Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

To sign up for any of these workshops, either:

  • follow the Eventbrite link
  • email us at education@vivomediaarts.com
  • call 604-872-8337

Want access to discounts? Sign up to for an Extended Producer Membership, or redeem the Video Bucks you earned by volunteering.

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Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing education@vivomediaarts.com at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!

 



Camera, Lights, Sound!

Learn the basics needed to shoot your first videos with the help of artist Alysha Seriani!

2 sessions, 9 hours total // $70, or $58 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sun Jan 21, 12:30pm-5pm
Session 2: Sun Jan 28, 12:30pm-5pm

Sign up @ Eventbrite

Two extended subsidies available for this workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/4eplBq1KDSbJY6U53

 

Basic technical aspects of camera operation, sound recording, and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using the Canon Rebel T4i high definition camera and its interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. Using the Zoom H4n, audio recording procedure and considerations will be introduced. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

This workshop uses equipment you can rent from VIVO, so it’s a great primer to get you started on your videos! It also benefits participants interested in VIVO’s more intermediary video-making workshops.

 

Alysha Seriani is a filmmaker and producer living and working in Vancouver, BC. A recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ film program, she has directed and produced independent films and artist projects that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries such as the Vancouver International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, IMAGES, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, SFU Galleries and others around the world. Alysha is focusing her own practice on soundscape composition and field recording, while completing post-production for two film projects.

 

 

 



Blackmagic Camera & Colour Correction Basics

Learn how to create beautiful videos with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and its colour correction software in this comprehensive introduction by cinematographer Devan Scott!

2 sessions, 9 hours total // $70, or $58 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sun Feb 4, 1pm-5:30pm
Session 2: Sun Feb 11, 1pm-5:30pm

Sign up @ Eventbrite

The extended subsidies for this workshop have been filled: https://goo.gl/forms/4eplBq1KDSbJY6U53

 

This workshop covers The Blackmagic Cinema Camera, one of VIVO’s most extraordinary production tools, as well as its free colour correction software, Davinci Resolve. Shooting in uncompressed formats, this highly portable camera and its powerful software form a dynamic duo for independents looking to produce their best work! Learn how to use them through practical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, using footage you shoot and colour correct over two sessions.

 

Session 1, the 2.5k Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Topics covered:

  • Camera theory, including ISO, f-stops and depth of field, white balance, dynamic range, shutter speeds, codecs, frame rates, and raw vs. compressed shooting
  • The camera’s extensive menu
  • Maximizing image quality
  • Using interchangeable lenses
  • Best practices and techniques for using the camera and performing simple camera movements

Session 2, Davinci Resolve colour correction software. Topics covered:

  • Workflow, including efficient file management, importing footage from other editing programs to DaVinci Resolve, and conforming timelines
  • Colour theory & IRE levels
  • Primary & secondary correction, including contrast, HSL keys, and power windows
  • Curve Editor
  • Motion tracking
  • RAW imaging theory & processing
  • How to read waveforms and scopes
  • Grading VS correction
  • Sizing
  • Matching footage of various quality, shot on multiple cameras
  • Styles – how to give your footage various “looks”

Participants may also bring their own footage, shot outside of class time, for the purpose of colour correcting exercises during the second session.

 

 

Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling inspired him to co-found Sad Hill Media, and has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. His work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and colourist has given him a comprehensive and reliable understanding of the creative decision-making involved throughout the production process. To see his portfolio, visit sadhillmedia.com

 

 

 



Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

 

Ignite your own visual storytelling style with cinematographer Devan Scott!

This multi-day workshop will enable you to make better use of your camera and lighting gear to enrich your storytelling with a deepened understanding of the theory and practice of cinematography.

 

3 sessions, 13.5 hours total // $110, or $85 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST) 

Session 1: Wed Feb 14, 4:30pm-9pm
Session 2: Wed Feb 21, 4:30pm-9pm 
Session 3: Wed Feb 28, 4:30pm-9pm

Sign up @ Eventbrite

One extended subsidy is available for this workshop:
https://goo.gl/forms/4eplBq1KDSbJY6U53

 

Prerequisite: Participants must have basic knowledge of rudimentary camera operation, such as exposure and focus, though a very brief review will be provided. Participants seeking an introduction to rudimentary camera operation should consider taking VIVO’s Camera Lights Sound workshop.

 

Each session combines visual studies with hands-on studio experience. You’ll analyze how specific styles, such as those used by Roger Deakins (BLADE RUNNER 2049), Gregg Toland (CITIZEN KANE), Gordon Willis (THE GODFATHER), Christopher Doyle (CHUNGKING EXPRESS), Subrata Mitra (PATHER PANCHALI), and others have developed over time, and how different cinematographers approach the question of how their movies will look.

Each day, you’ll examine visual idiomsfrom different eras and genres of cinema history in group discussion; from the grit of ’70s New Hollywood to the naturalist lighting of the British documentary filmmakers to the slick modern masters. Then, you’ll shoot a scene in the style of the cinematographer being discussed, using techniques such as frame composition, lighting, colour coordination, depth of focus, camera movement, and focal length selection.

 

By the end of the workshop, you will have shot a few test scenes demonstrating what you’ve learned, and will have the conceptual toolkit to draw inspiration from other film visualists.

 

 

Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling inspired him to co-found Sad Hill Media, and has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. His work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and colourist has given him a comprehensive and reliable understanding of the creative decision-making involved throughout the production process. To see his portfolio, visit sadhillmedia.com

 

 

 



Arduino: Getting Started

 

Discover a new dimension to creative electronics in this in-depth intro to Arduino microcontroller & software, taught by Maker Cube!

5 sessions, 20 hours total, materials included // $466, or $375 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST)  

  • Session 1: Sat Feb 17, 1pm-5pm
  • Session 2: Sat Feb 24, 1pm-5pm
  • Session 3: Sat Mar 3, 1pm-5pm
  • Session 4: Sat Mar 10, 1pm-5pm
  • Session 5: Sat Mar 17, 1pm-5pm

** Included for you to keep: Arduino Uno unit + electronic components! **

Sign up @ Eventbrite

The extended subsidies for this workshop have been filled: https://goo.gl/forms/4eplBq1KDSbJY6U53

 

You must bring your own laptop or otherwise reserve a free computer by selecting the appropriate ticket.

Suitable for all ages! Free for people under 13 years of age who are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Parent or guardian must purchase their own ticket, and will receive one Arduino kit to share with their child. Only one child per parent or guardian.

Prerequisite: Participants need to have basic computer skills, such as typing, saving and managing files, using an internet browser, and connecting a USB device, etc

Expand your creative possibilities with Arduino. In this beginner series, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of wiring, electronics theory, programming, and hardware components. Through hands on exercises, you’ll be guided through a series of DIY projects including:

Participants will also develop a critical understanding of E-waste and its relationship to the DIY maker movement.

 

The Maker Cube Society (makercube.ca) is a non-profit makerspace that serves the Surrey community through S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) focused education, innovation, and civic engagement. We are an accessible source of knowledge and skills-based curriculum for the high-skilled workforce of today and tomorrow. We offer affordable tools and training for local makers, engineers, computer scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, and hobbyists from all walks of life. We form partnerships with local organizations to build civic infrastructure through collaborative projects.

 

 



Video Editing (Intermediate)

 

Sharpen your editing craft to tell more enticing stories with award-winning video artist Flick Harrison!

3 sessions, 12 hours total // $149, or $122 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST) 

Session 1: Sat March 24, 1pm – 5pm
Session 2: Sat March 31, 1pm – 5pm
Session 3: Sat April 7, 1pm – 5pm

Sign up @ Eventbrite

One extended subsidy is available for this workshop:
https://goo.gl/forms/4eplBq1KDSbJY6U53

Prerequisite: Participants must have beginner experience with video editing software and concepts. Those seeking an introduction to editing should consider taking VIVO’s beginner workshops, such as Intro to Adobe Premiere or Intro to Final Cut Pro X.

This multi-day workshop is designed for students who want to advance beyond the basics and become more skilled in telling their stories. Each session explores editing theory through hands-on studio practice, allowing you to discover the nuanced relation between sound and image. Learn how various traditions, dominant styles, or popular forms inform how you might edit a scene; how multiple shots of the same scene can be pieced together for different effect; how editing conventions vary across formats and genres, including:

  • news
  • drama
  • experimental
  • action sequences
  • dialogue scenes

 

Using Final Cut Pro X as a guide, you will learn how to create a workflow for your projects; apply proper cuts, transitions, and effects; and choose delivery options. Hands-on camera exercises will deepen your understanding of how to shoot with editing in mind–a vital piece of the creative puzzle. Some time will be spent exploring sound mixing (though check out the upcoming VIVO workshop entirely devoted just sound mixing). Through group discussion and analysis of examples, you’ll explore different editing styles and techniques as you develop your own.

By the end of the workshop, you will have edited a few scenes demonstrating what you’ve learned, and will have the conceptual toolkit to draw inspiration from movies you watch.

 

 

Flick Harrison (flickharrison.com) is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker and drone pilot in Vancouver. “I’ve explored boundaries of all kinds in media, politics, education and the arts for over twenty years.  As an artist, I explode the aesthetics of political conflict; as an educator, I try to make media flow organically from the social.  My ambition is to lead, support and challenge non-profits, schools, community groups and other progressive actors to improve their understanding and use of media, all while having fun.”