theCameraClass

with award winning documentary team tony wilson and leo sullivan

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CAMERA CLASS - one

thecameraclass workshop at the Writers Centre
thecameraclass workshops, the Writers Centre, February 2010

I FEEL I HAVE A GOOD WORKING KNOWLEDGE NOW ...

'I really enjoyed my two days under the tutelage of Tony and Leo. They explained everything in a way that a complete camera novice like me could understand. I feel I have a good working knowledge now - and would never use gain unless it was absolutely necessary!'

Morgan Kasmarik: Journalist, ABC (October 09)

NOW I FEEL MUCH MORE CONFIDENT ...

'A most enjoyable and informative course, Tony and Leo pack the course with hands-on exercises so you can see instant results from what you learn. Now, I feel much more confidant to go out and shoot. As I pick up my camera, Tony and Leo's words on exposure, sound, composition and most importantly to get closer to my subject, ring in my ears.'

Maureen Burdynski (November 09)

THEY COVER ALL THE BASICS ...

'I would highly recommend this course to any person wanting a great introduction to using a camera. They cover all the basics you need to know while giving you the opportunity to practice them with helpful tips and advice along the way.'

Rachelle Bakarich: Production Coordinator, Life at 5, Heiress Films (November 09)

THE MOST CRITICAL BUILDING BLOCKS ...

'I went into the workshop expecting to gain a basic, very general knowledge about the workings of my camera. I came out with an understanding of the most critical building blocks needed to shoot great pictures and sound. And the confidence to take the steps needed to build upon what Tony and Leo started.'

Producer, Unleashed Media (November 09)

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW EVERY IMPORTANT BUTTON ...

'Fun, hands on camera skills workshop that covers all the features of using a high end camera with an emphasis on getting good image and sound quality. If you want to know what every important button on your camera does, this is the right course for you!'

Jacobs Kuva (October 09)

MILES OF SMILES ...

Before the Camera Class I was on a hat trick. I had fried footage of a bridge opening, forgot to press record on NSW Premier Nathan Rees, and been foiled by my iris dial on Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett.

Enter the Camera Class. ND filter, explained. Iris dial, illuminated. White balance, calibrated. Last week I filmed Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Heathcote. Miles of smiles.

Graham Rees: Inhouse videographer, Abigroup (September 09)

NOW I HAVE THE CONFIDENCE AND BASIC SKILLS ...

'I can't speak highly enough of the camera class. Being a enthusiast and not having any experience at all with the Z5, after two days of Tony and Leos teaching demonstrating and encouraging, I now have the confidence and the basic skills to go and practice and improve my video making. Over all a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. And satisfied with money well spent.'

James Russell: painter and decorator (September 09)

BOOST MY CONFIDENCE ...

wish that I had done the Camera Class a couple of years ago. So many of my previous films have been plagued by exposure and sound issues. In two days, Tony and Leo were able to boost my confidence in using HDV cameras.

Joel Rembach: Filmmaker (September 09)

THE COURSE WAS GREAT FUN TOO ...

Of course, it would take many years to develop skills anywhere near as good as those of the camera operators and sound recordists I regularly work with, but now I appreciate their skills even more , and hopefully the knowledge gained at The CameraClass will also help me to be a better 'director' in the field. The course was great fun too!

Belinda Gibbon TV Producer (August 09)

I WALKED OUT CONFIDENT AND COMPETENT ...

'I walked into the CameraClass workshop ignorant and a tad apprehensive at having never picked up a camera. I walked out confident and competent, but most importantly in love with the process. Leo and Tony are generous, highly skilled practitioners who made what was for me a daunting process, fun and easy to learn. I'm recommending them to everyone.'

Rebecca Hamilton: Actor (August 09)

YOU HELPED ME SORT OUT THE BASICS ...

'I learnt myself all I know about video but ended trying to do fancy advanced stuff while I don't have all the basic knowledge of my camera, shooting techniques and sound. You helped me sort out the basics.'

Danie Maritz (August 09)

EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND ...

'Even better the second time round! A highly active, interactive course with just the right mix of hands on, theory, observation and discussion. Tony and Leo are very knowledgeable, patient leaders, enthusiastic about sharing what they know. A lot of fun, lots of laughs. I have come away with greater understanding of the camera and film production in general. I've already put on sunglasses :) '

Cath Thomas: Teacher, St Therese Primary School Mascot (July 09)

DELIVERED A UNIQUE UNDERSTANDING OF CAMERA TECHNIQUES ...

'A relaxed yet informative two days of learning spent with professionals on a one on one basis together with a small class size delivered a unique understanding of camera techniques and enabled myself to achieve proper delivery of video/sound in a confident way. The tuition is certainly worth the cost when you consider that it represents way less than ten percent of the investment in most hand held professional cameras now available. If you want to get into video properly, then consider booking yourself into this course.'

Mark Williams: Student, Brisbane (July 09)

POWERFUL TOOLS ...

'Enthusiast and deeply competent people talking about very powerful tools.'

Francois Baumberger: production manager and line producer (June 09)

LEARNING HOW TO USE A CAMERA ...

'The course is very well structured to cover all the basic features of camera usage, sound and lighting. You won't find a better place where to start learning about how to use a camera.'

Pablo Piccioli: software developer (June 09)

A GREAT NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY...

'The CameraClass Workshop was no-nonsense and reasonably priced introduction to the important factors of video production. Covering topics from the workings of the camera(s) itself through to sound, lighting, shot setup and coverage, together with the very practical nature of the workshop, the course gave me an immediate foundation to begin shooting video much more confidently.

Also the intimate nature of the group allowed working and speaking with other like-minded creative people to be a real joy. Finally, both Tony and Leo were knowledgeable, friendly and genuinely interested people who were more than happy to answer any query, give feedback and advice, and provide a slice of their experience for the benefit of the class...

Benjamin Townsend : Commercial photographer (May 09)

A NO-NONSENSE AND REASONABLY PRICED INTRODUCTION ...

'The CameraClass Workshop was no-nonsense and reasonably priced introduction to the important factors of video production. Covering topics from the workings of the camera(s) itself through to sound, lighting, shot setup and coverage, together with the very practical nature of the workshop, the course gave me an immediate foundation to begin shooting video much more confidently.

Also the intimate nature of the group allowed working and speaking with other like-minded creative people to be a real joy. Finally, both Tony and Leo were knowledgeable, friendly and genuinely interested people who were more than happy to answer any query, give feedback and advice, and provide a slice of their experience for the benefit of the class...

Benjamin Townsend : Commercial photographer (May 09)

THE NON JUDGEMENTAL APPROACH ...

'At last a workshop where I could take away and use every bit of information taught. It was exactly what I was looking for. I particularly appreciated the non-judgemental approach that Tony and Leo have to teaching - I was never made to feel that I was asking a silly question (even when it may have been). At the end of each day, I didn't want to leave. I look forward to doing an advanced workshop when it becomes available.'

Yvonne Druery: Nail Technician/Part-time Solo Shooter (March 09)

THE FACT THAT YOU WERE BOTH GENEROUS AND FOCUSED ...

'The course was excellent, and even before the course, the advice on equipment you provided was worth the $660 fee even before I learned about manual exposure and focus. The fact that you were both generous and focused on each of our individual projects and cameras was really useful too - I think it helped to have a specific project in mind so that the questions are more targeted' ...

Ruth Pollard: reporter, The Sydney Morning Herald (January 09)

HOW DO I GET STARTED ...

'Where my wife and I now live, there are some amazing stories just begging to be told. After a fair bit of web-based research, I concluded high definition video is a wonderful option for recording such tales. But I had so many questions: What equipment? Which skills? How do I get started? The CameraClass gave me the answers.

I wholeheartedly recommend this intensive, two-day workshop. Tony and Leo share their considerable knowledge in a way which is both friendly and easy to put into practice. My slight techno-trepidation was soon replaced with the confidence borne of first-rate tuition.

If you want to learn how to shoot video like a pro, this workshop is an excellent and enjoyable way to start or upgrade. You even take home a comprehensive manual as well as a very cool 'CameraClass' tee-shirt in black. Way to go!'

Peter Bracher: Part-time farm-office-person (January 09)

SOME REALLY USEFUL STUFF UNDER MY BELT ...

'Unlike other workshops I have attended, I actually left the CameraClass workshop with some really useful stuff under my belt, thanks to Tony and Leo.' ...

Paul Taylder: Xigrafix Media and Design (January 09)

THAT'S ART ...

'Shooting is dead easy nowadays - just press the 'easy button'! Hmmm. The course takes you to a higher level, marrying the new digital technology with real-life shooting situations. Tony combines his cinematic gift with a clear and practical teaching style. That's art!' ...

Oliver Howes: filmmaker (January 09)