Join us on 3/11/13 in Las Vegas, NV!

An all-new Event Cinema Workshop is coming to Las Vegas, NV during WPPI! Joe Simon and Kevin Shahinian present an all-new, full-day, 8 hour instructional intensive for professional and aspiring event filmmakers of all skill levels at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on March 11, 2013. This comprehensive full-day course offers an updated curriculum filled with essentials and perspectives from two industry leaders presented in a highly exclusive learning environment, sure to take your filmmaking skills and your business to the next level.

Arrival airport:

McCarren International Airport (LAS)


Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Schedule of events:

Monday, March 11, 2013

Morning Session (9:00am – 1:00pm)

-A comprehensive exploration of cinematic storytelling with an introduction to narrative theory and the basics of screenplay structure to create powerful documentaries, short forms and same-day-edits.
-Putting theory into practice with comprehensive cinematography tutorials covering techniques to capture stunning moving images under various real-world conditions with an analysis of lens choice, lighting and camera placement.
-Lighting for the moving image includes various techniques utilizing both natural and artificial light to capture the most cinematic moving image possible.
-Essential cinematography gear and workflows for live event film production will be covered, including tutorials on adding movement using sliders and stabilizers, while developing a sound philosophy to justify adding movement dramatically in your films.
-Audio for cinematographers includes a comprehensive breakdown of vital recording equipment and proprietary techniques to record pristine audio from multiple sources in the chaos of a live event.
-Fundamentals of motion picture directing, including various directing techniques to illicit convincing performances from non-actors and the keys to running a small crew.

1:00pm-2:00pmLunch break.

Afternoon Session (2:00pm – 6:00pm)

-Proven sales strategies and business practices to streamline client management from initial contact through delivery, with real-world examples from Joe Simon Films and Pacific Pictures.
-An in-depth exploration of various key contract points crucial to the multitude of challenges faced by event filmmakers from pre-production through production and post-production.
-Packaging products and services for maximum profit and up-sell potential with examples from Joe Simon Films and Pacific Pictures.
-Insider’s advice for building a team of trusted cinematographers and editors to grow and scale your event filmmaking business with both trials and successes of Joe Simon Films and Pacific Pictures.
-An analysis of the short form edit that includes a screening and complete breakdown from beginning to end with behind-the-scenes commentary from Joe Simon Films and Pacific Pictures on their respective edits to understand their approach to camera placement, story structure, color grading, sound design and music theory.
-Venture into the world of South Asian weddings with an in-depth analysis on the essential customs and traditions, including tips and tricks to expand your business into this lucrative market from initial contact through delivery.
-Applying your skills as a wedding filmmaker to expand your business into corporate and commercial filmmaking in the off-season.
-Honing your sensibilities to develop an original voice as an artist and tying it all together to develop an original brand for the success of your business.
-The afternoon session will conclude with an insightful round-table discussion and directed Q&A session.

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