Wow! What an amazing weekend. I am completely exhausted and that takes a lot! Our Bootcamp participants for this two-day intensive came from around the globe including: South America, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Hawaii and Puerto Rico! It was an inspiration to have such a variety of talented professionals: cinematographers, directors, still photographers, industrial video shooters, AC’s, and editors networking and learning. That shows the power of this HDSLR revolution!
Boot Camp attendees learned about: Menus (Mike Svitak), Cinema & Still Lenses (Marc Margulies & Derek Edwards), Media Managing (Julien Lasseur & Jake Burack), Out of the Box Rigging (Dave Knudson) and Rigs and Follow Focus (Darin Necessary & Bodie Orman) in small groups with lots of hands-on and tips to save time while shooting. John Guerra and I did the Lighting and Exposure station.
At the end of the day, Station #7 was a curve ball! The participants had been assembled into groups without understanding why. The Elite Team and I passed out production books that contained 2 scripts and a shooting schedule for the following day. The teams were thrown together to brainstorm with storyboards and shot lists and had to make an equipment wish list.
A large portion of the day was spent shooting in 4 different sets that were pre-lit, filled with gear and talented actors! We had editors on-site, waiting to receive footage and turn it around quickly for viewing. Mid-day, Brian Valente of Red Rock Micro presented me with a camouflage painted shoulder studio rig by two Marines that Brian brought with him who arrived in full uniform with ammunition cases that were loaded with Red Rock Camouflage t-shirts. Thank you, Brian!
At the end of the day, everyone spent time viewing the footage they had shot on a 25 foot screen in the Light Iron Digital Screening Room. Siobhan Prior and Travis Schoen were lightening fast with editing the eight 2 minute shorts and Colin Smith from Adobe, set up the CS 5 Premiere Pro real time workflow for us to save on the converting time. Mike Knafer (Adobe) spent many hours to ensure the post workflow worked as effectively as it did. We were able to shoot it out of the Premiere Pro tower via HDSDI to the Pablo for real time color correction with colorist Ian Vertovec who was so talented under strict time constraints. LiteIron Digital’s amazing team: Peter Cioni, Michael Cioni, Katie Fellion, and Chris Peariso were instrumental in collaborating with Mike and Colin to make the afternoon go smoothly. It was a challenge to pick a winner out of the four groups that had participated as they had all done very impressive work. Team A grabbed my eye with their style and use of unique camera angles to tell the story. Every member of the winning group won a $100 Samy’s Camera gift card.
Over the course of the weekend, several lucky participants walked away with raffle prizes including a Zeiss ZE 50mm lens, a Redrock Micro rig, a Tiffen Water White Indie Filter kit, a Marshall 5” On Board Monitor (these won’t be available to the general public until the end of September!).
A huge thank-you to the most amazing Elite Team ever! Without their input and expertise the Bootcamp would never have made it off the ground. Producer extraordinaire Greg Haggart and his team: Amy Filbeck, Eleo Cuadra, Jake Burack, Miles Michaud, Kevin Anderson, Sam Kim, Brayden Baird, Manuel Zaeferer, and Julien Lasseur made the entire production run smoothly with commitment and follow through! Barry Anderson of Mogo-Media directed and produced his team: Bry Sanders, Eric Goodfield, Brad Seals, Sarah Levy, Ade Brown (all camera operators), Thomas Popp, Vincent Fatato, John Austin (audio engineers) and Chris Fenwick (editor/data manager) to capture the video content. They all did a phenomenal job of capturing the important Bootcamp moments without being intrusive. Lastly, Lydia and I would like to rave about our Hurlbut Visuals Elite Team: Ryan Fritz (web developer/still photographer), Reid Givens (programmer/still photographer), AnnMarie Knutsen (social media guru) all with Ryno Technologies and Anne Gaither (customer service). You rocked it!
Alternative Rentals Digital Cinema provided us with an amazing space and put up with the immense amount of gear and long hours.
There will be a destination location HDSLR Boot Camp coming in 2011. Stay tuned.
Thank you to our sponsors: Adobe, Alternative Rentals, Anton Bauer, AudioDepartment, AZ Grip, Bartech Engineering, Canon, Dana Dolly, Doggicam, Gripside, HotRod Cameras, HP, J L Fisher, Kino Flo, Lensrentals.com, Lite Panels, Marshall Electronics, MOGO Media, Moonlight Generators, Paskal Lighting, Red Rock Micro, Samy’s Cameras, The Camera House, Tiffen, Turnkeyhd.com, Zeiss, and Zuccarini Films.