Summer Media Camp Day 1: Stop Motion Exercise

This year’s session of Summer Media Camp started with a bang! Watch the stop-motion exercises our youth media producers created for their first day.

Summer Open House July 21st

Please join us for our 2011 Summer Open House and screening on Thursday, July 21st from 6-8pm. We will be showcasing new studio and student work including the 22nd installment of our youth-produced television show “Zoom In”, a series of original mobile phone games, and work from our first-ever Graphic Arts class. Free food and drinks!

Doors open at 6pm, screening begins at 6:30. Don’t miss it!

Summer Media Camp 2011 now enrolling!

Free Summer Media Camp!

June 13 to July 21, 2011
Monday thru Thursday,

BAYCAT Summer Media Camp is a free 6 week intensive program that focuses on digital arts. The program consists of producing a TV show, mobile video games music videos, live performances, field trips and so much more! Read more and apply here.

Social Sculpture exhibit goes live!

Students from this summer’s Media Camp created a Social Sculpture installation in the BAYCAT studio. Each object in the sculpture was connected to a memory or event from students’ lives. The final work is a tapestry constellation of collected memories that lives both here in our studio space and in the online exhibit, below.

Social Sculpture Tapestry

* Launch Timeline Tapestry * (this may take a moment to load)


Pixar Animation Studios gate

Yesterday the students and staff of BAYCAT went on the field trip of a lifetime at the world’s most prestigious animation studio. It was an incredibly awesome experience all around, from the life-sized models of Pixar characters in the lobby to the wacky, custom-built office spaces used by the animators. Other highlights included private screenings of behind-the-scenes documentaries, a tour through the process of character and story development, and a peek at the "Render Farm" where a huge network of computers runs 24/7 to create cinematic gold one frame at a time.

Plus, free sodas!

BAYCAT students visiting Pixar

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun 2009

 On Thursday the Summer Media Camp took a break from production day of fun and sunshine in Dolores Park. There was snacking, football, a three-legged race and a water balloon toss, which quickly became a water balloon fight. Good times, good times.

Crunch Time!

We’ve bonded as a team. We’ve gone through the exercises. We’ve mastered the software, written the skits, read the research and characterized the characters. Now it’s GO TIME- with less than two weeks left to create the latest episode of "Zoom In," our students are working hard to put together their film and animation segments. Stay tuned for the premiere at our open house on August 20th!

 BAYCAT Students working on stop-motion animation project.

Talk the Talk 2009

The animation crew has perfected the illusion of speech through lip-sync. Behold these classic movie lines, spoken from the lips of some kind of cycloptic Flash character that I put into a template file.

Walk the Walk 2009

24 Frames of some pretty slick moves.

Script to Storyboard Exercise, July 2009

The students at BAYCAT’s Summer Media Camp were given one page of the script for the film "WALL•E" and 30 minutes to create a working storyboard for
the scene. Afterward the students’ drawings were synced up with footage from the final film
to see how closely the two matched.

Can you tell which parts were made by our kids and which were the work of Pixar professionals? Neither can I!