourself. This is a short and easy run-through of how to get started using a simple video camera like the Canon ZR-65. They say seeing is believing – see how easy it is and get started using video cameras!”


“So you’re doing a video, you have to light an interview and you need to use a light kit – well this is the place you can see those lights and stands come out of the case and get a clearer picture of how to use them.”


“Now that you can make a picture, what knds of things are needed to make a good picture? Here’s a short video using basic art ideas to make your video pictures better.”

Visit the Video and Multimedia Resources webpage at UMass Boston’s Community Media and Technology Program to learn more and start making your own media at your local community media access center today!


Watch “Four Minutes About Podcasting”


Watertown, MA blogger Lisa Williams provides a fun and informative digital video about podcasting on her blog.

Four Minutes about Podcasting is a short film tells you why online radio shows known as podcasts can make your life better, and shows you everything you need to know to set up a simple program to have new podcasts downloaded automatically. In only four minutes!” – Learning The Lessons of Nixon: Four Minutes About Podcasting

Download RealPlayer to watch “Four Minutes About Podcasting” Here.

Learn more about Podcasting and Blogs from Wikipedia, “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”.

If you want to learn more about how to produce your own audio recordings for podcasting or radio visit these links and get started today:


Media Production Classes at CCTV


If you are resident of Cambridge, MA, become a member of Cambridge Community Television to learn, create, and share your own media with your community and beyond.

CCTV Media Production Classes

“Providing access to communications equipment can be meaningless unless one also provides affordable training in how to use that equipment. This is a fundamental component of CCTV’s mission and is a reflected in the extensive array of inexpensive video and computer courses CCTV offers to our members.” – Cambridge Community Television

CCTV provides a number of opportunities for members to learn about media making. The following is just a few of the many classes offered at CCTV:

Visit Cambridge Community Television online to learn more!


Create and Distribute Media at Boston Neighborhood Network


Visit your local community media and technology center to start making your own media today! BNN, CCTV, LTC, and SCAT are just a few of the local media access centers in the Boston area providing people with hands-on opportunities to create and share media with others in their community.If you are a resident in the City of Boston visit Boston Neighborhood Network to gain:

Community Access to Media Creation and Distribution

BNN Community Access provides an electronic forum for the First Amendment rights of citizens. Boston’s residents are welcome to participate in the process.

We provide the training, expertise and production tools for residents and nonprofit organizations to produce their own non-commercial programming for cablecast and for the Web.

dayServices are equally available to all access members. Membership and training workshops are inexpensive. There is no cost for the use of production equipment for making BNN programming.

Each independent producer determines his or her own subject matter, production style and point of view.

Programs are cablecast throughout Boston’s neighborhoods, on Comcast Channel 23 and RCN Channel 83. Live programming invites the interactive participation of viewers.

The result is community television, with a range of programming as diverse as the City itself.

Equipment and Facilities

BNN provides its access members with high-quality, professional production equipment, including camcorders, a full production studio, and a mobile production van. Each production resource requires its own training and certification for eligibility. Our current videotape formats are Super VHS and MiniDV.

smilingField Production

  • Field production equipment includes basic, intermediate and advanced level camcorders and all the audio and lighting accessories necessary for on-location video production.
  • Field production is ideal for documentaries, as well as for coverage of community events, such as school concerts and political rallies, and can be accomplished with or without a small crew.
  • Typically, field production requires editing. Our editing facilities allow producers to creatively select and arrange their taped footage and add narration, music or graphics to further enhance their programs.
  • We have both digital and analog editing suites available at the CityPlace and Access Studio locations. The digital suites contain Macintosh computers with iMovie and Final Cut Pro editing software. The analog suites are capable of simple, cuts-only analog editing.

Studio Production

  • For those looking for the best technical quality and the opportunity to produce live programming, we also offer a high-quality television production studio and control room in our BNN Access Studio.
  • The studio environment offers maximum control of lighting and sound, along with a switcher that selects from a variety of camera shots from three high-end cameras.
  • Through careful planning and the coordination of talent and crew, the studio producer can achieve a polished production that does not require editing.
  • Many producers prefer to go live, engaging the active participation of viewers in the production process through a live call-in capability. Programs may be recorded to either SVHS or MiniDV videotape.

Visit Boston Neighborhood Network or the community access center in your town to start making your own media today!


100 Second Film Festival

100 second

The 100 Second Festival was launched in January of 2005 by Lowell Telecommunications, LTC a community media and technology center serving the diverse urban population of Lowell, MA. The 100 Second Fest is in it’s second year (woo hoo) and it is gearing up to be even better than last year.

This festival is a celebration of short form motion media. I say motion media because just saying film and video is inadequate these days, what with cell phone cameras and other portable recording devices. Originally, the concept came directly from my work as an editor of the One Minute Video Festival 2003. It’s simple yet powerful idea, really.

But with the 100’s, we are integrating two additional components. One is the community vibe. We strongly encourage and work with first time media makers and people who have never even thought about entering their work in a festival to get on board. Organizations like NAMAC, the Alliance for Community Media, CTC Net, and the Digital Divide Network help spread the message that diversity in media represented by this festival is a beautiful thing.

The other is leveraging peer-to-peer (p2p) networks. Peer-to-peer networks are enabling us to share full quality 100 second videos over the web very easily. Not only can you just watch the 100’s on your computer but you have the raw material to put your own festival together the way you want it. We are very excited to open the festival to both online and offline communities, and have it grow in new and unexpected ways.

Visit the 100 Second Film Festival website.

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