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Day 1 | Lightning, Camera & Movement | 9AM – 4PM

The three basic building blocks of video content are your lights, camera and how you move your camera. The combination of these three critical components can make or break your production.

First, you will learn about real-world lighting. We will focus on lighting techniques that 90% of the video production world relies on. Even though you may not have a Hollywood production truck and crew to support you, that doesn’t mean you can’t produce Hollywood-quality content. All of my techniques can be used by anyone from a small production team working out of a minivan to a one-man-band who has to solely transport every case and stand into the location.

Secondly, we will talk about the camera. You can now shoot with anything including a RED, Sony, Canon or even your iPhone. So what is important in choosing your camera? What are the real-world ramifications of mixing cameras on a production? Learn the best techniques, set-ups and features you need to consider when buying, renting or choosing the camera for your next production.

You can’t use any camera without a lens. I will present in-depth information about lens choices, and I’ll help you better understand what the lens does to your image so you can learn to create an image, rather than just capture it. We will talk about different lenses in various price tiers and the reasons why some are better than others for certain productions. Additionally, we will review how you choose a lens. If you had access to all possible lenses, would you know how to make the best decision? I will give you the tools to educate you on how to best select your lenses and help you create better images in the process.

Lastly, we will talk about the different methods for moving your camera. You can’t think of camera movement like a slider move, a jib, tripod shot or a stabilizer shot. Movement doesn’t exist without being affected by (or affecting) both your lens choice and lighting choices.

Once you master these components, you will be well on your way to increasing the production value of your current work. It will help you move up the ladder to more creative, higher budget and more diverse productions.

Special Evening Workshop | Art & Commerce of Shooting Video |  6PM – 9PM

Some of the questions I get asked the most are: How do I get my clients? Where do I find work? How much do I charge? How can I charge more for what I do? How do you increase how much you charge your clients? Do any of these sound like questions you would like answers to? Those are the question that this course is designed to address.

First and foremost, this seminar will help you make money – more money – right now. In this class, we will talk about how to build and grow your business as well as how to shoot to make your work stand out from your competition.

We will discuss tried and true tactics in this course such as how to:

  • Find new work
  • Get more work from your existing clients
  • Network and find new companies or individuals to hire you
  • Compose a bid and make it stand out to win the bid (not because you are most affordable)
  • How to bid to maximize your profits
  • Set your prices
  • Improve the look of your work to help you stand out
  • Invest in certain gear to make you more money
  • Deal with your clients and maintain relationships even if you encounter problems with production
  • Get referrals and grow your business

Day 2 | Hands-On Filmmaking Workshop | 9AM – 5PM

This day is designed to be a total immersion, hands-on, in-the-trenches learning experience for a select number of attendees. Consider it a video production boot camp. Attendees will have complete access to all the gear, locations and set-ups to do the work. Additionally, you will work side-by-side with Barry, observing how he approaches the same locations with the same equipment to learn how to improve what you are doing today. Attendees will control the camera, lighting, audio and gripping details so everyone can learn better practices that will make their work faster and more cinematic.

Barry will walk through a series of set-ups, sharing tips and techniques acquired from his 20 years in the business. He will review examples from popular movies and TV shows in order to highlight how the techniques presented are used every day on a variety of video mediums.  By the end of this class, everyone will have work samples to include in their reels and experience working on every aspect of the production.

As with all training offered by Barry, attendees receive contact information so that they can follow up with Barry via email or by phone to ask additional questions, get feedback about work or to inquire about the latest field-tested gear.

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