One of the highlights of the upcoming Duke City Shootout film competition is the "digital bootcamp" classes which are free and, mostly, open to the public. This afternoon my wife and I attended a wonderful class by film still photographer John Maio at CNM. It was a treat as we learned about different opportunities and techniques and equipment. For example we were fascinated by the sound proof camera housing (above) that is required to do film stills on major motion pictures. This housing alone runs $1,500 and up. John told lots of great stories about his work on film and did a powerpoint presentation with movie posters and other film advertising featuring his work. It was very inspiring.

There are just a few more classes available this week. Check them out at the events section at Learn more about John at

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Comment by Kelly Vickers on July 22, 2008 at 9:19am
You're correct! John uses Canon E5's.
Comment by Karla Linden, NMT, LMT on July 22, 2008 at 10:56am
I have to say that it was a really informative and inspiring class. John is quite entertaining, too...
Comment by Kelly Vickers on July 22, 2008 at 3:06pm
Woops, finger dsylexia, 5D.
Comment by Bluegoo on July 22, 2008 at 4:41pm
A still camera takes images so why the sound housing ? I thought of 2 reasons tell me if iam right. 1. so the crew and actors are not bugged by the sound of picure taking and 2 so it is not recorded by the sound guys on the set ?
Comment by Duke City Shootout Digital Filmmaking Festival on July 23, 2008 at 7:51am
We love John!
Comment by Kelly Vickers on July 23, 2008 at 8:55am
Bluegoo, The cameras most often used for film still are big money SLR's, which make a very noticable sound when a photo is taken. On the set the smallest sound could ruin the take during filming, so the only way stills can be made is with the silencing housing.
Comment by Eric Renz-Whitmore on July 24, 2008 at 3:25am
John and his work has been great for the Shootout and other local productions. Really nice guy too!


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