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21 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Dear Diary: Script Orlando Kickoff

Dear Diary,

We had our Script Orlando Kickoff last week and it did not disappoint! The speakers, Jim Hobart and Donnie Hamlett were awesome! Though they had quite different topics and presentations, they gave us some insight on a few common things that matter to our community: making an impact, connecting, giving back. Thanks to the Bungalower for their blog piece! We’re excited that more nomination/volunteer submissions are coming in. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next one (April 20, 6:00 PM).

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28 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Dear Diary: 1-Hour Photo Studio Reservations

Dear Diary,

Something really interesting is going to happen for Photo Studio Reservations in March. We’ve gotten feedback that our members want shorter reservations in the Photo Studio. So, we’re trying out 1-hour reservations on Thursdays in March.

Access to the Studio hasn’t changed, so members still have to:

1. Complete the General Orientation

2. Complete the Photo Studio Orientation

3. Pass the Access Assessment for the Photo Studio

Also, each 1-hour reservation still counts towards the limit of 3 that our members can have active at any given time, but we hope this will meet the needs of our users!

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09 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Dear Diary: Melrose Creative Expo in T-minus…

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Dear Diary:

It’s almost here! The Melrose Creative Expo is only two more days, and we’re putting the final touches on everything.

Here’s our Program (click to enlarge):

We will also have a wide range of exhibitors present, some of whom represent the following organizations:

We’re so grateful to these organizations, as well as the ones not shown here, for committing to join us in connecting with our patrons.

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25 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Dear Diary: 2017 Kicks Off with a Bang!

Dear Diary:

We will be better at documenting the goings-on around here. What better way to start than to recap what January’s dealt us so far! Well, Melrose staff had a full January calendar ready for those who wanted to start off the year learning or enhancing a skill, or for anyone who just wanted to try something new. From a photo walk to a new video gear meetup, the release of a new Orlando Audio Podcast episode and Instructor Video, there was a little something for digital media enthusiasts out there.

One notable event was organized by the Audio team earlier in the month, Exploring Music Production & Performance with DiViNCi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DiViNCi, member of Solillaquists of Sound, gave a short performance followed by Q&A with the audience. He gave insights from his experiences and engaged the audience. We had a really nice turnout and the audience had great questions. We even posted a video of the livestream up on our Facebook page and an event video on YouTube.

We appreciate DiViNCi for coming out to share and give back to the local community! If you want to learn more about the Audio team’s events or meetups, check them out here.

Jumping forward another week, and we find that our team exhibited at the Orlando Science Center’s Otronicon. We set out to make this unlike any of our previous exhibits. We wanted to have an exhibit that showcased the various areas of the Melrose Center, but in a cohesive format, and so the Virtual Boxing Experience was born. Can we just agree that this event was RIDICULOUS in all the best ways? We estimated interacting with over 2,500 people, some of whom waited in line for up to an hour to get the chance to fight a virtual zombie (or robot or ninja girl). We met some pretty rad people, got to talk a bit about our resources and the upcoming Expo. We also got to witness some amazing virtual fighters. It was worth all the hours of work and tireless effort that the team put into pulling it together!

Visitors could choose from one of four parts of the Virtual Boxing Experience, or EXPERIENCE IT ALL! They could be the Player, donning the HTC Vive goggles and fighting a digital opponent. They could be the Sound Effects engineer, matching the Player’s hitting actions with button presses on a MIDI controller to play punching noises, or a knock-out bell. They could be a Sports Announcer, giving a play-by-play in front of the action and seen on a projected screen. Or, they could be the MELROSE CHAMPION, the Player who has what it takes to grasp the Championship Belt in victory (whether you actually won or not, but that’s besides the point) and has their photo taken–for posterity, of course. It went so well, part of it will be set up during the Melrose Creative Expo so anyone who saw it on our social media who didn’t get to try it, can!

Up next: tomorrow’s Open Mic. There is a packed lineup, so hopefully the performers get here early! Until next time, Diary…

 

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