Students Enter Video Industry

It is always rewarding when our film/video students are able to find work in the industry, either on a volunteer/intern basis or in a paying “gig,” whether it is freelance production work or more steady employment.

One of our students (Paige Fischer) worked as an intern at 522 Productions in Alexandria, Virginia last fall (2014) semester and did such a wonderful job she was hired onto their team.

In fact, I happened upon a video on their Website where she appears in their “Approach” video for the company’s site.  See her in the background of the screen capture below.

Paige Fischer in content video for 522 Productions

Paige Fischer in content video for 522 Productions

This semester we have a student (Evan Roseberry) from our Video I class last semester who is interning there this semester.  I am confident he will enjoy the same level of success as Paige.

Thank you very much to 522 Productions and the other local companies with whom we have partnered to give experience to our students and let them explore their own creativity while also exploring job opportunities.

“Smellovision” and program update

First of all, I would like to congratulate both Meghan Oney and Paige Fischer on a great short film they created in the fall 2014 semester as part of a supervised study class.  Please take a look:

Also, as an update from the music videos that were created by our PHT 130 (Video I) class students, you can see them soon in the video page of this site.

We apologize it took so long but please take a look at what the students completed last semester.

And on a final note, there is a second eight weeks class here on the Woodbridge campus (CST 250 – “Art of Film) that will be starting soon and should be a lot of fun for anyone interested in film.

Welcome to a New Semester

As the fall 2014 semester wound to a close and the new spring 2015 semester has begun, I have found things to be very busy around campus.  Therefore, the music videos filmed partially by our Video I students last semester have not been completed but keep checking back for an update – hopefully soon.

Also, we are trying to get some confirmation for some other exciting new collaborations and projects for this year.  I am not going to leak anything yet but it could be some really thrilling experiences for our students.

As always, if you have any questions about film on the Woodbridge campus of NOVA, come in and see us or simply post something on this site.

NOVA Woodbridge Film Program 2014 Promo Video

Here is our promotional video from September’s film shoot.

We tried to give it a Film Noir feeling and actually added grain to the final grading and converted it to black and white to stay with the era.

(Watch it in HD if the settings do not default to it)

Spring class registration starts next week, so I hope potential students will be interested in our classes here at Woodbridge.

 

Natural Lens Flare

In a recent class discussion, we discussed the use of lens flares in post-production work to imitate the natural flares exposed through cinematography.  The use (and sometimes overuse) of lens flares, whether natural or fabricated, is a debatable topic one way or the other.

However, while filming our recent music video this past weekend, two of our students were excited by this shot…a natural flare:

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It still remains to be seen if this shot will make it in the final cut but it is exciting to watch the experimentation by student filmmakers.  Sometimes, it is the mistakes that make for the best results.

Film Students Work On Music Video

Just one more teaser as everyone waits for the promotional video.

I am posting a picture from a video shoot our Video I (PHT 130) students did for local band Karla and the Brotherhood yesterday afternoon.

I really think our students learned a lot being “on set” and getting hands-on experience working in this environment.

We appreciate the hospitality of the band and look forward to filming them on the 23rd as well.

Hopefully the band will have two new music videos by the end of the year.

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Behind the Scenes Stills

As we work on the post production of our latest promotional video for NOVA Woodbridge, I wish to share some stills from student Megan Robertson.

You get a chance to see our two wonderful actors, Shea Davies and Rick Kain, as they prepare for their roles and, then, make the parts come alive.  They were both sensational in their talent but, also, both very professional.

You will also see our wonderful makeup artist, Tiffany Roop, of TDR Artistry as she preps our actors.

I would also like to thank Sabrina Chandler of Center Stage LLC in Occoquan, Virginia, for working with us on the wardrobe.  She is an excellent resource for those in the area in need of wardrobe.

Most of all, in these photos you will see a collaboration of students and faculty members working together to make art.  You can also see the set construction of the detective’s office, including the light reflecting his name through the glass of the door.  And the fake windows were used as our main lighting source, with the exception of a mood setting practical lamp on the table of his desk.

Some of the photos show the set while the house lights are on and others give more of an idea of the richness (though simplicity) of the lighting design.

Enjoy a look behind the scenes while you wait for the final product to come alive in post production.

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Rick Kain as the PI

Rick Kain as the PI

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Shea preps her hat

Shea preps her hat

Tiffany makes the femme fetale come alive

Tiffany makes the femme fetale come alive

Studying lines

Studying lines

Rick on set

Rick on set

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Shea takes her mark

Shea takes her mark

Actors rehearse

Actors rehearse

One view of the set

One view of the set

second view of the set

second view of the set

Students work behind the set

Students work behind the set

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wardrobe adjustment

wardrobe adjustment

Our detective discusses his character

Our detective discusses his character

The detective enters his office

The detective enters his office

Getting the floor image to work

Getting the floor image to work

Paige hard at work

Paige hard at work

Still at it

Still at it

Reviewing the shot

Reviewing the shot

Kelly and Jonathan share a laugh on set

Kelly and Jonathan share a laugh on set

Jonathan planning the shot

Jonathan planning the shot

Getting the lighting correct

Getting the lighting correct

Fish eye view of Demetrius hard at work

Fish eye view of Demetrius hard at work

Still at it

Still at it

Chris explains the shot

Chris explains the shot

Jonathan and Demetrius  plan the next set up

Jonathan and Demetrius plan the next set up

Coaching the actors

Coaching the actors

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Shea enters the scene

Shea enters the scene

Chris watches on (the bald head is the give away)

Chris watches on (the bald head is the give away)

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Getting it right

Getting it right

Discussing the best way

Discussing the best way

Aaron doing audio

Aaron doing audio

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Prepping audio for the next shot

Prepping audio for the next shot

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NOVA Woodbridge Film

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Promo Teaser

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We finished the interior shoot of our 2014 promotional video for the NOVA Woodbridge Film Program.

We will be showing more stills in the future and, of course, we will premiere the finished promotional video upon its completion from post-production but, in the meanwhile, please enjoy this still taken by film student Aaron Kimmel.

You can get a good idea of the set (a 1940s film noir private investigator’s office) from this overhead shot.  Please notice the set construction, including false walls, false windows, and even the fake image of the name plate from the detective’s door, shining on the floor of his office.

I would also like to thank these people for their assistance on Monday’s shoot, as well as, the exterior shoot as well:

Kelly Cochran

Bryan Brown

Erin Devine

Demetrius Oatis

Jonathan Balsamo

Meghan Olney

Paige Fischer

Aaron Kimmel

*I will thank our actors and non-NOVA support staff in the next post.

Burke and Herbert Videos

The Filmmaking Club here at NOVA Woodbridge completed a community project for Burke & Herbert Bank at the end of the spring 2014 semester.  With the post-production assistance of our own Jonathan Balsamo, a series of eight videos were created for the bank, each with a money saving tip.  The videos have circulated on the scoreboard at the home games of the Potomac Nationals games this summer and have been exciting for fans to watch the hard work of our Filmmaking Club students.   Here is a post from the Burke & Herbert Facebook page:

Also, the Filmmaking Club worked on an inspirational video to promote the great work of the VFW in Manassas, VA.  Here is a link to this video as well: