Meetup July 31st, 2017 Understanding the Value and Function of Grip

This meeting will be held at Circuit Studios at 5415 W. 59th Ave. Suite D, Arvada, Colorado 80003
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Turbocharge your productions with a better understanding of Grip Techniques.

Any production from Hollywood scale to Television, Documentaries and even Corporate work, can benefit from having someone knowledgable with the Art of Grip on the set. Yet Grips and the value they bring is often times over looked by even the most experienced producers. John Murphy and Spencer Blessman will guide us through the seemingly mysterious and often misunderstood art of the grip, leaving us with practical and valuable knowledge we can use on our sets today!

Spencer Blessman of Circuit StudiosSPENCER T. BLESSMAN – Received his B.F.A. in film and television production from Chapman University in southern California in 1991. Working for FOX Television and HBO Independent while in Los Angeles then returning to Colorado. Producer, Director of Photography, Director, Editor, and a long career in the Grip and Electric arena are on his experience list. Operating as Owner/Producer for Krisp Productions since its inception in 2004 continues today. Jobs reaching from 3D IMAX features to corporate video production and everything in between. From 1995 – 2001 Spencer worked as a Lighting designer for Rock and Roll shows in New York City. During that time he spent two years as an electrician for “As The World Turns”, daytime television drama. Returning home to Colorado, and continuing the pursuit of film and television production now finds him as a partStudios LLC.

John Murphy of Circuit StudiosJOHN MURPHY – John Murphy received his B.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991.

In 1994 he founded GripworksCo LLC, a Denver based Grip & Lighting company. Since then, John has been Gaffer on countless Commercials, Corporate Videos, Music Videos, and Indy Films. In 2006 he began shooting and editing those projects as well. In 2012 John teamed up with longtime collaborator, Spencer Blessman to build Circuit Studios as a space to create content in house as well as being available for the Denver film and video community.


Meetup June 26th, 2017 – Cutting Edge Video Production Technology to Immerse Our Audience

Platinum Sponsor VESRE is Hosting our Meeting in Partnership with Chance Media!
Make sure to come out and show our new sponsor some LOVE. They help make these meetings happen!


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ames and Jessica Chance of Chance Media

Using Interactive Technology to Add Production Value and Engage Your Audience

Video production continues to change by the day. New Cameras. Software Advancements, Digital Effects and Even VR Technology.
What hasn’t changed is story telling. After everything is said and done telling the story and communicating your message is still the most important part of a production. Interactive video technology can not only help us tell our story but allow our audience to become a part of the experience allowing the to have control over the outcome.

Verse, a Platinum Sponsor of the CoPVA in partnership with James and Jessica Chance of Chance Media Presents:

Have you ever had a job where one video wasn’t going to cut it for a client? But how to connect multiple videos into one seamless experience? Interactive video is the answer. At the next COPVA meeting, Executive Producer Meredith Hogan of VERSE, shows how their affordable interactive video software can be used to solve problems for clients, and to unleash new storytelling creativity for your own projects. 

Using six tools, Verse helps creators curate links into video. With these tools, you can interconnect videos to create main narratives with “extra features;” interactive Q and As or DIY guides; choose-your-own-adventure Pathfinders; and 360 video that are clickable to other perspectives. Also, it’s easy to use, affordably priced and embeddable so no web development is required. Learn more at

A short presentation about stories told with the VERSE tools will be followed by a chat with the executive producers of Chance Multimedia and founders of Stories Without Borders, James and Jessica Chance. Learn more about their innovative combination of for-profit and non-profit storytelling, and the ins and out of how they’ve created interactive documentaries using the VERSE tools.

Meetup May 22nd, 2017 – Robin Truesdale on Documentary Film Making

Meetup starts at 6:00pm and will be held at the Colorado Media School 404 S. Upham St. Lakewood CO. 80226.

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Robin Truesdale on Documentary Film Making

Filmmaker Robin Truesdale will share her personal path to creating the independent documentaries that she is passionate about. She’ll also outline the process to help you decide if documentary filmmaking might right for you: Where do you begin? How can you fund your film? What are realistic expectations for creating an indie film?


Robin Truesdale is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of Two Hands Films. She has directed, produced, and edited films that have screened at festivals and conferences worldwide, including A Beautiful Equation: Einstein, Bohr and Grandmothers, a 2015 Platinum Remi Award winner. Robin began her career as a news editor for a Denver television station. After years of constructing news and educational stories through video, she was introduced to documentary film’s powerful potential to communicate deeper stories about people, cultures, and issues of the times. Her work deals primarily with social justice, cultural, and humanitarian issues. Truesdale also owns and operates RT Editing, Inc., a video production and editing company specializing in services for small businesses and non-profit organizations. She received her BS and MS Degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado.

April Meetup at the Colorado Media School

Our April Meetup is all about After Effects.  Bring you laptop and follow along with Keith West.

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Keith teaches Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator at Metro State University, Red Rocks Community College, and Front Range Community College. He also works as a Motion Graphics and Imaging consultant to individuals and corporations alike. In the 1980s and 1990s, Keith was videographer and photographer for commercials and industrial videos produced along the Front Range, and has appeared in some major film productions for MGM and Warner Brothers.

Keith West is going to share a glimpse into his years of experience with After Effects. Keith will first share with us a number of animations to demonstrate the abilities of this powerful software application. With our gears turning with ideas of how we might use this application in our very own projects, he will then give us a brief tour of the interface and share with us a tutorial of some specific After Effects techniques. Of course we will have plenty of time for some Q&A.

RSVP on our Meetup site here

March CoPVA Meetup at Colorado Media School

Please join us for our March CoPVA Meetup:

Adding Production Value with Special Effects and Working Effects Professionals

Jim Milligan, a 17 year special effects veteran, will take the time to share with us various special effects applications that can be incorporated into your production. We will get the opportunity to see production footage from his years in the industry with behind the scenes insight on what it took to accomplish the effect. Don’t for a moment think you need a Hollywood budget to incorporate special effects in to your project. Jim will share with us some common and scalable effects that will fit into many clients budgets, taking the production value of your project to a whole new level.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be entertained and educated with Jim’s years of experience in Hollywood and local productions.

Jim Milligan has over 17 years of experience providing great stunts and special effects in Hollywood as well as local markets. His specialties are, pyro, gun effects, rain, snow, smoke. Also he has extensive mechanical, fabrication and welding backgrounds which allow him to create custom fixtures and machines to accomplish various effects. He has received many film credits to include Eyebrows, Ink, The Five, Throttle, Skills Like This, Juncture, Silver City, Willy Bogner Films, Girls Guide to Wilderness, Ichabod,

Three Ninjas, High Noon at Mega Mountain and Moosie. His Television credits include, Americas Most Wanted, Manhunt, X-Games, Action Channel, TLC, Starz, ESPN. Discovery Channel, HGTV and KMGH Channel 7.

At this March meeting will also discuss the election and Board Electives.

Your first meeting is free!  Single meeting cost is $20.  Ask us about annual membership rates!


Shawn Montano| President

Colorado Professional Videographers Association 

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