Film Making Workshop in the Swiss Alps

Mar 31, 2013 at 0:01
Mar 31, 2013
by Gabriel Klouda  
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It seems that just about everyone out there has some type of "on-board" camera strapped to themselves or their steed. We all love to capture our heroic feats and adventures, whether it's on a racecourse or simply out on the local trails having a blast with friends. As "vain" as we all are we then hurry to upload them to our favorite social meeting grounds on the web and/or other video sharing platforms for everyone to admire. Unfortunately we don't all have the skills to make our videos stand out, and that doesn't necessarily come down to riding skills, but more certainly the skills behind the lens and the post production know how to create that "I need to get on my bike right now" sensation!

Luckily there are guys out their like Tom, from Filme von Draussen who knows exactly what he's doing and is willing to share his knowledge to make that YouTube, Vimeo, PInkbike and Zapiks universe a much easier place on your eyes. Tom has teamed up with Gabriel from Inspired Mountain Bike Adventures to create the first mountain bike specific film making workshop that'll take place this summer in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Tom in steadycam action getting the most out of both rider and scenery

From their base, in a luxurious chalet perched 5000ft above Sion, Switzerland, they'll guide you out on some of the best singletrack in the Alps and teach you how to put into practice all the advice Tom is able to give in 7 days! With some of Europe's highest snowcapped peaks as a backdrop everyone will be sure to get the footage they need, as each day we'll be shooting in new spots and working on new ways to creatively record the riding action. This "Ride & Record" formula guarantees that each rider not only learns to film, but gets filmed each day as they make their way through the high alpine terrain and down 7000ft descents. Each evening is filled with lessons in post production to best optimize the footage and craft that impression that even non-bikers will want to get out and ride.

Current late winter conditions at the INSPIRED Chalet

The Swiss version of television from our living room at 5000ft.

Here's a list of what's to be learned during the 7 day all inclusive workshop:

The Essential Kit: What Equipment do you really need and what is nice to have?
The Secret of Great Movies: Developing Ideas & Stories
The Rule of Threes: How to shoot a story
What You Ought to Know About Exposure, Lenses and Focus
Going Pro: Using Advanced Camera Gear like Microcopters, Sliders, Steadycams and Cranes
How to Build and Set-up a Cablecam
Into the Action: Get the Best out for your POV camera
The Art of Timelapse Photography
Making the right choices: The Basics of Video Editing
Spicing up the Edit: Film Burns, Twitches and other Editing SFX
Let your footage shine: An Introduction into Colour Correction
How to Create Titles that Look Great

Setting up the slider to get some more dynamic perspectives.

If you're motivated have a look at Tom's website for more information about the workshop and some examples of his outstanding work. Filme von Draussen. If you're attracted simply by riding the Swiss Alps then check out Inspired's website.

Until then have a great ride no matter how the footage comes out!
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 Thats awesome!
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 Awesome concept and great for those wanting to learn off a professional
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 03? Wink
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 Great idea. I wish I could go, but have to work, may be next one. Love the vids of Von Draussen!
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 What a cool concept
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 great idea!
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 wow amazingSmile
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 One in Canada? Frown
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 vod tommo

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