theCameraClass

with award winning documentary team tony wilson and leo sullivan

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CAMERA CLASS - the latest

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

THE BASICS FOR LEARNING ...

'An excellent starter course that sets anyone up with the basics for learning how to shoot with a small camera. Tony and Leo are very experienced, the course is entertaining and even technical idiots like me come away with the confidence to give it a go. They also bake a good cake.'

Marianne Leitch: Associate Producer, Foreign Correspondent (Nov 2010)

THIS COURSE IS GOLD ...

'As a writer/producer/backup editor, the camera was the last, scary piece of the video-making puzzle for me. I am afeared no longer! Two days of clear, good-humoured instruction with Tony and Leo completely demystified the shooting process and I'm now confident I can shoot something useful. Highly recommended'

Brad Hall: Senior Online Producer, UNSWTV, University of NSW (October 2010)

ALL THOSE DIFFERENT OPTIONS AND BUTTONS ...

'Usually when I take a class or a course on a subject, I don't expect to learn much, I always think that I will learn the basics, then I will have to do my own research to get more in depth information about what I really need to learn. But with Leo and Tony, I was very, definitely more than satisfied, I got all the information I needed, my questions answered, learnt what I had to learn, and all the things I thought will be complex to get synced in, were a breeze.

You won't believe how relieved I am, looking at all those different options and buttons on the camera seem to be impossible to learn, but just after the first day of the class, I already had the confidence to go out and start doing some shootings, I even did a really small footage about my family the first night after the course.

All I can say, is thank you for being so patient with us and taught us the tricks and provide us with the inside outs.'

Tarik Essadki: Web Design and Development Manager ACN Pacific Pty Ltd (October 2010)

THANKS GUYS ...

'I highly recommend The Camera Class. Tony and Leo helped demystify my camera and provided a lot of practical tips that have made all the difference to my shooting confidence. Thanks guys! '

Rene Bransby (October 2010)

A ONE MAN BAND OR COMMUNICATE MORE EFFECTIVELY ...

'This short course in camera will give you the confidence you need to either shoot independently as a one man band or communicate more effectively with a crew. It is obvious that Tony and Leo draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and manage to deliver a course that is relevant and up to date with the latest production technology and values.

Tony and Leo manage to demystify, yet not dumb down, the language so that a novice student to a professional can understand, learn and feel empowered by the knowledge gained. There is a good balance of practical and theory and anyone coming away from this course will be a little bit smarter and way more confident to hold a camera. I fully recommend this course.'

Grant Leigh Saunders: TV Producer- ABC Message Stick (September 2010)

DEMONSTRATE UNTIL YOU GET IT ...

'As someone who had never worked behind a camera before, I found the CameraClass a very worthwhile investment. Tony and Leo are excellent teachers, highly knowledgeable, good humoured, patient and happy to re-explain and demonstrate until you 'get it'. The mix of theory and practical elements was tailored to suit participants varied skill levels, and small class size with time for personal instruction was great. The course has provided an excellent foundation upon which to build.'

Diane de Zylva: bluegumstudios.com, voice overs and narration (September 2010)

YOU CERTAINLY CAN ...

'So you can shoot? You certainly can, says Tony and Leo. And with their help you can only do it better It was really fun. Thanks guys. Recommend to everybody who loves this subject.'

Chris: video passionate (September 2010)

I FOUND THE CAMBERA CLASS THROUGH A RANDOM GOOGLE SEARCH ...

'Thanks Tony, Leo and of course Esmeralda! I was looking for the best possible course to give me skills and confidence to produce a short film with a prosumer high definition camera (just for fun). I found The Camera Class through a random google search, contacted Tony and ended up flying all the way from Perth to attend the course. It was well worth it. They even gave great advice on how I could do it with low budget equipment including a few trips to the hardware store. Short film here I come.'

Rowe from Perth: film enthusiast and camera novice (August 2010)

TONY AND LEO ARE EXCELLENT TEACHERS ...

'I highly recommend this camera course for beginners. Tony and Leo are excellent teachers and the small class numbers mean they are able to give a surprising amount of one on one tutoring. No question is too silly to ask and they are very patient.'

Jane Cameron - Producer/Researcher, ABC TV Indigenous Unit (August 2010)

BEHIND A CAMERA INSTEAD OF FRONT OF ONE ...

'After 10 years as a television journalist, I wanted to build confidence in being 'behind' a camera rather than in front of one. The CameraClass workshop was presented in a relaxed, common sense style that was easy to grasp and run with.

If you are looking for a no nonsense course that focuses on each individual and gives you the necessary information to develop a strong entry level skill base then this course for you!'

Janene Manwaring - Television Producer, former Broadcast Journalist (August 2010)

BEHIND A CAMERA INSTEAD OF FRONT OF ONE ...

'After 10 years as a television journalist, I wanted to build confidence in being 'behind' a camera rather than in front of one. The CameraClass workshop was presented in a relaxed, common sense style that was easy to grasp and run with.

If you are looking for a no nonsense course that focuses on each individual and gives you the necessary information to develop a strong entry level skill base then this course for you!'

Janene Manwaring - Television Producer, former Broadcast Journalist (August 2010)

GET MORE CUTAWAYS ...

'I think the best thing about these courses is sharing experiences. I'm always fascinated by the different ways people tackle the tricky business of making films. I'm also striving to keep that camera steady and get more cutaways!'

Richard Corfield - producer/camera, ABC-TV (Advanced workshop July 2010)

GET YOU UP TO SPEED ...

'With shooting video, you've never learnt it all - and Tony and Leo's classes are invaluable to either get you up to speed or keep you there. I've now done 3 classes (2 basic workshops and 1 advanced) and each time I'm amazed at how much more I pick up. '

Kay Stammers: Producer/Director, Media One (Advanced workshop July 2010)

MOST EXPERIENCED PEOPLE ...

'A great course and a must for any filmmaker! Awesome to learn from some of the most experienced people in the film and TV industry. Thanks.'

Danny Teece-Johnson: Filmmaker, Gondwana Productions (Advanced workshop July 2010)

HOW MUCH MORE I PICK UP ...

'With shooting video, you've never learnt it all - and Tony and Leo's classes are invaluable to either get you up to speed or keep you there. I've now done 3 classes (2 basic workshops and 1 advanced) and each time I'm amazed at how much more I pick up.'

Kay Stammers: Producer/Director, Media One (Advanced workshop July 2010)

IF I ONLY LEARNED TWO THINGS ...

'Yet again, Tony and Leo combine thorough working knowledge of ALL kinds of camera, hands-on light and camera direction and rigorous feedback from the moment you press record and even before that! If I only learnt two things from this advanced workshop, it was more than worth the money. The evocative use of lighting and the use of depth of field are both really professional tools that will greatly enhance my shooting. Thanks so much'

Graham Rees: Visual Media Designer, Abigroup (Advanced Workshop July 2010)

TO GET THE BEST RESULT IS THE REAL INVESTMENT ...

'The Camera Course with Tony and Leo, was a the best and most important investment that I had made. The Camera, can pretty much do anything, but understand what do to, and to get the best result, is the real investment, and doesn't come with an auto setting. As someone who loves and makes a living out of electronic media, I couldn't recommend the Camera Course more highly enough. The best investment you will ever see!'

Dave Wright: Radio and Television Presenter (July 2010) www.davewright.com.au

DEMYSTIFYING VIDEO AND SOUND RECORDING ...

'Tony and Leo do a great job of demystifying video and sound recording. The course was everything I hoped for and I am now confident to go out and shoot in the real world. Highly recommended!'

Brendan Beirne: photographer (June 2010)

FANTASTICALLY HELPFUL ...

'Certainly the camera class is the way to go to get you up to speed without having to decipher an enormous instruction manual - a process which often provides more options than answers - so that you can get shooting with a solid base.

Tony and Leo were fantastically helpful and willingly shared their knowledge making for a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Thanks fellas.'

Abbie Mitchell: Big Door Productions (April 2010)

THESE GUYS ARE FAIR DINDUM ...

'I walked in without ever handling or even seeing in person a HDV camera before (nor ever owning a little handy-cam!) and yet Tony and Leo were able to not only teach me the basics, but also the majority of the functions and also all the tricks of the trade! It took the first 15 minutes of the course for me to realise these guys are fair dinkum, they know their stuff and obviously have been doing it for years. Both are very enthusiastic and very capable of schooling their techniques. Great stuff guys, well worth the money'

Brad Wheeler: Environmental Officer, Swift Australia (February 2010)

I NEVER FELT DAZZLED ...

'Tony and Leo are very easy to listen to trainers and they break down the technical stuff so that its not a stumbling block, and doesn't take up the favourable hands on training sessions. The course is well spread out and I never felt dazzled by the pace of the course or left floundering by myself either. Tony and Leo actually helped restore my confidence in my ability and my decision to shoot my particular documentary. I reckon they got the cred.'

And Esmeralda the legs! 10/10.

Moz Waters: (February 2010)

LEARNING WHAT THE BUTTONS DO ...

'I have to say I have learnt more than I have expected. Learning what the buttons do and how to apply it, in so and so situations, techniques to critically think about how to execute the right style and composition of the footage with so many provided scenarios in approx 18hrs seems overloading but I actually felt it was a breeze to learn all those.'

You guys are highly experienced, and provided us with professional knowledge and comfortable environment that helped us achieve our expected learning outcomes. I highly recommend this course.

Jonathan: (December 09)

AND THE MORNING TEA WAS GOOD TOO ...

'The course content for this class was something we had been dreaming about it was 100% helpful and relevant. Whether you are a rank beginner or have shot a couple of short films on autofocus, this course distils years of knowledge gained by professionals into practical hints so you can take greater control of your equipment. You work with your own equipment if you have it which is really useful and the fact the course exists as a short course is an absolute godsend for those who work fulltime. Tony and Leo demystify all the knobs and dials in an encouraging way - and the morning tea is good too! '

Tamara Jungwirt: Commercial Manager, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne (December 09)

GET A GRASP IN A SPEEDY MANNER ...

'A really good workshop for those needing to get grasp of video and audio in a speedy manner. A great way to learn the fundamentals from people with so much industry experience. '

Kylie Silvester: Designer: ABC TV (December 09)

NITTY GRITTY ADVICE ...

'Outstanding course by two of the standout industry legends. Nitty gritty advice on real world situations. '

Steve de Vroom: Amazing Faces Pty Ltd (December 09)

THANKS A MILLION GUYS ...

'The camera class was recommended to me by a family friend and former student of the camera class Esben Storm. To be able to have the time of 2 industry legends such as Tony and Leo was just amazing and I feel like they have given me the tools I need to capture better shots and better sound, taking my next project to another level. I also feel like the class has saved me from making many simple and frustrating mistakes if I had just bought an HD camera and tried to teach myself. Thanks a million guys I can't wait to put it all into practice.'

Jack McCowan: AdventureProject.org (Amateur Adventure Filmmaker) (December 09)

I LEARNT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT IN TWO DAYS ...

'This course came highly recommended by a work colleague and it was everything I hoped it would be. Tony and Leo are highly experienced, and deliver a wealth of information and advice in a relaxed and fun manner. I learnt a tremendous amount in 2 days and definitely recommend it. '

Konrad: Iris Pictures (December 09)