From The Bottom of Our Hearts

To everyone who made this possible:

Those of you who signed up to participate in this experience and believed enough in us to take time off from work, to leave your homes, your families, some of you traveling from as far away as Croatia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turks and Caico and Brazil. We understood fully that you were investing your hard earned money, time, and energy. We feel a huge amount of responsibility to deliver on our promise to you. That we will always use the best of our abilities and resources to try to create the most dynamic, interactive and best possible environment to foster our growth as artists, filmmakers and storytellers. We consider you all family.

We worked hard over the last 8 months to make sure we had everything organized and in place so things would run smoothly and everyone could focus on learning, networking and enjoying our journey together. We could not have done this without the support of a lot of people. This is our attempt to thank you all. Without each and every one of you this could never have been what it evolved into.

Our Staff

You guys sacrificed sleep and were willing to do anything we asked of you without hesitation. When you are working as hard as we all did, you have to have fun or things can and will unravel quickly. You all kept your sense of humor and incredible dispositions and had a great attitude no matter how exhausted we all were. You went above and beyond the call of duty. So a huge thanks to Karen Abad, Tyler Gorrell, Dustin Bennett, Jared Levy, Justin P. Hamilton, John Miller, Chad Nickle and Melissa Ransdell. There isn’t enough space, time or words for us to fully explain how much we appreciate everything you did. Beyond your hard work it was great to see you all there as friends. You are some of the coolest, nicest, funniest, most talented people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We look forward to hanging out with you all away from the event, collaborating with you on film projects, having conversations and just being around such genuine, down to earth people. Thank you a million times.

The Variable Crew

When Shane Hurlbut ASC, told us his idea for his hands on workshop we were 100 percent behind it. He wanted to make it more interactive and customizable by allowing attendees to vote on which scenario out of 12 possibilities they wanted to learn about. When we got the list for the amount of different types of lighting required to make it feasible, we immediately knew who to turn to for help. Khalid Mohtaseb from Variable was an absolute lifesaver. He is an incredibly talented DP and through working with him on set he has taught us so much about so many different things. He really showed us the importance of a higher level of work ethic and a mentality referred to as NGAF. He helped us make sense of what we needed not only for Shane’s session but also helped us to figure out the lighting rentals required for every other session. Khalid, along with Jon Bregel, Nick Midwig, and Daniel Stewart headed up a massive early morning load in of a 3 ton grip truck in addition to a ton of DIY lighting rigs that Shane had shipped to Austin. They worked hard all day and had everything dialed in. They absolutely crushed! Then at the end of the day they saved us again and just completely owned the load out. It was an exhausting day but they just kept smiling and were an unbelievable morale boost. Without them along with the help of Derrick Johnson and Jack Chen none of that would have been possible. What they were able to pull off with such a small crew is unheard of. They were setting up lighting from scratch to recreate feature film scenes in 10 minutes! It’s a testament to their talent, hard work, knowledge and ability to perform under pressure in crunch time. Hats off! You were unbelievably amazing. We took a calculated risk and without you all, what could have easily been a disaster, instead was an incredible success. We are so proud and honored to know you!

The Sponsors

Without the support of Kessler Crane, Rule Boston Camera, The Music Bed, Manfrotto, Zacuto, Lens Pro To Go, Cinetics, Rode Microphones, Marshall Electronics, Edit Share and Letus: there is no way we would be able to keep our ticket prices affordable and still keep the production value and caliber of educators we had. We salute you for believing in the value of education and supporting Masters in Motion.

The Educators

Tatjana Green, Joe Simon, Alex Buono, Vincent Laforet, Shane Hurlbut ASC, Ian Vertovec, Mike Sutton, Preston Kanak, Eric Kessler, Sean Stiegmeier, Jon Bregel, Nick Midwig, Justin P. Hamilton, Konrad Cystokowski, Ondi Timoner, Erik Aadahl, and Philip Bloom. Your honesty, passion, knowledge and willingness to “take the gloves off” was appreciated by everyone. It was humbling to see so much talent gathered in Austin. Every time we thought it couldn’t possibly get better you managed to step up and deliver the goods. Our brains were crammed full of information, constantly.

We live in an incredible time. Camera technology has reached the point where it no longer needs to be the focus. It plays a role but we sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing in our vision of a workshop experience that transcends camera specs. While reflecting back on your presentations your collective body of work is mind-blowing. For those of you that had a hands on session we also want to thank you for your tireless energy. In order to keep things more intimate we decided to break up into a lot of small groups and for you all to take on group after group with the same enthusiasm was inspiring. As tired and exhausted as we were, to see you all pull together and perform at such a high level without a complaint really give us the boost we needed. We also want to thank those of you that were able to come out and interact at night. It really means a lot to us that without us even having to ask you wanted to be part of this experience on all levels. We can never thank you enough. You inspired, motivated, educated, and blew a lot of minds. We are so proud of all of you and it truly was an honor to have you be a part of this.

Annie Ray

The photo booth pictures are so good! There are so many classics. A quick calculation of the amount of photos you delivered means that even if you didn’t delete a single one you were taking 2 photos a minute for the entire wrap party. That’s amazing. You worked it and captured images that will forever embody the insanity that was this years event. We love working with you and just wanted to make sure you knew how much we appreciated what you did for us all.

Braden Jobson

The videos you made for the event are absolutely incredible. You captured the essence of what was going on to a tee. We can’t thank you enough for your hard work!

Carlos

Many of you met Cristina’s brother, Carlos, but for those of you that didn’t have the pleasure, he was a very integral part to the success of this event. The amount of different ways he helped us was unbelievable. He started early in the morning and just kept going. We can’t thank you enough for not only all of your hard work but also for just being awesome and holding it all together behind the scenes. You kept our spirits up, you got everyone where they needed to go, you just did an all around stellar job and all we heard from everyone that crossed your path was how amazing you were. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of expressing how grateful we are for everything you did and for you just being yourself but it was extremely important to us to at least acknowledge it.

Final Thoughts

Collectively something happened in Austin. Some intangible experience that we’re having trouble putting into words. Maybe it’s just one of those things that can’t be expressed in this medium. Maybe you just “had to be there” to fully appreciate it or to understand it. Everyone was sent a survey and one question asked you all to rate your overall satisfaction with the event on a scale of 1-10. The average rating was 9.06 out of 10. We can’t even begin to tell you what that means to us. It reaffirmed what we believed all along and we will try to sum it up briefly.

No matter what you are trying to accomplish in life whether it be to run an event filmmaking company, to craft narrative shorts, to produced commercial work, to make a feature film or to run an event like this. We believe that there are some things that will make your chance of succeeding exponentially higher.

Anything that is worth doing is worth doing right. Never accept mediocrity. This means you have to constantly evolve. It means it is going to require hard work, sacrifice and dedication. You are going to have to get your hands dirty and accept the fact that the perception of filmmaking being glamorous is largely misconstrued. The only way any thing gets done is to do it. YOU have to make shit happen. No one is going to hand you anything in this life.

That being said, you can’t do it alone. You need to surround yourselves with a talented group of like minded creatives that believe in you and vice versa. Passion is contagious. Negativity is too. The situation you are in is largely created out of personal choices. If you are surrounded by negativity it will create a toxic environment where creativity goes to die. Don’t accept that. Make sure you are around genuine, talented, hard working, and down to earth people. We met a lot of them this week.

Sometimes, you have to do things that might not benefit you financially. If anyone was under the impression that Masters in Motion was created with the primary objective being us making money we hope through our actions and dedication you know that now to be false. We all have bills to pay. We need to make money. If that is the only thing you ever focus on though, we believe you may miss out on something bigger. Do what you have to do to survive but please don’t forget that passion projects are important too. Who knows what the future holds for Masters in Motion but if we only looked at this from a financial standpoint it wouldn’t exist. We are doing this because we believe in something more important than money, more important than gear, more important than ourselves. If we don’t help out one another and strive to collectively better ourselves than we should call it a day because that’s a shitty way to go about life.

In conclusion, we just want to once again thank each and everyone of you. You are all a part of the Masters in Motion family. We will promise you this. We will never get complacent. We will always strive to evolve and improve. We will always take risks and try to push the envelope. We may fall on our faces but with such an incredible community behind us now, we know we can never fail. You have touched us deeply and made us want to be better filmmakers, better storytellers but more importantly than any of that, better people. We hope you feel the same way. We would love to hear what all of you think. Also, if you have links to any photo galleries, blog posts, or videos please leave links in the comments section. There were a lot of aspects of the event we missed and would love to see how it all unfolded through your eyes.

One last nugget we discovered at Masters in Motion. This little note expressing our gratitude isn’t the least we could do but there must be something more we could do, so on that note.

This is the medium we could do. Thank you all for creating memories and an experience we will never forget.

Cristina + Jon


Ondi Timoner: MIM Speaker Spotlight

We are extremely excited to announce the newest speaker for this years Masters in Motion filmmaking workshop in Austin, Texas. The only director to ever win the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice! Ondi is a film director, producer and editor. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a double major in American Studies (concentration in Film and Literature) and Theater Studies.
Below is the trailer to WE LIVE IN PUBLIC which won the Grand Jury Prize in 2009. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a definite must-see documentary. There is some adult language and brief nudity in the trailer.

Ondi has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 Sundance-winning doc, DIG!, about the collision of art & commerce through the star-crossed rivalry between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre — and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, about an Internet visionary, Josh Harris, who showed by example how willingly we will trade our privacy and eventually sanity in the virtual age– were both acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection.  She also directed the socio-political feature documentaries, Join Us (2007), about the cult epidemic in America, and The Nature of the Beast (1994), a hard-hitting look at the US prison system through the double murder case of Bonnie Jean Foreshaw. Her short films include LIBRARY OF DUST (2011) – a story about thousands of cremated remains of patients discovered in a shed at the Oregon State Hospital, which premiered at SXSW in 2011 & won the Grand Jury Prize in Seattle Int’l FF, Taos FF, Miami FF, Traverse City FF; and RECYCLE (2006) which premiered at Sundance, and subsequently screened at Cannes and in schools worldwide. Timoner premiered her fifth feature-length documentary COOL IT – a film that blasts through the polarizing logjam of the climate change debate to bring a solid plan for solutions – at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. It was released theatrically through Roadside Attractions.

In any format, Ondi loves to use her camera as a bridge to bring herself and the audience deep into worlds they may never otherwise enter. In 2000, Timoner created, produced and directed the original VH-1 series Sound Affects, about music’s effect at critical moments in people’s lives.  She has directed commercials and web series for such companies as McDonalds, State Farm, Ford, The Army, and others.  She has directed films for CNN Heroes, and helmed the latest two short films for Honda’s Dream the Impossible series, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  She directed the opening film for President Clinton’s birthday/fundraiser concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Oct ’11. Her film starred Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, and the President, among others.

Having made dramatic documentaries with strong narratives (and witnessed many documentaries that fit this bill) Ondi likes to call her next directorial effort a “pre-scripted actor film.”  Entitled MAPPLETHORPE, it tells the story of the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.  Timoner took the project through the Sundance Directors, Screenwriters and Producers Labs, and was invited into the Tribeca All-Access Program– receiving grants from both Sundance and Tribeca to develop MAPPLETHORPE. She has since written the draft that will be produced, and is planning to shoot the film in fall 2013.

You can check out more of Ondi’s work here: Interloper Films


Cedar Point Halloweekend Meetup THIS Friday with PRIZES!

Every year Eric Kessler and the whole Kessler Crane family head out to Cedar Point for Halloweekend and we’re glad to be a part of the 2nd annual meetup. Friday September 21st at 8pm we’ll all meet by the entrance at the Midway Carousel. Make sure to bring your cameras because this meetup is doubling as a film competition so the best video from the meet up, no more than 90 seconds in length, will win a $500 gift certificate for Kessler Crane. In addition to Jon and I, Eric Kessler, Preston Kanak, Joel Graves, and Chris Beller will be there so join us for some fun!
Check out this awesome video Preston Kanak created from last year’s meetup:

Cedar Point from Preston Kanak on Vimeo.


Calling All Ladies

Nowadays it’s become more difficult to attend as many educational events as I’d like. I still try to make time for two every year because it’s important for my own growth as a filmmaker and let’s face it, online education is just not the same as in person learning. One thing I haven’t had a chance to do much of either is teach. Obviously both Jon and I are very passionate about sharing what we know otherwise there would be no blog. With our own events we’ve always avoided making ourselves speakers because organizing events is just too much work and we feel we wouldn’t be able to give 100% to preparing a presentation.
I’m very excited to announce that I’ll have a chance to teach this November in Scottsdale, Arizona at a one of a kind event. The Posh Retreat is an educational conference that is just for women. The main focus of the event itself is targeted towards filmmakers who film weddings. I’ll be speaking alongside some very talented ladies in the industry: Joyce Tsang of Stillmotion, Meg Simone, and Kim Freels. I’ll be speaking twice during the event: Once on utilizing your Glidecam and the second talk will be focused on breaking into commercial filmmaking.
The you so much to Posh for inviting me to speak at this awesome event! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone there!


Welcome to Our New Home

You know how it is with moving. You have to pack everything in boxes. Decide what you want to keep and what you’ve just been hanging on to thats been collecting dust. When you move into a new place, you get a fresh start. We’ve been working hard on redecorating. We were essentially living in two different spaces on the inter-webs and it just felt too fractured. In order to keep up with our evolving efforts here, we’ve brought Masters in Motion and Shoot Edit Learn together. They were like that couple you always knew were going to get married it was just a matter of time.

Our efforts in both endeavors has primarily been a labor of love. Our goal is to promote education online and (gasp) in the real world. We have simplified it. Now you can keep up with our blog, podcasts, and live events all in one place. You’ll notice in the coming weeks that much like any new house there are still some changes we want to make. The basement needs finished, and we may do some repainting.

This is an exciting time for us and we got settled in just in time to announce the next Masters in Motion 3 day workshop! Our goal is to get back to the original social network. Good old-fashioned, face to face conversations with like minded creative people. Last years event was beyond anything we could have imagined. Over the course of the event we watched people who didn’t know each other from a can of paint forge friendships and share an amazing experience. We learned so much not only from our amazing speakers but also from everyone who participated. The response was overwhelming and we listened to input and advice from everyone who attended. We believe we have brought together an amazing lineup this year. We are looking forward to building upon the foundation we created last year. Like any project we work on our goal is to continually push ourselves and our industry forward.

Now we can’t give away all the surprises just yet but we are announcing our first 4 speakers today and opening up registration. We’ve been working on this since the day last years event finished and we believe it has paid off. Our first four speakers have invaluable real world experience including working on Saturday Night Live,Green Street Hooligans, Bigger Faster Stronger, Red Tails, The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and for clients such as Nike, Canon, Toyota, Apple, and NFL Network. Beyond that we carefully hand select presenters we feel best fit our style. Which is a down-to-earth, no b.s. approach.

We hope you like our new home. Have a look around. If you have any questions feel free to email us at info@shooteditlearn.com or send us a tweet at @shooteditlearn.

Come join us in Austin. Because some stories need to be told in person.

Hope to see you there!

Jon Connor + Cristina Valdivieso

 

 


Philly Meetup!

Well, it’s been a while but we’re finally having another meetup here in Philadelphia. Join us for drinks, bowling, and some good old conversation on February 7th at 6pm at NorthBowl located at 909 N. 2nd St. Bowling typically runs about $10 per person but it always depends on exactly how many people are in the lane. Look forward to seeing you there!


THIS Sunday – Podcast With Philip Bloom

So it’s that time again! We had so much fun during our last live video podcast and got so much great feedback that we decided to do it again. Karen Abad and I have invited Philip Bloom to join us this Sunday for a live interview and, of course, some q+a from all the viewers.
Both of us have considered Philip a dear friend for years and we’re looking forward to getting technical and hearing all about his latest projects and what’s in store for the future. In case you haven’t had the pleasure of learning about all the great things Phil has done, below is just a bit of info for you:
For the past 22+ years Philip Bloom has been following his passion as a career and it has taken him around the world to places he’s always felt privileged to have seen.
He has filmed, directed and edited short films, documentaries and much more from Clapham to Cambodia and in 2005 he was short listed for a BAFTA craft award for his series of short films for Sky News “If I were Prime Minister”
Philip is considered one of the new breed of digital cinematographers. Over the past 4+ years he has become one of the leading world evangelists for the low budget film look. Through cameras like the Canon 5DmkII and more recently the Panasonic AF100 and Sony F3. Visit his DSLR films section to see just how beautiful they look. He has used these DSLRs on all sorts of projects from music videos to commercials and documentaries. He also recently was also the second unit DSLR DP on the new movie from Lucasfilm, “RED TAILS”.
Philip always brings a real passion, energy and dedication to his projects no matter how big or small it is. He will always deliver the absolute best that he can every single time.
Philip’s site, www.philipbloom.net, has also gone from becoming a place to showcase his work to a place for people to learn and share. There is a wealth of information on the site for both the seasoned and junior film maker.

We’re looking forward to having all of you join us!
Watch it here: www.shooteditlearn.com/podcasts


And Our Podcast Surprise Guest Is…

As you already know Karen Abad and I are doing our first live video podcast this Thursday at 8:30pm eastern. When we first started discussing doing this we knew we wanted to have a special guest during each show but deciding on the prefect first guest was a little tough. We knew we wanted someone who we respect as a fellow filmmaker but we also wanted someone that could bring something unique to the table so to speak. We’re thrilled about who our special guest is…

The timing really couldn’t be anymore prefect for our surprise guest to be announced. Yesterday was the end of a long journey for him. Over a hundred days of filming towards his first feature length documentary have come to an end and in ten days it will premiere on Showtime. What’s most unique about him is his background. 3 years ago, when I first met him, he was leading the wedding industry with his completely different approach to wedding films. Looking back I would have never guessed that in less than 3 years he’d be filming the Super Bowl but all his success is well deserved.

Without further ado, we’re so excited to announce that Patrick Moreau from StillMotion will be joining us for our first live video podcast this Thursday at 8:30 pm eastern. In case you haven’t had a chance to watch the trailer for A Game of Honor, check it out below. I encourage everyone to check out StillMotion’s website as well. The’ve done so much for the industry including hosting numerous educational events and even developing a music licensing site. Also, make sure to bring your questions because at the end of our podcast we’ll have live q+a with Patrick. You’ll be able to watch it here on ShootEditLearn.com under the podcast tab. We’re both super excited about this & hope that you can join us!


Masters in Motion: The Definitive Recap

First off: a huge thanks to Preston Kanak of 3 Minute Shorts, whose same day edits and incredible work ethic amazed everyone involved. Also thanks to Joel Graves, Jared Levy, Chad Nickle, Tanner Jobe, and Lindsay Grace who helped out tremendously. Also, without Cristina’s hard work, behind the scenes, coordinating a lot of the details that people don’t think about, this would have been impossible, along with the outstanding support of Eric Kessler and Kessler Crane.



Masters in Motion: Day One


After months of hard work and preparation, with a keen attention to detail, we descended on Austin, two days before the event. Our hotel room looked like an industrial era factory, as we employed family and friends to put the finishing touches together. We stuffed attendee swag bags, in assembly line formation, into the wee hours of the morning. This was going to be something else. You could already feel it.

Sunday night, attendees showed up to pick up swag bags, name badges, and to enjoy the open bar in the Atrium of the Omni Hotel. This was a chance for everyone to mingle and get to know each other a little better before the event really kicked into high gear. With some people traveling as far as Denmark for this, we knew we had a huge responsibility on our shoulders. That’s when you have your best opportunities in life though. All eyes are on you and the pressure is on. What are you going to do? Fold under pressure or step up to the plate? It’s a situation we face daily as filmmakers and this would be no different.

Monday arrived and we woke up early. We were nervous but not in a bad way. We knew we had put in the time and were prepared. Now it was just a matter of execution and all the technical stuff working. In essence, it was, in a way, out of our hands now. Kessler Crane, Marshall Monitors, Manfrotto, and Kata Bags transformed the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse into a mini-trade show. Over the next few days, people took advantage of drastic discounts for workshop attendees to buy up most of the gear being shown. We took the stage to kick things off. We explained how the first time we were in the theater was three years ago at Re:Frame and what a pivotal point that was for us professionally. We told the attendees to take advantage of the best resource here, each other. It ended with a Breaking Bad reference in which we said there are no more excuses and “no more half measures” ala character Mike in a monologue he delivers to Walter White. I didn’t realize it at the time but that was an excellent mantra for the rest of the week.

Tom Guilmette took the stage as the first presenter ever for Masters in Motion. No more then a minute into his presentation his computer appeared to have gone into the dreaded “blue screen of death” mode. Gasps were heard, followed by groans. You could have cut through the tension in the room with a knife. Things were looking bad. Really,really,bad.I charged the stage in a desperate attempt to fix it. That’s when we realized Tom had just put a jpeg of the “blue screen of death” into his Keynote. Crisis averted and he now had everyone’s full attention. He proceeded to walk us through life as sports shooter. Explaining his aggressive technique and how he was able to follow fast action like a hockey puck being blasted into the net. He was informative and inspiring. He showed his viral internet hit, “Locked in a Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex,” and broke down all the elements that went into the sound design including some Angry Birds sound effects. He set the tone for the event. Educational, inspirational, yet entertaining.

After lunch Austin’s own, Joe Simon, took the stage. His talk was on Applying Movement to Enhance Your Story. He dissected movies from the 30’s to present day to illustrate his points. He showed his own work as well. He drove home the point that you don’t move the camera just to move it. He explained the subtleties of some of these moves and the deeper meaning behind them. He walked us through techniques he utilizes and was also able to be chock full of knowledge while still engaging the audience. The day was off to a wonderful start.

Joe Simon “mastering motion” with a Phantom Flex on the Glidecam.










After a short break, so everyone could stretch their legs and absorb everything up until that point, we had the extremely talented Philip Bloom take the stage. Although no one likes people to see their work until it has been fine tuned, Philip pulled back the curtain, and treated everyone to a first look at a rough cut, of a short documentary style piece, he had shot the day before in Austin, “The Redneck Hippie.” This piece would be revisited later, and the behind the scenes look at how he works was priceless. Philip went over multiple facets of how he goes about shooting documentary work, down to such subtle nuances as how to get the person you are interviewing to be more comfortable on camera. With real world examples illustrating his points, we all left with a bevy of information that we could apply immediately.

More then just knowledge raining down in Austin.












The fun didn’t stop there though. Later that evening we all met up at Beerland for karaoke. Everyone was treated, and by treated I mean brutally subjected ;), to a duet of the Backstreet Boys “I Want it That Way” by Vincent Laforet and Eric Kessler. Adam Forgione, John Hyland and myself attempted to launch our Masters in Motion Christmas album, but after some confusion with the DJ’s, and the wrong song being played, things devolved quickly. Adam sang his heart out, and during dead spaces John Hyland used observational humor to soften the awkward silences that ensued. I mainly stood there looking like a buffoon, until I was able to jump in on parts where “ooohs” and “ahhhs” were necessary.
Adam Grumbo and many others belted out songs in hilarious fashion until the night wound down. Everyone was finally getting to know one another better and you could feel something building in the air. Or maybe I just had that Phil Simon song stuck in my head, anyway, I digress.

Masters in Motion: Day Two



Day two had arrived. Vincent Laforet gave attendees the choice of him diving right into his presentation or playing Mobius, while he let them all wake up fully. The crowd enthusiastically voted for Mobius. Seeing it play out on the big screen in a proper movie theater was really something else. He walked people through various parts of his career and gave out great advice. Just like all the presenters he took a no nonsense approach and really told it how it is. The B.S. factor over the course of the event was non-existent. After a short break, in which time we covered the first few rows of the Alamo Drafthouse in plastic,obtained a fire extinguisher and collectively crossed our fingers and held our breath, we were set-up with the Phantom Flex for a live demo. Huge thanks to Mike Sutton, from Rule Boston Camera, who was our resident encyclopedia of all things related to the Phantom, and the reason we all got to play with it in the first place. There were bullets dropped,faces slapped, pumpkins smashed, ballons stabbed, hairspray lit on fire, you name it, all played back immediately in glorious slow motion on the big screen. Also, a huge thank you to Abram Letkeman who was absolutely walloped by our own Cristina Valdivieso. All in good fun of course. I’ve never quite seen anything like this at a workshop. There was definitely “no half measures.” Masters in Motion was going hard or going home.

Vincent Laforet and Mike Sutton “Flex-ing”









Which made perfect sense, as our next presenters were certified NGAFer’s, Tyler Ginter, Khalid Mohtaseb, and Jonathan Bregel from Variable. They went over production workflow, divulging a lot of the programs and techniques they used, to manage expenses, clients, invoices, etc. while keeping it all in the “cloud” so they could access it from anywhere. Tyler was an essential part of this basically taking over the a role of producer for Variable. A lot of their work has them jet-setting across the globe so, this is vitally important. In the second half of their talk, they used examples of their work to illustrate an often overlooked but essential part to filmmaking, Lighting. Khalid and Jonathan were clearing in their wheelhouse now, as you could feel their enthusiasm and love of lighting. Again we had a no B.S. approach from these guys. They weren’t saying what you wanted to hear, they were saying what you needed to hear, like it or not. You had to love that.

Certified NGAFer’s in action










Again, the day was not even close to over yet. Joe Simon arranged with the Trophy Room, a small bar two doors down from the theater, to allow us to set up lights and basically take over for the night. Operation Bull Ride: as it was dubbed, was now in full swing. Armed with the Phantom Flex, and again Mike Sutton on hand to help with all aspects, super slow-mo bull riding shenanigans were going down hard in Austin, with Joe Simon manning the camera. People were backflipping, launching off of the bull, general craziness. Day 2 was in the bag.

Vincent Laforet taking the bull by the horns.










Day Three started with people rounding the corner onto Sixth Street, with a lot of eyes squinting, as the Texas sun radiated into weary retinas. There’s no rest for the wicked and this day was no exception. Things kicked into high gear as Philip Bloom again took the stage. This time we got to see the finalcut of “The Redneck Hippie.” It was amazing to not only see the progression of the piece from it’s inception earlier but also to see the timeline and how Philip went about coloring the piece. Oh, sorry, Philip actually went about “colouring” the piece. Again, learning from someone on top of the game is always inspiring. He offered advice, techniques, and as always was more then willing to field everyone’s questions.

The final presenter for Masters in Motion was Adam Forgione. His topic was one, that everyone I know, myself included, seems to know the least about, Audio. Which, is surprising because, it plays such a vital role in distinguishing great work from the mediocre. Adam started off his presentation in unique fashion, he rented a small piano and treated the crowd to a truly inspiring moment. While three minutes of Cinema Paradiso played on the big screen, Adam accompanied it with a live rendition of the score. Everyone was blown away. He then proceeded to take us on a journey. He walked us through step by step on everything we needed to know to get amazing audio. His style of taking complex terms and techniques and breaking them down to simple to understand analogies was extremely helpful. Everyone wanted more. So much so that he had to stay on stage an extra half hour after his scheduled presentation was over.

Adam Forgione giving a clinic on Audio.






Again, the day was far from over. We gathered all the attendees at the Omni Hotel, on two huge buses we rented, and transported everyone over to a skate park. Attendees broke up into three groups. One group went with Mike Sutton, Joe Simon, Jonathan Bregel, and Khalid Mohtaseb, where they were able to get some hands on time with the Phantom Flex. Vincent Laforet and Philip Bloom broke another group up, into two smaller groups, where people learned and shot with the Red Epic. The last group went with Tyler Ginter and Eric Kessler, who went over advanced timelapse techniques, as well as motion controlled timelapses. The groups then continued to rotate until everyone got a chance to partcipate with every station. As the sun set over the park and capped off an incredible day, we all felt like we had been part of something bigger then a workshop. This was not an event. It was an experience.

photo courtesy of @JohnHyland







As if we hadn’t all had our fill already, we headed to the beautiful rooftop deck at Speakeasy for the closing party. 86 the DJ spun tunes all night and the incredibly talented Annie Ray set up an awesome photo booth to get some off-the-wall pictures of everyone. In the midst of all this, some amazing prizes were given out: a Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly, a Zacuto EVF, copies of Plural Eyes, Red Giant Software, and then we asked the question. Did you guys enjoy this enough that we should do it again? After a thunderous response, we made the decision to do it again, in the form of the last prize, a seat to our next event. So, if you missed out on this one and are mad you didn’t come the good news is that there will 100 percent be another one.
Masters in Motion: Day Three



Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Thank you to everyone who attended. You all got “it”. We came to Austin, we took over, we learned together, we networked, we did something really incredible and we feel blessed to have shared such an outrageous and life changing experience with each and everyone of you. Stay tuned as we have some exciting news coming very soon.

A huge thanks to our sponsors:
Kessler Crane
Rule: Boston Camera
Zeiss
Manfrotto
Kata Bags
Marshall
Rode
Zacuto
Red Giant
Planet 5D
Event-DV


25 Days and Counting

After months of planning and organizing every single detail, we’re only 25 days from one of the biggest events of the year. We teamed up with our good friends over at Kessler Crane to bring together an amazing line up of speakers at Masters In Motion in Austin, TX from November 14-16. We’ve been working very hard on developing a unique event that goes beyond gear. Instead, our focus is on filmmaking as a whole, elevating your productions, and developing connections with some of the industry’s best. We’re kicking off the event on Sunday night with a little meet and great and then it all starts Monday morning bright and early. Between Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we’ll be hearing from Tom Guilmette, Joe Simon, Philip Bloom, Vincent Laforet, Khalid Mohtaseb, Jonathan Bregel, Tyler Ginter, and Adam Forgione.

Topics include:

Composition and Imagination with Tom Guilmette

Applying Movement to Enhance Your Story with Joe Simon

Documentary Filmmaking with Philip Bloom

Opposite Sides of the Spectrum with Vincent Laforet

Production Workflow with Khalid, Jonathan, and Tyler

Lighting Theory with Khalid, Jonathan, and Tyler

Color + Story with Philip Bloom

Advanced Audio with Adam Forgione

On Wednesday we’ll head out for some hands on learning… We’re breaking into small groups and get to rotate between stations: Shooting with the Phantom Flex with Khalid and Jonathan, Shooting with the Red Epic with Vincent and Philip, and Advanced Timelapse with Tyler, Joe, and Eric Kessler from Kessler Crane. Of course, at the end of everything on Wednesday night we’re having a huge closing party for all the attendees.

We are so excited about this and can’t wait to meet all the new faces and hang out with some of the great folks we met during the Canon Filmmakers Live U.S. tour. If you haven’t signed up for the event, don’t miss out! The caliber of speakers alone is amazing but the knowledge and relationships you’ll develop from this 3 day event will be invaluable. Trust us, we’ve been to several workshops around the world and they’ve all been so beneficial in our growth as filmmakers.

We want to thank everyone who has helped us make this event a success including all the presenters and our amazing sponsors for Masters In Motion: Kessler Crane, Rule Boston, Red Giant, Rode, Manfrotto, Kata, Zeiss, Zacuto, and Marshall Monitors. Their support is a huge testament to their belief in how important education is. Believe me, without them this event would not be possible. Continuing education is so important to us and we are so lucky to have found so many great companies that are willing to help us.

Also, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped us spread the word about the event. Every single tweet has helped and we appreciate it greatly.