DSLR Filmmaking Course on The DV Show

Attention all DSLR filmmakers, as well as photographers and videographers looking to get into DSLR filmmaking. This Sunday, June 6, at 8 pm EST, LIVE, I will be conducting a course on DSLR filmmaking called, The Art and Business of DSLR Filmmaking.” I know there is no shortage of amazing resources on the web about shooting video with Canon’s line of DSLR cameras. One thing I think has been lacking from much of the discussion are practical strategies for small business photographers and videographers to adopt these tools. This course will be perfect for event filmmakers, photographers, or other small studios who don’t have the budgets to buy steadicams, jibs, dollies, HDMI monitors, or stocking up on lenses that cost three times the body of the camera. I’m excited to have The DV Show as the platform for the course. The course will be a two-parter, June 6 and 13.

The Art – June 6, 8 pm EST

Part I of the series will be on the creative side of DSLR filmmaking:

  • Story rules, it’s the talent not the tools!
  • Picking lenses for shooting on sticks, stabilizers, etc.
  • “Bokeh Bonkers”: many people love the DLSRs for their shallow DoF and beautiful bokeh. But, bokeh can (and often is) over used. When and how should you use bokeh and selective focus. (Citizen Kane is famous for it’s use of DEEP depth of field shots!)
  • Focus on focusing: focusing can be a pain with these cameras. How to nail focus.
  • Audio: shooting with HD DSLRs is ironically like going back to the days of feature film. Audio should be recorded to a separate device. Ways in which you can do that, and when are the times you might want to use the in-camera audio.
  • Transcoding: you can’t edit native files from the camera. They need to be transcoded. The two most popular “flavors” are XDCAM and Apple’s ProRes. What should you consider for each.
  • The art of storytelling
  • The mindset of the creative filmmaker
  • My favorite resources for inspiration

The Business – June 13, 8 pm EST

  • Rent vs. own and when it’s best to do each
  • How to market the new tech to your clients in a way that makes sense (benefit vs. features)
  • Pricing: the added workflow (from production to post) means that you shouldn’t charge the same amount for an HD DSLR shoot than you do for a SD shoot. Even a regular HD shoot. Depending on the project, you may need a bigger crew, which means more money needed. Also, you’ll definitely need more processing power and time, so post production should be more too.
  • Photography and Video: should you offer both? If so, how?
  • Hollywood is getting into the game too. What that means for you.

The course will be FREE if you watch it live. Premium subscribers to The DV Show will be able to access the show in the Premium Subscriber area afterward.


I will have a special discounted price of my “How to Price Your Services” mp3 (click the training link at the top of my blog for more info on this product).  The discounted price link will only be available from the DV Show page starting this Sunday. So be sure to tune in!

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