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Vortex Media Workshops are divided into two categories:

First, workshops that are scheduled, hosted, and operated independently by Vortex Media Workshops. These courses include all of the one-day camcorder boot camps.

And second, workshops that are scheduled, hosted, and operated by another organization. For example, Maine Media Workshops is offering three in-depth 7-day workshops during the summer for 2013 that will be taught by Doug Jensen. The MMW courses are displayed here on our website for your convenience, but you will need to sign up directly with Maine Media Workshops to attend one of their courses.


2014 Workshops:

Production of Broadcast-Quality Training and Corporate Videos

$1395

September 7 - 12, 2014
Limited to 16 students

This 6-day course is offered by Maine Media Workshops located in scenic Rockport, Maine. Unlike our camcorder-specific workshops, this unique course addresses the creative and the technical elements required for producing successful broadcast-quality training and promotional videos. It is ideal for the video professional who wants to be involved in all stages of the production process.

High-speed broadband Internet and affordable DVD/Blu-ray distribution have revolutionized how video can be used as a sales and training tool for today’s businesses. Utilizing the latest HD digital technology, tapeless XDCAM workflows and traditional production techniques, students learn how to efficiently create highly effective scripted broadcast-quality videos with minimal crew and affordable equipment.

The instructor for this course is director/cameraman Doug Jensen of Vortex Media who has written and produced literally hundreds of training and promotional videos for dozens of clients during is 33-year career. Topics covered include script writing, pre-production preparations, crew management, camera technology and operation, working with teleprompters, directing both professional and amateur talent, audio recording, basic lighting, post-production, and general advice on running a successful independent video production company.

Because this workshop addresses both the creative and technical elements required for producing successful broadcast-quality training and promotional videos, it is idealy suited for independent producers, corporate multimedia staffers, ENG/EFP professionals and event videographers who want to take advantage of this rapidly expanding sector of the production industry. The course combines formal classroom lectures with practical hands-on fieldwork as students get experience working in many production roles as the class works together to produce at least one entire instructional video from beginning to end.


Major Topics covered:

  • The differences between training and promotional videos
  • Elements of excellent videos
  • Defining the video’s objectives
  • Script formatting and content
  • Finalizing a “shooting” script
  • Script formatting and organization
  • Evaluating your resources:  equipment, crew, budget, deadline
  • Pre-production planning and scheduling
  • Managing the production
  • Hiring and working with professional talent
  • Directing non-professional talent
  • Choosing locations and other logistical considerations
  • Camera and audio equipment selection
  • Advantages throughout the workflow of XDCAM tapeless acquisition
  • Camera prep, menu settings, and basic camcorder operation
  • Setting exposure, focus, white balance, and other functions
  • Mic selection, the pros & cons of mixers, and audio recording
  • Basic lighting for interviews and head-shots
  • The use of teleprompters, ear prompters, and other production tools
  • Voice-over narration recording techniques
  • Shooting tips and techniques that will save time in post
  • Preparing for the edit
  • Ingesting raw footage into the NLE
  • Backing-up, archiving, and managing the raw footage
  • Creating an FCP Project and setting up the Sequences
  • Output/delivery considerations before post production begins
  • Acquiring other elements:  Music, graphics, animation
  • Advanced post-production workflow techniques for speed and efficiency
  • Finalizing the production and getting approvals
  • Exporting/compressing the finished video
  • Archiving the project files for future use

Highlights from the 2012 course:

 

 

Instructor: Doug Jensen

About Maine Media Workshops:
MMW is an international non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers, and media artists. For over 35 years, students from across the country and around the world have been traveling to the harbor village of Rockport, Maine to attend courses at all levels, from absolute beginner and serious amateur to working professional. The school's curriculum honors historical forms and practices of image making while embracing new technologies and modes of creative expression. The MMW offers over 400 workshops and master classes in the fields of photography, filmmaking, and multimedia. Each year it attracts over 2,000 students, from professionals to beginners. Workshops range in length from a single weekend to a seven-week work-study program and a 12-week summer residency.

To sign up for this course, please do so directly with Maine Media Workshops.


 

The Art of Lighting and Shooting Interviews

$1395

September 14 -19, 2014
Limited to 16 students

The production of corporate videos, documentaries, and TV news programs almost always requires the shooting of interviews and/or talking heads. This workshop is for camera operators, directors, and producers who are ready to move beyond simply illuminating their subjects -- and want to take their lighting and shooting skills to a higher level. The emphasis in this course is on using small crews (1-2 people) with minimal equipment to shoot interviews that have a high-end, news-magazine style.

This course is taught by Doug Jensen, a veteran freelance cameraman with over 33 years of experience shooting for most of the major network news magazine television programs, many reality shows, dozens of documentaries, and hundreds of corporate videos. Although the focus of this workshop is on interior setups, it also covers a variety of exterior and mixed lighting situations. Through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises, students learn to use many different lighting techniques including using natural light, tungsten lights, fluorescent lights, and state-of-the art LED lights.

According to Doug, “Shooting great-looking interviews and head-shots requires much more than just using old-fashioned 3-point lighting techniques.” And with that philosophy in mind, this course thoroughly covers: choosing the best interview locations, dressing the set, how to determine the most effective camera and interviewee placement, creating a balanced composition, selecting an appropriate microphone, hiding microphones, using audio mixers, tips and tricks for obtaining shallow depth-of-field, slow zooming for dramatic effect, applying make-up, using lens filters, improving skin tones via creative white balance, how to determine and set the proper exposure, using zebras and peaking, understanding light meters and waveform monitors, programming custom Picture Profiles with the camera’s menu settings, asking interview questions that get exceptional sound-bites, techniques for directing professional and non-professional talent, and much more.

Anyone who is responsible for lighting and shooting interviews and talking heads will finish the week better equipped to obtain superior results regardless of any limitations of budget, time or equipment.

Highlights from the 2012 course:

 

 

Instructor: Doug Jensen

About Maine Media Workshops:
MMW is an international non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers, and media artists. For over 35 years, students from across the country and around the world have been traveling to the harbor village of Rockport, Maine to attend courses at all levels, from absolute beginner and serious amateur to working professional. The school's curriculum honors historical forms and practices of image making while embracing new technologies and modes of creative expression. The MMW offers over 400 workshops and master classes in the fields of photography, filmmaking, and multimedia. Each year it attracts over 2,000 students, from professionals to beginners. Workshops range in length from a single weekend to a seven-week work-study program and a 12-week summer residency.

To sign up for this course, please do so directly with Maine Media Workshops.


 

Basic Shooting and Lighting Techniques for HD Production

$1395

Note: This course has been postponed due to scheduling conflict. Please contact us to be notified when it is rescheduled.


Limited to 16 students

This 6-day course is offered by Maine Media Workshops located in scenic Rockport, Maine.

Today’s affordable high-definition cameras make it possible for almost anyone, with the proper training, to create high-end videos and television programming with unprecedented production values. This course is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that is designed to help anyone who wants to get a jump-start on producing broadcast-quality productions using today’s state-of-the-art professional camcorders and lighting equipment. Students receive both classroom instruction and hands-on, real-world training in a variety of field production environments.

Under the guidance of respected freelance cameraman Doug Jensen, who has over 33 years of experience in the industry, students learn about camera set-up, menu options, picture profiles, video format options, exposure, white balance, focusing, cinematic depth of field, sound recording, time-lapse, slow-motion, camera movement, lens selection, composition, clip naming, and much more.

In addition, this course also includes an introduction to 5-point interview lighting techniques using both LED and tungsten lighting equipment. While this class is not specific to any one model of camera, it does provide students the opportunity to work hands-on with the latest Sony XDCAM camcorders such as the PMW-200, PMW-F3, and others. All necessary equipment is provided, but students are permitted to bring their own professional HD video camcorder and tripod if they choose to do so. Students from all skill levels are welcome.

Highlights from the 2012 course:

 


Instructor: Doug Jensen

About Maine Media Workshops:
MMW is an international non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers, and media artists. For over 35 years, students from across the country and around the world have been traveling to the harbor village of Rockport, Maine to attend courses at all levels, from absolute beginner and serious amateur to working professional. The school's curriculum honors historical forms and practices of image making while embracing new technologies and modes of creative expression. The MMW offers over 400 workshops and master classes in the fields of photography, filmmaking, and multimedia. Each year it attracts over 2,000 students, from professionals to beginners. Workshops range in length from a single weekend to a seven-week work-study program and a 12-week summer residency.

To sign up for this course, please do so directly with Maine Media Workshops.


 


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