Tips and Tricks for Shooting Pro Video

What You'll Learn

If you'd like to know some cool tips on how to get the most out of your video camera, along with learning some cool lighting tricks, it's time to set yourself apart from the amateurs with professional audio, lighting, and production techniques! This workshop emphasizes real-world filmmaking skills to make your work look and sound better.

We'll start with a hard look at the gear today's independent filmmaker needs, and how to use each item in the production kit effectively. We'll discuss solid pre-production strategies so you don't have to fix it in post, followed by a live demo of lighting a professional-looking interview. You'll get loads of tips and tricks for getting great shots in the field, and even advice on how to acquire gear on a budget!

This workshop will also cover:

  • Microphone choices & placement
  • On-location lighting options
  • Renting vs. buying equipment
  • Different camera choices
  • Tape vs Tapeless
  • Composition, exposure, and color balance

Please note that this is not a beginning lighting workshop.

Who Should Take This

Beginning to intermediate videographers who want to improve their shooting skills. If you don't feel fully comfortable with your video camera, you should take Video Camera Basics first.

Presented By Michael Scalisi

Michael Scalisi

Mike Scalisi of Triple Threat Digital is a skilled editor, director and motion graphics artist with over 8 years of professional experience creating everything from corporate videos to broadcast television series to feature length documentaries. In 2009 he worked as an editor and motion graphics artist on the Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove" which was produced right here in Boulder. Mike works daily with Adobe creative apps such as After Effects , Photoshop, and Premiere as well as Apple's Final Cut Studio to create visually stunning videos for local and international clients.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $69.00

Non-Members: $89.00

Available Dates

Sorry, we don't have this event scheduled right now but we'll probably be adding it again soon! If you're interested in this event, we recommend using our follow feature to be notified the next time we add it to our schedule. You can also email us to request that we add it soon.

Customer Comments

I'm a covered enough to interest me but not be over my head.Eileen
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Comments For: Tips and Tricks for Shooting Pro Video

I feel confident to jump in to a video project and start telling success stories!Stephanie on 12/16/2014
I enjoyed the class a lot!anonymous on 12/16/2014
Bruce was very personable, responsive to questions, and an excellent teacher. The shared experience and wisdom was extremely helpful and much appreciated.Brian on 12/16/2014
Good refresher and I learned a lot about audio.Sarah Paz on 8/28/2013
I'm a covered enough to interest me but not be over my head.Eileen on 8/28/2013
This was absolutely of value to me. I' ma visual learner. It was great.Phillip on 8/28/2013
The tips on camera/audio/lighting basics were very useful.Ricardo on 4/3/2013
The real world experience was just great from all aspects!Christopher on 3/29/2012
Good exchange of ideas, very good animated/interesting instructor.John on 6/20/2011
I thought Bruce was a great instructor. As someone who has been teaching for a long time, it was very obvious that Bruce is so comfortable with this topic that he could teach it inside out or upside down! He was pleasant and "real" and the information he imparted was excellent. He answered all of our questions without condescension and with a real enthusiasm for his art. This was time (and money!) very well spent. Thanks - we'll be taking more classes.Issy on 8/1/2008
Very informative course. It covered a wide range of topics and was very interactive. I really appreciated Bruce's teaching skills and experience. An evening well spent!Larry on 1/18/2008
The instructor was great. I got many good pointers!Hanneh on 2/14/2006
Great info, knowledgeable instructor with non-technical explanations.Gil on 1/13/2006
It was really thorough for three hours. Everything was explained clearly.eric on 1/13/2006
I had very basic skills and this gave me great ideas.William on 1/13/2006