The Power of Framing

Intro to Video Production

The Power of Framing
  • Cost: $110.00
  • Ages: 16+
  • Total Hours: 9 (Three x 3-hour sessions)
  • Capacity: 12

Got a story to tell? Never picked up a camera in your life? This class will get you started!

Use video to tell your story. This workshop teaches you to the basics of capturing HD images and audio, so you can check out Open Signal’s field production gear and begin shooting your own productions.

You’ll learn how to create compelling interviews, light your subjects and use a microphone to record voices in both indoor and outdoor settings.

We recommend that you pair this class with Intro to Editing, so you can learn how to edit and do post-production on your videos. Final projects will be broadcast on Open Signal’s cable channels.

Recommended Prior Experience: We recommend you pair this class with Cut/Censor: Editing with Adobe Premiere or Alter/Arrange: Editing with Final Cut Pro X.

This is also available as a personalized workshop for individuals, as well as for small or large groups.

This class is part of our Video Production track. Learn more about our media education tracks here.

Certification: This workshop will certify you to check out our JVC-600 cameras, Velvet LED field lights, Zoom F8 recorder/mixers, dolly and Boland Field Monitors. It also lets you submit videos to our channels!

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Apr 30–May 14


6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Cambria Matlow

3 SESSIONS: 4/30, 5/7, 5/14

Jun 4–Jun 18


6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Cambria Matlow

3 SESSIONS: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18

Jul 9–Jul 23


6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Chris Fuzell

3 SESSIONS: 7/9, 7/16, 7/23

Aug 6–Aug 20


6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Cambria Matlow

3 SESSIONS: 8/6, 8/13, 8/20


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Cambria Matlow Media Educator

I teach media education classes focused on documentary production and editing, encouraging clear storytelling and personal vision. 

Over the last 13 years, I’ve directed and produced feature-length documentaries, worked in distribution and exhibition, and mentored dozens of students on their own projects.  

My first film, "BURNING IN THE SUN", about a young man who starts a solar energy business in Mali, was broadcast on Al Jazeera and PBS, and seen in festivals worldwide.  

"WOODSRIDER", my current project, is a portrait of a young female snowboarder who camps in the wintry woods of Mt Hood. 

This summer, I’m writing a narrative screenplay and next year I’m anticipating earning a Masters in Essay Documentary from EICTV in Cuba. 

Chris Fuzell Media Education Coordinator / Educator cfuzell [at] (503) 673-8623

I teach the HD Studio and Field Production classes, providing a comfortable learning environment for all types of people. I can help you with learning how to produce a noteworthy program for public viewing.

For eight years, I've been working on media productions of various types. I enjoy capturing sports events on camera. If I were a movie genre, I would be a live music concert film, because I can't be without music around me.


For More Information

For general information or directions to our space, please contact our front desk at (503) 288-1515 or info [at]

To be considered for make-up sessions or for other questions about your registration, contact our Media Education department at (503) 673-8649 or education [at]

Getting Here

Open Signal is located off the #6 or #4 bus line. If you are driving to Open Signal, we have a parking lot located on NE Graham. Our main entrance is located on NE Graham off of NE MLK.


Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need. If you’d like to apply, please complete the Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Application form and submit along with documentation of financial need. Scholarships are reviewed on the 15th of every month and scholarships will be awarded on the 20th of every month. Applicants can apply for one scholarship slot per term, with a maximum of 3 scholarships per calendar year.

Open Signal is a Safe Space

Open Signal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the community. Open Signal does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, and we ask that you do the same when you attend our workshops and events.

Open Signal is fully wheelchair-accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.

Equipment Certification

Open Signal workshops grant certification on the equipment and software taught in the course unless otherwise noted.

Our workshops and equipment are made available to the community at an affordable rate because we want to amplify your voice on our public access cable channels. Join our community of media-makers! We ask that you submit work regularly in exchange for the free use of Open Signal equipment and studios.

Workshops participants must attend ALL workshop sessions order to receive certification. No make-up sessions will be allowed except in cases of emergency. All certified students must complete a brief New Producer Orientation (NPO) before they are given access to our equipment. Students under the age of 18 will need to complete an NPO in the presence of their parent or guardian in order to check out equipment from Open Signal.

Cancellation Policies for Workshops

  • Workshops must meet minimum enrollment requirements to take place. If a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified 24 hours in advance. You can transfer to the next available session of the workshop if there is one, or receive a full refund for your cancelled class.

  • You must cancel up to 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund. There will be no refunds or transfers if you cancel with less than three days notice or fail to show up.

  • Please allow 2-3 business days for all refunds to be processed.

In the event of an emergency, exchanges for class credit may be offered at the discretion of Open Signal Management.   

Inclement Weather Policy

Open Signal follows the Portland Public Schools weather closure policy. If a workshop is closed due to inclement weather, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop within the term. Full refunds or class exchanges will be offered if you can’t make the rescheduled date.