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PPL: NESTcorps


with Isa Moreno

Calendar Jan 31, 2022 at 4 pm


Learn leadership, project management, logistics, and marketing skills while working on a project that makes a difference in the community! This group started to address the needs that arose from COVID-19, but it will continue to tackle the needs in our community even after the pandemic is over. The spring session will be the second phase where we take the research we conducted in the Fall, and create a plan of action to address the importance of having a culturally competent curriculum in schools, such as Ethnic Studies. At the end of the session, we will present the research and plan of action to leaders in the community, which will prepare us for the implementation stage during the Summer. 

Additional Information: 

  • You can ask for community service hours for your work. 
  • This training will be taking place in person at the Watsonville Digital NEST and broadcast to the Salinas Digital NEST

DAT: Video Editing 1B - Intro to After Effects


with Marcus Cisneros

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Probably the most freeing thing as a filmmaker is knowing that you have the ability to truly do whatever you want with your footage and create worlds as an animator and Visual Effects Artist. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of Adobe After Effects in the fields of Motion Graphics and Compositing.  Coming off of the Intro to Illustrator course, Motion Graphics will empower the members to take their designs and animate them for the motion picture. Taking what members will be learning in photoshop, Compositing will give the members the ability to create VFX (Visual Effects) to their footage to create such effects as green screen,  matte paintings, and much more. 

Members will learn: 

  • 2D Keyframe Animation
  • Visual Effects
  • Motion GraphIcs
  • 3D tracking
  • Compositing
  • Matte Painting
  • Jobs they will be preparing for (for LMS)
  • Motion Designer
  • Visual Effects Generalist
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Post Production Assistant
  • Digital Media Generalist
  • 2D Keyframe Animator
  • VFX compositor

Additional Information: 

  • Are there prerequisites? 
    • Premier Pro Experience or Photoshop experience HIGHLY Recommended
  • Are there eligibility requirements? 
    • N/A
  • What is the next training in the series? 
    • Post Production Lab
  • What should you expect? 
    • Attend all workshop sessions
    • participate in live tutorials by asking questions
    • deliver project updates on time
    • deliver projects according to deadlines

WIT: Web Design with JavaScript


with Jennifer Lopez

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Dive into the world of programming by learning Javascript, a powerful language that animates websites and creates interactive behavior in web apps. Javascript is a highly used and flexible programming language of the web. It adds that spark and interactive behavior that users want to see. In this training, you will learn javascript fundamentals, in order to create a website with an interactive navigation bar that will display smaller assignments and games.  Master this tool and start thinking like a developer. This course will adjust to students’ learning paces. There’s no pressure, our goal is to get you comfortable coding with JavaScript. At the same time, you will get closer to bizzNEST and become more competitive for developer jobs in the industry. 

Members will learn:

  • JavaScript, HTML, CSS, 

Additional Information:

  • Encouraged to complete Web Design with HTML & CSS or an equivalent training 
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Must be Digital NEST member 
  • Next Training:
    • Coding Bootcamp

PPL: Events Unit


with Valentina Velasquez

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 4 pm

Be part of the team that designs, plans, and manages events that tie the NEST to the wider community. Learn how to think critically, solve problems, and see a project through from beginning to end alongside a supportive team. You can transfer those skills to become a project manager, event coordinator, or promoter. Past projects include organizing movie nights, art nights, open mics, and escape rooms. This spring our focus will be MUSIC, what will our next event be? It’s up to you!

Additional Information: 

  • You can ask for community service hours for your work. 

WIT: Game Development w/ Unity


with Robert Booth

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 4:30 pm

This fun game was first introduced at Unity’s huge annual conference Unite back in 2015. It is a great introductory game development project and will get students very comfortable working in the Unity IDE. The game is a two player game with each player controlling a comically large tank in a great environment. The project comes with all the resources needed to create the game. 

Members will learn how to: 

  • Set up and configure game objects. 
  • Add movement functionality to the tanks and will add audio and visual effects as well. 
  • Set up colliders and through C# scripts they will create in Visual Studio how to code collision detection produced events. 
  • Create the heads up display (HUD) elements.
  • Cause projectiles to be fired and how to add explosions. 
  • Use cameras in Unity and how to create an orthographic view that scales dynamically.

Additional Information: 

  • No experience required!
  • Eligibility requirements: Must be Digital NEST member

DAT: Pre-Production Lab


with Genevieve Rico

Calendar Feb 2, 2022 at 3:30 pm

The lab exposes members to project management for filmmaking through the roles of the Producer and Director and their relationship to the crew and cast. The lab is meant for highly motivated individuals who are looking for a career in the film and media industry. Members will learn how to schedule and plan a short film, how to work with cast and other crew members, and how to creatively and visually tell a story. 

Learn about:

  • Script breakdowns, scheduling, casting, crew on-barding, budgeting , location scouting, artistic planning, and fundraising strategies for the short film. 
  • Art Direction, cinematography, storyboarding, floor plans, lighting plans, shot list. 
  • Working with actors and crew to create a short promotional video for fundraising. 
  • Members will be assigned key roles for the Summer Production such as Producer, Asst. Director, Gaffer, Grip, Camera Operator, Boom Operator, Production Designer, Director of Photography, Script Supervisor, Make-Up, Hair Stylist,  etc. 

After membres get exposed to the different departments and roles within the department, members will select one of the following departments to work in: 

  • Camera Department (2A)
  • Lighting Department (2B)
  • Production Design Department (2D)
  • Sound Department (2C)

Please note that only college age students can apply to become a department head meaning you are in charge of spearheading that department.  

Are there prerequisites? 

No prerequisites

Are there eligibility requirements? 

High school seniors are welcomed to participate, college members preferred.  Must be available to film in late May early June  to participate in the Production Lab. 

What is the next training in the series? 

Film   - Summer Film Production Lab

What should you expect? 

  • Attend all workshop sessions
  • participate in live tutorials
  • project updates on time
  • deliver projects according to deadlines

WIT: UX Design with Adobe XD


with Monica Gutierrez

Calendar Feb 2, 2022 at 4 pm

Good user experience and the user interface are essential to designing a clean website for users. In this workshop, members will learn Adobe XD to design a landing that is hypnotic, purposeful, responsive, and targets the users to perform a specific action.  Members will work with sample content and get feedback along the way to create a stunning landing page. Bring your land page with  Adobe XD and collaborate with your peers. Gain valuable web design and UX/UI design knowledge that will give you the competitive edge as a web designer, UX/UI designer, or as a bizzNEST web design intern. In the end, you will have a project for your portfolio, design skills, opportunities for growth, and connection to a fun community at the Digital NEST. 

Members will learn:

  • UX Design,
  • UI Design,
  • Adobe XD,
  • Principles of Conceptual Design

Additional Information: 

  • No prerequisites, Encouraged to complete Introduction to Adobe Illustrator 
  • Eligibility requirements: Must be Digital NEST member 
  • Next Training: Introduction to Figma 
  • The training will be in-person at Watsonville and broadcast to the Salinas Digital NEST site

DAT: Graphic Design 2A - Content Creators


with Mayra Ruiz-Valtierra

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 4 pm

Have fun creating graphic design content with a group of creatives! Take what you learned in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and apply them to create portfolio pieces like posters, social media marketing content, logos, and much more. You’ll also learn to practice communicating with clients, how to complete projects with a deadline, and in the end, have a solid portfolio to show to future clients. 

Members interested in joining should have a basic understanding of how to use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe photoshop

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