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Lesson 1 from: Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Victor Ha

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1. Class Introduction

In the first lesson, meet your instructor and learn what to expect during the class. Know what's up ahead by pinpointing the goals for this class at each production stage.

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Class Introduction

I came to CreativeLive I guess a few years ago at this point, and to this day the overwhelming response that I have received from the material that I've taught is really humbling. I think the last message I got was a couple weeks ago and it was from Vietnam. A user and a student was just like, "How do I do this, "and how do I get involved, "and what sort of pointers and tips could you give me?" It was just really cool, because you never think that when you do something like this that you would reach this many people. I do wanna say thank you, and I do wanna say that I appreciate all of the comments and all of the support. What are we here for today? Yeah you know it's always the, you got to shake it out, but before we start here I just want to say thank you to the manufacturers that support me, they did a huge part in getting me the equipment to show you guys here for this class so I just want to say thank you to them. But let's go on. So who am I. So who is Victor, I was a photographe...

r for about 15 years ago I started when I was in my early teens and moved on through worked in a studio in San Diego and as I gained all this knowledge I became very passionate about teaching because for some reason I could always talk to someone for hours about how to do something, technique and just like my thought process and stuff and so it got me to a point where I just really really enjoyed instilling knowledge that just came from being around great photographers who also taught me a lot of what they do, guys like (mumbles) he's just such a great educator and really inspired me to share that knowledge. So who are you guys? I think many of you I hope are photographers, many of you have probably dabbled in filmmaking, maybe some of you have been asked to create a video and are so afraid to jump into it. I think as photographers we get caught up in this dichotomy of a video or filmmaking or is it motion or is it this conglomeration of a hybrid set of those terms, for me it's the same. You're photographers so you have this innate ability to capture motion to see things and I think whenever you get scared you have to lean on that experience you have to lean on that understanding of the material that you already know to drive you forward. You know before we started this class I was talking casually with a bunch of the students in the room and I said you know what, I would gladly take a team of photographers into a shoot over a team of videographers because I think a team of photographers brings such a competency to just knowledge and just capturing images that I can build on as opposed to sometimes videographers I have to get them to see and talk the same language that I do and sometimes I don't talk that language and there's communication barriers, because they speak a different language than me. So for photographers you guys I would gladly go because it's comfortable for me and I understand how to speak to you guys and I understand how we can get to the same result by speaking the same language. And so I think who are we is a good place to end this introduction, this is that I get the opportunity to pick what I get to teach, I get an opportunity to talk to the people I want to teach it to but I also get the opportunity to learn with you guys and to be a part of this process. So we're on a journey and just as much as I'm teaching and educating everyone here I'm learning from you guys as well because I'm learning what questions you have and I'm learning what things are scaring you and what things are being obstacles so for me I think it's great because we're all on the same boat, we all want to be inspired, we all want to make content and we all want to do it together and I think that's why I'm so excited to be here today because it's given me an opportunity to really get back to my roots a little bit and talk about things that matter like education and creating great content and being here with people of like mindedness you know. So goals for our class are and I like to frame it up a little bit, so I'm going to tell you what we're going to do, I'm going to tell you how we're going to do it, and I'm going to tell you why we're going to do it. So before we even get into that when we went into pre-production for this class it was a really really fun experience because the goal, my goal, was to create a class that brought everyone watching it from start to finish a complete process from pre-production to production to editing and then to delivery and for me that had so much value because I think it gives you guys a look behind the curtain as to what's possible and some of the mistakes that I made, I made a lot of mistakes in this shoot, but at the end of the day I learned from them and we got to deliver what I think is a really really great piece. So as we do this, there's a couple things I want to make sure we pay attention to, this class isn't a replacement for practice, we're going to talk about a lot of great techniques, but if you don't go home and practice them or spend time in Premier or spend time in Davinci or learn how to do things in Audition to get yourself out of the (mumbles) then you're going to get to that point where you have to sit down and go wait wait I'm going to lose hours of my day now. So it's good to practice. This class also as much as I would like to think I am, I am not the knowledge authority, there are content creators and there are educators far more advanced than I am and I continually learn from them. So I would say use my knowledge and the experience you have with me as a springboard into understanding what you want to learn more deeply. Some of it may be editing, some of it may be production some of it may be more about pre-production and you may find a love for certain types of the process that then you can contribute to another team. The cool thing about video and filmmaking and just capturing motion in general is that oftentimes it's more than one person, oftentimes it's a team of people and if you have a skillset in producing and vision casting, if you have an idea of direction, these are skills you can bring to a team that are really valuable. If you're a great eye and you want to be a camera operator these are things that as you go through the process on your own you can then become much more valuable as a member of a team. But then as you learn things and as you become more confident you yourself can start to do much more on your own. Now the last thing here is that oftentimes we approach classes as a magic bullet. I have a problem, if I watch this class, it will solve my problem, and I want us to step back from that. My class this class is just a resource it's one of other resources that you can use to find a solution that fits for you. I have one way of doing things some of you may see it as being weird or strange or not normal but it's the way that I do them and hopefully by showing you how I do and accomplish things and get out of them it informs you and adds the arrow into your quiver of solutions that you're going to approach. Think about the first time you stepped into Photoshop. Think about the first time you cropped an image, the first time I stepped into Photoshop and cropped an image I marquee tool'd went up to Image and hit Crop and then someone taught me the crop tool. Right and so now I had two ways to crop an image and then I jumped into Lightroom and cropping changed completely. And then all of a sudden proportions became a thing and then I started learning about proportions, so as you learn things you begin to build off that base and that foundation of knowledge. You don't become an amazing videographer or an amazing filmmaker the minute you step into it, you're going to make a lot of mistakes and you're going to make a lot of really bad films. Okay and that's okay you just got to have the patience to get through it. Okay so here's our lesson plan. Initially we're going to start with putting ideas into motion, we're going to jump into pre-production, talk about interview, the importance of B-roll and then we're going to go to footage review, conceptual editing, building a rough cut and then finishing it off. So amidst all of this as you look into the details, I'll talk a little bit about Premier, I'll talk a little bit about syncing on audio inside of Premier, dual system sound, I'll talk a little bit about just Davinci Resolve and jumping in and using a color target to match footage across different cameras. That's later on in the class. I think up front I'm going to talk a lot about how you get over that mental hurdle of just I have an idea how do I put it into motion getting thoughts down onto paper or thoughts down into notes and then you can start to formulate and get yourself into the idea of creating a project, okay.

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Ratings and Reviews

Cheryl Winkles

You're awesome, I learnt a lot from you, this is like a must-have first course for anyone who wants to step into video or filmmaking world. Highly recommended and thank you a million Victor Ha.

a Creativelive Student

Fantastic course, Victor is one of the finest instructors I have encountered. Great stuff, I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to work in video

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