Pieces from The Academy

Here are three pieces produced from the most recent Travel Channel Academies. More will follow.

We are delighted with these. We like the idea of new voices for the channel, the website, and the industry. And its just the beginning. We expect to put more than 1,000 people through the Academy in the next year.

I have no doubt that some ‘professionals’ are going to comment negatively on these.

Too bad!

These are, for the most part, the work of people who had hardly ever touched a camera or an edit before they took the course. Their ability to produce this kind of work in so short a period of time is nothing short of extraordinary.

And they are just at the beginning.

If they continue to work with us, (and we expect they will) their work will only continue to improve.

We think there is enormous potential here.

This is a tribute both to their talents, and to a new technology that makes this both simple and accessible.

The days of ‘only we special people know the Dark Art of television making’ are clearly over.

So here is their work on ‘day 4’ in the business. I can’t wait to see it on day 40 or day 400.


9 responses to “Pieces from The Academy

  1. Tripods? I thought they were verboten.

  2. none of these used tripods. they’re all hand held. Small cameras make it easy to hold still for the shot. In Derrick’s he just props the camera up or holds it at arm’s length. Tripods are not verboten per se, but we try and hold down the amount of junk you have to drag around with you where we can.

  3. ok – yes I know what you mean about light and mobile but I personally I prefer the handheld aesthetic in many circumstances. Phenomenal number of big-budget movies being shot handheld these days.

    FWIW I find a heavier shoulder mount cam way easier to hold steady – I am surprised that you find small cameras easier to hold still.

  4. The trick is to cradle the camera in front of you like a Hasselblad, not try and prop it up on your arm.

  5. Don’t forget the humble shoe for those low shots 🙂 — Read that on b-roll. Never guess who posted that…

    There are some very light tripods available. A solo vj can set up a scene with a tripod and even walk right in to the scene. The little cameras have lcd’s that flip right over so you can even frame yourself up before you narrate, or whatever requires you to be in the shot.

    When Robert Rodriguez shot the orignal “El Mariachi,” he used a borrowed wheelchair for all his dolly shots.

    As a 5 Takes producer told my wife, “The world is your tripod.”


  6. Watching closely

    So how did the “TJ” in the dominoes video shoot herself handheld? I thought these people were supposed to be solo.

  7. She passed the camera to one of the other dominoes players and told him how to point and push the button. Like we always say, this is ain’t so hard to do.

  8. Watching closely

    Wow, how professional!

  9. Please feel free to submit something you shot and cut after four days. Would be anxious to see your personal work and have an opportunity to both post and comment.

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