I finally got around to adding a few additional videos to the “Videos” section of this blog site. Search around and you will notice seven new videos from the Spring 2017 semester, including group projects, class projects, and a few individual ones as well. The students hope you enjoy their hard work.
Just some every day fun when you are part of the film classes on the Woodbridge campus of NOVA (consider this when enrolling for classes for the spring).
Just to let off some steam, we decided we would spoof the printer destruction scene from the cult classic movie, Office Space.
Check it out:
(Professor Chris Stallings with Assistant Tutoring Coordinator, Emily Stinson, and SGA President Josh Siegmund)
Watch as student Meghan Oney is viewed through the lens of the RED Epic camera though the reflection of the camera operator is seen as he racks focus.
Jonathan Balsamo (pictured above) and Chris Stallings had the pleasure of visiting students at Woodbridge High School and discussing some aspects of the film program at the Woodbridge campus of NOVA.
You can see the RED Epic camera pictured here in the photo. Students can learn to work on this cinema camera.
For a sampling of some of the classes offered here on campus, please refer to the “About” section of this blog site. In addition, please feel free to contact Chris Stallings (email@example.com) with any further questions about what is offered.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College proudly introduces the newest member of our filmmaking team: a RED Epic camera.
For those that know, you realize what a great tool to learn and work with as you expand your filmmaking knowledge. The RED Epic camera is a professional cinema camera that is used to film many Hollywood blockbusters and great television shows.
Take a look:
There are very few colleges and universities across the nation that can boast the introduction of this technology and, yet, you can take classes here on our campus and get a film school education, including understanding RED, and all at a community college price!
For those that don’t know what this camera can do, please take a look:
(watch the 5K resolution video to get a great idea of the endless creative possibilities you now have).
It is time to move beyond your backyard video shoots and step into a role as a serious filmmaker.
Email me with more questions and get enrolled today for the fall classes, including PHT 130, which will introduce this technology.