Rarely are sequels as good as the first showing, but occasionally you can luck out. And boy did I do just that when I returned to the White Knuckle Product Video School for the second time. I had a great time last year, and I was sure I would this year as well. But I didn’t honestly think I would enjoy it even more, but believe it or not, I did. Between great  advice, a terrific group of guys and plenty of archery, filming and hunting fun to be had, the 2011 WKP Video School was a hit.

For those looking for a synopsis of the video school, you can check out my post from last year, as it provides a reasonably similar high level recap of the day. But for a slightly different angle, I thought I would share this year’s video school with you by highlightingmy four favorite things about the 2011 White Knuckle Productions Video school.

1. Real World Filming Advice: The White Knuckle Video school is focused on educating every day folks on filmig tactics, gear and processes and it’s done in a very practical and accessible way. There’s no one here acting like a “big timer” or talking down to people. This is just a group of hardcore hunters coming together to learn the best possible ways to tell a great story through film. Is this school perfect for everyone? No, I wouldn’t say it is. If you’re a professional videographer already, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you fall into the category that most hunters do, being someone that wants to get start filming or take their amateur videoing to the next level, this class will be great for you.

2. Hands On Help: With a class size of somewhere between 30 and 40ish people, it’s a personal enough affair that you can get as much help as you need from the White Knuckle team. Todd Pringnitz and Kyle Reendeers both took time after the class to look at people’s cameras, offer additional advice and answer numerous questions. In fact Kyle took at least 20 or 30 minutes to help me with some editing and Final Cut Pro stuff, which I greatly appreciated.

3. Shooting: In addition to a full day of video school, the evening is capped off with a good ole fashioned bow shoot. It’s always fun to shoot your bow, but things always tend to get a little crazier when you’ve got a big crew that likes to have a good time! In particular, this year we got all 30-40 people lined up to shoot one target at the same time, 50 yards away. It turned out pretty sweet and it was all caught on video too!

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4. The People: Most importantly, this school attracts one hell of a crowd. The White Knuckle Video school was full of great hunters, funny as heck guys and great friends. It was an all around excellent time, and a lot of that was due to the good people putting the class on and attending. To top it all off, most of the attendees and White Knuckle team stuck around for a long night of beers, burgers and laughs. We all had one heck of a time.

All in all, it was another great trip to Iowa and I can’t thank Todd and the WKP team enough for letting us join again this year. Keep an eye out this week for a video recap, and some great videoing tips from the WKP crew!