Dayvar Johnson

This month’s featured producer is Dayvar (D’Real) Johnson, who has recently had a significant increase in the number of hits on his Soundcloud profile. Dayvar credits his newfound knowledge of vocal effects to give his music a more polished sound. Check out his profile here: soundcloud.com/dayvar-dreal-johnson

Tank Brown

This video showcases StoryLab’s January, 2015 Producer of the Month, Travodkas Brown. Tank became a StoryLab producer in the Fall of 2014. He works in Logic Pro and is known for his smooth vocal phrasing and all-around great attitude. In addition to his collaborative work with other rappers he participated in the production of StoryLab’s very own 90-second Newbery submittal, Ivan 4 realuh, based on the Newbery award-winning novel The…

Upcoming StoryLab Hours Changes

StoryLab will be closed Thursday, February 12th for a National Public Radio interview being conducted in our facility. StoryLab and the Tacoma Public Library will close all day Saturday, February 14th due to the upcoming Presidents’ Day Holiday. Week of February 16th: StoryLab will be closed on Tuesday, February 17th through Thursday the 19th due to staff vacation. We will reopen with our normal operating hours on Friday, February 20th.…

Israel Stewart

Our StoryLab Producer of the Month for December, 2014 is graphic artist Israel Stewart. Israel first came into the lab at the end of September, having only worked previously with pencil and paper. The work showcased here, Solid Oak, Rooted Ground, is a design inspired by his father. The image will eventually be made into a full-color poster for display at a local karate studio. Stuart is 15 years old…

Producer of the Month: Kyle Duffey

Kyle is a graduate from Lincoln High School and has proven himself a skilled producer and editor. Having just signed up during the month of October, Kyle was single-handedly responsible for an Autotune revolution here in StoryLab! Working collaboratively with several producers, Kyle has participated in no fewer than four separate projects, adding his skills and talents to all who seek his help. In this thought-provoking video, Kyle rails against…

Making Tracks with Studio One

StoryLab’s summer course offerings included a two-day audio production extravaganza, facilitated and engineered by John Hargis. On Tuesday, August 19th producers met inside the lab to learn about the exciting features offered by StoryLab’s new Digital Audio Workstation software: Studio One.  With easy-to-use drag-and-drop functionality and an incredible array of editing options, Studio One is quickly becoming a standard in professional audio production.  Class participants learned the ins and outs of various software tools by selecting an existing song…

The February 8, 2014 Deadline for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Approaches!

And the questions have been pouring in!  We are so excited that Tacoma is responding to the film festival. Just in case you have been pondering some of the same questions we’ve already received, here’s some commonly requested information. So you want to check out a video camera from the Media StoryLab, but you don’t know how to make it happen? Here’s what you need to check out a camera:…

Want to become a member of the StoryLab and learn how to check out a video camera? Attend this orientation session!

Learn more about the orientation session here! If you want to become a member of the lab. If you want to check out a video camera. If you want to use our equipment to make a 90-Second Newbery Film Fest Submission. Then you should attend our awesome orientation session this Saturday, January 4, 2014 @ 10 a.m. in the StoryLab!  See you there!

Attend a Film Workshop

Attend a Film Workshop It’s a great way to prep for creating a submission for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival We will offer 3 free film classes or workshops over December 2013 and January 2014 for 90-Second Newbery contenders and youth curious about film making. Here students will learn and apply some of the basic skills needed to create a short film, including story, scriptwriting, directing, videography, editing, and more.…

Spoken Word Workshop with Lucas Smiraldo

      Spoken Word Workshop Poetry at the Speed of Sound December 14, 2013 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Main Library Join Tacoma’s new poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo in a writing and spoken word workshop designed to move your message from the paper to the microphone to digital media, all in one day. Explore your writing voice and performance identity Folks who take this workshop will come away with…

Anime Music Video Workshop On (Saturday) November 30, 2013

Anime fans come one and all, because this Anime Music Video (A.M.V.),  workshop is going to be amazing! Learn how to edit your favorite anime up and sync it to music using Final Cut Pro video editing software. When: (Saturday) November 30, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Downtown Main Library, StoryLab Ages: 13 – 19 Bring: A desire to learn and a sack lunch Download the flyer: workshop poster…

Poetry at the Speed of Sound

Poetry at the Speed of Sound Free spoken word workshops with Lucas Smiraldo, Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Create poems and perform them with power, confidence and certainty. Create original content that changes the air currents and shakes up listeners. Make a poem that packs a wallop. Join Tacoma’s new poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo in a writing and spoken word workshop designed to move your message from the paper to the microphone to…

Voice Over Workshop with Nicole Fazio

Voice Over Workshop with Nicole Fazio In this day-long Voice-Over workshop, we will take a step-by-step approach working as a voice-over artist – from working with a microphone to the business side of being a successful voice over artist. You will learn to read and interpret various types of text, using your individual voice. You will learn the basics of staying focused and able to perform under the pressure of…

Putting Your Camera to Work

Putting Your Camera to Work A free photography workshop for teens Getting off auto mode may seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Understanding how exposure, aperture and iso work will give you the chops to be a more confident photographer. In this free workshop photographer Jesse Michener will break it all down for you in clear, easy-to-understand language so you really get it. She will talk…

Sampling Workshop

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 1st and 2nd @ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Swasey Library: Register Instructor: Q Dot and Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 14th and 15th @ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Moore Library: Register Learn how to take any sound and use it creatively in your own music while producing your own samples and beats using Logic Pro. Instructor: Adam Brock

Oral History Project

The Oral History Project is a collaboration between Seabury Middle School students and residents at Franke Toby Jones retirement community. Resources and support were provided by StoryLab at Tacoma Public Library and Teen Librarian Kristy Gale. This is a short video trailer created by Tristan using iMovie.

Tales of Wulfgaria Trailer & Intro

Andy built a massive and intricate set in Minecraft for his new web series called Tales of Wulfgaria. This short clip is the shows intro which doubles as a trailer. Andy used Movie Draft SE, Minecraft, Camtasia, Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro to complete this project. Keep your eyes out for the upcoming episodes!

Tacoma Responds

Have you read, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio? What did you think? Do you have precepts by which you live? What are they? Using film, photography, poetry, drawings, video or mixed media how would you share your ideas (your response to Wonder) with your community? Stop by the downtown Tacoma Public Library’s StoryLab any time during the month of April, and our staff will help you share your vision using our digital media tools. If you…

March Madness – Drop In Workshop

March Madness: A free drop-in digital media workshop for kids, teens and adults! Learn to use Photoshop and other digital photo editing software to picture yourself on your favorite team during March Madness. Upload your picture to Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, etc. or print out a copy to take home. All ages. Free! StoryLab @ The Main Library March 19th – 22nd 2-5 p.m. Sat. March 23rd from 9:15 – 5…

Own the Night

2012 Teen Video Contest – WA – Winner Original beat produced by Peon Beats and remixed by Teeler (with written permission) for the video. Thanks to Seabury Middle School students and StoryLab at Tacoma Public Library. Press: Washington Secretary of State Between the Lines