What people are saying about the 2-DAY Film and High Definition Camera Courses:
When I first arrived at the course, I was very warmly welcomed by Chris and Lesley Weaver. The course was taught at a really nice location - MAC centre in Birmingham.
As the course progressed, I quickly came to learn that Chris was an expert and master in all the different aspects of film making.
The first day we learnt about the theory side to operating a camera and shooting a film. The second day consisted of part theory and part hands-on practical of operating a camera.
Having been to university, usually after 2 hours in a lecture/seminar I start to drift off and fall asleep. However throughout this course, I was very engaged and found the theory material fascinating. Chris regularly used to engage us in conversations and it was good to interact with others whilst debating about different topics.
There were topics that were not on the syllabus that I wanted to learn more about such as the grading process after shooting a film. Therefore Chris used to happily take his time out after the class finished to sit down and explain to me what I wanted to learn. Any question that I asked him, he had an answer for.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone who wants to learn more about operating different cameras, or wanting to learn more of the theory side to cameras.
I think Free Spirit Film have a great thing going on in Birmingham and I will be attending other courses that they offer in the near future.
If you are serious about working on high profile, big budget productions, knowledge and experience of camera operation is essential. This intensive two day course teaches what other Film Schools can’t. With exclusive insider advice and knowledge from Director of Photography, Chris Weaver, you’ll learn how to plan, shoot and direct your short, documentary or feature film with all the professional camera techniques needed on productions large or small.
Whether you are a budding media student or a future Director of Photography, or a film enthusiats or independent filmmaker about to producer your first film, the “2-Day Camera Operators Course” is designed for everyone.
Chris Weaver has been training camera crews over the 30 years.
His extensive experience and guidance has started numerous careers, and many of his students are now fully established, filming all over the world for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and FIVE as well as producing their own Independent work.
Chris’s varied career as a film cameraman has seen him work on high profile documentaries such as Panorama, Horizon, Top Gear and Newsnight. He has worked as Director of Photography on numerous music videos, 35mm Feature Films, Commercials and BAFTA winning TV programmes. Chris has filmed all over the World from the Oval Office of the White House to The Middle East and Afghan warzones. Luxury car commercials for Bentley and Mercedes, to the Land Rover Camel Trophy in the Amazon rainforest of South America.
With a career spanning over 30 years in the Film and TV industry, Chris has worked with numerous distinguished professionals including Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Oliver Reed, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Rachel Stevens, Richard Branson, Neil Armstrong, Princess Diana, President Reagan and Muhammad Ali.
For further information please call 0121 453 3412