The Westport Museum for History & Culture is teaming up with Verso Studios at The Westport Library for a new community partnership podcast, Buried in Our Past, focusing on the histories all around us that have been lost to time.

Surprising, exciting, and sometimes peculiar, the series shares research unearthed by Westport Museum that offers a new way of looking at the past and rethinking the present.

The podcast is recorded at The Westport Library’s Verso Studios, with new episodes coming out monthly and available on the Library’s YouTube channel and podcast platforms Apple and Spotify.

“We are always looking for new ways to get people excited about history,” said Ramin Ganeshram, executive director of Westport Museum. “Working with the Library's spectacular Verso Studios to produce Buried in Our Past allows Westport Museum to reach audiences in a new way, which we hope will whet the appetite for more.”

The debut episode, available now, features the true story of the first Thanksgiving with guest Greg Porretta, a Julliard-trained actor and Westport Museum board member.

“We’re very excited to welcome Westport Museum as a vital community organization working with our Verso Studios to engage listeners on fascinating historical topics,” said Bill Harmer, executive director of The Westport Library. “Buried in Our Past is an excellent and natural concept met with our technical expertise and creative guidance. It’s continually thrilling to see Verso Studios’ mission to serve an inclusive, future-forward cultural and learning center come to fruition.”

For more about Verso Studios community partnership podcasts, visit our webpage and check out our playlist on YouTube. Click here to learn more about Westport Museum.

Continuing Verso Studios’ education initiative, the Fairfield County-based organization LiveGirl will co-host a nine-week Leadership Lab for high school girls, grades 9-12, at The Westport Library. Sessions start on October 3 and run each Monday through December 14. The program is free, with pre-registration required.

Founded in 2014, LiveGirl is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that strives to build confident, inclusive leaders. Its mission is “to prepare the next generation of diverse, brave female leaders with the skills, community, and connections so that all girls may thrive and make a positive impact on the world. LiveGirl’s vision is to contribute to a world free from both gender and racial inequality.”

Utilizing the state-of-the-art Verso Studios media facilities at the Library, the LiveGirl Leadership Lab will focus on creative arts empowerment, multimedia expression, and training. Participants will foster their storytelling skills and be exposed to multiple creative channels such as video, music, and podcast production.

“Our girls have stories to tell that are worth hearing about,” said LiveGirl Program Director Shamare Holmes. “Partnering with Verso introduces LiveGirl’s Leadership Lab participants to practical media channels they can navigate to share their narratives in ways that are relative to the culture. This opportunity will also provide transferable skills that can help further their cause throughout high school, college, and/or the workplace. Our girls are truly looking forward to finding their ‘Lab Language.’”

“As an organization committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, as well as engaging the next generation, I’m beyond excited that Verso Studios is partnering with LiveGirl,” Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer said. “We envisioned that Verso Studios user base would be limitless in multimedia training and learning. This Leadership Lab represents Verso and the Westport Library team executing on that vision to deliver a program we think will be of great value to the community.”

This Leadership Lab will feature frequent Verso Studios collaborator and patron Sheneta Walker, who will serve in a mentor capacity to the group.

Register for the LiveGirl collaboration with The Westport Library by clicking here. While the program is free, spots are limited.

Verso Studios is proud to announce its media production classes for Fall 2021! For everyone from beginners to professionals in Connecticut and the tri-state area.

Filmmaker and animator Jhonny Parks will be teaching Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro in three two-hour classes over three weeks:

Thursday, October 14th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 21st, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

These classes are perfect for anyone ages 12+ who may be curious about the powerful go-to video editing software - ideal for artists, filmmakers, or those looking to acquire an added technical and highly desired skill on their resume.

Students will learn core Premiere Pro functions and will have the chance to apply their skills to create their own original content. Students will master Premiere Pro’s workspace layout, use of tools, video effects, importing and exporting of content, as well as understanding of file format and resolutions. By the end of the course, the students will have enough Premiere Pro knowledge to create projects on their own.

Registration is open with a one-time $25 registration fee; space is limited. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. The class will be offered in-person only. Please come to the class with your own personal laptop with Adobe Premiere Pro installed (a free monthly trial is available on the Adobe website).

 

Jhonny Parks is a writer, director, animator, video editor, and graphic designer. He was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and moved to the town of Bethel where he currently resides. Since a very young child, he was interested in the field of visual arts, filling up sketch pads with characters from his imagination. He always wished that there were a way to have the ability to digitize his work and edit it with a computer. Jhonny took his first graphic design class in his senior year of high school. This is when he fell in love with Adobe Photoshop.

He would later enroll at Gibbs College in Norwalk, Connecticut, majoring in graphic design. This is where he received a degree in visual communications in 2008. Soon after, he started working with clients all around the world, providing high end graphics for musicians, films, websites, as well as a variety of other platforms. After designing still graphics for some time, he wanted to add movement to his images. It wasn’t long after this, that Jhonny started investing his time into learning video editing software, starting with Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as Adobe After Effects. At around this time, he also started diving into the field of stop motion animation. Jhonny currently has been involved in two award winning films, “What The Mouse”, and “White Man’s Curse”.

Over the past 5 years, Jhonny has been teaching the art of stop motion animation and filmmaking through various school systems and libraries across Fairfield County, Connecticut. He decided to start a video production company, What A Production. he still continues to write, direct, and shoot short films. Recently he has been involved in directing and filming several music videos for a variety of musicians across Connecticut and New York.

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Verso Studios is proud to announce its media production classes for Fall 2021! For everyone from beginners to professionals in Connecticut and the tri-state area.

Filmmaker and animator Jhonny Parks will be teaching Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro in three two-hour classes over three weeks:

Thursday, October 14th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 21st, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

These classes are perfect for anyone ages 12+ who may be curious about the powerful go-to video editing software - ideal for artists, filmmakers, or those looking to acquire an added technical and highly desired skill on their resume.

Students will learn core Premiere Pro functions and will have the chance to apply their skills to create their own original content. Students will master Premiere Pro’s workspace layout, use of tools, video effects, importing and exporting of content, as well as understanding of file format and resolutions. By the end of the course, the students will have enough Premiere Pro knowledge to create projects on their own.

Registration is open with a one-time $25 registration fee; space is limited. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. The class will be offered in-person only. Please come to the class with your own personal laptop with Adobe Premiere Pro installed (a free monthly trial is available on the Adobe website).

 

Jhonny Parks is a writer, director, animator, video editor, and graphic designer. He was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and moved to the town of Bethel where he currently resides. Since a very young child, he was interested in the field of visual arts, filling up sketch pads with characters from his imagination. He always wished that there were a way to have the ability to digitize his work and edit it with a computer. Jhonny took his first graphic design class in his senior year of high school. This is when he fell in love with Adobe Photoshop.

He would later enroll at Gibbs College in Norwalk, Connecticut, majoring in graphic design. This is where he received a degree in visual communications in 2008. Soon after, he started working with clients all around the world, providing high end graphics for musicians, films, websites, as well as a variety of other platforms. After designing still graphics for some time, he wanted to add movement to his images. It wasn’t long after this, that Jhonny started investing his time into learning video editing software, starting with Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as Adobe After Effects. At around this time, he also started diving into the field of stop motion animation. Jhonny currently has been involved in two award winning films, “What The Mouse”, and “White Man’s Curse”.

Over the past 5 years, Jhonny has been teaching the art of stop motion animation and filmmaking through various school systems and libraries across Fairfield County, Connecticut. He decided to start a video production company, What A Production. he still continues to write, direct, and shoot short films. Recently he has been involved in directing and filming several music videos for a variety of musicians across Connecticut and New York.

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Verso Studios is proud to announce its media production classes for Fall 2021! For everyone from beginners to professionals in Connecticut and the tri-state area.

Filmmaker and animator Jhonny Parks will be teaching Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro in three two-hour classes over three weeks:

Thursday, October 14th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 21st, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

These classes are perfect for anyone ages 12+ who may be curious about the powerful go-to video editing software - ideal for artists, filmmakers, or those looking to acquire an added technical and highly desired skill on their resume.

Students will learn core Premiere Pro functions and will have the chance to apply their skills to create their own original content. Students will master Premiere Pro’s workspace layout, use of tools, video effects, importing and exporting of content, as well as understanding of file format and resolutions. By the end of the course, the students will have enough Premiere Pro knowledge to create projects on their own.

Registration is open with a one-time $25 registration fee; space is limited. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. The class will be offered in-person only. Please come to the class with your own personal laptop with Adobe Premiere Pro installed (a free monthly trial is available on the Adobe website).

 

Jhonny Parks is a writer, director, animator, video editor, and graphic designer. He was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and moved to the town of Bethel where he currently resides. Since a very young child, he was interested in the field of visual arts, filling up sketch pads with characters from his imagination. He always wished that there were a way to have the ability to digitize his work and edit it with a computer. Jhonny took his first graphic design class in his senior year of high school. This is when he fell in love with Adobe Photoshop.

He would later enroll at Gibbs College in Norwalk, Connecticut, majoring in graphic design. This is where he received a degree in visual communications in 2008. Soon after, he started working with clients all around the world, providing high end graphics for musicians, films, websites, as well as a variety of other platforms. After designing still graphics for some time, he wanted to add movement to his images. It wasn’t long after this, that Jhonny started investing his time into learning video editing software, starting with Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as Adobe After Effects. At around this time, he also started diving into the field of stop motion animation. Jhonny currently has been involved in two award winning films, “What The Mouse”, and “White Man’s Curse”.

Over the past 5 years, Jhonny has been teaching the art of stop motion animation and filmmaking through various school systems and libraries across Fairfield County, Connecticut. He decided to start a video production company, What A Production. he still continues to write, direct, and shoot short films. Recently he has been involved in directing and filming several music videos for a variety of musicians across Connecticut and New York.

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Join Verso Studios Producer David Bibbey and Audio Studios Manager Travis Bell to experience the sights and sounds of what's happening at Verso Studios and to find out how you can get involved.

Meet and chat with our growing production crew that is trained, ready, and welcoming of others who wish to learn TV and audio production at The Westport Library.

Get to know each other, get to know us, get to know what we have and what we can do with it!

FREE, FUN EVENT! Register HERE.

Who:  

  • Past trainees
  • Those interested in future training programs
  • Those interested in joining our production crew
  • Those interested in networking with other active digital media, video, podcasting, recording music folk
  • Those interested in our facilities and equipment

What:

  • Meet the Verso Studios team - video, live streaming, audio recording, and podcasting experts
  • See the new facilities and equipment we've added/updated in the last year as we evolved to accommodate live streaming and hybrid programming
  • Hear about our training programs and other upcoming learning opportunities
  • Share with us what training and facilities interest you
  • Introduce yourself to us and to each other and share what you are up to
  • Get your hands on our Library of Things media equipment
  • Hear about our CREW CALL program - where we are training volunteers to be part of our live event video production team

Where: 

  • Trefz Forum, the Westport Library

Verso Studios ProTools Masterclass will be instructed by Travis Bell, a longtime ProTools operator with hundreds of commercial & musical session credits to draw experience based knowledge and teachable skills from. Together all attendees will be taken on a crash course journey covering what we believe are the most deployable ProTools skills that can advance your recording sessions to a professional level!

*Required all students must have access to a functioning ProTools workstation (any version).

 Please register. The cost is $49 for this two hour class.

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