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.
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.
- 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.