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With two, 3 camera HD Production Studios each using TriCaster system, fully equipped HD Field Production equipment and Final Cut Pro X Mac Lab, plus classes in green screen, story boarding, screenwriting and on-camera acting, BCM offers all of our members a full range of Media Education to produce anything from Short or Feature length films to TV talk and entertainment shows to Non-profit public service announcements and training videos.

You dream it up and we'll teach you how to produce it. 

Below are the current class descriptions and dates offered.  

Become a Member and make a difference in your community today! 


Main Studio Production

Want to produce your own TV Show?       We've got the equipment and skills to teach you how!         

Includes operation of 4K Black Magic Camera's, Professional Lighting Grid, Control Room Technical Director, Audio Board and Mic Set up and Operation, Generation of Graphics using Tricaster 460, and Techniques for In Studio Floor Direction.

With 2400 square feet of usable studio space, BCM has the capacity for productions on a grand scale: Gospel Choirs, Film Festivals, Dance Productions, Meet-up Film Screenings, Band and Symphony Music Performance with Audiences. In fact, the final production for the HD Studio Production class includes the now infamous "Berzerkeley Live! Variety TV Show" Showcasing local talent from around the Bay Area.

Berkeley Community Media Proudly Presents:
A BCM Student-Run production showcasing Bay Area talent 
filmed and broadcast LIVE on channel 28 and over our Live Stream Link:  www.bcmtv.org/article/watch_channel_28


4 sessions Taught by Brian Scott, David Flores and Joshua Hyman $80

March 20, 22, 27, 29 6-9 pm

 Berzerkeley Live! Variety TV Show: Broadcast Live on BCMTV channel 28 and internet live-stream on March 29th from 7-8 pm.                                                                                   

Don't Just Watch TV, BE TV!



Express Green Screen Studio Class

What's your vision for community? Become a certified producer and you could be shouting your message from the mountain tops!

The Express Green Screen Studio Tricaster Mini classes will give you all the knowledge needed to use the equipment to make your own TV/Internet show. Learn the ins and outs of green screen techniques in concert with the TriCaster virtual sets to create news, entertainment magazine programs, music programs, yoga instruction, etc.

2 sessions Taught by Joshua Hyman $30 

January Certification:  January 30 and February 2  Tuesday and Friday from 6-9 pm

February Certification:  February 27 and March 2   Tuesday and Friday from 6-9 pm


Field Production Class

Do you have a film project you want to shoot on location?

In just four classes you will learn how to create a finished video with all professional equipment: High Definition Panasonic cameras, Dracast LED lighting kit,  C-Stands with Flags and reflectors, Audio equipment: Sennheiser shotgun, lavaliers, SM57, SM58 mics.

Learn how to properly mic, stage and light your subjects creating powerful images to further tell your story.

Prerequisite for DSLR class. 

4 Sessions $80 Taught by Joshua Hyman and David Flores 

February Certification: Feb 14, 17, 21, 24   Wednesdays 6-9 pm and Saturdays 3-6 pm



Final Cut Pro X Certification

FCPX 10.3 

Final Cut Pro X 10.3 is a highly sophisticated editing application that introduces brand new, groundbreaking tools. 

You will learn professional techniques like how to organize and lay down content on the time line, add titles, credits, effects, color correction, audio enhancement and dynamic transitions. This new version has customizable, recallable workspaces, powerful, new audio organization tools and you can add audio fades with one click. Tell YOUR story, YOUR way.

4 sessions $120  Taught by Shari Dyer

February Certification Dates:  February 5, 12, 19, 26 Mondays 6-9pm

March Certification Dates:  March 5, 12, 19, 26 Mondays 6-9pm

April Certification Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30 Mondays 6-9pm

(this class is limited to 6 students. Payment is due in advance to secure seat in the class)


2017 Teacher Endorsements:

"I really appreciated Shari's class. Love her friendly attitude, love how knowledgeable she is. Love how she tailored the class to my speed. Thanks!"

"This is a must take class for beginners who want to adapt to edit videos and visuals...Thanks to Shari (our teacher) for teaching us great/quick short keys. Loved and enjoyed it."

"Great class with lots to cover...and lots of individual attention."

"I enjoyed all the reference material that was provided by Instructor Dyer and have already begun using some of it."

"Shari was very clear and patient. I can tell she loves editing and knows a lot. All in all, I would highly suggest this class to anyone wanting to learn the basics of Final Cut Pro X."


Screenwriting Workshop

This workshop will introduce participants to screenwriting for film and television. The workshop will cover the proper formatting; the aspects of story structure; character development; use of conflict; and dialogue. There will be in class writing challenges as well as writing assignments to be done for the following classes. This workshop is designed for participants with some knowledge of film or television production. 

Meja Tyehimba, Instructor 5 Sessions $60

January 8th, 11, 15, 18,  22 Mondays & Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm

February 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 Mondays & Thursdays 6-9 pm 


MEJA TYEHIMBA, Writer/Producer/Director, is a published author, playwright, screen writer and filmmaker.


  • Her four short films: When Least Expected, Cantaloupe, In The Key of D and Life premiered at the Queer Women Of Color Film Festivals in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014.
  • Her plays include “Sketches From A Black Girls Diary; I’m Ev’ry Woman; Real, Kids Game;, Y and The Griot were produced in New York with the exception of The Griot, produced in SF.
  • Written several feature screenplays: How Deep The Cut; Gemini; Jitterbug Rabbit And His Friends and The Last Kiss.
  • Taught Acting, Stage Crafts, Playwriting and Film Production for all age groups and cultures, here in SF, DC and NY.
  • Member of the Queer Women Of Color production team and the head of AriSata Productions.
  • Currently working on her first documentary Tradition-Fear-Courage, the plight of an OUT Saudi Arabian gay man.



These are our core member classes. We also offer a number of television production, filmmaking and motion graphics classes including: 

  • On Camera Acting
  • Script to Screen Production 
  • Photoshop for Animation
  • Studio Directing
  • Studio Audio 
  • Studio Lighting
  • DSLR Film Production
  • Film Maker Boot Camp

... and many more. Become a member now to see a schedule of the classes we have coming up. Or you can find out more by calling us at 510-848-2288.

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