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Videogram ALERT, March 15, 2016

The Video Club is honored to have a Chapman University expert on documentary film speaking to us this Thursday evening at our next General Meeting (see below). Don't miss it! 

And now's your chance to learn to work as part of a Video Studio production team, using the Video Club's new switcher (see below). A new four-session class starts Saturday.


Documentary Filmmaker Sally Rubin to Address March 17 General Meeting

Documentary filmmaker Sally Rubin, an Assistant Professor in Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, will discuss "How to Make A Documentary Film: From Concept to Distribution" at our next General Meeting, Thursday, March 17. Utilizing student documentaries as examples, she will elaborate on her view that:

  • “The power of documentary filmmaking is the ability to inspire people into caring about other people's lives, creating an understanding between people who otherwise would never come into contact with each other, and getting people to take action in the world on issues that they care about.”
With over 15 years in the field, Professor Rubin has completed many documentary films shown on PBS, at major film festivals, and other venues. She holds an M.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. At Chapman, she teaches "The Documentary Tradition," covering the history and genres of documentary film as well as courses in all phases of documentary film production. She also directs a documentary travel program which takes students around the globe and coordinates a series of documentaries focusing on women's lives in diverse part of the US.  Her advice to students:
  • “Slow down, create a plan. Be organized in the editing room and that will get you the story that you want.”
  • “You don't have to travel across the globe to find compelling stories. We have such interesting and diverse stories right here in our own backyard.”

Refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm. Open free to all residents and their guests. For more info, contact Steve Carman,, 424-254-6583. Click here for flier.


Learn to Use Our New Switcher

At right, Instructor Tom Nash operates our new video switcher, purchased with GRF funds, which mixes feeds from multiple cameras and other video sources in real time during production, opening new creative options. Photo by Barbel Dagostino

Explore what the new equipment may mean for your own video projects, as well as for the club, by enrolling in our new class, “Multi-Camera Studio Production,” to be held on four Saturday mornings beginning March 19, 10 am-noon in the Video Studio. You'll learn to operate the switcher and how to work together as a team to produce videos in the Studio.

"A very 'hands-on' course where you will produce a variety of video formats," says Instructor, Tom Nash. "It's fun and will open the door to great possibilities for the future.” $5 per person or $15 for the series for members, $25 for non-members (includes club membership). Pre-enrollment not required. For information, contact Tom at, 714 381-0781. Click here for flier.

FYI...Our newly-added Studio equipment includes a NewTek Tricaster Mini HD-4 Switcher ($5,999), a NewTek Tricaster Mini Control Surface ($2,495), cables and headsets ($674.25), and another Canon VIXIA HF G30 Full HD Camcorder ($1,149). This high-quality prosumer camcorder replaces the club's outdated and more-difficult-to-use professional camcorders and matches two others like it to assure matching audio and video in multi-camera shoots.

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