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09 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

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.

08 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

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.

18 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

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!

 

 

22 August 2020 ~ 0 Comments

3rd Annual Melrose Film Festival

Join us as we celebrate the art of visual storytelling in short films, animation and music videos with the 3rd annual Melrose Film Festival. This year’s festival is all virtual, with online screenings of 75 selections representing more than 20 countries chosen from over 1,300 submissions. Categories include Animated Shorts, Documentaries, Micro Shorts, Music Videos and Short Films. Melrose Center staff will also offer virtual events on scene and character development, sound effects, and 3D and motion capture animation in the days leading up to the screenings.

Visit ocls.info/melrose-film-festival for screenings and information about virtual events.

Screenings will premiere Friday, September 18 at noon and remain accessible through Sunday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Congratulations to this year’s Melrose Film Festival official selections:

Animation Films
Alice in Typhoidland
Candle Lit
Cotton Cloud
El Perro de Piedra
Fred’s Night Out
Joe
Keep It Light
Kenya’s Symphony
March of the Potguins
Mr Indifferent
Oniden
St George and the Dragon
The Lighthouse Man
The Myth Of Haftvad Worm

Documentary Films
El Chácharero
Elementary Dogs
Embers
For Your Memory
Humans@Work | Portrait of a Potter
MAVEN Explores Mars to Understand Radio Interference at Earth
Siberian Powder
Taking Root
The Harvest

Music Videos
2 in a Million
Afterimage
Alien Felines From Beyond The Galaxy
Back to Selo
Buckle Winter
Devotchka “Done With Those Days”
Don’t Play With Little Hearts
Dr. Yen Lo
June & The Jones — In My Head
Mourning Mantra by Baeilou
My Research
Okami
Sadaf
Stars and Rabbit – Any Day in the Park

Short Films
Cheeky Monkey
Crocodile
Die Grossen Fragen Des Lebens
Discovery
Family Tree
Imprint
La Santa
My House
Rude Boys
Sasha & Clark
Saving Jake
Snatch
The Forest of Silence
Till Death Bring Us Together
Turing
W

Micro Short Films
After the Beep
Alien Stalker
Black Blanc Beur
Blobby
Down to Earth
Expedition Under my Bed
Family Views
Horrorscope
Jelly Cars
Modern Times (Too Much)
No Monsters Allowed
On The Beach
Overthinking It
Paul’s Lockdown Daily Timetable
Perception Blind Massage
Spoon
Textures of a Confinement
The Mother
Times
Way Back
Win – Win
Yesterday, I Bought A Bike

14 August 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose Awards, Melrose Creative Expo, Technoween Cancelled This Season

Hello Melrose Center Friends and Members,

We hope you all are staying well during this time. We miss seeing everyone at the Center, and very much look forward to resuming in-person services as soon as we can safely do so. As we approach what is normally an increasingly busy part of the calendar for Melrose activities, we wanted to make a few announcements regarding some unfortunate cancellations we must make in the months ahead.

Melrose Awards and Melrose Creative Expo  – As the Melrose Awards are a celebration of the best projects created over the past year using Melrose Center resources, we’ve decided to cancel the 2021 competition. There simply hasn’t been much opportunity to create projects in the Melrose Center in 2020. Additionally, the 2021 Melrose Creative Expo, which traditionally takes place in February and opens with the Melrose Awards ceremony, will also be cancelled. The Expo typically draws hundreds of attendees to the Center, something that doesn’t feel appropriate for the time being.

Technoween – Much like the Melrose Creative Expo, Technoween regularly draws hundreds of attendees to the Center each October. For that reason, we’ll need to pause this year and look forward to resuming Technoween in October 2021.

Melrose Film Festival – This September marks our 3rd Annual film festival, and while it will not be an in-person event this year, it will continue virtually! We will soon be announcing when and where you can find screenings of this year’s selections, as well as details about staff-led virtual events on subjects related to film.

While we will certainly miss staging these events in the Melrose Center this season, we will continue to offer dozens of virtual events each month representing both online versions of our established curriculum and newly developed content. We look forward to gradually resuming in-person services and events, and hope everyone stays safe until we can once again see you at the Melrose Center.