Department of Visual & Media Arts
Production Workshops and Safety
The Visual and Media Arts department believes that production and safety should go hand in hand. Knowing how to operate state-of-the-art gear safely and properly allows students to successfully achieve their artistic and educational goals.
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The Canon C100
There's a new tool in the Emerson toolbox: The Canon C100. This camera takes all the good things about DSLRs and puts them into a more user-friendly digital motion picture camera. Great in low light, a wide exposure latitude in S-Log, and able to shoot 4:2:2 with an external recorder (4:2:0 without), the C100 is a great option for low budget filmmakers. Learn how to use C100 and its accessories in this workshop.
Sony F3 Workshop
Covers menu operations, Chroma subsampling, color bit depth, use with PIX 240 recorder, the difference between S-log and regular video, workflow, and downloading procedures. Upon completion of this workshop, students are eligible to use the Sony F3 for MFA, BFA, and potentially BA projects, depending on availability.
Color Correction Workshop
Your film is edited and the sound is mixed, so what's left? Color correction. Simple color grading software like Apple Color are now easily accessible, but what do you do with it? An exterior scene can take hours to shoot under constantly changing lighting conditions, yet it needs to look consistent in order to cut smoothly. Using some basic color grading techniques taught in this workshop, you can create a consistent, polished look for your film during this critical stage of post production.
Covers gripping and setting lights from a technical standpoint. Hands-on training with 12 X 12 overheads, hanging lights from ceilings and other rigging points, setting a backlight using a menace arm, dolly use, and some camera rigging.
Covers basic elements of electricity including electron flow, heat/friction, watts, volts, amps, resistance, frequency, capacitors, single-phase and three-phase power, grounding, Ohm’s law, dimming, and safe set practices.
HMI’s, Panel Lights & Rifa Lights Workshop
Covers the technical and aesthetic use of lights. Topics include HMI versus Tungsten, color correction, Par versus Fresnel, and the efficiency of HMI’s. Also covers system parts (cable, head, lenses) and problem solving.
Covers what a jib is, its purpose, and the various lengths and motions available. Also covers setup safety, assembling and wrapping the jib, the mechanics of shot intent, and execution relating to story, and hands-on exploration of the jib. Upon completion of this workshop, students are eligible to use the jib for MFA, BFA and potentially BA projects, depending on availability.
Covers the basics of how to build, balance, wear, and operate a Steadicam. Through use of a Steadicam, students can achieve smoothness in shots that mimic the human experience of moving through a space. The workshop is split up into four 2 hour sessions, the first is an introduction and the next three are one-on-one sessions.
fall 2013 workshop schedule
Cannon C100: Tufte Studio B 9/26: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 10/4: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sony F3: Paramount Sound Stage 9/25: 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 11/22: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jib: Tufte Studio B 9/25: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Rigging I: Paramount Sound Stage 10/19: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
HMI's, Panel Lights & Rifa Lights: Paramount Sound Stage 10/2: 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 11/1: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Steadicam: Steadicam workshops occur every week and are scheduled by appointment only. Students who sign up will be contacted for details.
Rigging II, Electricity, Color Correction, and second Jib workshop dates will be determined later in the semester.