Youth Advanced Filmmaking: Canon C100 MKII

Ages 12-15

Youth Advanced Filmmaking: Canon C100 MKII
  • Cost: $75.00
  • Ages: 12-15
  • Total Hours: 6 (Two x 2-hour sessions)
  • Capacity: 15

Expand your camera skills in this two-session workshop with the Canon C100 Mark II.

Expand your camera skills in this two-session workshop with the Canon C100 Mark II.  This class welcomes youth interested in exploring the basics of cinematography through hands-on experience with the Canon C100 Mark II.  Learn about aperture, frame rates, exposure, peaking, ISO, camera movements, framing and visual storytelling through technical and creative exercises.

Note: This class will only go in-depth on the C100 Mark II camera. No experience is required, however, if you want to gain certification for the field lights and microphones, it is recommended that you take Youth Crash Course prior to this class.

Recommended class pairings: If you haven’t made a video before, we recommend you pair this class with the Youth Crash Course.

Youth will get certified to check out gear that you can use to create shorts for The 90 Second Newbery Festival, a national festival of 90-second shorts that tell the entire story of favorite Newbery Award-winning books such as A Wrinkle in Time, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Ramona Quimby Age 8 and many more. The festival will screen in Portland at Open Signal on April 14, 2018.


Youth Filmmaker

This certification means you can borrow our JVC-600 cameras, Canon C100MKII,  field lights, tripods, iPad filmmaking kits and/or laptops with Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite. (Certifications for equipment are obtained through separate classes.) It also lets you submit videos to our channels!


Mar 3–Mar 10


1:00pm – 4:00pm

Instructor: Jodi Darby

2 SESSIONS: 3/3, 3/10


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Jodi Darby Media Educator

Jodi Darby is a media artist, activist and educator specializing in experimental video and photography. She works to amplify stories that often go unheard while pushing back at the narratives of dominant culture. She has collaborated with members of the Black Panther Party, the Dineh Nation, the Bolivian Anarcha-Feminist collective Mujeres Creando and the American Indian Movement.

Darby is the Education Director of POWGirls, a program that teaches a curriculum of video production and media literacy to girls ages 15-19, an instructor at Outside the Frame, a film program for homeless youth, as well as a professor at Portland State University's School of Art + Design.


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.