Video Boot Camp for Communicators

Video Boot Camp for Communicators

Jan. 27 - Portland, Oregon
Price: $895
Member Price: $745
  • How to plan, produce, shoot and edit your next video yourself—on a budget!
  • Why a smartphone could be the only camera you'll ever need
  • Which gear you should invest in and why
  • Visual narratives—create a story with images that intensify your message

Twitter hashtag: #raganvideo


Presented by:
Ragan Communications, Inc.
Product Code: YZVW

  • Your Presenter:
    Drew Keller Drew Keller is an award-winning television producer, editor, web developer and educator.

    He is one of Ragan's highest rated speakers. Here are some reviews from his recent trainings:

    "His workshop was easily the best I've ever attended. Entertaining, informative, engaging, relevant and current. I couldn't believe some of the things I was learning—and I am not exactly someone who's in the dark when it comes to technology."

    "Educational, informative, entertaining. You can tell he knows his stuff and enjoys it!"

    "Extremely knowledgeable, but was able to translate to those who aren't as familiar with video."

    "He was exceptional. Very helpful during the conference and after; made his resources available to participants and has made himself available afterwards for questions/tips."

    "He was outstanding. Best presenter yet!"


9-10 a.m.
How to jumpstart your production chops
As a storyteller, you already have all the basics you need to channel your inner filmmaker, you just need to know where (and how) to start your creative process. We'll explore how successful organizations use video for maximum effect, identify content types and when to use them, identify the emotional destination of your story, and decide what to include and what to remove from your plan.

10-10:15 a.m.

10:15-11:30 a.m.
Shooting 101
Now you know what you want. But how do you shoot your video? This part of the workshop will arm you with the skills (and gear) you need to plan and create your first video—from scripting basics, to shot lists, to what gear and smartphone apps to make small investments in. You'll learn how to make your location a character in your story, how to optimize natural light, how to use angles, what microphone to use when, and how to lead an effective on-camera interview.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own
Grab your colleagues and explore some of the great restaurants downtown. Ragan staff will provide a list of nearby restaurant suggestions.

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Shooting for the edit
You'll discover how to get past the talking head to bring your story alive. You will learn sequencing, the rule of thirds, how to work with your subject and improvise when the unexpected happens.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Post-production and beyond
Yes, all editing systems are different. Nevertheless, the principles of composing an edit are the same. In this section, you'll learn how to compose your edit, why audio is often more important than video, and why your distribution should dictate the style and length of your piece.

2:30-2:45 p.m.

2:45-4:30 p.m.
Putting it all to use
In the hands-on time of the workshop, we will divide into groups to plan, produce, shoot and edit mock videos using the gear we've discussed.