» Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

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Adam EpsteinThe Saturday Night Live Film Unit is responsible for the short films (like this Wes Anderson horror parody) that get broadcast every Saturday night. Many are written, shot, and edited in 4 days or less, which makes for a very condensed and hectic production and post schedule. Last month, we interviewed Adam Epstein, the staff editor for the SNL Film Unit, and he not only provided technical information about how he works, but also some insight into how to be creative and effective on extremely tight deadlines. But that’s not where the great info stops, because Adam is now gearing up to hit the road for his Cutting Edge Tour, in which he’ll teach you everything you need to know in order to go from an empty timeline to an effective broadcast-ready piece. More »

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Eric Kress Lighting WorkshopA few weeks ago, we shared the first installment of an absolutely fantastic lighting workshop led by Danish cinematographer Eric Kress (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). In it, he took us through the beginning stages of lighting for matching closeups using just a few bounces and a well-placed fill to create some stunningly soft, yet dramatic lighting with a minimum of tools. Even though part 1 of the workshop stopped there, Kress had quite a bit more information to impart on the audience. Luckily, Benjamin B over at thefilmbook has now posted part 2 of the Gokinema-sponsored workshop, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys, because it’s even more of a masterclass in subtle lighting techniques than the first installment. More »

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b&h andrew frank how to ask for money pitchAs artists, we can ask you to work relentlessly hard hours, put on layers of zombie makeup, even borrow your expensive gear for a shoot. But you know what we have the hardest time asking for? Money! Luckily, industry professionals like Andrew Frank are around to give us practical advice on getting past our fears with simple advice in this B&H video workshop How to Ask People for Money: Anatomy of a Pitch below. More »

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Lighting For CloseupsThere are few educational resources for cinematographers that are as rock-solid as the various publications, blogs, and podcasts from the American Society of Cinematographers. Last time we checked in with the ASC, we heard a podcast interview with Phedon Papamichael about his work shooting Alexander Payne’s delightful black and white road film, Nebraska. This time, accomplished Danish cinematographer Eric Kress DFF, (who shot the fantastic Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) walks us through his approach to shooting matched closeups in this excellent workshop from Gokinema & thefilmbook. More »

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Jeff Foster AE WorkfshopBeen wanting dip your toes into After Effects, but been too shy? Well here’s your chance. Visual effects veteran Jeff Foster brings us a free live workshop via creativeLIVE this August 12th-13th, exploring the basics behind the Creative Cloud iteration of AE. Interested? Hit the jump for more details. More »

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Art of Visual Storytelling - Alex BuonoReferring to him by his work on Saturday Night Live is easy shorthand, but it’s only a small part of Academy Award-nominated DP Alex Buono’s toolset. He has shot features, docs, shorts, commercials, and everything in between, and he’s decided to take what he’s learned and go on a workshop tour of the US (including stops in Canada). The difference with this workshop series is that it’s not just about learning to shoot, but about everything that goes into the creation of a shot, including the theories behind why shots are design visually in particular ways. Check out his introduction below: More »

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Curious about Canon’s EOS C500?  Wondering what the footage actually looks like projected in 4K, and what the post-process workflow is like?  If you’re in the L.A. area you should sign up for this free event being held by Canon — it’s a workshop geared around scratching just those kinds of questions.  They’ll screen the C500-shot Man and Beast, previously shown alongside The Ticket at NAB, and have C500′s on-hand.  Here are the details:
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How do you make sure you stay in frame and focus while performing?  What is the best way to work with off-camera actors while performing a close-up?  How can props like cigarettes become a major headache?  Michael Caine answers these questions and more as part of a film acting workshop broadcast on the BBC.  You can watch the hour-long special in its entirety after the jump, along with 10 film acting lessons pulled from it — highly recommended for actors and non-actors alike!: More »

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The Digital Cinema Society’s website is a bit outdated, but there are a number of free video workshops that may be worth checking out if you’re interested in topics such as “PL Cine Lenses — What Cinematographers Want and Need to Know” or “HD DSLRs for Cinematography.” The links are non-embeddable Quicktimes, but there are a number of ultra-qualified presenters including reps from ARRI, Redrock, Sennheiser, Schneider, Zeiss, and more. More »

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This Wednesday, May 26th from 1-2:30pm (Eastern), Adobe is running a free online workshop on DSLR video and Production Premium CS5. Adobe guru Richard Harrington promises, “You’ll learn everything from practical shooting techniques and essential lighting to easy editing strategies and online sharing. You’ll also be introduced to the latest Dell Precision workstation and NVIDIA Quadro graphic solutions to help you make the best decision to outfit your editing needs – including taking advantage of the latest performance improving updates in CS5.” No word on whether they’re capping the number of virtual attendees, so sign up now if you’re interested.

Link: Working with DSLR Video with Adobe CS5 Production Premium

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