Micro Film Festival! Aug 27th 6pm-9pm

August 27th, 6:090pm-9:00pm
Colorado Media School
404 S. Upham St., Lakewood, CO

Think you can make a movie cut to play at both film festivals and on TV? Not so fast! This and other nuggets, insights, and hard-earned lessons from husband/wife filmmaking team, Doug and Marianne Leviton, of Whistling Boulder Productions.

Whistling Boulder Productions, Inc. was formed in 2010 to produce documentary films.

Marianne Leviton is the president of the company and writes, produces, directs, and edits the films. She began making films in 2005 when she founded the Boulder Filmmaking Incubator which created a collaborative environment and collective for independent filmmaking. Her short films have won awards for best directing, best acting, and best art direction and have been featured in top 10 screenings at multiple short film festivals.

Doug Leviton is Whistling Boulder’s cinematographer, soundman, grip, assistant editor, IT guy, and whatever else needs doing. Doug’s experience behind a camera started as a kid with still photography in the 1970’s. His images have been published in Time, Money, and People magazines. Never far from a camera, Doug made his career as an optical engineer for NASA where he published 80 some papers on engineering related to space optics. He worked for over 20 years on optics for the Hubble Space Telescope and also NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope. Now retired from NASA, he continues to consult in the field along with making movies.

Since 2010, the Levitons have focused on documentary work. At that time they produced a series of grant-funded, short documentaries for the Historic Motley County Jail in Matador, Texas. During the production of those documentaries, a near-tragic story unfolded when a devastating wildfire struck Motley County. Not long afterwards, Whistling Boulder raised grant funding for a feature documentary “A Line in the Sand” to preserve this heroic event.

Completed in late 2015, “A Line in the Sand” was voted the audience’s 2nd favorite movie at the Rockport Film Festival and was awarded Best Documentary and Best Woman Filmmaker in June 2016 for the Chandler International Film Festival. The movie has been aired multiple times on PBS. The film has also been featured in community events focusing on water shortage issues. In August 2018 the film was screened at the grand reopening of the historic Palace Theatre in Spur, TX. The box office donated $600 of the ticket sales to Spur’s volunteer fire department!

Doug and Marianne’s plan for their next feature project is “Saving SOHO” – the story of an international team of scientists and engineers who, beyond all odds, resuscitate the lost SOHO spacecraft from its long deep-freeze at a distance of 1,000,000 miles form Earth.

It seems only natural to go from real cowboys to space cowboys!

Please note we are also looking for several submissions for this event. These micro presenters will have ten minutes to show their under 3 minute video, give a summary of the production as well as take questions form the group. If you have a documentary piece you would like to show and make a brief presentation on, please forward the submission link and request to Robert@ProfessionalVP.com.

As always remember, we spend the first 30-45 minutes of our Meetup sharing light snacks and networking with other industry professionals.

We do ask for a $10 donation to come to this meeting if you are not already a Annually Paid Member. The donation covers expenses like food and drinks, web site hosting, Meetup fees and other expenses.

Hope to see you there!

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions about our Meetup.

In humble service,

Robert Butcher
President- CoPVA

In The Studio- Multi Cam, Live Production Switching

When- July 30th, 2018 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where- 4100 East Dry Creek Rd. Centenial CO

We live in an amazing day for the likes of us Video Professionals. Technology has given us the ability to create and produce like never before. With the new networks like Youtube, Vimeo and Facebook, we can live stream our own TV style production.

This Meetup will focus on studio technologies like Multi Cam Switching to help us better understand the behind the scene, inner workings of the professional studio. We will also learn about some of the roles of the studio personnel like Technical Director, Camera Operators and Shader.
Also, we will of course take a tour of this amazing studio.

Don’t forget we will start the evening with an opportunity to network with your peers with light snacks and drinks. So be sure to arrive at 6:00.

As always feel free to message with questions.

After Effects- Techniques to increase your production value

During this CoPVA meeting, we will be participants a hands-on workshop using Photoshop and After Effects to create the 2.5D parallax effect. This is an effective way to bring your photos to life for your video productions. We will be working in one of Denver Open Media’s computer labs and will be following along step by step as John Aden takes through the process of animating the photo.

John Aden: John is the Director of Education at the Open Media Foundation John is also an instructor and teaches many of the classes. He is also a local low-budget filmmaker. John has almost 20 years of experience serving Colorado nonprofits.

Open Media Foundation is a nonprofit that provides communications services, training, and tools to individuals, nonprofits, and governments.

We believe communication drives social values, and we want everyone to have a voice in creating a new media conversation.

Like a PR firm or Ad Agency, we offer top notch video production, web development and branding services, exclusively for nonprofits and governments, with a matching grant that in most cases, covers half the costs. For people who want to do it themselves, we teach classes like studio or field video production, animation and video editing. We also provide high-end equipment, facilities, and web and TV distribution (via DOM, Denver’s Public Access TV Station and Radio Station) so everyone has access to the tools they need to make and spread their own media.



Creative Studio Techniques

When: Wednesday May 30th, 2018 6:00-9:00
Where: Manmade Media Studio, 2352 Dayton St. Aurora, CO. 

Why would any of us consider taking our production into the studio?

Mr. Marcin Biegunajtys, Producer and Studio Owner, will take a close look at creative techniques that can be used in the studio. Some of the topics that will be covered are Studio Lighting Techniques, Audio Capture, Set Design, as well as Green Screen. Although there may be some discussion on the technical aspects the focus will be creative techniques to increase production value.

Marcin Biegunajtys, an Art Institute of Colorado graduate, has been involved in video production locally as well as nationally since 2000. His extensive knowledge of high end production gear and software, like Red cameras and Nuke special effects software have earned him the reputation of Video Production Guru. He is well respected amongst his peers and has completed productions for companies like Davita, Western Union, The Colorado Symphony, and even CDot.

Come join us for a night of networking and education.

If you would please bring a folding chair if you would like to sit as the studio has limited seating.

Please remember that this meeting is free to annual paid members and $20 for attending guests. Food and Drinks are included.

Feel free to send an email with any questions to myself.


Premiere Pro Tips and Tricks

This meeting is not at Colorado Media School. It will be held at Boulder Digital Arts, Boulder Campus.

When- March 26th 2018, from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Where- Boulder Digital Arts. 1600 Range Street, Suite 100, Boulder CO


• What we’ll do
Adobe’s Premiere Pro is a very deep piece of software with many features and controls that many editors may not leverage. As with any other skill, you will find that the more often you use a function, or editing procedure, the more proficient you’ll become at performing that task repeatedly.

Veteran editor Brian Brown of BrownCow Productions has used Premiere Pro on a daily basis for over ten years. At this special BDA “Premiere Tips and Tricks” workshop created exclusively for CoPVA, Brian will walk-through a dozen or so tips that he’s developed through the years, including the Dynamic Link function, custom keyboard shortcuts, Ripple Edit tricks, custom effects presets, making a frequency “hole” in audio for spoken dialogue to sit in a mix, subclips, and many more.

This workshop will be held in one of BDA’s state of the art classrooms, as a result, we will have the ability to work through the tips with the instructor on the classroom workstations. This is a hands-on workshop!

Please note that BDA is a CoPVA Platinum Sponsor and offers CoPVA Members a 15% discount on many classes and workshops.

BDA is celebrating their 14th anniversary this year, and they’ve now got more affordable classes and workshops than ever! If you’re looking to increase your skill set, Boulder Digital Arts is there for you. And if you need a place to call your office, be sure to check out BDA’s Coworking Space, with free conference rooms to meet with your clients! www.boulderdigitalarts.com

• What to bring
Business cards, a willingness to learn and positive attitudes.

• Important to know
Please note that this is meeting is Free to annual CoPVA Members and $20 as a single pay meeting attendee. We do accept cash, check or credit card at the meeting for single meeting pay. Please ask about annual membership opportunities and benefits at the meeting.