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June 2017

Creative Forces: A Conversation with Paul Sommers

Creative Forces is a new series we’ll be presenting in our Chicago Learning Point several times a year. At each event, an industry leader will join us for an informal discussion on what inspires them in their career. Speakers will analyze creative elements from a variety of mediums and participate in a dialog with the audience. For our next Creative Forces event on June 27, Paul Sommers will show numerous clips from films that have inspired him throughout his career.…


Digital AC Series: 101 – Basic Knowledge & Practices – Chicago

The Digital AC101 Basic Knowledge & Practices class is designed to give the student a good grounding in all aspects of a professional motion picture camera. Students will learn all the key components that are used to build a professional camera system and will become familiar with the functionality of all pro tripod and fluid head platforms. Camera support form and function are discussed and built as well as all accessories relating to camera body and lens function. Routing of electronics and electrical accessories, along with various cable connectors and their function will be discussed. We’ll also cover lens design and function as well as building accessories onto lenses.


Digital AC Series: 201 – Building the Camera – Chicago

The Digital AC 201 class builds on knowledge gained from the 101 class. Participants will learn to build camera packages according to the needs of production. Issues such as aspect ratio, frame rates, monitoring scenarios, and codecs will be discussed. Once these criteria have been covered, the class will build a camera from the ground up into a complete package. Once built, each part of the system will be checked and tested. Internal and external recording scenarios will also be tested and discussed.


Quick Start ARRI Cameras – Chicago

AbelCine’s Quick Start for ARRI Cameras gets attendees ready to use these cameras on their next project. The class teaches the fundamentals of prepping and operating ARRI cameras and is designed for ACs or anyone already familiar with basic camera operation.


Quick Start RED Cameras – Chicago

AbelCine’s Quick Start for RED Cameras gets attendees ready to use these cameras on their next project. The class teaches the fundamentals of prepping and operating RED cameras and is designed for ACs or anyone already familiar with basic camera operation.

July 2017

In-Depth: ARRI ALEXA & AMIRA – Chicago

This in-depth, hands-on workshop teaches participants the skills need to operate ARRI ALEXA cameras, including XT & Mini models. Designed for working professionals, as well as those who are looking to enter the field, the course gives detailed instruction on camera set up, operation and workflows. By the end of the two-days, attendees will have gained comprehensive knowledge of the ALEXA and the confidence to operate the camera in a variety of production scenarios.


REDucation – Chicago

Overview

REDucation is a 3-day workshop focused on hands-on learning with RED Digital Cinema camera packages (EPIC and DRAGON). Attendees will learn all about camera operation, the science of RED cameras, REDCINE-X software, and workflows. Each day participants will work in small groups to learn, shoot and review 4K footage on the big screen.

All REDucation workshops start at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm for each day.


RED 8K Helium & DSMC2 Demo Day – CHI

Join AbelCine and RED on Tuesday, July 18 from 11am – 3pm to get a closer look at RED’s camera lineup in our Chicago showroom, including the 8K Helium S35 Sensor, overview of DSMC2 Camera Modules, and an introduction to RED TECH features. Attendees will get a chance to learn more about RED’s IPP2 image processing pipeline. Guests will also go hands-on with the cameras, as well as have their questions answered by representatives from RED and AbelCine Specialists. This is an informal,…

August 2017

Raw, Log & Uncompressed – Chicago

Overview Many of today’s latest cameras offer Log & Raw recording modes, giving extended dynamic range and versatility in post. However, shooting in Log & Raw presents many challenges both in the field and in the post-production process. This class is an introduction to Log & Raw recording and its applications. Participants will be presented with technical and aesthetic implications of shooting in different Log & Raw modes, and discussions will be part theory and part practical application. We will…


Monitor Calibration – Chicago

Overview To truly judge your image on set and in post, it is necessary to have a properly calibrated monitor. From a small on-camera LCD screen to large home displays, most monitors offer some form of calibration adjustment. This workshop demonstrates the methods and tools used to calibrate a monitor. Focus will be on white point adjustment, color & contrast adjustment, and the tools used to analyze a monitor.


LUTs 101: Theory – Chicago

Overview

Many of the latest camera systems offer either Log or Raw recording modes that give us the most possible information out of the camera. These features are great at keeping the original camera ‘negative’ as clean as possible, but at the same time they can leave your image on set looking very flat and boring. This is where the use of Look Up Tables (LUT) comes in, which are offsets that allow you to manipulate your image and create a look without affecting the camera originals. This workshop is split into two sections, LUTs 101: Theory & LUTs 201: Practical Application.

LUTs 101: Theory will demonstrate the process for creating a LUT for cameras like the Alexa, Sony F5 & F55, and Varicam. Specific focus is types of LUTs, LUT combinations and layering, and tools used for OnSet LUT creation.


LUTs 201: Practical Application – Chicago

Overview

Many of the latest camera systems offer either Log or Raw recording modes that give us the most possible information out of the camera. These features are great at keeping the original camera ‘negative’ as clean as possible, but at the same time they can leave your image on set looking very flat and boring. This is where the use of Look Up Tables (LUT) comes in, which are offsets that allow you to manipulate your image and create a look without affecting the camera originals. This workshop is split into two sections, LUTs 101: Theory & LUTs 201: Practical Application.

LUTs 201: Practical Application further expands on the curriculum of LUTs 101: Theory. This class explores the creative side of LUT design as well as applying LUTs in different post production applications. Working with live camera sources, this class demonstrates creating looks from various cameras. These looks will then be applied in a variety of post editing and grading applications.


On-Set Media Management: Making the Copy – Chicago

This class is designed to demystify the digital loader position. The first half of the class will cover all media types, connections and their speeds, and basic computer science. The second half will cover various offloading programs and best practices and will include hands-on time with a number of media offload stations, card readers, and programs.


Colorist Tools with the ICA – Chicago

Overview AbelCine has partnered with the International Colorist Academy (ICA) to offer this introductory class on the tools found in color correctors, grading systems and plugins. Participants will learn about analyzing images, primary and secondary tool sets, using layers, matching shots and grading styles. This system independent class is perfect for those looking for a new approach to grading and those who are about to purchase or work on a different system. It is also an ideal preparation for more…


Creating Popular Color Grading Looks with the ICA – Chicago

AbelCine has partnered with the International Colorist Academy (ICA) to offer this advanced workshop for working colorists. In this practical, two-day workshop, participants will work with frequently requested grading styles and looks. The workshop will cover how to achieve these looks, as well as a discussion of the cultural meanings or concepts they impart to a project. The goal is to achieve new looks from old techniques. The workshop begins with a presentation of standard looks from a historical perspective.…


ACES, UHD, HDR and WCG for Colorists – Chicago

This is a new class designed to introduce new workflows how to grade for them. Ideal for colorists and industry professionals that will encounter ACES, High Dynamic Range (HDR including Dolby Vision), UHD, Rec 2020 and wide color gamut. We look at how grades and looks are affected by these new developments and which tools are most useful to achieve bigger better color. The course content is not system specific but there will be practical sessions and demonstrations using Nucoda…


FAA Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep – Chicago

The FAA Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep class is an eight-hour intensive course that will cover all of the subjects necessary to pass the knowledge exam. Students will have access to study guides and sample exam questions to help prepare for the certification exam.

October 2017

REDucation – Chicago

Overview

REDucation is a 3-day workshop focused on hands-on learning with RED Digital Cinema camera packages (EPIC and DRAGON). Attendees will learn all about camera operation, the science of RED cameras, REDCINE-X software, and workflows. Each day participants will work in small groups to learn, shoot and review 4K footage on the big screen.

All REDucation workshops start at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm for each day.

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