In this module you will learn the proper techniques required to perform successful events for Spark, your clients, and yourself. You will learn about what to shoot at an event, key moments to capture during your event, preferred shooting settings, and how to properly mic a couple. The information in this module is very important to understand in order to perform a successful event. The details in this module are here to help you understand your role as a cinematographer and how you can fulfill that roll successfully. Pay close attention to each video and, when you have finished, test your skills with the quiz at the bottom of the page. 

What to shoot

Talking Points:

  • Creative vs. Prepared
  • Having a successful event
  • What to Shoot 
  • How to prepare for an event

        In this video, you will learn everything you need to know in order to prepare for a cinematography event. You will learn the difference between a creative shot and a prepared shot. Take your time and listen carefully to the points made in this video so that you can be prepared when you are at your next event. Happy listening!

Capturing Key Moments

Talking Points:

  • Preparing for Key Moments
  • Prepared vs Creative shooting
  • What is a Key Moment?
  • How to recognize Key Moments

        Capturing Key Moments is one of the most important parts of having a successful event. Every video we create for a customer is created using the best Key Moments of that event. When shooting an event with Spark, make sure to prepare yourself as best as you can for those Key Moments so that you are not caught off guard when they arise. It's better to capture a Key Moment in its entirety than miss part of it trying to be creative. Though we encourage being creative in your shooting, it's more important to ensure that you get the footage and cover the Key Moments.

Micing a couple

Talking Points:

  • How to tape a lav
  • How to keep the lav from rubbing against clothes and objects
  • Finding your preferred technique 
  • How to hide a lav
  • Best results when placing a lav

        Here, you'll learn how to properly hide, tape, and place a lav on someone for the purpose of capturing clean, consistent, and useable audio. Pay attention to the different techniques used, and for what situations these different options are used. By the end of this video, you should have learned 7 ways to properly set up and hide a lavalier microphone.

        You'll also learn how to properly add a lavalier microphone to a bride's dress. This is an important and useful skill to have during events where the bride will need to have her own microphone. Make sure to talk to your bride about this process before doing it. You want to make sure that she is comfortable with it and understands the process completely before starting it. 

#ProTip:  There are more than 7 ways to hide a lavalier microphone. If you have an idea that is not mentioned in this video, be sure to test it out before using it at an event. Once you have perfected your technique, feel free to use it and share it with the rest of the Spark team.

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Preferred Shooting Settings

Talking Points:

  • Knowing your camera's limits
  • Media Card Information
  • Primary Camera Settings
  • Variety Camera Settings

        The Preferred Shooting Settings video will teach you the specifications of shooting an event with Spark in regard to your camera settings. The details in this video are not suggestions, but rather requirements. If you are not able to uphold these requirements, please talk to a Spark officer about your options. Pay careful attention to the details in this video, as they are very specific and require attention.


When you're ready, take the quiz below and find out how well you know the information covered in this module.


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