Camera and Lighting

Camera and Cinematography Related Courses

AV8 Media is proud to be associated with REDucation, the premiere training event for RED, in Singapore.

RED Digital Cinema is committed to helping shooters develop hands-on, industry-specific skills through the REDucation ® program. Offering a fully immersive training environment, REDucation provides the on-set and post-production experience needed to feel confident when shooting with any of RED's professional cameras.

This is real-world training taught by industry professionals. REDucation is tailored for all skill levels, from students to working professionals. REDucation instructors teach application knowledge of RED's entire RAW workflow process, from digital acquisition through post production.


Course Duration:

3 Days (9.30 am to 5.30 pm)


Date: 

30th March to 1st April 2021 (Tues to Thurs)


Venue:

To Be Announced


Course Fee:

S$ 2100 before 7% GST

S$ 2247 after 7% GST


Course Outline:

3-DAY REDUCATION COURSE

Led by a team of RED professionals, students shoot and review 4K+ footage on the big screen each day.

REDucation's core course covers:

  • Introduction to the DSMC2 System: Experience the modular capabilities of the RED DSMC2 system with various monitoring, lens, and mounting options
  •     Menu Structure: A complete overview of the camera menus and options
  •     Exposure Dynamics: Shooting RED in low light, high contrast, and daylight exterior
  •     Shooting Exercises: Learn best practices whether shooting motion, stills, or in HDRx
  •     Science of RED: IPP2, Bayer pattern, resolution, codec choices, wavelets, and color science
  •     R3D Workflow: Post house and DIT overview, archival, editing and grading options
  •     Daily Screenings: Showcase of 4K footage from students and RED archives
  •     Data Dynamics: Learn about R3D file management, archiving, data rates, and hardware options
  •     Color Grading: Demonstrations from industry leaders regarding 4K professional color grading


Instructors:

Ian Wong

An Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Certified Instructor who has conducted training for companies like HBO, Fox Sports, Globecast, and Sony Singapore among others.

Steve Johnson

Developed his skills on the Red Digital Cinema Camera and specialises in RED Camera Operation, Cinematography, DIT and OnSet Post Production. Steve has been involved in REDucation since 2009.

In recent years, Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Cameras from companies like Canon, Panasonic, Nikon and Sony etc which were typically designed for shooting still images are now capable of shooting high resolution video as well. This enabled end users to achieve very professional images by using high quality photographic lenses to shoot their video. As these DSLR cameras that could shoot HD video became more commonly used, they began to be called HDSLR cameras. Hot on the heels of the HDSLR revolution, other companies like Blackmagic Design began creating cameras which kept the small form factor of the HDSLR and packed in even more video features such as 4k and RAW video recording

Takeup in the media industry has been high ,but many videographers DP's and cinematographers may not know how to optimise shooting with this new generation of cameras and the various tips ,tricks and workarounds to ensure they get the best results.

AV8 Media has specifically designed this course to address these concerns.


Course Duration:

3 Days (9.30 am to 5.30 pm)


Dates:

4 - 6 July 2022  (Mon - Wed) - Custom Course for Mediacorp Conducted by Derrick Loo


Course Fee:

S$1500 per person before GST

S$1605 per person after GST


Target Audience: 

DoP's, Videographers and Directors


Equipment & Requirements

  • Possess intermediate to advanced videography experience
  • Preferably already own a HDSLR or compact camera & lens. This is not essential though.
  • Professional HDSLR and compact camera  equipment will be provided

Attendees are more than welcome to bring your own equipment and lenses. A significant part of this workshop involves outdoor shooting.

As such, participants should dress comfortably and be prepared to carry their own equipment. With Singapore's weather being what It is,it would also advisable to be prepared for wet weather(umbrella/raincoat etc)


Course Outline:

Introduction-What is a 'High Definition Single Lens Reflex' camera?

  • Characteristics, Form & Functions of the HDSLR
  • Other Compact professional video cameras

Introduction-What is a 'High Definition Single Lens Reflex' camera?

  • ISO Film Speed & Noise (vs Gain Settings)
  • Bokeh
  • The HDSLR Electronic Shutter Speed
  • Frame Rates
  • Progressive vs Interlace
  • Compressions & Bitrates

DSLR Models & Other Cameras

  • The Image Sensor
  • The DSLR Sensor - What is 'Full Frame'?
  • Sensor Size Comparision between HDSLR and other Compact cameras
  • Price Comparision between HDSLR and other Compact cameras

Video Characteristics of DSLRs

  • Defective Pixels
  • Aliasing & Moire
  • Rolling Shutter Effects
  • Overheating
  • HDMI Output

Choosing the Right Lens

  • Primes
  • Zooms
  • Still Photography vs Cine Lens
  • Crop Factor & Focal Length Multiplier
  • Lens Review by Shane Hurlbut (excerpt taken from Shane Hurlbut, ASC)

Storage

  • Choosing the right storage media (Compact Flash Card/SD card/SSD)
  • Transferring Files
  • Data Wrangling

Audio Support for the DSLR and compact video camera

  • On Camera Audio 
  • Separate System Audio Recording
  • Customizing/Modifying your compact camera 

Transforming the DSLR

  • Base Systems & Cages
  • Handheld Rigs
  • Focus Systems
  • Mattebox / Filter Holders
  • DSLR Viewfinders
  • Electronic Viewfinders
  • Field Monitors (HDMI)

Shooting with the Compact Video Camera - Functions, Rules & Tips

  • Focusing with Photographic Lenses
  • Locking the Shutter Speed
  • Neutral Density Filters
  • Controlling the F/Stop
  • Disabling Auto Functions
  • White Balance
  • Canon DSLR Electronic ISO & Noise Levels
  • Panning
  • Understanding & Optimizing the Picture Styles
  • Stretching the Latitude ('Shooting for Post')
  • Choosing the Right Picture Style
  • Using & Understanding the Histogram
  • Shooting Time Lapse
  • Getting the 'Right Gear for the Right Job'

Camera motion with a DSLR or compact camera 

  • Manual Sliders
  • Motion Control Sliders
  • Glidecam/Steadicam
  • Jib Arms

Discussion and footage review of

  • Customized Helmet Mounts
  • Tyler MiniGyro
  • RC Helicopter Rigs

Post Production Workflow

  • H.264 Native Video Recording
  • Transcoding Methods
  • The DSLR Post Workflow
  • The Blackmagic RAW Post Workflow
  • Image Correction Softwares & Plug-Ins
  • Basic Editing
  • Basic Coloring & Exporting
  • Advanced Time Lapse (HDR & Post Production)
  • Conclusion

Understanding & Working with the DSLR

  • Maximizing the DSLR's potential
  • Current & Future Role of the HDSLR
  • Comparison between the HDSLR and  Compact RAW video cameras such as the Blackmagic Cinema Cam

Instructors:

LIM TECK SIANG

Lim Teck Siang is formally trained in the discipline of filmmaking and currently pursuing his career in professional cinematography. In both commercial and independent work, he is known for his knowledge of narrative film techniques, expertise in cinematographic technology, as well as his strong collaborative spirit and effective team leadership.

DERRICK LOO

Derrick has conducted courses for various local institutions since 2011. This includes Lasalle College where he conducted camera operation and Lighting courses and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Film and Media Studies where he taught Practical Cinematography.

The High Speed Cinematography masterclass teaches cinematographers ,DoP's and cameramen all about shooting high frame rates for slow motion.

They'll get a chance to use state of the art equipment to shoot scenarios that they've previously thought unshootable.

They also learn about the technicalities of lighting for a high frame rate shoot as well as stylistic choices that can be made to achieve particular effects.


Course Duration: 

1 Day (9.30am - 5.30pm)


Date: 

To Be Announced


Course Fee:

S$950 per person before GST

S$1016.50 per person after GST


Target Audience: 

Directors, Directors of Photography, Cinematographers and Camera Operators


Course Outline:

  • Intro to High Speed Cinematography
  • Frame Rates achievable by different cameras
  • The right frame rate for the right ffect
  • Lighting for High Speed shoots
  • Types of lights useable
  • Demos on different light sources
  • Hands on in the studio
  • (balloon bursting, ice cube dropping into coke etc)
  • Shot review
  • High Speed as creative tool
  • Costs involved in a high speed shoot
  • Uses for High Speed in Production
  • On camera slow motion versus post production software based slow motion

Instructor:

M. Senthilnathan

An award winning cinematographer M.Senthilnathan is founder of T-Eight Films. He has worked on all genres including TVCs, corporate videos, short films and documentaries.

With the availability of powerful remote controlled drones and a range of small high resolution cameras to mount onto them,aerial cinematography has become another tool in the visual storyteller's arsenal.

However before using these in productions it is useful to know the safety aspects and limitations of these devices. Once these are adequately understood the next step is to actually learn to pilot these devices.

This 2 day course is designed to provide a firm grounding in the legal and safety issues of drone use as well as to provide a basic grounding in the operation of a drone for the purpose of video production.


Course Duration:

2 days (9.30am to 5.30pm)


Dates:

28 - 29 Mar 2018


Course Fee:

S$ 2800.00 before 7% GST

S$ 2996.00 after 7% GST

The course is eligible for Skillsfuture Credit for Singaporeans


Course Outline:

Part 1: Introduction to the Drone

  • Principles of Flight
  • Characteristics of Flight Controls
  • UAV Characteristics
  • Different Flying modes
  • Line of Sight Flying Skills
  • Recommended Drone Choices

Part 2: Legal & Safety issues

  • CAAS Roles & Regulations
  • UAV Safety & Handling
  • Safety Checks & Standard Operating Procedures
  • Contingency Plans

Part 3: Roles of an Aerial Director / Co-pilot

  • Understanding Your Role
  • Planning Your Shots
  • Drone Movement
  • Gimbal Movement
  • The Flying Language
  • Maximize Your Flight Time
  • Team Effort
  • Camera Settings
  • Exposure Settings
  • How to use the DJI Pilot App

Part 4: Flight Simulator

  • Demonstration on DJI Flight Simulator
  • Group Breakout & Practice

Part 5: Aerial Cinematography – Flight Patterns to Master

  • The Line
  • The Crab
  • The Elevator
  • The Arc
  • The 360
  • The Moving Object
  • The Fly Past

Part 6: Flying a Drone

  • Live Demonstration with DJI Phantom
  • Pre-flight Checks
  • Group Break out & Practice

Part 7: Create your Own Aerial Video

  • Pre-production Flight planning
  • Group Break out & Shoot

Instructor:

CK Chan

CK studied in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts & graduated in 1994 with a BFA in Furniture & Industrial Design. In 1998, he started Upside Down Concepts, an award-winning video production house in Singapore. In the last 20 years, he has directed & shot more than 500 projects ranging from TV reality, documentaries, drama, sports programming, feature film, music videos & stereoscopic 3D production.

Camera Movement and Stabilisation

A Director of Photography has a heavy responsibility of realising the director's vision on set as well as to provide a variety of shots for the editor to use in pursuit of realising the director's vision.

One important tool in the DoP's arsenal is the use of camera movement. With the camera acting as the audience’s portal into the world being created, it’s crucially important for the camera, and the way it moves, to enhance the story being told, rather than hinder it. While that might sound like a simple concept, in reality, it can be as complex as any cinematographer/director decides to make it.

The right camera movements can assist in drawing the viewer deeper into a scene, reveal more information about a scene or character or affect the mood of the scene, making it more claustrophobic or opening up the space to set the audience apart from the action.

While there are many new tools for creating camera movement such as sliders, gyroscopic gimbals, jibs and cranes, there has to be an understanding of why the camera is moved rather than just how to use the tools to do it.

This course covers both by discussing the philosophy of camera movement using case studies as well as a strong hands on component where participants learn to work with the tools used for camera movement.


Course Duration:

3 days (9.30am - 5.30pm)


Dates:

5-7 Feb 2020 (Wed - Fri)


Course Fee:

S$ 1800 before 7% GST 

S$ 1926 after 7% GST


Course Outline:

  • Creating a visual language
  • Shot sizes
  • Types of camera movement 
  • Motivations - Why move the camera?
  • What do camera movements suggest?
  • Examples and Case Studies
  • When does camera motion distract?
  • Negative Examples of camera motion
  • Setting up and working with various camera movement tools
  • Hand Held camera movements & techniques
  • On tripod camera motion (Pan, tilt & floating)
  • Sliders (manual, motorised) from small form factor to large format
  • Glidecam/similar stabilisers
  • Dolly - (traditional vs modern equipment)
  • Jib - (portable small format to larger jibs)

Depending on availability we may also include demonstrations of more specialised camera equipment such as the Movi 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal.

The practical sessions are interspersed with shot reviews and discussion of how the shots might be usedn

This is a very hands on course in which participants will handle a variety of video equipment. As such,participants should dress comfortably with covered shoes and be prepared to carry equipment. Participants should not have any significant health issues which would affect their ability to work with the equipment.


Instructors:

LIM TECK SIANG

Lim Teck Siang is formally trained in the discipline of filmmaking and currently pursuing his career in professional cinematography. In both commercial and independent work, he is known for his knowledge of narrative film techniques, expertise in cinematographic technology, as well as his strong collaborative spirit and effective team leadership.

DERRICK LOO

Derrick has conducted courses for various local institutions since 2011. This includes Lasalle College where he conducted camera operation and Lighting courses and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Film and Media Studies where he taught Practical Cinematography.

Eric Lin

Eric is a cinematographer with more than 15 years of experience in documentary, narrative film and commercials. He has conducted courses for Mediacorp, NUS and many of AV8 Media's clients.

The Tiffen Steadicam Silver Workshop is a unique opportunity for working camera operators to learn the use and application of Steadicam within the film and television world. The workshop is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually wearing and using the system.


Course Duration: 

3 days (9.30am - 5.30pm)


Dates:

Please contact us for schedules. If you have 4 participants, we can arrange a custom course for your organisation.


Course Fee:

Please contact us for course fees.


Prerequisites:

This is a very hands on course with a significant amount of physical activity. Participants should be of reasonable fitness with no medical conditions (heart condtion,back problems etc) that preclude them from physical exertion and carrying equipment. Participants should dress comfortably with covered shoes.

Participants should also be familiar with camera basics and operation.


Course Outline:

Steadicam® is now a commonly used tool within the film and television industry, however it requires training and practice in order to produce good results. More than just a stabilizer, as a shooting system it is able to provide an individual style to the production often greatly desired by producers and directors. Additionally, complex moving scenes can not only be quicker to shoot, but also more dramatic by adding pace and dimension to the shot.

The Tiffen Steadicam Silver Workshop is a unique opportunity for working camera operators to learn the use and application of Steadicam within the film and television world. The workshop is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually wearing and using the system.The main difference between the Silver and Bronze workshops is length of time, with the longer Silver workshops affording more time for instruction.

On completion of the training program the participants will be able to:


  •     Assemble the Steadicam and fit camera and all accessories.
  •     Understand the principles of operation of a Steadicam.
  •     Balance the system correctly including dynamic balance.
  •     Put on and adjust the operators vest for best fit.
  •     Adjust the suspension arm for the camera weight.
  •     Understand rest positions.
  •     Start and stop smoothly.
  •     Post pan sled.
  •     Body pan sled.
  •     Track shooting sideways.
  •     Circle the subject.
  •     Walk forward shoot back.
  •     Switch forward and back.
  •     Handle actor sitting and standing from a chair.
  •     Tackle steps and stairs.
  •     Handle corners and corridors to best advantage.
  •     Change to low mode.
  •     Understand blocking out a shot.
  •     Have knowledge of working in adverse conditions.
  •     Communicate with clients and directors.

This is by no means an exhaustive list and there will be many other skills and techniques passed on during the course of the course

Please see below for  highlight reels:

Steadicam Workshop Trailer from The Tiffen Company on Vimeo.


Instructor:

Wan Zhongwei

To operate a Steadicam is like doing a dance, structured but with finesse and yet able to tell a story. Although Zhong Wei is not a dancer by nature, he is able to move together as if he is one with the camera. He has had a deep interest in the art of the moving camera since 2009.

Course Duration:

2 days (9.30am - 5.30pm)


Price:

S$ 1500 before 7% GST

S$ 1819 after 7% GST


Prerequisites:

This is a very hands on course with a significant amount of physical activity. Participants should be of reasonable fitness with no medical conditions (heart conditions, back problems etc) that preclude them from physical exertion and carrying equipment. Participants should dress comfortably with covered shoes.


Course Outline:

The DJI Ronin is fast becoming an industry standard camera stabilisation system . However it is still being used incorrectly in many situations.

This course is designed to get the operator using the DJI Ronin safely and effectively for a variety of shoot situations

We cover:

  • Introduction to the DJI Ronin
  • Differences between the Ronin Models
  • Setting up and Balancing a Ronin
  • Common Ronin Setups
  • Underslung Mode
  • Upright Mode
  • Briefcase Mode

Instructor:

WAN ZHONGWEI

To operate a Steadicam is like doing a dance, structured but with finesse and yet able to tell a story. Although Zhong Wei is not a dancer by nature, he is able to move together as if he is one with the camera. He has had a deep interest in the art of the moving camera since 2009.

Course Duration:

2 days (9.30am - 5.30pm)


Course Fee:

S$1500 before GST

S$1605 after GST


Prerequisites:

This is a very hands on course with a significant amount of physical activity. Participants should be of reasonable fitness with no medical conditions (heart condition, back problems etc) that preclude them from physical exertion and carrying equipment. It is recommended that they have previously attended the Shooting with DJI Ronin course .Participants should dress comfortably with covered shoes.


Course Outline:

The DJI Ronin is fast becoming an industry standard camera stabilisation system . This course is designed as a follow up to our Shooting with the DJI Ronin course and covers more challenging shoot scenarios.

We cover:


  • Using the Ronin with a Wireless Follow Focus unit
  • Using the Ronin with wireless video accessories
  • Working with larger camera setups (matte boxes etc)
  • Setting up complicated shots (handoffs etc)
  • Combining the Ronin with other Stabiliser systems (Easyrig etc)
  • The course is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually setting up and using the system while testing various challenging scenarios.

Instructor:

WAN ZHONGWEI

To operate a Steadicam is like doing a dance, structured but with finesse and yet able to tell a story. Although Zhong Wei is not a dancer by nature, he is able to move together as if he is one with the camera. He has had a deep interest in the art of the moving camera since 2009.

Ultra light camera stabilisers like the DJI Osmo may seem toylike but they deliver stable high resolution images that can be used for a variety of shoots. This course is designed to get you up and running with stabilisers like these.

Course Duration:

1 day (9.30am - 5.30pm) 

Course Fee:

S$650 before 7% GST

S$695.50 after 7% GST

Course Outline:

      • Introduction to the DJI Osmo
      • Operating Modes: Upright Mode, Underslung Mode, Flashlight Mode, Portrait Mode
      • Advantages and Disadvantages compared to other stabilisers
      • Other ultralight stabilisers
      • Various Shoot scenarios
      • Tools for Further stabilising the images in post production

The course is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually setting up and using the system while testing various challenging scenarios.


Instructor:

WAN ZHONGWEI

To operate a Steadicam is like doing a dance, structured but with finesse and yet able to tell a story. Although Zhong Wei is not a dancer by nature, he is able to move together as if he is one with the camera. He has had a deep interest in the art of the moving camera since 2009.

Courses for Camera Assistants

The 1st ,2nd and 3rd AC's hold an indispensable role on set and good AC's are always in demand. However there is little formal training about the roles and responsibilities of the various AC's and on set is not always the best place to learn.

Course Duration:

4 days (9.30am - 5.30pm)

Course Fee:

S$ 2400 before 7% GST

S$ 2568 after 7% GST


Course Outline:

  • Roles and duties of 1st AC, 2nd AC, 3rd AC
  • Basic cabling management
  • Tripod set up, usage, and maintenance
  • Log sheet functions (why and how to create and fill in log sheets)
  • How to clean lenses / filters
  • Battery management (charging & maintaining supply)
  • Useful attire and accessories for the AC
  • How to 'slate' correctly
  • Proper use of shoot commands
  • Setting up a video village (small vs large scale)
  • How to calibrate monitor (video village)
  • Basic Camera Build
  • Procedures to follow when checking/renting/collect camera equipment
  • Assisting the 1st AC / 2nd AC (understanding roles)
  • Basic focus pulling techniques
  • Understanding camera department discipline , work flow and on-set etiquette 

Instructor:

SHAWN FONSEKA

Shawn started his media career in 1998 with a rental house and worked in various crew positions including PA, Junior Grip, Junior Camera Assistant, Film Clapper loader roles. He has experienced  a wide variety of shoots and worked his way to First AC and DoP.

This course delves deep into the more advanced functions that an AC needs to perform on set, including advanced focus pulling techniques.

Course Duration:

2 days (9.30am - 5.30pm)


Course Fee:

S$1800 before 7% GST

S$1926 after 7% GST


Prerequisites:

This is a very hands on course where participants will handle a variety of video equipment. As such, participants should dress comfortably with covered shoes and be prepared to carry their own equipment. Participants should not have any significant health issues which would affect their ability to work with video equipment


Course Outline:


  • Advanced focus pulling techniques
  • Back focus lens checks and camera alignment tests
  • Camera calibration for the different types of digital cameras 
  • Soft skills - Managing and Organising camera department on set
  • Factors to consider when considering on set workflow

Instructor:

SHAWN FONSEKA

Shawn started his media career in 1998 with a rental house and worked in various crew positions including PA, Junior Grip, Junior Camera Assistant, Film Clapper loader roles. He has experienced  a wide variety of shoots and worked his way to First AC and DoP.

Lighting

Duration:

3 days (9.30 am to 5.30 pm)


Dates: 

10 - 12 March 2021 (Wed - Fri)


Course Fee:

S$1950 per person before GST

S$2086.50 per person after GST


Course Outline:

Media practitioners often lament the fact that budgets seem to be shrinking while client expectations are increasing. Productions often have to work with very small crews and tight deadlines to get their work done. In doing so the aesthetics sometimes suffer . Lighting is a large part of the shoot aesthetic and when working with small crews there is often a feeling on set that there is not enough time or manpower to get professional looking lighting.

However this does not need to be the case. With some know how and an understanding of the latest generation of portable lights, a small crew can achieve a high end look

In this course we specifically tackle the issues faced when working with very small crews and share methods of giving your production a professional look with limited resources. A large amount of the course consists of hands on exercises where participants find out what's achievable with 2 man to 5 man crews. The exercises also consist of typical lighting setups such as for talking heads, chroma key and simple product shoots using both natural light and ultra portable lights such as next generation LEDs.

Safety aspects of lighting as well as power distribution are also covered;

  • Lighting fundamentals - (Key light, Fill light, Rim light, Ambient light, Eye light)
  • Quality of Light - (Directional, Diffused, Bounced, Positive/Negative fill)
  • Types of portable light fixtures - (Fluorescent, Tungsten, LED)
  • Portable Lighting Supports
  • Power distribution and Lighting safety
  • The Location lighting process - (Recce, Plan, Equip Maximize)
  • Practical Lighting - (Film Lighting, Natural Light, Combining Practical (Existing) light and film lighting)
  • Lighting styles - (‘Documentary’ lighting (natural), Mixed lighting (colour temperatures), Stylised lighting)
  • Equipment breakdowns and case studies - Whats achievable with a 2 man crew? 3 man crew? 5 man crew?

Practical Lighting exercises:

  • Talking Head / Interview
  • On site basic product shoot
  • Chroma Key
  • Indoor/outdoor setups - lighting in actual locations (ex. outdoor, indoor, office, etc)
  • Small studio lighting
  • 3 point lighting,
  • Stylised lighting (Music Video, fashion, experimental)

Instructors:

LIM TECK SIANG

Lim Teck Siang is formally trained in the discipline of filmmaking and currently pursuing his career in professional cinematography. In both commercial and independent work, he is known for his knowledge of narrative film techniques, expertise in cinematographic technology, as well as his strong collaborative spirit and effective team leadership.

DERRICK LOO

Derrick has conducted courses for various local institutions since 2011. This includes Lasalle College where he conducted camera operation and Lighting courses and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Film and Media Studies where he taught Practical Cinematography.

ERIC LIN

Eric is a cinematographer with more than 15 years of experience in documentary, narrative film and commercials. He has conducted courses for Mediacorp, NUS and many of AV8 Media's clients.

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