theCameraClass

with award winning documentary team tony wilson and leo sullivan

WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THE CAMERA CLASS BY INDUSTRY PEOPLE - four

thecameraclass workshop October 07
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FOCUSSING ON STORY TELLING OVER TECHNIQUE...

When I first met Tony I had never picked up a camera and I had a great fear of technology. Instead of overwhelming me with information about shutter speeds and f-stops, he provided me with a few, clear common sense principles to follow and these gave me the much-needed confidence to shoot my own films.

Focussing on story-telling over technique, he managed to demystify the filming process. He taught me how to hold a camera steadily, obtain all the coverage I need to make my editors happy, and most importantly of all, to capture events around me fluidly - to use the camera as a simple but effective tool to tell a story.

I can attribute at least some of the success of my films to the advice and knowledge Tony has so generously shared. Thanks, Tony

Sherine Salama: Producer/Director, Australia Has No Winter, A Wedding in Ramallah, The Last Days of Yasser Arafat (October 2007)

AS A VERY KEEN AMATEUR SHOOTER ...

'Not being a camera operator, but having a rudimentary knowledge of the Sony Z1P camera I found the workshop the ideal opportunity to become much more familiar with its operation covering as it did both vision and sound capabilities. As a very keen but amateur shooter I learned a lot in short time about how to use the camera more quickly and more accurately.'

Colin McRae: Independent TV producer/director, NZ (October 2007)

I CAN NOW FEEL PREPARED TO MOVE AHEAD...

'The Camera Class with Tony and Leo was a fantastic weekend. I can't quite figure out how only two days was enough to have emerged with such confidence in my own skills to manage camera and sound without assistance. Nevertheless I can now say I feel prepared to move ahead with my own projects without fear of rendering good work unusable because of bad quality images or sound. Feeling free to focus on story, people and direction because I know I have the technical basics sorted is a wonderful outcome.'

Ella Millard: Media Arts and Production Graduate, UTS (October 2007)

END UP WITH DECENT PICTUES AND AUDIO ...

'A very worthwhile course providing everyone with a solid grounding so that they can pick up a camera and end up with decent pictures and audio.'

Simone Atallah: Researcher ABC TV (October 2007)

CRAM AS MUCH INFORMATION...

'I really enjoyed my weekend with Tony and Leo. It was fun and informative. They cram as much information and experience into two days as possible. I would totally recommend this course for anyone who wants an intensive introduction to the usage of the smaller HD cameras, especially the Sony Z1 and V1P.'

Esben Storm: Director (June 2007)

AWESOME ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE...

'I learnt more about documentary film making in one day with Tony than I have learnt in the past 10 years. Not just the essential technical stuff but more importantly, all of the stylistic elements that turn a project into something that is engaging and very professional. I look forward to applying these techniques to my upcoming project in Ladakh. Thanks Tony for your friendly approach and awesome ability to communicate.'

Steen Rees: www.livesurgery.com (June 2007)

I'M NOT SCARED ANYMORE...

'If you need to get familiar with all those buttons and do-dads on these new fangled cameras, this is the course for you. I'm not scared of the things anymore! '

Dr Paul Willis, Reporter/Producer, Catalyst ABC TV (June 2007)

FROM CAMERA DILETTANTE TO FUNCTIONING PRACTITIONER...

'For those interested in film theory there are tertiary courses galore, for those interested in the industry there are websites, magazines and film events but for those who want to go from being camera dilettante to functioning practitioner in one quick and practical course - nothing beats the Camera Class.'

Mark Cherry: Inside Film, Film Critics Circle of Australia (June 2007)

I'VE GAINED A LOT OF CONFIDENCE...

'A lively and informative two days. I've gained a lot of confidence with the workshop and feel like I will be making far better pictures thanks to the course.'

Ian McPhee: Drama Teacher Sydney Grammar School (June 2007)

THE TRAINING TEAM HAS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE...

'Very useful in turning my basic camera operation skills into something I could potentially use in the field, as well as in my work in developing countries where many journalists don't yet have access to these courses. The training team has a wealth of experience and Leo and Tony are generous in sharing it. Leo is a great trainer and Tony's Tips are gold'

Clare Arthurs: Reporter and Journalism Trainer, London (June 2007)

MUCH MORE CONFIDENT...

Tony and Leo's course is very well presented and easy to understand. I enjoyed the emphasis on practical, hands on training. I am now much more confident when rushing out the door to shoot things in the field.

Jake Lloyd Jones: Researcher/Producer, The Chaser's War on Everything (April 2007)

LEARN FROM EVERYONE'S EXPERIENCE...

Thought it was a great balance of theory and practise - was great to review to everyone's tapes as well as my own to learn from everyone's experience.

Rebecca Casson: Producer, ABC TV (April 2007)

HOW MUCH I LEARNED IN ONE SHORT WEEKEND...

It was remarkable how much I learned in one short weekend about working with my new camera and achieving high quality images and sound. Tony and Leo not only managed to convey a huge amount of information but they made it extremely accessible and a great deal of fun as well. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in working in small format video production.

Stefan Moore: Producer/Director (January 2007)

I HAD FUN TOO...

'Leo and Tony make you feel comfortable. Apart from learning a great deal, I had fun too. I recommend the CameraClass workshop to anyone wanting to develop their hands-on Camera, and basic Microphone and Lighting operation skills. I now feel, with more experience, much more capable of capturing a story well.'

Tom Lane (January 2007)

I WAS HUGELY IMPRESSED...

'It's a big step to go from radio to video journalism and begin working with DV cameras. I was hugely impressed with what Tony and Leo were able to cover during their weekend workshop. I'd recommend the workshop to anyone looking for an introduction to video cameras, filming techniques, sound and lighting.'

Guy Degan: Freelance Journalist (January 2007)