Continuing our recent theme of filming hunts, I’m excited to announce another great event coming up that I’ll be able to attend. Last year I took the drive down to Mount Pleasant, Iowa for the White Knuckle Productions Video School and I had such a good time that I just had to go back again this year! The 2011 WKP Video school will be held June 11 and I can’t wait to get down there.
As I mentioned last week, I’ll also be attending the Heartland Bowhunter Film School in August and I know between these two courses I’ll really be able to ramp my video skills up a notch or two this year. Based on my experiences last year, it’s safe to say that the WKP Video School is definitely one of the best bang for your buck video courses available. Todd Pringnitz and his cameraman/editor Kyle Reenders cover everything you need to know to get started filming high quality video of your hunts and they do it in a fun and relaxed setting. In addition to a full day of instruction, there is also a great evening of 3D shooting and BS’ing to boot! Not a bad way to spend an early summer day!
In addition to myself, I’ll also be bringing along a handful of buddies that will be filming for Wired To Hunt this year and I know this course will be perfect for getting them ramped up on filming techniques, basic gear tips and helping them develop the filming mindset. If you’re interested in learning more about the WKP Video School, shoot Todd an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would love to meet some of you down there!
As a small preview of the types of things you might learn this year, here are a few of my favorite take aways from the 2010 course.
1. Todd coined a new rule of thirds for filming deer. When focused on a deer, he recommended zooming in close enough to have a space above and below the deer that was about as tall as a deer’s body would be from belly to back.
2. Let the camera run for at least 10 minutes after making a shot on a deer. The emotions and reactions in this most exciting 10 minute period of a hunt truly can’t be replicated ever again. Film it all and you’ll capture a truly memorable moment.
3. When filming your interviews, try having your camera man move the aim and focus of the camera. A static tripod shot of an interview can get boring, but add in some controlled movement and that action can keep the viewer’s attention.
4. Film “walk off” shots. Whether it is a shot of you or a deer walking off camera, it can offer a great transition for you or your editor to cut away and edit in a new piece.
For more details and a video showcasing last years school and some more video tips from Todd and Kyle, check out my video recap of last years WKP Video School. If you’re at all curious about attending the school, this video is definitely worth checking out.
And for more information about White Knuckle Productions, visit their website here.