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Our videography boot camp is a comprehensive five-day course for high school and young college students (ages 14 - 19). The course’s aim is to provide students with the skills it takes to produce high quality film, video, and new media content. Students will collaborate in creating a final project. Moreover, they will gain skills in story-boarding, lighting, dolly operation, acting, shooting, and post-production useful for producing their own videos for YouTube and/or other recreational or commercial content. We will discuss story and genre, take steps toward understanding screenplay format, and work with state of the art equipment (including, but not limited to, advanced DSLRs, cutting-edge lenses, and professional lighting & sound gear).



Samantha Koch and Anton Vayedjian



DAY I - Screenwriting// Story // Intro to Gear

OBJECTIVE: Identifying the visual story you want to tell.

-       Kicking off with some introductions!

What brings you here? What do you hope to get out of this course? Perhaps, if you’ve got any ideas, what stories are you looking to bring to the big screen? Have you made any movies in the past?

-       Screenplay format: slug lines, action lines, dialogue and more.

How does formatting your script help in the production of your movie?

-       Discussing story, genre conventions, and some of our favorite movies!

Why are we drawn to certain types of movies? What are some elements of a compelling story?

-       An introduction to gear…

-       Setting the groundwork for the forthcoming days by going over some of the equipment,software, and gear that we have access to.



DAY II - Cinematography// Lighting & Set Design

OBJECTIVE: Setting the scene… (i.e. mise en scène).

-       The basics of camera operation for video content; exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), white balance, lenses / focal length.

-       Different lenses will lend themselves to different aesthetics, styles of film making…

What lens should I use for___________ occasion?

-       Lenses that are great for close-ups, medium shots, long shots, wide shots, etc.

How do I achieve the style that I want for my film / video / project and what lens should I use to achieve that aesthetic?

-       Lenses for vlogging, short films, commercial videography, and more!

-       Discussing camera movement and how to achieve movement that has the aesthetic that you want it to have: dolly/tracking shot, crane shot, pan, tilt, roll, etc.

How do we achieve the camera movement that we want? Affordably?

-       Gimbals,hand held, in-body image stabilization, affordable steadicams, tripods, etc.

-       Different styles of lighting a location will lend themselves to different aesthetics,styles of filmmaking, etc. Discussing direction, source, color, and quality of the light used.


DAY III - Sound // Editing [PartI]

OBJECTIVE: Designing the auditory experience &compiling your footage.

-       Types of cinematic sound: music, speech (dialogue), and foley/noise (sound effects,ambient sound, etc.) On-screen vs. off-screen sound and diegetic vs.non-diegetic sound.

Can you hear me?

-       Sound Recording

-       Professional methods to record great quality audio: recording foley and dialogue.

-       Lapel mics for recording speech (work great for vlogs!), boom/boom mics, etc.

How can I record high quality sound?

-       Recording sound effects, foley design!

-       Creating a foley library on a budget.

-       Sound Editing

-       Music

-       Soundtracks and scores for my project.

How can I use music to enhance my visual storytelling?

-       Discussing copyright and your ability to utilize music and foley in videography.

-       Royalty foley and sound effect libraries.

-       Royalty free music!

-       Managing your footage…

-       Organization techniques, pre-editing!

How will compiling and organizing my footage help me meet deadlines and/or complete my project as efficiently as possible?


DAY IV - Editing [PartII]

OBJECTIVE: Showing your audience what you want them to see.

-       Cuts that are available to editors: hard cut, jump cuts, match cut, mask cut, fade,wipe, dissolve.

-       Discussing the four areas of editing: graphic, rhythmic, spatial, temporal.

What cut or transition should I use for _________ occasion?

-       Going over transitions for vlogs, commercial content, short films, and more.

-       Hands on practice with Final Cut Pro !


DAY V - Wrap-up & Screenings !

OBJECTIVE: Applying your skills & taking pride in your achievements. You’ve come a long way!

-       You’ll have an opportunity to complete short films of your own.

-       Coming back for a final screening of your work.

-       You’re invited to bring family and friends to showcase your short films!



-       High school & college students looking to take film production courses in the upcoming year will find themselves ahead of the curve. Those who have already taken film courses could gain even more practice and experience.

-       Hands-on practice with state-of-the-art videography equipment and software.

-       A proof of completion certificate! Being able to include your learning experiences on your CV/résumé,applications, etc.

-       Qualifications to be able to work on (or advance towards) commercial videography, film sets, and screenwriting.

-       A reference booklet that can be used for future endeavors.

-       A 5-15 minute short film that could be submitted to student film festivals, colleges, and more!

-       A better understanding of all of the components involved in making a movie and an ability organize these components (i.e. compiling footage efficiently and assigning on-set roles)

-       And lastly, we hope you can take away a heightened appreciation for the art of visual storytelling.



Students and participants of the Mike’s Camera Videography Camp and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. As we commence our first day of instruction,we will discuss “collaborative energy” as it relates to working on a film set with your peers. We hope that this “collaborative energy” will permeate through the duration of the course and onward. Mike’s Camera is committed to maintaining a positive learning and working environment.



$789.00, plus Eventbrite online processing fee

You are welcome to pay in store to avoid the Eventbrite fee.

Registration, Dates, Times & Locations

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019 [9am - 3:30pm]

(+ 6:30pm screening / reception on June 28th)

Mike’s Camera, Boulder

2500 Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302

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