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.