Training Programs

Beginning Wedding & Event Video Training Program

Currently, the Beginning Wedding & Event Video Training programs are held twice a year in San Diego, California. Dates for the boot camps will be listed on the “Upcoming Events” page as they become available.

INSTRUCTOR BACKGROUND
Kirk Barber started his video production business immediately after moving to San Diego. Having no previous contacts in the area, no experience in the field of video, and no job, he went on to book 26 weddings in the first year alone. He devotes much of his time keeping up with the latest techniques and equipment. Kirk will share the secrets of how he launched his business so quickly. By the end of the 3 days, you will have enough information to start your business and earn more than 5 times the cost of the program in YOUR first year!

The 3-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.
  • How to use the Equipment
    • How to use the camera from adjusting settings to composing shots.
    • When to use a tripod.
    • How and when to use lighting.
    • How to edit.
  • Getting Experience
    • How to get some “hands-on” experience to be better prepared for videotaping weddings.
    • 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
    • How & where to schedule them.
    • How to “break the ice” and build rapport with potential clients.
    • Important questions to ask and questions to avoid.
    • Determining what your customers want.
    • Writing up the contract: what clauses to include to protect yourself.
  • Pre-production planning
    • What you need to know for videotaping the wedding day and how to prepare for it.
    • Should you attend the rehearsal?
    • How to locate additional camera operators when you need them.
    • Using questionnaires to help you plan the shoot.
    • Meeting the wedding coordinator and questions to ask.
    • Figuring out where to set up your equipment.
  • Day of the Wedding - Pre-ceremony
    • What time to arrive.
    • How to set up your equipment and making any necessary adjustments to your camera position/s.
    • What should be videotaped prior to the ceremony.
    • Setting up and recording audio.
  • The Ceremony
    • How to videotape the ceremony.
    • How to capture all of the different events.
    • How to decide what sounds to record and how to do it.
    • Additional cultural or religious activities to be aware of.
    • Which camera is responsible for capturing each activity and why.
  • After the Ceremony
    • What to tape after the ceremony.
    • Should you pose the couple and when.
  • The Reception
    • Preparations for videotaping the reception.
    • Key activities to capture.
    • Absolute “must have” shots.
    • How to capture the best sound possible.
    • How to record interviews or messages from guests.
    • How to videotape dancing to keep it interesting.
  • 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.
    • Editing long form vs. short form videos & pros/cons of each.
    • Should you give your client the raw footage or not.
    • How to edit a recap.
  • 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?
  • We'll also cover
    • What other types of events you can videotape; how to book them and how to shoot them.
    • Types of possible add-on sales and how to sell them and why are they important?
    • Generating referral business.
    • How to handle difficult customers.
    • How to talk to your customers when a problem arises.
    • How to keep customers from taking advantage of you.
  • You'll also receive
    • Camera Command Training DVD.
    • Advanced Broadcast Camera Techniques Volumes 1 & 2 DVDs.
    • Wedding Training Manual.

 
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