Contracts and Taxes Oh My!


Monday, January 29th, 2018
Colorado Media School
404 S. Upham St. Lakewood, CO 80226

Lets Get Down To Business-

Payment Terms, Ownership of Media, Disputes. What do all of these things have in common? Topics that should be covered in our contracts as we are actively practicing our craft in the marketplace.

I know these are not the reasons we went into business, however if we do take them serious and cover our backsides they could be the reason we loose our business!

January’s Meetup will focus on the business side of things as our Keynote Speaker Mr. Collin Moriarty dives deep into the important components in a production contract. Collin will talk about; Elements of a Contract – Offer, Acceptance, Consideration, Proving a Contract – Verbal, Written, Parol Evidence, and Merger, Advantages of a Contract – Quasi-contract theories, forum selection, choice of law, collection costs, etc, Causes of Contract Breaches – Screwing up, Lack of Understanding, Self-Interest, Outside Problems

Mr. Moriarty is a trial attorney who has litigated business disputes, federal employment discrimination lawsuits, construction and fabrication defect claims, a telecommunications law dispute, and other lawsuits involving complex issues and remedies over the past 10 years. He also has represented business clients in commercial arbitration proceedings in the Denver metro area.

B.A., University of Wisconsin, J.D., Georgetown University

If you have business questions or need representation please contact Colin at 303-721-7112 or visit the Underhill Law website at

It’s that time again. Tax Time!

Our Micro Presenter will be our new CoPVA Sponsor Mr. Dale Smith. Dale will be sharing a few tax tips with us to help ease the pain through tax season this year. Dale is a Accountant and Business Consultant focused on helping businesses plan and manage finances as well as processing annual tax filings. Please note that Dale is also offing $100 off of any embers 2017 filing as well as a review of your 2016 tax returns to see if they are substantially correct, and will review their business entity set up documents to see if they are complete – both for no additional charge for these reviews. This is a great opportunity and value. Please reach out to Dale if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation with him at 303-337-8195 or by visiting his web site at On another note we will be discussing some association changes as well as getting our annual Non-profit CoPVA community video project started.

Looking forward to connecting with everyone in the new year. Best wishes and happy holidays to everyone.

• What to bring
Great attitudes, your networking shoes, a desire to grow your business and to learn something new.

• Important to know
Please remember that we offer annual memberships at $120 a year or a single meeting fee of $20, either payable at the door. Membership dues are used to fund the club expenses and activities for standard monthly meetings. All staff/ board members are all volunteer. Workshops and and group trips are not covered under annual membership dues.

Holiday Social and Meet The Board Panel Discuss


Celebrate the holidays and close out this outstanding year with your fellow Production peers at the CoPVA Holiday Social and CoPVA Board Panel Discussion.

Monday December 18, 2017 from 6-9pm
Flying Pig Burger Co.
5935 S. Zang St., Littleton, CO 80127


The Flying Pig Burger Co., our holiday event sponsor in Littleton CO., will host the  CoPVA in their private meeting area for a fun filled night of celebration, food and cold beverages on tap as well as networking, laughter, games, and prizes!

Food and beverages will be the individual responsibility of each member/ attendee. Our normal catering budget will be spent on prizes for game and raffle winners. 


Additionally we will spend a portion of the evening with our special guest Mr. Curt Donahue, of Denver Media Professionals, as he moderates an intimate discussion with your Board Members. During this discussion we will cover Board Member introductions, equipment and software preferences, as well as challenges and successes in 2017. This will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions as well as make suggestions for the coming year.

Please be sure to come network, celebrate and weigh in with your thoughts. Your input and participation is imperative in helping us grow and strengthen our community of professionals.

As always please feel to reach out if you have any questions.

Robert Butcher
President- Colorado Professional Videographers Association.

Exposure and Optics

Come spend the evening with your peers for networking and education with the top minds on your industry.

Monday November 27th, 2017 we will meet at Platinum Sponsors, Colorado Media School,  facility at 404, S. Upham Street. Lakewood Colorado.

Exposure: Getting it Right and Getting it Quick

Pro videographer Blake Rubenstein will offer tips and tricks  on setting correct exposure while shooting in the field where variable and unpredictable conditions make it challenging. Topics include, settings for Zebra, frame rate, shutter speed as well as handy camera add-ons.

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With over 12 years of experience as a video and photo professional, Blake Rubenstein brings undying creativity and a drive to succeed to all of his creations. He tailors his efforts to the unique goals and objectives of his clients, bringing a keen understanding on how to work with a diverse clientele of individuals and institutions within private, nonprofit, and government arenas, which helps to create inimitable and exceptional narratives in film, TV, digital, and commercial mediums. Skilled in aerial videography, photography, broadcast, music videos, live events, and documentaries, Blake brings versatility and flexibility to all of his projects. He can take you on the fast-paced rides of extreme sports, convey the exhilaration of a world-class concert at Red Rocks, transport the viewer into the ring for an unparalleled view of hand-to-hand combat, explicate a company’s proud history, or provide poignant and thoughtful exposure to the joy of any special event. Every project has its own identity and Blake strives to create something truly new and wonderful with each one he takes on.

Focus on Lenses:

COPVA Treasurer Gary Kleiner will explore the various types of lenses and demonstrate their pros and cons for video shooting. He will cover topics such as focal lengths, primes vs. zooms, lens speed and controlling depth-of-field.


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As always please be sure to reach out to our sponsors as you have needs for their services. They are important in the support of our community.

Boulder Digital Arts
Colorado Media School
Producers Advantage

As always please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing and meeting you all at this meet up.

Robert Butcher
President CoPVA

Professional Camera Stabilization Techniques

CoPVA Oct. Meeting
When- October 30th, 2017, 6:00pm
Where- Producers Advantage Rentals, 565 E. 70th Ave. Unit 6E, Denver, CO 80229

Professional Camera Stabilization Techniques
Sponsored By

Join other production professionals on Monday Oct 30th for a evening of Networking and Education.

Setting our work apart for the competition does not need to include and excessive budget or Hollywood grade resources. A few simple techniques can take your production from great to WOW!

Producers Advantage, a brand new Colorado Rental House

Our October meeting is going to feature demonstrations and comparisons of professional camera stabilization techniques. Spend the evening with your peers as we take a close look at several professional stabilization systems (Jib, Easy Rig, Steady Cam and Gimbal), talk about the pros and cons of each system as well as demonstrations of how each piece of equipment is used.

We will also have an opportunity to tour the Producers Advantage facility and learn about the “Tools of the Trade” that rental house owner Robert Shuster has on hand to support professional like you with your productions.

To learn more about Producers Edge and their grate rental rates, go to their web site at or just give Robert a call at (720) 572-7910. 

As always, feel free to shoot me an email or a phone call with questions or concerns.

Robert Butcher

Panasonic and the G5 2.0 plus Anamorphic Workflow! and PBS Documentarian Richard Luckin!

Monday Sept. 25th, 6:00pm at the Colorado Media School 404 S. Upham St., Lakewood Colorado 80226

Come spend the evening with other industry professionals for an evening of networking and education. And don’t forget, if you would like to show some of your work for peer feedback we would love to see what you’ve been working on.

Richard Luckin- PBS Documentarian

Our micro presenter for the Collaboration Corner will be Award winning and PBS Documentarian Mr. Richard Luckin. Richard has recently completed yet another PBS production- Selling Sunshine: The Florida Trains, staring Michael Gross (Family Ties), and will take us through the journey of creating this documentary. In addition we will see a couple of brief clips and discussion about some of his other PBS Productions like; Sephyr in Colorado, Packard- An American Classic Car, and Ridin’ the Goose.



Our keynote presentation will be delivered by Panasonic’s Mathew Frazer. Matt Frazer will be giving a comprehensive overview of the GH5, including what has been added to the camera with the announcement of their V2.0 Firmware update. Topics covered will include, GH5 basics, V-LOG L and logarithmic best practices, HDR/HLG and how to use the GH5 for high dynamic range production and will close with Anamorphic in the GH5. Panasonic will bring several sample GH5 cameras running firmware version 2.0 along with the XLR1 Audio adaptor and the BGGH5 battery grip.