Melrose Center Opening April 1 for Editing Bays, Computers Only

Beginning April 1, the Melrose Center will be open for Melrose Members to use Editing Bays and Editing Workstation Computers. Each of the Center’s two Editing Bays will be available once per day for a maximum of three hours, with sessions available by reservation up to one week in advance.  The five Mac and five Windows Editing Workstation Computers will be available for three-hour sessions on a walk-in basis.

The Melrose Center will open at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with all sessions needing to be concluded no later than 5:15 p.m.  As with all OCLS locations, face coverings must be worn while in the Center.

Melrose Center Studios, Simulators, Sound Booths and the Fab Lab will remain closed after April 1, but are expected to gradually open in the coming months.  We will also be introducing an online Melrose Center General Orientation soon to welcome new Melrose Members.

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Virtual Event: Creative Community Meetup – A Changing Industry

The pandemic has significantly affected some creative professionals, forcing them to adapt in order to make a living. Some have reimagined their business model and others have reinvented themselves to offer different services. Have you successfully overcome the challenges of safely conducting business? Or are you looking for ideas to move forward? Join us Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss success stories and share tips to inspire others.

This Virtual Event is presented by Melrose Center instructors. Join our Meetup groups to connect with other creatives in the community.

Orlando Audio

Orlando Digital Media Design

Orlando Out Tonight Theatre

Orlando Video and Post Production

Orlando Photo + Design

Orlando Melrose Makers

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Our Current Closed Status

As has been the case since March when the Orange County Library System closed all locations due to COVID-19, the Melrose Center is currently closed to the public.  While OCLS has reopened all locations, the limited service parameters currently in place have continued to guide us with regard to re-opening the Melrose Center.  In the Library’s current phase of restoring services, locations are open for services limited to returns, grab-and-go service and computer usage for up to one hour.  Seating areas, charging stations and meeting rooms are not accessible.  It would not be practical to limit typical Melrose Center customer activity – studio use, editing bay, editing workstation and sound booth sessions, for example – to one hour.  Therefore, it would not be appropriate to open the Melrose Center during this phase.

OCLS continues to carefully monitor the situation, and when we move to the next phase of restoring services, we will reopen the Melrose Center. As we draw closer to that time, we will announce details about how the center itself will be reopened in stages.  The Melrose Center, by its nature, is a high-touch environment outfitted with sensitive equipment.  We are currently working to address the challenge of effectively sanitizing equipment after each use and putting plans in place to assure Melrose customers can resume utilizing the resources safely.

Please know that Melrose Center staff miss seeing our wonderful customers.  We very much look forward to again opening our glass doors for the community of innovators and creators that help make the center such a great place.  Until then, please take advantage of the dozens of virtual events that Melrose Center Staff offer each month – type “Melrose Center” into the search box to see just those events led by Melrose Center Instructors.

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Melrose Film Festival – Award Winners and Thanks!

Congratulatons to the 2020 Melrose Film Festival award winners! We’d like to thank all 75 filmmakers for sharing your amazing works. And a big thanks as well to all of the virtual attendees.  We recorded more than 1,100 views of the film festival programs, and received 66 votes for the Audience Choice Award.

The 2021 Melrose Film Festival will take place in September, with the submission period opening in April.

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Melrose Film Festival – Category Winners & Audience Choice Award

The 2020 Melrose Film Festival is underway through September 27!

You can vote for your favorite film for the Audience Choice Award through the end of the festival.

We are pleased to announce the Best of Category Winners as selected by Melrose Center Video Production Instructors and Managers:

Animated Short – “El Perro de Piedra”, Director – Brennan Brinkley

Documentary – “El Chácharero”, Director – Krisstian de Lara

Micro Short Film – “Overthinking It”, Director – Chen Sing Yap

Music Video – “June & The Jones – In My Head”, Director – Raphael Dussud

Short Film – “Rude Boys”, Director – Ken Hagen-Takenaka

Congratulations to all the winners, and to all 75 Official Selections being screened during the festival!



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