Zoom In 39: Lights, Camera, Activism

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2018


Program Dates: September 17th – December 6th – 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Classes: Music Production, Filmmaking, Graphic Arts & Animation, Music Video Production

BAYCAT Youth Media Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I fill out a paper application?

A: Applications are only accepted on the BAYCAT website.

Q: What can I expect after I apply online?

A: The Academy team will review your application. If we are able to offer you a spot in the term, a member of the team will contact you using the email address provided in your application.

Q: How are students selected to participate in BAYCAT?

A:  Youth applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. BAYCAT prioritizes returning students, students and families who identify as low-income, students who reside in the SF Bay Area and students who attend SFUSD schools. At this time, BAYCAT can only accept students who are in grades 6th – 12th.

Q:Can I apply to BAYCAT if I am not in middle school or high school?

A: At this time, BAYCAT can only provide programming for middle and high school youth (grades 6th – 12th).

Video produced & edited by John Tompkins, BAYCAT Academy Alumnus.


What Track Will You Take?

Documentary Filmmaking

Learn the fundamentals of documentary theory and criticism and the basics of filmmaking techniques. You will learn how to conduct interviews, work with DLSR cameras & lighting, and edit in Premiere Pro.

Music Production

You will learn to make beats, record sound and vocals, and digitally edit audio tracks. The class will cover musical arrangement, songwriting, and production in ProTools.

Graphic Arts and Animation

You will learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator to make a variety of graphic arts and animation projects.

Music Video Production

You will learn the history and theory of music videos and will work on a series of music videos, while mastering the skills of cinematography, lighting, art direction, editing and more.

What Youth Media Producers Say

Meet Your Instructors and Mentors

Taking a class at BAYCAT Academy is a great way to learn new and useful skills but it’s also FUN. We have our talented instructors to thank for that. You will learn from experienced digital media professionals with a passion for training the next generation.

Here they are:

<p style="text-align: center;">Amber Yada</p>

Amber Yada

Graphic Arts & Animation Instructor

Amber has dreamt of becoming an animator since she was 7 years old. In high school, she attended the month-long California State Summer School for the Arts, at CalArts in Valencia, where she discovered that a career in animation was not just a dream, but a real possibility. At BAYCAT, Amberhopes to echo that experience for the youth in our programs. After studying at SFSU and CCSF, she started at BAYCAT in 2009, leaving in 2010 to focus on raising a baby. Amber is overjoyed to return to where her heart is. When not at BAYCAT she is playing rainbow-cat-unicorns with her daughter, watching obscure animation, and advocating for educational equity for all SF students. She still has a VHS player and lots of video tapes.

<p style="text-align: center;">Coco Peila </p>

Coco Peila

Instructor & Mentor

Coco Peila is a Bay Area-based MC, Singer-Songwriter, and Producer. Her unique brand of Hip Hop, Soul, and Experimental music is a headnodic call-to-action for racial and gender justice. Her first music video, “Any Day Now,” released in 2007, was commissioned for Youth Noise’s "Healthy Body Image" campaign, and featured in the International Museum Of Women. Misses Shoot em Down, Part I of her I Still Love Him triology, was released in 2013. In addition to her innate creative sensibility, Coco built a solid foundation in recording arts, and music composition, theory and production while studying at Fullsail University in Florida. As a student, she produced The RealNeRds Mixtape Series. The project spotlighted up-and-coming indie artists from across the U.S, the Caribbean, and New Zealand, whose music encouraged exploration of intelligence and critical thinking. She currently teaches at The Mindful Life Project, a nationally-renowned mindfulness & hip hop organization serving elementary and middle school students.

<p style="text-align: center;">Tomás Reyes</p>

Tomás Reyes

Media Producer & Mentor

With over 7 years of professional video and audio experience, Tomás is excited to be able to share his passion for filmmaking and mentoring at BAYCAT. Growing up on the central coast and a native to Salinas, CA Tomás received a B.A. in Cinematic Arts & Technology at California State University of Monterey Bay, and has continued furthering his education working hands on with different outlets of media including journalism, social media, creative marketing, and motion pictures. He has had the privilege to be able to work with entertainment production companies including Netflix and HBO. On his spare time he enjoys playing his bass guitar and making collaborative art projects with fellow filmmakers in the community.

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