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Small Crew Production 101


Today, more and more companies are building in-house production teams to create ongoing content for their products and services. Generally, this lends itself to creating smaller crews. Additionally, corporate video production companies have changed in terms of structure and their resources. While the equipment has gotten better and less expensive, the crews have gotten smaller. With this new production landscape in mind, this full day workshop will focus on small to no crew corporate video production.

You will get hands-on with the current cinema cameras, lenses, related support gear, audio and lighting that are best suited for small scale production teams. You will learn the most effective ways to realize creative goals with the technology available to you. Topics will include project planning, lighting, camera & lens tips and tricks, effective sound recording, working with talent, traveling with gear, green screen production and working effectively as small crews to get great results.

This workshop is led by Jem Schofield, producer, DP, director, and educator. His creative firm, Buttons Productions, is a group of passionate individuals that works on projects with corporate clients, the film, television and music industries and, their own internally produced projects.


Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
Location: TBD

  • Project Planning
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Camera & Lens Tips & Tricks
  • Effective Sound Recording
  • Working with Talent
  • Traveling with Gear
  • Green Screen Production
  • Working effectively as small crews, with great results

This workshop is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively work on small crew productions.

Owner/operators, DPs and independent filmmakers will learn essential pre-production skills. Companies and institutions will learn how to successfully plan and shoot in-house video productions.


Jem Schofield is a producer, DP, director and educator. He is the founder of theC47, a production and educational resource focused on craft of video production and filmmaking.

For the past 20 years he and his company have produced corporate, commercial and educational content  for an ever expanding client base. Current and past clients include AbelCine, Apple, Inc., Canon, Cineo Lighting, Corus Entertainment, EMI, MAC Group, Manfrotto, Motley Fool, The New York Times, NPR, Quiet Revolution, Scottish Enterprise, Sony, TED, Tiffen, Walmart, Westcott, YouTube & Zeiss.

Jem is also an educational content creator & design consultant to many equipment manufacturers in the film and television industry (such as Apple, Canon, Cineo Lighting, Sekonic, Sony and Tenba). Most recently he has been working with the FJ Westcott company where he designed both theC47 DP Kit & theC47 Book Light Kit (based on their Scrim Jim Cine system). He also has two in-depth lighting courses, “Cinematic Video Lighting” and “Advanced Cinematic Video Lighting” with  Lynda.com / LinkedIn Learning.

For more information about Jem & his whereabouts visit http://theC47.com or his YouTube Channel where he posts a weekly content on video production, content creation and filmmaking at http://www.youtube.com/thec47