Introduction to Video Production (March)

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This two-day workshop teaches the basics of camera, lighting and audio through hands-on training.  Participants will receive basic instruction on SAW Videos HD Video Cameras, such as the Sony Z90, or the Panasonic AC-160, and they will be taught three-point lighting and introduced to various types of lights, such as LED’s, Fresnel’s, Arri’s, and Kino’s.  A variety of sound recording options will be examined, such as handheld mics, lavalier mics, shotgun mics, digital audio recorders, and their applications will be discussed.  Under the guidance of the instructor, participants will have lots of opportunities to handle equipment to become familiar with it and to practice various setups and shooting exercises simulating varying conditions and situations.

This workshop is a pre-requisite for new filmmakers and new SAW Members wanting to rent out SAW’s equipment.  The safe, proper care and operation of cameras, lights and audio gear will be demonstrated, as well as properly wrapping cables and re-packing equipment.  This workshop is designated as introductory training for media artists as well as artists from other disciplines who would like to explore using video in their work.  It is also open to members of the public wishing to create independent video works.

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Saturday March 16 2019, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday March 17 2019, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
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Cooper the Film Scientist

Cooper, otherwise known as The Film Scientist, was born in 1970 in Eastern Ontario Canada as Roger David Wilson, in 2018 the name was changed to Cooper. Cooper received a Degree in Film Production in 1993 from Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Cooper has since lived and worked in Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa and has held a variety of positions in the film industry including cinematographer, lighting technician, lighting & grip co-ordinator at William F. White International Inc and Technical Director at The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa. Cooper presently teaches part-time Media Art Classes with the Nepean Creative Arts Centre and Saw Video in Ottawa Ontario.

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Introduction to Video Production (March)