“Down” Music Video Official Release Day

Unfortunately, we had to wait to show this video because the song was not officially released until today but here is the music video for the song “Down” by Ohio’s own Cameron Pierson.  She is signed to local record label Potomac Records and I think our students would agree that it was a delight to work with her and Lyrion Neely on the making of this video.

We wish nothing but success for both of them.

Finally, a new post and new videos

Okay, it has been a busy summer and we did not have a chance to get anything posted during that time.  However, with a new semester comes new news.  We are feverishly working on a new cinema degree (Associates of Fine Arts) to begin in the fall of 2017.  Finally, students will be able to attend NOVA and get a degree in what they love – film!

We will keep you updated on the progress but we are moving in the right direction.

Also, we had three projects our students were working on in the spring and we are finally starting to see them come online…

The students completed a short film based on a screenplay from a writer in London.  Check it out here and in the “Videos” page of this blog:

Also, the students did a commercial for Hometowne Auto & Tire.  If you visit their Facebook page, you can see it posted there (and I encourage you to do so and watch all their other exciting content – they are a wonderful company built on the platform of excellent customer service); but, here is also a direct link to their Youtube posting of the video:

And, finally, the students completed a music video for exciting up and coming artist Cameron Pierson of Ohio, who is signed to local record label Potomac Records.  The song and video will be officially released on October 4th, so you will have to come back then for its premiere.

Filming Time


The students in PHT 131 (Video II) have been very busy lately with their end of the semester film shoots.  They wrapped the shoot for their narrative piece (a short film based on a script from a London screenplay artist) two weeks ago and that has entered post production.  In addition, this past weekend, they shot a music video for artist Cameron Pierson of Ohio, who is signed to a label with our local Potomac Records (see location still above).

See her Facebook page here:


Then, the class filmed yesterday with the assistance of the Video I class (PHT 130) for a commercial for Hometowne Auto & Tire:


We will soon post all three videos to this blog site once all post production has been completed.  We will also post more stills from the shoots but here are some pictures from the set of the music video for “Down,” by Cameron Pierson with special guest Lyrion Neely.

[Pictures courtesy of Jason Pierson]

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Office Space Spoof

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)


Lights, Camera, Enroll…

It is that time again – registration.  Spring registration is upon us and I have already heard a lot of conversation around campus with students that are interested in taking video production courses.

We will be offering both Video I (PHT 130) and Video II (PHT 131) this coming spring 2016 semester.

While Video I is a great course for all things filmmaking and will concentrate on making you a better filmmaker for each student, no matter what starting level of experience, it is by no means basic.  Learn all aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production.

Video II is reserved for those students who have already taken Video I (or by special permission by the instructor – Chris Stallings).  Video II will concentrate more on the class working as a small independent film crew and using the time to deepen your understanding of cinematography, including lighting and audio, and you will get exposure to the RED Epic cinema camera and start filming in 5K resolution.

Start becoming a professional in the field now.

However, classes are cancelled quickly if there is not early interest (as determined by enrollment) so make sure you are not disappointed if you wait to enroll.  Do it now and reserve your spot.

Let’s make the next best thing together!

Lighting and Equipment Practicum Class for Video I Students

Once a semester, the PHT 130 (Video I) students get to “play” with many of the filming tools we have available: dolly, jib, slider, as well as, work on lighting set ups to better understand the types of lights, hard vs. soft, gels and color temperature, and decreasing intensity.

Here are a few still shots from this afternoon:

Before shot of regular classroom lighting with overhead fluorescents:


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Shots of Anna and “model” Lara with basic three point lighting (with second shot of basic color correction – no grading):ClassLighting.Still006ClassLighting.Still007ClassLighting.Still003ClassLighting.Still008ClassLighting.Still005ClassLighting.Still009