FAQs

Courses

'What time does class start each day and how long are the days?'
Class starts promptly at 9:30AM each morning and runs until around 6PM each day. Please make your travel arrangements/flights accordingly.
'What should I expect at the course? Will I get an agenda?'
Each day starts with a lecture on some aspect of filmmaking shooting, storytelling, etc. followed by a hands-on activity (i.e. field shooting or editing) where you will learn how to put the theory into practice.

In your first shoot, you will be staying near the classroom and focusing on using the disciplined shooting techniques learned on the first morning. Your goal will be to get comfortable with the camera in your hands and to capture the specific sequence of shots you’ve learned.

On the 4 Day course, your second shoot is your opportunity to apply what you have learned during the first shoot and edit exercise to the creation of a more focused story. By the end of the course, you will be the proud creator of two one-minute videos that you have shot and edited all by yourself.

We purposefully avoid handing out minute-by-minute agendas since production is a very organic process and it’s difficult to anticipate how quickly each class will be able to grasp and apply the concepts taught. Rest assured that while you are working hard to make your masterpieces, we’ve got an eye on the clock and will get you where you need to be when you need to be there.

'Do I need to pre-plan any of my shoots?'
There is no need to do any pre-planning for your first shoot. On the 4 Day course, for your second shoot, though you do not need to pre-arrange anything, start giving some thought to what type story you might want to tell. Remember that you will have one minute to tell the story so don’t plan on doing any sweeping documentaries.Again, don’t feel like you need to do a ton of pre-planning before you get here. If you walk in with a general idea of what type of content you want to capture, we’ll help formulate the rest.
'Can I bring a friend or family member with me to the class?'
While it may be possible to bring a guest to the final screening, this is based upon space availability and prior approval. The actual class is closed to guests and family members who are not enrolled in the class.
'What if I have to cancel?'
Deposits:

All deposits are non-refundable.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

  • If tuition is paid in full at the time of registration, a refund is allowed up to 30 days before the course date.
  • All refunds are subject to a $50.00 service fee.

RosenblumTV reserves the right to cancel a scheduled course up to 21 days before the course starts. If RosenblumTV cancels a course all deposits and course fees will be refunded. Course participants who book non-refundable travel or accommodations do so at their own risk.

'What equipment will I need for the class?'
For filming, you’ll need a Mini DV or HDV tape camera with an iLink port or an HDV tapeless camera with a Mini USB 2.0 port.

For editing you’ll need a Macintosh laptop that has Final Cut Pro X (10.0.3 and later) installed on it. Your laptop should also have either a FireWire port (for tape cameras) or USB 2.0 port (for tapeless cameras) which are used to connect the laptop to the video camera. You’ll need a pair of headphones and tape stock. A two-button mouse is highly recommended but not required. If you don’t have Final Cut Pro X (10.0.3 and later) to use for the course, we recommend downloading the free trial from the Apple App Store a day or so before the course.

If you bring your own equipment, please make sure that you have checked that everything is working before the course and that your camera is compatible with the Final Cut X software. Also, bring any cables that came with your camera to the course. If you are renting a laptop from us but bringing your own camera, we recommend that you let us know what type of camera you will be using when you register, allowing us to be sure it will work with our laptops.

'What if I don't have my own equipment?'
If you don’t have your own equipment yet don’t worry, you can rent it from us.

Rental Rates:
4-Day Course
Camera $250 (US) £150 (UK)
Laptop $250 (US) £150 (UK)
2-Day Courses
Camera $125 (US) £75 (UK)
Laptop $125 (US) £75 (UK)
1-Day Shooting Course
Camera $125 (US) £75 (UK)
1-Day Editing Course
Laptop $125 (US) £75 (UK)

'I want to buy a camera. What do you recommend?'
During the course we discuss the pros and cons of different video and audio equipment. Many students who have purchased cameras immediately before the class often end up returning the cameras they’ve just bought, saying they wish they’d waited until after the course when they had a better understanding of what equipment meets their specific shooting needs.

For a small fee, we rent cameras that are very easy to use and lend themselves well to the needs of the course. If you already own a MiniDV or HDV camera that is FireWire equipped that you have been using for some time, then by all means, bring it. Just please be sure that you are familiar with operating it and, if you are bringing your own Mac laptop, that you have hooked it up to your camera successfully in the past and have been able to capture footage. This is particularly important if you have a hard drive camera, as sometimes they can be a little tricky to import from. Please be sure to bring your own tape stock, camera manual, and any cables that came with your camera (e.g. FireWire/iLink, AV, component, composite, USB, power, RCA).

'What kind of editing software do you teach during the course?'
There are a lot of editing software programs out there, but we have found that Final Cut Pro X (10.0.3 and later) is exceptionally intuitive and lends itself well to a fast-paced learning environment.
'Do I need to do anything before the course if I am bringing my own equipment?'
If you are bringing your own camera, please be sure that you are familiar with operating it and, if you are bringing your own laptop, that you have hooked it up successfully in the past and have been able to capture footage. This is particularly important if you have a hard drive camera, as sometimes they can be a little tricky to import from. Please be sure to bring your own tape stock, camera manual, and any cables that came with your camera (e.g. FireWire/iLink, AV, component, composite, USB, power, RCA).

If you are bringing your own Mac laptop double check that you have successfully installed and tested Final Cut Pro X (10.0.3 and later) and have successfully connected your camera to it. The course is very fast paced, and we want to be sure you are able to maximize the time you have with us on happier pursuits rather than troubleshooting equipment problems. Also, please be sure to bring your own headphones and, if desired, a 2-button mouse.

'Do I need to bring my own footage for the One Day Video Editing course?'
If you are bringing your own laptop, we recommend that you bring your own footage, pre-loaded onto it. If you are renting a laptop from us, then we will provide you with footage. Of course, if you are bringing your own laptop and still need to use our footage, we’ll make sure that you have something to edit! Just be sure that your laptop has Final Cut Pro X (10.0.3 and higher) and a FireWire port (for tape cameras) or USB 2.0 port (for tapeless cameras ) to connect your laptop to your video camera. You’ll also need a pair of headphones. A two-button mouse is highly recommended but not required.

Attire

'What should I pack?'
Bring casual, comfortable weather-appropriate clothes, sunscreen and a hat, if desired. Most importantly, bring comfortable shoes. When out on shoots, you will be walking a lot.

Food

'Will there be a lunch break?'
Yes, We will break for lunch.
'When are lunch breaks scheduled?'
On shooting days, you will have the opportunity to grab a quick bite when out doing your shooting exercises.

On editing days, you’ll take a break to go out and grab a quick bite. There are many dining choices in the area from which to choose. You are also welcome to bring your lunch.

'Can I bring snacks to eat during the day?'
Of course. You’ll need to keep your energy level up. Please just be mindful of eating and drinking around the equipment.

Accomodations

'Where can I stay during the training?'

Guardian Masterclasses in London:

Hotel Russell

1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury
London, WC1B 5BE
Tel: +44 020 7837 6470
www.principal-hayley.com/hotelrussell

The Bloomsbury Hotel

16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN
Tel: +44 020 7347 1000
www.doylecollection.com/locations/london_city_hotels/the_bloomsbury_hotel.aspx

Novotel

St.Pancras
100-110 Euston Road
London, NW1 2AJ
Tel: +44 020 7666 9000

www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-5309-novotel-london-st-pancras/index.shtml

Ambassadors Bloomsbury

12 Upper Woburn Place
London, WC1H 0HX
Tel: +44 020 7693 5400

www.ambassadors.co.uk/

NYC Midtown training location:

Holiday Inn Express

15 West 45th Street
New York, Â NY Â 10036
1 (888) 400-9714
www.icholtelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hotel/nycff

Econo Lodge Times Square

302 West 47th Street
New York, Â NY Â 10036
(212) 246-1991

www.econolodge.com/hotel-new_york-new_york-NY318?sid=iwRug.Ha5MSgzWn.10&sarea=85650&sname=New+York&sstate=NY&scountry=US&sradius=40.22&slat=40.75279998779297&slon=-73.97570037841797&schain=E&exp=&scity=New+York&sort=&type=&map=n

 



Michael's Blog




Every day Michael Rosenblum blogs about the latest developments in the world of video and the media as well as future trends in technology and equipment.



Michael's Other Blogs
The Guardian
The Huffington Post

WARNING! COPYRIGHT DANGERS!

I have been writing blogs for about seven years now.

I used to use a lot of pictures to illustrate the points I wanted to...

Could iPhones End Wars?

 

The town of Portree, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland has a population of 2,149.

At the center of the town is a cenotaph,...

Robots Write The News

Pulitzer Prizes 2020: ” I want to thank all the little people who helped….” Poynter reported today that The Associate Press will start using robots to...