Life In Motion
with amy cyphers and kim bear
December 11, 2017
January 22, 2018
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Join Amy Cyphers and Kim Bear for a four week journey to learn how to capture life in motion. You will learn how to create a film from start to finish, whether you are shooting personal projects that capture your family’s memories or creating a unique client experience which stirs their hearts and souls. This four week course takes you from ideas to finished products. Amy and Kim share so many valuable lessons along the way– you’ll even hear from their faithful clients about how video was something they never imagined they needed until they saw their family’s connection in motion.
Whatever your genre, there are opportunities to add motion to your work that not only stir emotion but separate you as an artist in your area. Video is a beautiful way to express your artistic vision! The assignments in this workshop will give you the confidence to capture moments for your family and clients. They have been thoughtfully created to build upon each other, and by the end of this workshop you will have created three amazing projects to share with families or add to your portfolio.
Weekly shooting required
4+ hours required per week
this course has prerequisites
Students should have basic knowledge of exposure and be able to shoot manually for this class. Students should know basic video settings and understand camera stability. (Though not required, we cover basic video in the breakout Photography In Motion if you are completely new to video and you want to start slowly.) Students should have a DSLR or mirrorless camera with video capabilities. In addition, we suggest students have a tripod for stabilization. Video editing software is also required– we will show editing using Adobe Premiere and iMovie.
The Wild Child Photography is owned and operated by Amy Cyphers and Kim Bear. The Wild Child captures children and families– their goal is to capture authentic expressions in natural settings. They incorporate video and stills into their sessions giving clients a unique experience. Amy and Kim both have busy homes and balance life and work together with a lot of laughter and fun. They teach local photography and video workshops as well as nationally at Click Away. They have also written a beginning video breakout called Photography in Motion and love connecting with photographers from everywhere.
Their portfolio can be found here.
• 4 Printable Lesson Downloads with Assignments (outlined in syllabus) plus a Pre Workshop “Getting Started PDF”
• An interactive epub for iBooks
• Behind the scenes videos of Amy and Kim shooting
• Editing videos
• Instructor assignment and Q&A video
• Personal feedback on each assignment
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading:Understanding basic video stability and creative shooting through details and purposeful motion.
Assignment: Capture and edit an impromptu video of your everyday life.
Reading: Storyboarding the Planned video. In this lesson you learn to connect music and thoughtful motions to an emotion.
Assignment: Create a storyboard based on your “Big Word.” This week you will select a song and detail your video plan.
Reading: This week we shoot our Planned video and go into depth with editing creatively and emotionally.
Assignment: Shoot and edit your Planned video.
Reading: How to shoot video for others (friends or clients). We will share the value of adding video to your business and how you can do both video and stills at your session.
Assignment: Create a blog post with video and stills from a client or friend session.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.