A few years ago, director Ari Golan of Atomic Imaging was so impressed with Per Holmes’ Hollywood Camera Work DVD, “Hot Moves – The Science of Awesome,” that he called him and they spent three hours on the phone.
During the conversation, they agreed on starting training courses based on Holmes’ original two DVDs, of which Golan has been an enthusiastic fan for years.
Since 2009, the cofounders have held successful Hollywood Camera Work seminars to rave reviews in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, throughout Europe “and we are looking to expand in South America,” Golan says.
Their next Chicago seminar, Green Screen Intensive, will be held May 3-5 at Golan’s River North studios, with Holmes leading the training course and Golan assisting.
The seminar, limited to 25 participants — directors, producers, DPs and visual effects people, crams enough hands-on skills in two-and-a-half days to give a level of competence needed to produce big budget-looking visual effects for the smallest of budgets.
“Moving an actor and camera around a 3D space is one of the most misunderstood techniques,” says Golan. “We want this class to help directors prep for shoots and achieve the highest level of green screen production.”
The seminar, taking place place in Atomic Imaging’s green screen studio with a 22×25-ft. green cyc, will utilize a Blackmagic cinema camera, Teradek transmitters to provide a wireless signal to iPads and video projectors to facilitate cordless onset monitors, Golan says.
The course goes through full virtual set production with camera moves and full shots from every aspect, set extensions and green screen solutions to live-action problems, from choices made on the set, such as camera moves, markers, lighting and exposure, to post-production.
Holmes’ six-volume DVD courses offer intense training in green screen, virtual set, 3D, camera tracking, and motion control. Character animation, motion capture, crowd replication, digital set extension, and VFX cinematography.
Holmes and Golan will be conducting Los Angeles seminars March 15-24. To reserve a space in the Chicago May seminar, click here.
Sidebar: Just released is Hollywood Camera Work’s Green Screener, an app to take into the field to measure the evenness of green screen lighting. It’s available on iTunes for $9.99.
Holmes agreed and the six volume DVD course offers intense training in green screen, virtual set, 3D, camera tracking, and motion control. Character animation, motion capture, crowd replication, digital set extension, and VFX cinematography are also covered.