One-to-One & Small-Group Training
Cinematographer Pieter de Vries ACS will teach you the skills that you need to shoot stunning video. If you want to learn the technical and creative essentials and prefer learning at your own pace, then One-to-One is for you - it's the ultimate shortcut to the skills you need at a time that suits you. Training for small groups can also be arranged. Based in Sydney, training can be organised in other centers READ MORE
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Cinematographer Joshua Marks, came to the North Sydney Head Quarters of the Australian Cinematographers Society recently for advanced lighting training. Josh shoots and produces documentaries for corporates, communities and campaigns. He is an accompliished cinematographer, however he engaged me to take him through a number of more advanced lighting techniques and lighting ideas which included:
Creating light and shade, creative use of window light, advanced uses of coloured gels and diffusion, using cutters with blacks with black wrap & gobos, using bounced light and lighting large areas.
A run down the west coast of the United States - LA to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. I presented three cinematography talks in the Royal Court Theatre onboard the stunning Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. Now back in Sydney and in the midst of training with clients in North Sydney.
I've just competed a fifteen day photography/cinematography lecture tour of Alaska, a trip that took me through the heartland of the 1898 Alaskan gold rush. Places like Hoonah, Wrangell and the launching pad for the stampede to riches, Ketchikan. Other locations photographed included, Kodiak Island, Seward, Hubbard Glacier, winding up the tour in Seattle. My cinematography talks have been well attended on board Oceania's Regatta.
I've competed my three week tour of Singapore to Mumbai. My cinematography talks have been well attended on board the beautiful Silversea Silver Shadow. This voyage covered Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. The Indian ports of Cochin a port city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state was a standout plus also seeing New Mangalore, Karnataka state, one of the busiest and largest port in India and Mormugao in the Indian state of Goa. Finishing up in Mumbai.
The IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography were held this week in the beautiful Jugoslovenska Kinoteka in Belgarde, Serbia. I had the pleasure of announcing and presenting the award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary to Brazilian Cinematographer, Adolpho Veloso for the documentary "On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace".
Topping off one of my busiest months ever, Melbourne based Freelance Documentary Producer/Director Rhian Skirving popped up to join me for some advanced cinematography training. Rhian is a collaborator with Australian composer/lyricist, musician, comedian, actor, writer and director Tim Minchin.
These past few weeks have been busy with training courses the HQ of The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) in North Sydney. Courses have been structured for clients using a variety of video cameras, from Sony FS7's, Canon C300's to the Apple iPhoneXS.
|The Buchanan Advertising Group Melbourne
Cruise Express, Sydney
Now wrapping up my cinematography lecture series on Regent's Seven Seas Mariner. This voyage was a circumnavigation of Australia - Sydney to Sydney, with a stop at Komodo Island then onto Bali to see in the New Year.
I looked out on a packed show theatre for all on my sessions and it was nice to be joined by so many guests interested in seeing and hearing about my work as a photographer and cinematographer. Soon it will be back to the ACS National Headquaters in North Sydney for a long run with training clients, all keen to explore aspects of the craft of cinematography.
This past week has seen filmmakers and videographers from around the country coming in for my One-to-One and small-group courses. In for three days this week for some advanced cinematography and lighting training, Adam Williamson, head videographer at Hoyne Design. Hoyne is one of Australia's top brand and marketing agencies. Henry and Bryn Williams, brothers who have a passion to tell stories.
There have also been quite a few travel bloggers attending my One-to-One training. I offer specialised camera and audio training in this area. Grace Hu was in for a few days last week. Sydney lawyer, Greg attended the weekend Still to Motion course.
So why not Upgrade your Skills, join me in the new year?
I've finished my photo/video/lecture tour - from Muscat Oman to Hong Kong on the stunning Silver Muse.
2017/18 Dec/Jan: Oceania, Nautica
2018 Feb/March: Silversea, Silver Shadow
2018 Oct: Silversea, Silver Muse
2019 February: Cunard Queen Elizabeth
2019 April: Silversea, Silver Shadow
2019 May/June: Oceania, Regatta
2019 Nov/Dec: Oceania, Nautica
2020 March/April: Silversea Silver Shadow
2020 April: Silversea Silver Whisper
2020 July/Aug: Regent Seven Seas, Navigator
2020 Nov/Dec: Regent Seven Seas, Mariner
2021 April: Regent Seven Seas, Mariner
Flying in for training this week, Matthew Cawood. Matt is the Communications Officer at the University of New England in Armidale. He has also worked for Australian Geographic Magazine as photo/journalist. Matt was in for the Stills to Motion training course.
Sydney Opera House. A perfect venue and perfect night for the SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest Gala Finals. I had the pleasure of announcing the winner and runner up in the Best Cinematography category.
Congratulations to cinematographer/director Rah Shama for his short film, "Restoration", shot on an iPhone X; to everyone up on that famous stage. Festival originators and pricipals Angela Blake and Alison Crew, you sure know how (and where) to put on a great show! Thank you to the other industry expert judges on the panel, including Jason van Genderen, Rebel Penfold-Russell, Alan Nurthen, and Christopher Stollery. Smart Phones pull in smart people!
I've been in Canberra running a video production course for the media team at Icon Water, the city's major water supplier. Our location training shoot at the old Cotter Dam Pump Station delivered some rewarding lighting opportunities. It's one of Canberra’s oldest buildings. Construction started in 1914 and was completed in 1918.
Location training shoots are an essential aspect of my training.
This week I'm working in remote Central Queensland at Saddler Springs, a 30,000 hectre cattle station owned by Amanda and Lloyd Hancock. Amanda is my training client and she flies the drone and does nicely with her Sony PMW-200, Sony A7 Mk3 and a Mavic Air drone. Our filming/camping location, Battleship Spur at 1,200 meters, is no place for sleepwalkers!
Amanda trained with me here in North Sydney during May, followed by six days location mentoring in Central Queensland and now she returns to my North Sydney venue to start training with the Sony A7 Mk3.
I've recently been training up SBS Television cadet journalist in the craft of video news camera work. I'm looking forward to seeing their completed feature "news story" produced by them as a part of my Video for Journalists course.
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