Monthly Archives: January 2009

January UPVA Meeting Tomorrow!

January 7th 2009 6:30 pm@ The Sons of The Utah Pioneers Office (basement room)
3301 E 2920 Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Topic: Setting goals and organizing your business for the upcoming year.

We will be voting on the new 2009 Board, accepting the last of the CEA entries, and of course plenty of good discussion, peer reviews, industry spotlight, etc. Please Join Us!

Special Early Meeting 5:30

Also, If you have any interest in helping UPVA this year, please join us early at 5:30 for a special Board Meeting (open to all interested videographers members or not) We will be organizing the new board, & volunteer committees, and coming up with ideas for the coming year. UPVA is a volunteer organization and we all have ways to contribute to its success. We appreciate your support.

- The UPVA Board & Spencer Hale (2009 UPVA president)

p.s. If you can’t make it to the meeting, but still would like to enter someting into the video competition, we will be accepting mailed entries thru the end of the week ( more info and entry form below this post

December Meeting Recap

Thanks to Dathan Hight for typing this up:

December Meeting:

A big thanks to everyone who attended last nights meeting – we had more than 20 members show up for another fantastic lighting presentation by Steve Berlin.

Also – we wish to extend a thank you to the Sons of Utah Pioneers who have allowed us to rent their basement boardroom at an excellent rate.  This location is larger than our previous meeting spaces.  Not only does it allow us space for a classroom setting, we also have plenty of room to setup mock shoots and do hands-on seminars.

Thanks are also needed for Barlow Elton.  For the last few months Barlow has been gracious enough to slug around his HD projector and speakers.  But last night we took it to the next level when we brought in a Blu-Ray player.  Those that were there witnessed our first true HD peer review and it was glorious.   Even the standard definition DVDs were scaled up and looked amazing.  It’s exciting times in the world of HD.

The meeting started with an industry spotlight.  The video was an “Extreme Bridal” produced by Blue Skies Cinema in California.  The bridal video was shot over three days, at several locations using many different production tools, props and shooting styles. The end result was an award winning Bridal Video that bills out for over $10,000.  We’ll be looking at another award winning videographer in January. Following the industry spotlight, we were present with three peer reviews from UPVA Members.

Video 1:  Lifelong Productions presented a football highlight video for a local team.  It had some great time lapse effects and pacing/ editing. It’s also a reminder that when things slow down economically, there is work to be found.

Video 2:  Anonymous Temple Video.  This video was unique in that it was shot before the wedding day.  The clients’ personalities really stood out and the video had no slow motion which is practically unheard of for a temple video.

Video 3:  Barlow Elton Date Video.  The shots were clean, well constructed and nicely edited.  Barlow is one of the first videographers in Utah to incorporate a Cinevate Brevis into his filming.  The Brevis is a lens adapter that allows for greater control of depth of field and the results were positively noticeable.

UPVA Business:

UPVA Creative Excellence Awards.  The CEA’s are due by January 7, 2009.  Please visit the website for details.   The CEA Awards banquet will held in March with details to come soon.

Membership Fees:  Membership fees are due for the 2009 calendar year.  A discounted rate is available for members who pay by January 7, 2009.  Please visit the website for forms and payment options.

Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors will be reorganized soon and is need of nominations.  Members of the board are volunteers and are not paid.  There is typically a 1-2 hour meeting each month in addition to time required for any assignments.  If you are interested in participating on the Board of Directors please arrive 45 minutes early to the January 7, 2009 meeting or contact Spencer Hale.

Thanks to the 2008 Board:

  • President : Shay Bingham - STC Productions
  • President Elect : Spencer Hale - Giant Brothers Films
  • Secretary : David Hurst - Lifetime Productions
  • Finance : Tiffany Nelson - Remember When Videos
  • Membership Committee Co-Chairs : Ken & Linda Sorenson - Lifelong Memories Films
  • Public Relations Committee Chair : Dathan Hight - Simply Video Productions
  • Awards and Recognition Committee Chair : Mike Nelson - Remember When Videos
  • Webmaster : Jeremy Rasmussen - Deep Focus Studios

Tis the Season for Bridal Shows.  If you see new videography companies at any upcoming shows, please let them know about the UPVA.

The meetings main presentation was given by Steve Berlin on lighting for video.  Steve is highly sought after in the State of Utah for his lighting skills, especially among independent film makers.  He has a great understanding of both the technical and artistic sides of lighting for film.  Steve’s presentation included an overview of equipment terminology, uses, cost, and setup, as well lighting temperatures, effects, and moods.  Steve finished by setting up basic lighting stage for an interview.  Big thanks to Steve Berlin for an excellent presentation.

Next months meeting agenda will be emailed shortly