2005 Advanced Platypus Workshop

August 27-September 2, 2005

Brooks Institute of Photography

Ventura, CA

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Two years ago, The Digital Journalist and Canon sponsored the first Advanced Platypus Workshop at Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, California.

Today, with the arrival of the first professional, budget-priced High Definition Camcorders, we feel it is time to hold another of these seminars.

As you will note in our Editorial in The Digital Journalist this month, HD stands to change everything in the way video storytellers shoot and market their work. The tangible boundary between DV and Beta, as well as film, has forever been erased. This will open up opportunities that until today have not existed.

This one-week seminar, from August 27 through September 2, will concentrate on HD. We will show the new cameras that will be on the market by then. We will concentrate on the different skills that will be needed to maximize the HD filming process. Because of the detail that these cameras provide, it is necessary that shooters pay particular attention to things like focus and camera stability. For that reason, during the course, we will be offering a special hands-on Steadicam workshop taught by the best pros in the business.

PF Bentley will be teaching new methods and effects with Final Cut Pro 5 Studio in our editing rooms.

Our Advanced Workshop Director Chuck Braverman will once again be assembling some of the most knowledgeable experts in documentary production to cover everything from marketing through distribution, tape to film conversion and legal issues.

Be prepared to challenge yourself to step up to the big screen. This workshop is of special value to present Platypus graduates, filmmakers, and producers.

The cost of the workshop is $1,250. There is a 15% discount to NPPA members, and a 10% additional discount to those registering prior to July 4th.

For more information on our last Advanced Workshop, see Amy Marash's column, Capturing the Platypus.

Contact Information

Marshall Dennen
Brooks Institute of Photography
801 Alston Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Fax 805-564-4618

Dirck Halstead - 512-402-0854