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.

Blake RubensteinSmall

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.


Canon 70-200 GaryKleiner_Lighter-150x150

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 www.ProducersAdvantage.net

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 www.ProducersAdvantage.com 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.

Improve your video footage with HDR Workflow. August 28, 2017

Don’t miss this great opportunity to expand your knowledge and improve your craft!

This meeting will be held at the

Colorado Media School
404 S Upham St,
Lakewood, CO 80226

Meeting Starts at 6:00.

Burst a CoPVA Platinum Sponsor PRESENTS- HDR Workflow.

Being a career student is important as a Video Production Professional. The tech is continually changing and the competition is continually advancing. Spend an evening with your peers with opportunities to network and learn!

Sony continues to bring professionals cutting edge tech to improve there finished products and improve workflow.

Senior support expert Shahpour Nosrati-Fard will give us an in depth presentation on HDR Workflow and Hyper Log Gamma. In addition we will receive an update on some of Sony’s latest tech in the camera line.


Sony Senior Support Engineer Shahpour Nosrati-Fard has been with Sony Since 2000, first as a Sr. Service Engineer and as a Sr. Sales Support Engineer for Sony Broadcast and Professional Products since late 2001.   Shahpour is an expert on camera systems, camera technology and broadcast workflows. 


Also don’t miss our Micro Presenter during the Collaboration Corner. Stephanie Borger, a production makeup veteran, will share with us-

3 Tricks the Video Professional can use on Set.


Hi! I am originally from Colorado and a alumni of CU Boulder! I first found my passion for make-up when I worked at Aveda. While at Aveda, I helped women customize their make-up and skincare routines. I want to use my 10 years of experience to help others look and feel beautiful. It makes me happy when I can help women see their inner beauty in the mirror.  I strive to bring out the best in each of my clients and take their suggestions seriously with my positive energy, attitude, and talent.


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
Learn more about Circuit Studios www.circuitstudios.com

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.