Pro Camera Skills kicks off APV's SkillsBuilder modular training programme

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Joined: Mar 7 1999

The Association of Professional Videomakers ( is pleased to announce Pro Camera Skills, the first course in its new and innovative SkillsBuilder modular training programme sponsored by Optex and JVC.

The two-day course, to be held in Milton Keynes on November 24 and 25 (Thursday and Friday), is attractively priced and aimed at those using (or intending moving to) shoulder-mounted cameras - primarily broadcast-sized units but also smaller, lighter cameras now being produced by such makers as JVC.

It will be useful to enthusiasts intending to enter the profession, as well as established videographers who would like to brush up or further develop their camera skills.

Pro Camera Skills’ training will be hosted by APV Director Steve Crawford, and carried out by top international lighting cameraman and director of photography (DOP) Tore Gill

The course will include
Overview, layout and operation of the camera
How to set up a camera ready to shoot
Using and moving with the camera
Cinematic techniques
Dramatic techniques
Tripod vs hand-held/shoulder-mounted
Working within the environment
Shooting in controlled conditions
Basic lighting
Limiting shooting ratios
Use of ancillary equipment and accessories
Practical exercises and shooting tasks (interspersed between the days)
Playback and critique sessions

Thanks to sponsors Optex and JVC, we'll have available the very latest equipment, including cameras, for hands-on evaluation by those attending our courses.

About the APV’s SkillsBuilder Programme
The emphasis on each SkillsBuilder training course will be hands-on practical sessions. We believe the best way to learn the most up-to-date relevant skills is from highly experienced professionals at the top of their game - people who do this for a living on a day-to-day basis, not someone who is only a trainer.

During playback-and-critique sessions our instructors will help trainees to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and suggest how they can improve those skills that need to be developed.

About Tore Gill
Tore has worked all over the world as both a lighting cameraman and a director of photography, and in almost every genre of programme-making including music videos, drama, documentary, reality shows, makeover series and arts, as well as title sequences.

He has worked with such names as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, ABBA, Paul Merton, Arthur C. Clarke, Phil Collins, The Corrs, Genesis & U2.

Tore has completed many projects for BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4, Discovery, ITV, Channel 5, Granada, YTV, The Film Council, London Weekend TV, Dept of Transport, Royal College of Music, Norwich Union and many more - and has often worked on programmes such as Omnibus, Everyman, Panorama, The South Bank Show, and other well known series for mainstream TV.

Tore is highly experienced not only with video formats from DV through to DigiBeta but has also with 16mm and 35mm film. He's also an experienced still photographer, recently completing book projects for Alan Bennet and Gore Vidal.

An experienced trainer, Tore has also delivered many training courses in camerawork and lighting - from basic DV camera techniques for first-time operators through to classes in lighting and camera techniques for experienced TV cameramen. We feel Tore is ideally suited to delivering the APV ‘SkillsBuilder’ training programme as he is not only a highly experienced top professional working in the business on a day-to-day basis, but also has a proven track record of delivering quality training at all levels.

Cost of Pro Camera Skills course
For non-members - £440 + VAT
For APV members - £395 + VAT

Directions and accommodation
Directions can be provided to the venue from all major approach routes.
Reasonably-priced accommodation is plentiful in Milton Keynes and the APV
can provide a list of recommended local hotels with a range of prices.
During the course, refreshments will be provided and we will suggest local
services for lunch (not provided).

APV contact details
7 Nether Grove
Shenley Brook End
Milton Keynes
Bucks. MK5 7BQ

Tel: 01908 522145
Fax: 01908 524699
Email: [][/email]

About the APV
The Association of Professional Videomakers (APV) was founded in 1993 and is one of the largest video trade associations, representing both commercial and event video-industry professionals in the UK. Qualified APV members agree to abide by a code of conduct, which means we can give any potential client a high degree of confidence in the services our qualified members supply.

Our service, help and advice is free to members of the public. We take our responsibilities to those seeking video services very seriously, offering impartial advice and suggestions when requested.

The APV is non-profit making and exists to promote professionalism and skills development within the video industry.

We uphold standards; promote high quality of service and aim to make it easier for professional videomakers to operate their businesses properly, efficiently and effectively in today's ever-changing marketplace.

We actively promote our members services to potential clients by providing; free impartial advice to the public, advertising and by maintaining strong links with other websites, government departments and related organisations.

If you would like to know more about the APV and our training programme look at our website here:

nigel lewis
Joined: Jul 3 2005

seems good value for money

Joined: May 26 1999

Thank you Nigel - we think this is exceptionally good value too. We have tried to keep the charges as low as possible and yet provide an excellent and worthwhile course of the very highest quality with a top trainer who can pass on 'real' industry skills.

It is the APV's aim to improve standards and skills within the video industry. We believe offering courses of this nature and quality will be a major contributer in acheiving this goal.

We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in this or any other courses we will be offering.

Joined: May 26 1999

This is just an update to let anyone interested know that the last day to book is Tuesday 15th.

Forget the prices shown above! We have some very special offers on price now (to fill up the places). Look on the APV website, here...

The advertised prices are 'guidelines' and we are offering 'substantial' discounts in order to get the numbers up. I have decided to extend this to DVDoctor members. Call us on 01908 522145 fot the latest prices. We need a number of places filled...

Full details of the course can be found here...