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  • Canon Filmmakers Live w/ Philip Bloom coming to Seattle

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    © PhilipBloom.net

    Philip Bloom is considered to be one of the most sought after minds in DSLR cinematography. He has worked on numerous short films, documentaries and more his recent work includes films for Discovery HD, Five, Living and Sky One to name a few. He also runs a very comprehensive blog and forum on his website with the latest techniques, reviews and updates of various hardware, software and accessories that is a must have on any videographer’s blogroll. Here is a snippet from his bio:

    I consider myself as one of the new breed of cinematographers. Over the past 3 years I have embraced the 35mm film adaptor market, shooting on HD video but making it look close to 35mm film. I also have recently embraced the video DSLR cameras, in particular the Canon 5d Mk2 and the Canon 7d. Please visit my DSLR films section to see just how beautiful they look. I have used these DSLRs on all sorts of projects including recently being the DSLR second unit DP on the new movie from Lucasfilm.

    Philip will be joining the “Canon Filmmakers Live” US Tour this spring and the will be making a stop in the Seattle area at the King Cat Theater on Thursday, March 31st. The workshop goes from 10am-5pm and entry is $150.

    For all the details and to order tickets visit the website:

    http://canonfilmmakerslive.com/2001/03/31/king-cat-theatre/

    http://philipbloom.net

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    Posted by Dave in Canon, Workshops || 1 comment ||
  • A Treasure Trove of HDLSR Resources!

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    A huge tip of the cap goes out to dslrvideoshooter.com for compiling this wonderful and comprehensive list of resources for DSLR users. Check out some of these sites to get the latest news, reviews and inspiration! And be sure to keep us on your radar as well! Enjoy.

    Blogs

    Philip Bloom - Now known as a leader in the HDSLR revolution, Philip Bloom has a lot of knowledge to share on his very popular blog.
    Planet 5D - Videos, news and more.
    DSLR News Shooter - DSLR News Shooter is dedicated to the use of the latest HDSLRs like the Canon Eos 5DmkII, 7D and Nikon D300s for news, documentary and factual shooting.
    Hurlbut Visuals - Shane Hurlbut shares knowledge on using HDSLR for filmmaking.
    FreshDV - Industry news, reviews and training resources for HDSLR users.
    Negative Spaces Blog - Ben Cain tests DSLRs and shares some tips on how to use them.
    Vincent Laforet’s Blog - Vincent is another leader in the DSLR revolution and is continually pushing these cameras to create captivating images.
    Cinema 5D News – Daily news feed for DSLR filmmakers.
    Wiegaertner Films – Sebastian Wiegärtner shares info, teaches HDSLR workshops and much more.
    DSLR HD - Blog with a interesting series called: Why You Should Not Shoot Video With A DSLR.
    ProLost - Stu share info on color correction, cameras and the like.
    Learning DSLR Video - Best blog for beginning HDSLR users. Dave explores shooting video on DSLRs and shares findings.
    No Film School - Home of The DSLR Cinematography Guide.
    Canon Filmmakers - One of the first kids on the DSLR-for-film block.
    DSLR Cinematography - News, reviews and tutorials for DSLR filmmakers.
    El Skid’s Blog – Robin Schmidt’s killer blog on filmmaking, HDSLR filmmaker and more.
    Nino Film - Commercial and documentary shooting with a stellar blog.
    A 550D User’s Blog – Michael Schmidt shares links, videos and more.
    7D Pro - Designed simply to provide an online presence for Canon EOS DSLR users
    Wide Open Camera – Tests, giveaways and great information for HDSLR users.
    Cheesy Cam – If your interested in DIY and DSLRs this is the blog for you.
    FStoppers – Information pertaining to professional photography of all kinds.
    Tom Guilmette – Sports and nature shooter who is always sharing tips and tricks.
    DV Culture – Online platform focused on Digital Video News, Product Reviews.
    Phil Hoyt – Sharing info on HDSLRs, gear and more.
    Digital SLR Shooter – Blog on Hybrid shooting and video production.
    Scene Blog – A Blog by Filmmakers For Filmmakers.
    Daniel Freytag’s Blog – DSLR related blog content.
    Need Creative – For those who are passionate about HDSLRs, Macs and other visual tech.
    Next WaveDV – The Next wave of digital video.
    5D Mark II Team – Improvements and Gear.

    Podcasts

    The C47iTunes – Learn lighting, shooting, and post workflow from a DSLR user.
    16×9 Cinema | iTunes – The home of Carl Olson’s ”Digital Convergence Podcast” and blog where he shares information, resources, and interviews industry professionals.
    Crossing the 180 | iTunes – Ron Dawson interviews filmmakers and talk about DSLRs in production.
    My DSLR Show – weekly web series for filmmakers using DSLR cameras.
    RED CentreiTunes – Wait… RED??? Yes, but lately Mike Seymour and Jason Wingrove cover a lot of DSLR topics and info.

    Forums

    EOS HD - Forum and blog sharing news and videos.
    Cinema5D - International HDSLR Forum with a great community.
    DVX User – Its a DVX user blog with HDSLR info to boot!
    Creative Cow – Creative Community of DSLR Users.

    Vimeo Groups

    Cinemacuteo Free Film School.
    DSLR Cinema.
    Canon DLSR Video Users Group.
    DSLR Filmmakers Group.
    Canon EOS 7D.

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  • PF Bentely DSLR Workshop Coming to Seattle in September

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    From his website: pfworkshops.com

    Take your vision to the next level. Start creating polished documentaries and cinematic journalism. Begin to see our visual world with new potential.  You will complete your own film in five days.

    Documentary filmmaker PF Bentley is now on the road and coming to you in the comfort of your hometown area in a fun, small intimate boutique setting. Bentley, a former TIME Magazine award-winning photojournalist and an Apple Certified Pro, brings 12 years experience teaching cutting edge technology as Lead Instructor for the Platypus Workshops.

    Apparently there are only 4 spots left in this session. It is BYOG (bring your own gear) and requires an intermediate level of skill with your footage capable dslr camera and Final Cut Pro 7. Check out all the details HERE and mark your calendars!

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  • Learn FINAL CUT EXPRESS 4 with Izzy Video Tutorials

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    ATTN: Footage Shooters!

    There is a free set of tutorials for Final Cut Express 4 available online done by Izzy Hyman.  There are 9 lessons with a total of 2.5 hours of tutorial.  A few of us in the office went through these tutorials and learned almost everything we needed to know for submitting quality edited clips.  It breaks down the editing process and color correction in a few short and easy to follow segments, and even teaches a lot of keyboard shortcuts to further simplify post-production.

    You can find this tutorial and many others at: www.izzyvideo.com

    The Final Cut Express tutorial is on the products page at http://www.izzyvideo.com/learn-final-cut-express/ and just follow the instructions on the page. The tutorial is available to download in it’s entirety in the zip file called Learn_FCE.zip.  Also download the sample videos  from the link at the Chapter 1 table of contents called ch01media.zip.  He uses these clips to create a fully rendered video and you learn by watching the tutorials in QuickTime, while copying what he does step by step in Final Cut Express!

    This is a very powerful and useful tool for our mac users! Take a look and start editing… Good Luck!

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    Posted by Dave in Processing, Software, Stock Footage, Workshops || 1 comment ||
  • Footage Seminar Postponed

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    We are very sorry to announce that our upcoming series of Footage seminars, scheduled to begin on April 5th, have been suddenly postponed. Our web broadcast service Creative Techs has taken on a new owner and changed their name to Creative Live. They are also re-evaluating their upcoming curriculum and are unable to give us a new start time for the series, or even acknowledge that they will honor their commitment to us for the broadcasts.

    9 days before our first class was scheduled to start, we received an email from owner Craig Swanson as follows:

    “I’m sorry to do this. …there are some big changes coming up for our classroom in April.  Chase Jarvis is now a co-owner of our online classroom, and we’re having to adjust some schedules around some big events that he is part of rolling out.”

    Needless to say, this unprofessional behavior is unacceptable to us and we are now looking for alternative ways to conduct and deliver the seminars. We will let you all know as soon as suitable arrangements have been made.

    In the meantime, please don’t stop shooting and submitting your footage! If you have not yet started, talk with Danita or Jeff Lawrence about how to submit your clips. The web site is still going live with footage on April 5th as originally planned and we are adding clips as soon as they are ready.

    While we were hoping to save the following announcement for our April 12th seminar on editing footage, we are pleased to announce that we have made arrangements to provide our photographers with extremely reasonable pricing on post production of footage clips! Remember when you used to send your film in for processing? Well now that same convenience is available for editing your footage clips! Just send in raw footage in clips of 60 seconds or less and you will get back time edited, color corrected, and keyworded clips ready for submission to us for immediate uploading. And if you need special effects like zooming or panning added in post, this too can be done at low cost. Just contact us for pricing.

    We hope this hasn’t caused you any inconvenience. We’ll keep you posted!

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  • Save the Date – Stock Footage Webinar

    Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Photo by Larry Ditto / Danita Delimont.com

    Photo © Larry Ditto / DanitaDelimont.com

    Although shooting video with DSLR cameras may be intimidating and confusing at first we feel that with the right guidance and information everyone can learn to embrace it and produce quality footage. As we have been moving into the footage market over the past few months we have come across many experts, useful tools, software and hardware that have proven to be very valuable. We are encouraging all of our still shooters to get into this new market and we now can show you how to do so with just a short learning curve and a modest investment in gear.

    We are pleased to announce that DanitaDelimont.com will be presenting a FREE 5 week online footage course for our contracted photographers starting April 5th.  Each Monday classes will be streamed live online from the Creative Techs classroom at Art Wolfe’s studio in Seattle and will also be available later for downloading from the Creative Techs website.


    The program is titled “Producing Great Stock Footage with Your DSLR”. Each week we will tackle different topics and will have various experts and product representatives leading the discussions. We will be updating you as the schedule is finalized, but be sure to mark Monday, April 5th at 11:00 AM Pacific time and the following four Mondays on your calendar.  There are also seats available in the studio audience so if you are in Seattle, please attend the live session!

    We look forward to helping you get acquainted with shooting and processing footage.  Let us help you to add a great new revenue stream to your business with much less effort than you ever imagined!

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  • Seattle Area Organization Offering FREE Final Cut Pro Classes!

    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    From the site:

    It’s our first Final Cut Pro course! But we need your help. We need at least 1,500 people signed up in order to hold this FREE course. So sign-up and help  spread the word. The 5-week course starts Wednesday, Feb 17.

    This course is our first test teaching Final Cut Pro in our worldwide classroom, if this first test goes well, we’ll be able to offer extended courses on this topic.

    ENROLL HERE: Getting Started with Final Cut Pro!
    Course Dates: Wednesdays, February 17 – March 17, 2010
    Time: 11am Pacific (Seattle) [Other Time Zones]
    Duration: 90-120 Minutes
    Cost: The LIVE event is FREE to attend!

    Feb 17, Final Cut Pro Course Overview.
    Feb 24, Week 1 – Setting Up a Project (Interface & Preferences).
    Mar 3, Week 2 – Importing, Managing, and Editing Footage.
    Mar 10, Week 3 – Transitions, Effects, and Video Generators.
    Mar 17, Week 4 – Media Management and Output.

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