Digital Boot Camp 2014


(From Left) Kerry Landgarten, Marc Marrero, and Jaebi Bussey directing a set.


On July 14th, 2014, the Digital Stewards began a program called “Digital Boot Camp”. At this four week “Boot Camp”, The Digital Stewards and others began learning film and media production skills, such as how to properly use a camera, set up lights for a desired look, set up sound equipment, and directing a set.



Jon Mayer, one of the facilitators of Boot Camp, Helping Hassan Stevens set up lighting equipment.


For the first week of Digital Boot Camp, the Digital Stewards were tasked with taking pictures while focusing on certain objects, Setting up the cameras exposure correctly, and using the “Rule of Thirds”. An example of “The Rule of Thirds” is when the subject of your photo is off the the left or the right of your shot, or on the “left third” or “right third” of the screen. An example can be seen below:




During the second week of Digital Boot Camp, the Stewards were tasked with making a “Silent Film”. The Stewards began writing a storyboard for their films and began filming as soon as they could. After getting all of their shots, they returned and began editing their films. When all groups finished their pieces, all of them were shown to the entire group.

The third week of Digital Boot Camp was dedicated to finding facilities that were willing to allow the Stewards to create a sort of commercial for them. The facilities included the Miccio Center, the distillery Widow Jane, South Brooklyn Community High School, and Flickinger Glassworks. This project was going to become their “Final Project” and the key to completing the boot camp. As soon as the Stewards were assigned their subjects, they began planning and shooting their commercial for their respective facility. This work also carried over to the fourth and final week of Digital Boot Camp.


Kerry Landgarten being interviewed for the South Brooklyn Community High School commercial.

For the final day of Boot Camp, the Stewards held a showing of their final projects. All participants of the boot camp as well as some staff of Red Hook Initiative and South Brooklyn Community High School, and even some friends and family came to see what everyone accomplished over the past four weeks. Links to their silent films and commercials can be found below for your viewing.


Silent Films:


(Lottery Ticket)

(Don’t Stop)




(Miccio Community Center)

(Cacao Prieto/Widow Jane)

(Flinkinger Glass Works)

(South Brooklyn Community High School)



The Participants of Digital Boot Camp 2014.


Digital Stewards Pratt Institute Visit

Hey guys,

Yesterday we went to visit Pratt Institute, a school for art and design. This trip began with a tour of the campus. On this campus we saw a lot of unique art for example we saw some historical sculptures that had their own special meanings. We also saw one of the countries oldest steam engines, which were cool, because we know Pratt to be this great school of modern deign and art. Nevertheless, it was cool to know that they still hold on to old/historical things. In addition, on graduation day and new years, they connect the engine to these whistles that sound and envelope the campus in steam’s later that day we sat in on a presentation about Green infrastructure and future landscapes for Red Hook. These ideas were both highly futuristic but inspirational, it really convinced some of the Digital Stewards that maybe this can happen in the future. In addition, I do not know whether it was walking on campus or seeing the students interacting with each other but it provided a comforting atmosphere that inspired some of the digital stewards to pursue college.





A Trip to Detroit’s Allied Media Conference


 “The opening ceremony of the Allied Media Conference”

Over the weekend, the Digital Stewards took a flight to Detroit, Michigan, to attend the Allied Media Conference. The Allied Media Conference is a collection of many workshops dealing with media of all kinds, such as art, music and video. While there, the Digital Stewards attended a variety of these workshops. Some of these workshops ranged from making a hip hop song and envisioning the future, to how selfies are affecting us. The Red Hook Digital Stewards also met with the Detroit Digital Stewards and held a workshop of their own where they taught the attendees how to crimp cables, flash nodes, and start their own mesh network.

The Digital Stewards also had a lot of time to bond with each other with activities such as bowling, parties, eating out at restaurants, and going to the movies. The Digital Stewards are definitely closer as co-workers and friends and they are thankful for the opportunity.


“Digital Stewards, Tim and Ali, showing how to flash a node”

Here is what the Digital Stewards had to say about their experiences:

“We learned how people use different types of artistic ways to tell the struggle of what the community of Detroit is going through. They express their views in video, music, and art to tell the stories of what they went through and some of the the struggles they still face.” – Abdussabur Ali

“The AMC conference was very interesting and really diverse. It was the first platform i’ve seen that allowed transgenders and gay participants take the leadership role from leading workshops to performing at parties. I was also intrigued by the number of ways these guys used media as a means of expression.” – Robert Smith


“The Attendees of the Digital Stewards’ workshop, intrigued by their knowledge”

“The AMC conference was very interesting. It was a good experience for the Red Hook Digital Stewards. It shows us what we can accomplish in life. It surprised me, working with each other as well as we did. The live radio broadcasting workshop was deep, seeing a lot of people use their weakness as a weapon really inspired me to work hard and never give up on what I really want to do in life. I wish we could do this every weekend, as this really was a great trip and I am looking forward to more.” – Carrington Peters

“Attending the AMC was a very unique experience for me. The amount of diversity in people there was amazing. I also believe the Digital Stewards workshop was very well done. We all overcame our nervousness and did an outstanding job” – Marc Marrero

“The Allied Media Conference was a fun and great experience. I really enjoyed our workshop and I think we did an excellent job on teaching everyone about mesh networks” – Alden Parkinson

“The Allied Media Conference was a great experience. It showed a lot of us that we could do things we thought we couldn’t, as long as we put our minds to it. I loved the workshop “Future Landscapes”. I thought it was cool with the many different ideas people came up with and that we can all achieve our goals one day.” – Tachét Jones

One of the Digital Stewards also helped make a hip hop song with a few other attendees, here is the video below:


Digital Stewards Weekly Reflection 5/27/14

Last week, the Digital Stewards had their hands full learning new things. Some of those things include the Seven Layers of OSI (Open Systems Interconnection), how to input commands into a command prompt, what certain commands do, what is a command prompt, and how routers and switches work. The Seven Layers of OSI is used as a reference model for how messages should be transmitted between any two points in a telecommunication network. The Seven Layers include the physical layer, data link layer, transport layer, session layer, presentation layer, and the application layer. They have also learned how routers and switches control traffic of information on a network to deliver and receive data from other sources. They operate similarly to a mail room and deliver small collections of data, known as packets, similarly to a highway. Currently, the Digital Stewards are learning how to navigate through a computer using command prompts. They also learned how to log on to their assigned nodes and get information from neighbor computers using the command prompt. They can check to see if their node is up and running or if its down by using the command prompt from anywhere instead of going to the nodes location and physically checking it. Last week was a very busy week for the Digital Stewards and they can only look forward to learning even more this week.       command_line_big

Digital stewards Weekly post 4/23/2014


This week the Digital Stewards had a brainstorming session about the ways we can design and build an efficient network. Some of these steps included observing the neighborhood and deciding which parts need or should have internet access. This first step of planning lead to creating a survey for community residents to get their opinions on public WIFI and how it would help them. After this heavy brain working activity the Digital Stewards sat in attendance to lessons on hardware, software,and application where they experienced different teaching styles from applicants to teach the Digital Stewards their tech curriculum. We thought it was important that they have an opinion on what type of trainer they would like to learn with. Finally, on Thursday the Digital stewards took part in a workshop and discussion by representatives of the project known as Red Hook HUB, a analog and digital community communication system.