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August 2016 Special Guest - Bret Allen

The Camera in Motion

Bret Allen will be sharing the importance of moving the camera to give the illusion of a 3D space with a 2D medium; handheld, dollies, Steadicams, jibs and Shopping carts.

Bret will bring a smaller Steadicam (like) stabilizer, a homemade "table top" dolly, demonstrate how to "dance" with a handheld camera and discuss how to improvise dolly shots with what's availible; a blanket, office chair or a shopping cart. Bret will share some video examples of moving camera shots and discuss world peace.



Raised near Sacramento, California, Allen pursued a career in film and mastered the art of cinematography and production. Allen's nearly thirty year career has given him experience in almost every aspect of film, video and post production. Allen has worked with and learned from some of the most talented people in the industry. Allen's career spans features, episodes, national spots and "reality".

Among his skills as a cinematographer Allen is an accomplished STEADICAM, Crane, Jimmy Jib and Camera Operator in HD, 16 and 35mm film and video. With photographic skills in macro/micro, aerial and still photography.

Allen is a member of the Society of Camera Operators (S.O.C.)

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Bret's IMDB info

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Nov 6th. The Illumination Experience Tour will teach you the fundamentals of cinematic lighting. Tickets start at $329 with discount code IETNBM

John Mahan brought this very interesting article to our attention:

News from Jim Tierney; Digital Anarchy.  When Jim spoke to the VIP’s in May, he mentioned additional FREE training and now, here it is! Time Lapse Tutorials As mentioned, there's some great new tutorials on creating time lapse videos. There's five in total and take about 45 minutes to go through completely. It takes you through my entire process of shooting time lapse from setting up the camera to stabilizing the images.

Part 1: Intro and Camera Setup

Part 2: RAW vs. JPEG
Part 3: What Makes a Good Time Lapse?
Part 4: Stabilizing 

Part 5: Deflickering the Images

Very interesting article - related to shooting with tricks in perspective Click Here or go to

Check out the following websites for upcoming events and information:

Local Groups you may be interested in..

ACCESS Sacramento

The Capital Film Arts Alliance (CFAA)

 The Capital Film Arts Alliance Meetup Group

California Summer School for the Arts (CSSA)

California Film Foundation (CFF)

Horror Filmmakers

The Northern California Filmmakers Coalition (NCFC)

Sacramento Mac Users Group

Sierra Mousetrap Macintosh User Group (SierraMMUG)

Sony EX1 Owners & Users Group

Wedding & Event Videographers


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Handful of assets available to rent for movie productions if needed.

The following is a short list:

Exotic Cars:

Aston Martin Vantage
Lotus Exige
Lotus Super Seven


80's Vintage cars:

1982 Mazda RX7
1982 Toyota Starlet



Ducati Hypermotard 1100S



Yak 52TW fighter trainer



6000 sq ft aircraft hanger at Placerville Airport with built in fully furnished pilots lounge (apartment).



Full fabrication shop with welding, forming, machining capability. 


If you should ever need any of these, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me by E-mail


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