Workshops and Training
Workshop Schedual, Rate Card and Booking information are at the bottom of the page.
I (Alister Chapman) am a cameraman and producer with over 20 years of experience in broadcast television, corporate video and commercial production. I was a founding member of the Sony ICE (Independent Certified Expert) programme, Instructor for Santa Fe Workshops and I provide workshops and seminars across the world for Universities, production companies and individuals (see my guide to training costs at the bottom of the page). As well as hosting events and workshops for 3rd parties I run a number of educational expeditions and workshops throughout the year.
If you want to improve your video skills, yet don’t fancy a dull workshop in an uninteresting studio or training centre? Then these trips might just be for you.
Join me on the learning adventure of a lifetime. During the course of an adventure I will help you improve your video production skills through a series of workshops and one to one training sessions. You will have the challenge of producing a short documentary film about the week, through this challenge you will be able to hone your existing skills or lean new skills. The really unique feature of the course is the subject matter: Extreme Weather!
Every Spring the Mid-West of the USA is struck by devastating and deadly thunderstorms that produce incredible lightning, giant hail and even tornadoes. I am a highly respected storm chaser and have combined my video production skills with my passion for natural extremes to produce weather shows for Discovery, National Geographic and the BBC. The chances are that if you watch TV shows about natural extremes, you will have seen some of my footage. In late Summer there are incredible thunderstorms in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico and in the winter you’ll find me in the Arctic filming the Northern Lights.
My adventure workshops take place out in the field, on-location, as the group tracks severe storms, visits exciting locations or films other natural phenomena like the Northern lights. This gives amazing, real world opportunities to try out things like timelapse and cache record. You will need to work out (with my assistance) how you are going to tell the story of the groups adventure. As it is likely that not every day will be an active weather or event day you will need to consider how to deal with such days in your short film. There will be opportunities to experiment with mini-cams and POV cameras as well as a range of other cameras.
The workshops that will be included during the trip where possible are:
Choosing the right camera: Sensor size and lenses.
Documentary Sound Recording.
Fundamentals of good camera work: White Balance, Exposure, Focus.
Documentary Story Telling.
Advanced Camera Techniques: Gamma, Detail and Color settings.
Advanced Shooting Methods: Timelapse, Cache Record, POV cameras.
Basic Editing with FCP and/or Premier Pro.
As Alister will be on-hand at all times during the day, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get one to one help on any aspects of video production not covered in a workshop that are troubling you.
The cost of the workshop will depend on the type of trip, location and duration. Normally the cost includes local transport, hotels and tuition. If at all possible you should bring your own video cameras, I do not provide equipment with the exception of the mini-cams which can be used from time to time during the trip. A tripod and a microphone with a cable or wireless connection are good to have. If you don’t have your own camera then rental can be arranged for you at a modest cost. I can advise each individual once a place has been reserved on exactly what to bring. To find out more please contact me using the contact form.
Broadcast Asia, Suntec Center Singapore, 19th – 22nd June. Various 1 hour F3 and FS700 seminars (free).
Extreme Weather, Supercells, lightning and tornadoes. June 6th – June 12th. Location TBA starting either Denver, Colorado or Kansas City. Min 3, Max 6 people $800 pp EXCLUDING accommodation which is at cost, typically $75 – $125 per night (6 nights) so allow approx $600 USD.
Arizona Monsoon Lightning video and photography workshop. Tucson Arizona. 18th – 25th August 2012. 7 Days. Min 5, Max 8 places. $1,800 USD pp inc accommodation.
Northern Lights Norway. Click Here for more details.
Arrive 1st December 12th – Depart December 18th 2012, Tromso/Karasjok Norway. SOLD OUT
Arrive 1st Feb – Depart 7th Feb 2013 £1250 per person, Max 8 people. Limited spaces left.
Arrive 7th Feb 2013 – Depart 13th Feb 2013 £1185 per person. Max 8 people.
Private workshops and Individual Training.
Looking for individual training or a private workshop? I can provide tailored workshops to suite your needs. The training is industry relevant from a highly regarded industry professional (me), not some tutor that hasn’t worked in production for decades. My rates are very reasonable starting at just $750 (£500) per day. I charge the same whether there is just one person or 100 people, so feel free to club together with colleges to share the costs. In addition to my day rate, if travel is involved you must cover my travel expenses, hotel and subsistence. I will only fly long haul in Premium Economy or business class and hotels must be 3 star or better. For a full quote please use the contact form.
Most Recent Posts
- Super Slow Motion 480fps Lightning.
- The Grand Canyon, shot with an FS700.
- Canon Launches new C100 AVCHD s35mm camcorder.
- Arizona Storm Shoot Update
- Convergent Design Gemini to Support 4K with the Canon C500.
- What not to pack!
- New Sony NEX-EA50EH shoulder mount 35mm camcorder. Power Zoom lens for FS100 and FS700
- SHort Film/Documentary Workshop in Arizona.
- A to Z Index
- Alister's Bio and Info
- Alister's Blog
- Alister’s Bio and Info
- Alister’s Blog
- Camera Setup
- Contact Me
- Documentary Production Workshops
- Example Video Clips
- How To Videos
- Northern Lights Live 2012
- Once in a Lifetime Northern lights Expeditions to Norway.
- Picture Profile Guide.
- Adaptimax Lens Adapters for PMW-F3
- Alister’s Equipment Reviews A to Z.
- Alphatron EVF-035W Viewfinder Video Review.
- Atomos Samurai
- Camrade cb-single-iii camera bag.
- CamRade WS PMW F3 Rain Cover Review.
- Cineroid HDSDI EVF (EVF-4MSS) review.
- Juice Designs EX1R Baseplate.
- Manfrotto 509 Tripod Head
- NEX-FS700 In Depth Review.
- Review of the Sony PMW-200
- Sonnet QIO Review. Very, Very, Fast Offloads.
- Sonnet SDHC to SxS Camera Adapter.
- Sony FS100 and F3 Video Review
- Sony PVM-740 OLED monitor
- Tilta BS-TS03 Shoulder Mount Review
- Today3D FIZ controller. Focus, Zoom, Iris, Interaxial.
- Transvideo PMW-F3 replacement base assembly.
- Triad PL to E-Mount adapter.
- TVLogic WFM-056WP Monitor/Viewfinder
- Vinten 100 Tripod Review
- Shooting Tips
- Short Film Workshop
- Tech Notes.
- Training and Expeditions
- Ultimate Documentary Production Workshop
- Video Reviews
- Workshops and Training
- alisterchapman on 50 Megabits for the masses, the new Sony PMW-200.
- alisterchapman on The Grand Canyon, shot with an FS700.
- alisterchapman on Alphatron EVF-035W Video Review.
- alisterchapman on Uncompressed 240 fps possible with FS700 and Convergent Design Gemini. Tested!
- alisterchapman on Adaptimax Lens Mount Adapters for PMW-F3, Canon and Nikon.