Video Production Fast Track | BAVC

Video Production Fast Track

64 hours total

Learn the skills you need to conceptualize, plan, produce, and edit video in this hands-on bootcamp. We'll provide all the gear and you'll learn how to frame and capture your story to push forward your brand and define your message in the visual realm. You'll gain an understanding of lighting, sound, editing, compression and digitization workflows that will empower you to succeed as a filmmaker. Please include a link to a work sample or a project that you were a part of in your application.

Dates: March 19-April 3 - Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM - Apply by March 5
April 28-May 20 - Saturdays and Sundays 10AM-6PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7PM - Apply by April 20

Audio for Video Production

This eight-hour workshop provides hands-on training in the basic techniques of recording sound for the camera. This San Francisco class will review basic sound theory, practical tips, squashing noise, and troubleshooting. Students will set up interviews and use the most commonly used professional sound equipment in different environments. Topics covered:

  • Mixing theory/gain structure
  • Mic, line, and consumer levels
  • Microphone types and applications
  • Boom technique
  • Ambiance

Film, Audio, and Video Training in San Francisco

BAVC offers video production classes in San Francisco, and many students come to us with an interest in taking an audio/video class. If you are interested in reviewing basic sound theory, practical tips, squashing noise, and troubleshooting. This class will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.


Lighting for video is unlike lighting for photography, film, or theater. This hands-on workshop in San Francisco introduces participants to professional lighting techniques and equipment specific to video. This San Francisco class will cover amps, attitude, and technique. Learn to reduce lighting set-ups to their fundamentals, revealing the structure upon which style is built. Topics include:

  • Quality of light and creating depth
  • Lighting for different styles and situations
  • Working with available light for best results

Lighting Training Class: San Francisco

BAVC offers lighting classes in San Francisco, many students come to us with an interest in taking a lighting technique and equipment specific video class. Whether you are interested in looking working with available lighting for best results effectively. This class will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

Leveraging LinkedIn

Experience tells us you're going to get a job through someone you know. With hundreds of people applying for the same job, it's imperative that your resume doesn't end up in a stack with no way to get noticed. Enroll in this 1-hour TechSF workshop located in San Francisco to get familiar with how the Internet--and your connections--can do some of the heavy lifting for you. Using LinkedIn you'll be able to connect with 100 - 300 people and then have access to their connections, resulting in thousands of way to get your foot in the door. Topics covered include:

  • Creating a profile and building your network
  • Determining what groups to join and starting your own group
  • Premiere Account--should you go Pro?
  • Leveraging your connections and getting recommendations
  • Job searching strategies

San Francisco LinkedIn and Social Media Training

BAVC offers a LinkedIn training in San Francisco. Many students come to us with an interest in taking a Social Media Classes and Trainings in San Francisco, not only for LinkedIn but for Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube marketing tactics. This TechSF workshop on LinkedIn is a great starting point for learning social media, and leveraging it for your job search. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

DSLR Video Bootcamp - 4-Day Class

**This is a 4 day class**

Are you a cinephile or producer in San Francisco seeking to become more skilled with video? Are you an employer seeking to create exciting video content for your company? Are you a freelancer looking to make yourself more marketable for video production jobs?

Today’s high-definition DSLR cameras afford filmmakers at all levels the ability to learn to shoot video in an easy, flexible way. To help you learn this industry-standard video technology and to provide you with the skills you need to make sleek, professional videos, BAVC offers its DSLR Bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Bootcamp condenses a semester’s worth of camera-handling knowledge into an intense 4-day (or 32 hour) training course. If you are naturally curious about and comfortable with cameras, this class is for you. Students will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of Short Video Production, including Production Planning, Shooting and Post-Production from BAVC’s expert instructors.

Weekend 1 covers planning, preproduction and production

Weekend 2 covers Adobe Premiere Pro CC and editing the footage shot in weekend 1

Topics covered:

Basic engineering and sound
Preproduction planning, scripting, and storyboarding
Camera operation
Lens choice
Production and directing techniques
Working as a team throughout the production process
Ingesting media
Working with dual-system audio
Performing basic editing and media management tasks
Final output and sharing your video online


• cinephiles that have previously owned a video camera
• producers interested in learning videography
• employees who want to create content for their company
• beginners that plan to freelance
• next wave of doc filmmakers


• understanding cameras is intimidating
• you prefer learning over a semester

DSLR Video Bootcamp Workshop Training in San Francisco

BAVC offers DSLR video classes in San Francisco, many students come to us with an interest in taking a video class. Whether you are interested in skills necessary to accomplish the basic preproduction, production and postproduction processes. This class will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

Audio Post Production: Introduction

This one-day course covers basic work-flow techniques of audio post-production for film and commercial productions. Learn the art of audio clean-up and restoration using tools within Adobe Premiere CC and Adobe Audition CC. This course is designed to build skill-sets for increasing the quality of audio in your own projects. Learn how to apply equalization filters to voice-over and dialogue content and compression/limiting techniques to balance audio levels.

Topics include:

  • noise reduction techniques for dialogue
  • equalization and dynamic compression for different contexts
  • working with dialogue
  • music underscoring
  • scene transitions

Audio Post Production Training in San Francisco

BAVC offers Audio Post Production classes in San Francisco; and many students come to us with an interest in taking a San Francisco Audio Post Production, as a critical element of film and videography training. Whether you are interested scene transition, music underscoring and production training, this class will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

Hardly Strictly Networking (aka Connecting Logics)

The art of landing a job that you actually love is not a lost cause! At BAVC in San Francisco, we assist hundreds of job seekers and contractors each and every year to find satisfying long-term work. Let us help you devise a strategy to do the same. Whether you are a behind-the-scenes type or prefer a place up front, this San Francisco-taught workshop is designed to deliver simple tips that will make a difference for you in making career connections that count. You will learn:

- barriers to networking for your job search and how to overcome them
- what informational interviewing is and isn't
- how to do an informational interview—step by step
and more…


Prerequisites: TechSF registration, draft resume

Instructor: Counselors

We predict the resume will go the way of the T-Rex but until that happens, this is your calling card. The key to closing the deal. It's often the one chance you have to tell prospective employers why they should hire you. Maybe even more importantly—creating a focused, results-oriented resume will help you articulate your value when you talk to future employers. And yours probably needs refreshing. Trust us, we’ve looked at a kajillion of these.

Topics include:

  • Resume do's and don'ts
  • All the parts and how to construct them
  • Awesome resume templates
  • Solid resume logic

Prerequisites: TechSF registration

There are basic do’s/dont’s for any interview and then there’s the mysterious, quirky, don’t take yourself too seriously but you better be a freak’in rockstar interview environment in the San Francisco Bay Area Job Market.

How do you get a handle on this and still maintain your authentic, sane self?

Come. We’ll show you how.

You’ll learn:

  • Best practices for a phone interview
  • Interview follow-up
  • How to avoid common interview mistakes

Length: 3 Hours

Prerequisites: TechSF registration, actively engaged in a job search. completing the Branding Logics Pre-work

Instructor: Patty Leeper

To do a good job of looking for a job, you need to articulate what you do well, what difference this makes for organizations and where you’d like to do it. This is your brand and it needs to be articulated on your resume, LinkedIn Profile, portfolio and in every interaction you have in the outside world so people know what you’re up to and how you can make a difference for them. If you are having trouble telling people why they should hire you or you're not getting bites on your resume, portfolio, etc, sign up. You will leave knowing:

  • The skills that, mixed with your experience and technical know-how, are your secret sauce
  • Industries to target based on your interests & passions
  • How to frame and refine your “pitch” to prospective employers and your network in general
Portfolio Development Series

The Portfolio Development Series is aimed at helping you build, package and promote your portfolio. You’ll also learn how to communicate with, and manage your clients.

Building Module:

In this module, you'll learn to lay the groundwork for portfolio creation including identifying your objectives, reviewing current and common trends, sample selection, best practices in size, consistency and diversity, working on spec, and creating a mock layout.

Topics Covered:

Creating Work Samples
Working Pro Bono to Generate Work Samples
Planning and Time Management
Define your pitch
MoUs and other legalities
Examples of popular portfolio sites
Activity: Setting Attainable Goals

Packaging Module:

This module is not about what's in your portfolio but rather, the look and feel of it. We'll discuss using template sites, embedding video, broadcast graphics, master animations, interactivity, hosting, uploading and the all-important banner ad!

Topics Covered:

Customizing a template
Web conventions
Social Video platforms
Web 2.0 overview
Banner Ads Widgets
Activity: Discover Your Style

Promoting Module:

This module helps you leverage your best work through promotion. You'll learn the major players, where to begin and how to integrate them into your portfolio. If you're not using the web to market yourself, you're using an outdated business model.

Topics Covered:

Using Social Networking sites
Integration and business use
Search Engine Optimization
Understanding Google page rank
Submitting your site to search engines
Activity: Develop Your Communication Strategy

Freelancer Essentials Module:

You've got a site with your portfolio and contact info but it's not as stellar as you'd like. Or maybe you need to create a client portfolio site? This module will cover advanced techniques, industry best practices, client portfolio design and an overview of client relationships.

Topics Covered:

Best Practices
Seeking and obtaining clients
Bidding, contracts, completion and invoicing
Communicating with clients
Activity: Set Your Earning Goals

Career Grit

BAVC Career Workshop: Career Grit

Career Grit

Making a career transition or finding a job when you're out of work takes perseverance. This workshop outlines the what why how of an effective job search, including the messy middle parts. You'll also learn to:

  • Begin to assess interests and skills as a tool to focus your search
  • Get tools and strategies to reframe thinking and increase actions that contribute to a positive mindset and outcomes