For the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters, all tech sessions will continue to have attendee limits for each session and will be held in 172 Tremont, room 403 unless otherwise noted (e.g. Advanced Grip & Overheads.) There are two sessions available on each scheduled workshop day, “A” 12:30 to 2:30 pm and “B” from 2:30 to 4:30 pm; each will run for 1 to 2 hours.

Please email david_reeder@emerson.edu to reserve a place in an upcoming workshop and be sure to indicate the date and which session (A or B) you’d like to attend.

Wondering what the heck a C-stand is, or trying to tie a square knot? Along with our workshops, you can find extensive lighting & grip information videos HERE.

Canon C300 Mk2

Covers both EF and PL lens-mount models; menu operations, chroma subsampling, color bit depth, the advantages of C-log, XF AVC Codec, and REC. 709, C-Fast memory workflow, and downloading procedures. Upon completion of this workshop, students are eligible to use the Canon C300 for MFA, BFA, and potentially BA projects, depending on availability. This is a certification workshop, prerequisite: Completion of VM-378 Basic Cinematography or permission of the VMA tech staff.

  • EF – Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • PL – Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • EF – Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Sony F5 CineAlta

Covers menu operations, chroma, color bit depth, configuring the camera for S-log 2, S-log 3, and REC. 709, workflows, and media downloading procedures. Upon completion of this workshop, students are eligible to use the Sony F5 for MFA, BFA, and potentially BA projects, depending on availability. Prerequisite: Completion of VM-378 Basic Cinematography or permission of the VMA tech staff, this is a certification workshop.

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Sony FS7 Mk2

Expanding on the original FS7, Sony’s PXW-FS7M2 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is a flexible 4K camera system. Designed as a camera that is at home on productions as diverse as “Cinéma Vérité”-style documentaries, reality TV, commercial, and corporate applications It features a Super 35mm sized sensor that allows you to capture images with cinematic depth of field. This is a certification workshop.

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Canon C70

The Canon C70 has joined our inventory and is available for numerous courses, come have a hands-on session where we consider the basic functions and go over many of the features that make this compact Super35 camcorder great!

  • Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Log & LUT’s

This workshop will cover Canon C-Log and Sony S-Log recording which are available on a number of our camcorders. These recording modes unlock advanced “flat” logarithmic and Hybrid Log-Gamma Picture Profiles, enable HDR (high dynamic range) and SDR (standard dynamic range) recording for dynamic postproduction color grading as well as a unique in-camera workflow for flexibility in post and delivery. Newly tuned picture tone settings provide improved image control.

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

HMI

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (Full)
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 1, 2022 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Covers the technical and aesthetic use of high-energy discharge lighting fixtures. Topics include HMI versus Tungsten, color correction, Par versus Fresnel, and the efficiency of HMI’s. Also covers system parts (cable, head, lenses) and problem-solving. This is a certification workshop.

Advanced Grip and Overheads

This workshop covers rigging when using oversize or overhead grip equipment such as the “Butterfly” frames and their included scrims as well as the Menace arm lighting extension rig and moving rigs such as the Kessler Jib. Crew and equipment safety is the primary focus of these workshops, however, setup and operational use is covered as well. These are certification workshops.

  • 28-September 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Kessler Pocket Jib (NR)
  • 25-October 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Kessler Pocket Jib
  • 2-November 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Matthews Menace Arm and 8X8 overhead

Rigging I & II

The Paramount Soundstage “Rigging Bootcamp 1” covers grip equipment, electrical safety, and setting lights from a technical standpoint and completion allows students to crew on a soundstage project as well as continue to Rigging Bootcamp 2. These followup sessions cover a range of items such as C-stands, dolly and track, overheads, hanging lights from ceilings and other rigging points, setting a backlight, rigging a menace arm, dolly use, and some camera rigging. Completion of Rigging 1 is required to attend Rigging bootcamp 2. See the Paramount Soundstage schedule for details. These Rigging Boot Camps are held at the Paramount Soundstage (PARA 403). These are certification workshops for soundstage crew positions.

  • 18 November, Boot Camp 1 – 10am to 1pm
  • 18 November, Boot Camp 2 – 2pm to 5pm

Camera Stabilizers

To improve the quality of your handheld filming on your next dynamic camera production, consider using one of the excellent Easyrig Minimax support systems for use with the A7sII, X-T3, C70, or FS5; or consider the Easyrig Vario 5 for use with the larger FS7, F5, or C300 camcorders.

The Easyrig Vario 5 requires potential users to read the VMA Easyrig Vario 5 guide, and answer a single question to become certified for its reservation and use.

Please be advised that we are no longer vending the Steadicam Zephyr system.

For questions or to reserve your place in an upcoming session, please email david_reeder@emerson.edu

David Reeder
Program Administrator, Emerson College VMA Department
180 Tremont Street (Ansin, 9th Floor) Boston, MA 02116