The Portland-area native Alex Buono is bringing his Visual Storytelling 2 Tour back. It will expand your filmmaking abilities by immersing you in an all-day learning experience about the principles of Visual Style and Subtext. From his fast-turn around schedule as the DP of the SNL Film Unit to his role as the Co-Director/DP of the new IFC comedy series Documentary Now!, Alex is constantly challenged to recreate different looks. In this workshop, Alex will share his approach to shooting distinct visual styles with hands-on demonstrations that utilize attendees as the crew. By understanding the visual patterns for different film genres and how to manifest each style through both lighting and camerawork, you will harness the power of visual cues for your own projects.
The AVS2 tour is coming through Seattle on August 1st and through Portland on August 4th. For full ticket and registration information visit the website now. We had the pleasure of sponsoring Alex’s tour 2 summers ago in both Seattle and Portland. It was an amazing all day experience that we were lucky to be a part of once. Our excitement is through the roof to be a part of it again. Along with key sponsor Canon, Professional Video is the primary local sponsor for both of the Northwest stops, in Seattle and Portland. Visit the site to learn more details and to see the full list of pricing options and reserve your seat take a look at the registration page now. Use our EXCLUSIVE promo code AVS2LD to save money.
On Wednesday July 15th and Thursday July 16th Professional Video and Canon will be bringing the Pacific Northwest an early look at the upcoming C300 Mark II. The event will be held at Base Camp Brewing Company in Portland on July 15th and will go from 2 to 7:30pm. For those in the Seattle area we will be showcasing the same gear at an event on the 16th at Koerner Camera Systems Seattle from 2pm to 7pm. If you are one of the many who want to get an early look at the C300mkII before its release this is an opportunity that you will not want to miss. With new features including 15 stops of dynamic range, internal 4k recording, and redesigned sensor the C300mkII is sure to be hot when it drops in September. Also at the event will be the new 4K XC10 and Canon’s full lineup of cinema cameras, cinema prime and zoom lenses, and professional camcorders for you to go hands-on with. Please contact us to register if you would like to attend, however, drop-ins are very welcome. Of course this is FREE, and there will be food and drink. You can pre-order the C300mkII NOW with our $0 down, no commitment on-line pre-order.
Local Northwest filmmakers Ryan Walters and Tim Park have started a new website aimed at sharing their 20+ years of filmmaking experience. You may have seen some of Ryan’s own blog work reposted on popular video industry websites such as No Film School.com and Creative Planet. Now the duo is bringing you Indie Cinema Academy.com .
Indie Cinema Academy delivers in depth camera & lighting training for anyone who desires a cinematic look for their projects. Ryan & Tim share the tricks of the trade that they’ve accumulated in their work on feature films, national commercials, and corporate videos. They have designed the curriculum to ensure that the training is applicable & accessible to all levels of production.
Indie Cinema Academy’s website contains a deep array of lessons and articles that take the form of video features or text instructions. Some of this content is completely free to the general public. To take your education further a minimal fee is requested of ether $119 or $149 (depending on what features you want) for 12 months of access.
Professional Video is a huge believer in the idea that education is key to bringing creativity to its full potential. We know that by properly educating a customer on a piece of equipment the customer can then make the right gear-buying decision for themselves. And that is applicable on high-end equipment and entry level. Because of this belief in education we have partnered with Indie Cinema Academy to help spread the knowledge base a little further. Take a look at what Indie Cinema Academy had to offer. Sign up today and take your knowledge to the next level.
The Redrock Micro One Man Crew electronic slider has been a very hotly anticipated product around here. It was first teased about a year ago but the launch was pushed back. Then, at NAB 2014, RRM began to ship them more regularly. The demand was so high that they were chronically backordered for 4-6 weeks. That is, until recently. RRM has ramped up production to meet the demand. That means that we are now able to have one on our demo floor full time. We have the RRM One Man Crew motorized slider ready for your to evaluate today. Plus it’s in stock, ready for you to buy. We’re currently selling it for $1,485.
The RRM OMC is a parabolic slider. It features a slight curve in the track. Unlike a straight slider, the curve allows for the slider to move, completely unmanned, and keep the exact same distance from the subject though out the full range of the track. This means there is no need to pull focus during the move because your focus distance never changes. The motor is incredibly versatile. It run as fast as 12 seconds end-to-end, or as slow as 8 hours in the time laps mode. The track is 36” in length and can support a camera load of up to 20lbs. Come in and play with the One Man Crew today or take it out on an evaluation. Use it on your shoot in your circumstances with your camera. Its the best way to decide if a piece of gear is really going to work for you.
Sony is extremely proud to be bringing their full-scale Hollywood CineAlta certification course to Portland for the Cascade Mt. Video Show. We’ve taken an 8 hour course and condensed it to 2 hours for CMVS ’14. This is the very same training the Sony provides to Hollywood D.P.s and camera operators so they can gain a better understanding of the tools they need to create their art. This course is presented as a complete hands-on training class. You and your classmates will go hands on shooting 4K RAW with Sony F55 CineAlta cameras. After shooting your “movie” scene you’ll enter the post production phase where you’ll get first hand experience with managing RAW data and color grading in DaVinci Resolve. After post production wraps we’re going to the big screen. Your footage will be screened, analyzed, and enjoyed on a cinema-level 4K projector, the very same kind used in theaters across the country. Shy of attending the Sony training in Los Angeles this is a rare opportunity. The best Sony technology certification is coming to you.
Join Amina Moreau of Stillmotion for a discussion about the art of the purposeful choice. Never again will you choose a camera just because it’s cool. Or use a certian kid of stabilizer just because it’s already attached to your rig. And perhaps most excitingly, never again will you approach a scene in a certain way just because it’s how you’ve always done it. We’re going to discuss why you choose the lens you use, why a certain camera is the right fit, why you use specific settings on your camera, and more.
Whether you’re fairly new to filmmaking or a seasoned veteran, there’s one thing we can find in common: It’s easy to fall into patterns. At first glance, that’s not so bad really. We find what works, and we stick with it. Why fix something if it ain’t broke? Because that’s just not how creativity works.
To keep things fresh and challenging, and to grow as storytellers, we need to push beyond our habits. We need to commit to making meaningful decisions, ones that are truly story-relevant.
Portland production company Still Motion is hosting workshops on modern filmmaking technique and tools. Still Motion excels at modern event film production but they also recently produced their first feature documentary. It was primarily shot with Canon C100 and 5D cameras. Check out this amazing behind the scenes making-of video.
Amina Moreau of Portland production company Still Motion will be putting on an in-depth workshop sponsored by Canon. Who is Still Motion? Lets let the till you:
Stillmotion is a tireless group of borderline workaholics united by our passions in life: film, education, competitive office-wide sporting events, snacks, and most importantly — storytelling. Capturing a meaningful story is never easy, but it’s the process and rewards of great storytelling that keep us coming back to the challenge.
The goal of Stillmotion EDU is simple: we want to help people tell better stories. This means not only finding the great stories, but finding the best techniques to tell those stories in a powerful way. Stillmotion knows how difficult this process can be, and our EDU team is here to help you get started.
The Still Motion blog was designed to bring together all of the dimensions that make up Stillmotion and create a space for people to read, watch, learn, and discover new opportunities. We have so much filmmaking experience to offer, and the Still Motion blog is where we share it with you.
Cadrage is a new viewfinder app for iPhone/iPad and Android phones that enables you to preview shots more conveniently and very accurately with all the indie cameras we like. Cadrage comes from the startup company distant blue. You might have been using a director’s viewfinder app to plan your shots before. I’ve had several on my phone since they came out, because they are very useful when it comes to location scouting, choosing lenses and previewing a scene quickly. Basically they use your iPhone camera and digital zoom to accurately preview a certain lens/sensor combination and help you find the right focal length to get your shot. The nice thing about the Cadrage app is that all the cameras we know and love are included and the design / ergonomics finally fulfill a certain standard. Additionally there’s a function to effectively calibrate your phones camera to deliver perfect results. It sells for $11.
Good camera comparisons are tough to find. Part of this is we are all looking for something a little different in a comparison. While i enjoy diving in to the technical nitty-gritty i also really appreciate when someone does a non technical comparison. A lot of people out their just want to take the camera our of the box, not worry too much about image profiles and those types of things, but still come away with great images. Here are two non-scientific side by side comparisons between the Canon EOS C100 cinema camera and a 5DmkIII DSLR. I’m a firm believer in there being an appropriate time for every tool. DSLRs are great tools that have their place. But when it comes down to getting the best quality image a lot of people don’t realize what the difference is between a 5D and a C100. Hopefully these videos will show them. Here is a great 90 second video that is mostly people shots. This video features mostly outdoor shots and does a really nice job of highlighting the dynamic range difference as well as the detail difference. Right now you can get a C100 for $199 a month for 24 months. And check out all of the Cinema EOS products at the Cascade Mt. Video Show on February 26th.