BCPVA Meeting- Sept 28 2021 Anatomy of a Shoot

Many of us have a somewhat repeatable approach to certain shooting scenarios, but it is ours, and so often we can learn much from breaking down the practices and approach that other professionals use. This month we are going to do just that for a 90 second spot supporting the Craft Brewing industry directed by Jennifer Shanse owner of UpperStory Films. From beginning to end Jennifer will be breaking down concept, scripting, story boarding, directing, and shooting, and how when needed, audio elements can be reworked in post with ADR and Foley.

Most of us will know Jennifer from the huge contribution she has made to the BCPVA as past President, and I think there will be things we’ll all be able to take away from this presentation. Don’t miss this first online session of Fall 2021, we look forward to seeing you all there!  

Jennifer is the founder of UpperStory Films, a production company dedicated to making cinematic promotional videos for small businesses and non-profits. Her background is in travel and independent film, and her credits include director/cinematographer for documentary One Frame at a Time, shot on the Thai-Burma border, and cinematographer/editor with Coastal Television in Cape Coast, Ghana. Jennifer has a degree in film and creative writing from UBC and has been an active board member for the Access to Media Education Society and the BC Professional Videographers Association.

Meeting Details:

People can start joining the meeting at 6:30 pm for informal networking. The main program will start at 7pm and run until 8pm with Q&A and discussion of new and shared work to follow until 8:30.

If you have never used Zoom before, please join early to download and troubleshoot.

How it will work: You can connect with both Windows and Mac computers / laptops, Apple and Android cell phones, and tablets with the Zoom video app. This link will give you a prompt to download and run Zoom if you have never used Zoom before. If you have used Zoom, it will open a box with Zoom Meetings highlighted – click the Open Link button. When you connect you can test your headphones, webcam, and microphone with Zoom, before you join the talk.

Audio: This is the most important part.  We want/need to avoid feedback -so wear headphones. If members don’t wear headphones, the audio from everyone else will feed into their microphone and this can cause a feedback loop.

Microphone: Most laptops and mobile devices have built-in microphones (and webcams).  These will work just fine. Your mobile devices likely shipped with headphones with a built-in microphone – this works great too.  If you have and headphones with three rings on the connector then your headphones have a microphone built-in.  If you are using an external USB webcam, then it probably has a microphone too.  If you haven’t used it in a while, you may want to plug it in and possibly update the driver. Webcam: If you are joining with a mobile device then take the time to mount your device on a stand at eye level.  The same basics that apply to videography apply to webcam usage: add some soft front-light, avoid back-light, and be aware what is in your background.

Time: Tuesday Sept 28, 2021 18:30PM Vancouver

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Work safe, stay well and see you all online on Sept 28th!


The BCPVA Exec Committee