DSLR Cameras for Video

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

DSLR continues to democratize filmmaking with low cost and high quality images. Bring your own camera to explore the possibilities of DSLR video. This workshop focuses on incorporating DSLR video into your film project. Technical, creative and logistical questions will be addressed as well as the practicality and efficiency of accessories such as an external monitor, matte box and follow focus. Also up for discussion will be strategies for managing iris settings and shutter speeds—and what to do if you also want to shoot stills.


Please note participants must bring their own video capable DSLR camera for this class. LIFT will not be providing cameras.


James Buffin has been working in the film and television industry for 23 years. James has worked on feature films and television series across Canada and in New Zealand. His first dramatic film, The Stone Skipper (1999), was developed at the Canadian Film Centre’s TV Drama Programme and broadcast on CBC and the Sundance Channel, New Zealand. James is currently working on four documentaries: Jingle Dress about a family healing from Residential school trauma; Chasing with Heart about a Nebraska storm chase team; Paradise Tsunami about survivors of the 2009 Pacific tsunami and his most recent project, Dear Bini, a personal film set in Indonesia. James is currently a board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Toronto chapter and regularly writes for POV Magazine. Sharing his experiences through teaching is also a passion.