NOVA Woodbridge Promotional Video

Here you go…

Here is the promotional video that was created for AMC theaters that debuts today (make sure you chose to watch in HD to take advantage of the intended quality).

Since we also had the actors and equipment and time, we did a quickly shot series of three “behind the scenes” videos of our actors pretending to be characters that were actors.  Do you follow?

It all helps set up the promotional video.

Check back for future versions of the promotional video as we will put at least one extended version of the promo and one special edition version too.  We will be posting them in the video section of this blog too.

We would like to create more of these in the future, so check back to this site often and remember you could be a part of the excitement by taking film classes at community college prices.  Yes, we love an underdog!

Theater Life

Notice I spelled it theater instead of theatre because I am talking about the movie theaters…AMC to be exact.

As we prepare for our promotional video release tomorrow, my classes this semester were dominated with the idea of the competing “pawn shop” videos that we often see at the movie theaters here in Woodbridge.  As a challenge, I asked for two different pawn shop videos to be spoofed and here is one of them (goofy, yes, but so is the original – tune as well):

Promo Video to be Premiered this Friday

The promotional video we completed for the NOVA Woodbridge film program finally has a release date for the theaters.  It will start to play at the local Woodbridge, VA theaters this Friday, December 6th.

We are excited for the opportunity for our actors to be appear on the big screen and give our great program some new publicity.

We will also be launching both a Facebook and Twitter account as well and posting the promotional video, as well as, the behind the scenes videos on these social network sites.

I will, also, be releasing an extended version of the video as well, so check back when you can.

And don’t forget we are in open enrollment now for spring 2014 classes so come to NOVA Woodbridge and experience the magic of our new film program.

Importance of Color Correction/Grading

Since I am teaching color correction/grading in my Digital Editing class (PHT 274), I thought I would show a few stills from the forthcoming behind-the-scenes video series to accompany the NOVA Woodbridge film program promotional video (due in Woodbridge theaters after Thanksgiving).

These are the baseline expectation for any film student because these stills only received primary adjustments (no secondary adjustments, effects, or filters performed/applied).

NOVA Color Correct1UnNOVA color correct1Done


NOVA color correct2UnNOVA color correct2Done


NOVA color correct3UnNOVA color correct3Done


These stills are examples of the most basic form of correction in balancing colors and adding contrast to taste.  Granted, these might be more over saturated than most would like but I enjoy my colors to pop.

From here, the next step is to perform secondary corrections to get the look you want. For example, do we want to further smooth out the skin of our actors to remove any blemishes, or add a sun-kissed look to their skin tone, or give a little punch to their hair color, or even blur the edges of the frame to place emphasis on the center of frame?  There are many secondary decisions to be made while color grading and each is specific to the style the filmmaker envisions.

However, we spent more time on the actual promotional video rather than these behind-the-scenes shots, so we are leaving it at the primary adjustment level and just ensuring the colors are balanced and we added an appropriate level of contrast.

Keep checking back for the videos to be on this site.  We will also be promoting them on our new Facebook and Twitter pages: NOVAFilmExposed.

Cover Girl



Congratulations to former film student Charley Laws for her selection as a cover girl.

Okay, okay, maybe it was just the cover of the spring 2014 NOVA schedule of classes and maybe she had to share the spotlight with other students but we are proud of her nonetheless.

This picture was one of the many that were taken of our students during a photo shoot by the college last spring semester.

Below you will find a picture that was used on the cover of the mailed notices about the convocation last spring (featuring student Kat Hemphill):



See, taking film classes at NOVA Woodbridge does have its advantages!

Tease from the NOVA Promo Video

As we inch closer to the release of our promotional video for the NOVA Woodbridge film program, here are some of the stills a student took while on set:

Audio Guys Rojit and Jesus prep for audiobefore the mess Dressing a set from this…big setup2 …to this…big shot2 …to create this!directors meet2 Faculty members discuss the shot eric makeup2 Theatre director Eric Trumball in makeupgroup shot1 Some of our students and faculty last shot Bryan Brown applauds last shotpractice2 Our actors rehearsered camera4 Using a RED Epic camerascript breakdown2Kelly Cochran breaks down the script

Spring 2014 Classes

This just in…

Besides the normal PHT 130 class for film/video production, we will also be offering PHT 131 (Video II) again this spring semester.  We will be using the platform to create a Web series that will be posted online.  In addition, we are offering a special topics course, PHT 295, which will focus on directing for film and video.

These courses are going to be a lot of fun as we continue to build on your filmmaking knowledge and showing how it can be applied to the field to make your imagination become reality.