Training Programs

Dance Recitals & Stage Productions Vieo Training Program

The Dance Recital & Stage Production Video training programs are held once a year in San Diego, California. Dates for the boot camps will be listed on the “Upcoming Events” page as they become available.

The 2-day intensive training boot camp will include:

INTRODUCTION - WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE BUSINESS

 
  • Setting up your business
    • Steps required to set up your business from recording the name to getting a license.
    • Choosing a name for your business.
    • Items you will need for your office.
  • Choosing Equipment
    • Different types of video cameras on the market and which may be the best for your needs.
    • Editing systems available.
    • We’ll explain the different types of microphones and the pros & cons of each.
    • Other equipment you may need to purchase.
  • Setting up your Equipment
    • How to set up the equipment.
    • Different types of connectors you’ll need to be familiar with.
    • How to hook up your microphones to your camera or mixing station.
  • How to use the Equipment
    • How to use the camera from adjusting settings to composing shots.
    • How to use the other equipment for live-mixing or editing in post.
  • Getting Experience
    • How to get some “hands-on” experience.
    • How to find other videographers to learn from.
    • Where to find actual events you can practice on.
  • Marketing and Advertising - Getting Clients
    • Researching your market to find out what your competitors are doing.
    • Determining what services to offer.
    • How to price your services.
    • Different methods of advertising and the pros and cons of each.
    • Secrets to a creating a demo video that will bring you clients.
  • Appointments
    • Are they necessary? How & where to schedule them.
    • How to “break the ice” and build rapport with potential clients.
    • Important questions to ask.
    • Determining what your customers want.
    • Writing a contract with clauses to include to protect yourself.
  • Pre-production Planning
    • What you need to know to prepare for the shoot.
    • Should you attend the rehearsal?
    • How to locate additional camera operators when you need them.
    • Meeting the house manager and A/V techs and questions to ask them.
    • Figuring out where to set up your equipment.
  • Day of the Performance - Setting Up for the Show/s
    • What time to arrive?
    • How to set up your equipment and making any necessary adjustments to your camera position/s.
    • Setting up and recording audio.
    • Key activities to capture.
  • Taping the Show
    • How to videotape the performance.
    • Types of dances/performances.
    • Live mix or edit later?
    • How to decide what sounds to record and how to do it.
    • What to watch out for.
    • Which camera is responsible for capturing each activity and why.
  • After the Performance
    • Selling copies of the video.
    • Tear down and checkout.
  • Editing the Video
    • What you should leave in, what to take out, how to put everything together smoothly.
    • What kind of music to use. Laws concerning the use of music.
    • Pacing and how to incorporate interviews, when applicable.
    • Editing tips and shortcuts.
  • Packaging and Delivering the Video
    • How to make the packaging for the video look professional.
    • How to design your own covers.
    • Which DVD format to use.
    • Should you use labels on your DVDs?
    • Authored vs. unauthored DVDs.
    • What about VHS copies?
    • Methods for delivering the videos to the client/s.
  • Bonus Topics
    • What NOT to do in the dance video business. - The biggest “no-no’s” of the performance video business from production to conducting business.
    • Be careful of what you promise in your contracts and make sure you can deliver them.
    • Creating a professional image for your business.
  • You’ll also receive
    • Camera Command Training DVD.
    • Advanced Broadcast Camera Techniques Volumes 1 & 2 DVDs.
    • Dance Recital & Stage Performance Training Manual.

 
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