John DeMaio


How to white balance your camera

We not only show you how to white balance your camera properly, but we explain the science behind it as well.

Keeping a white card nearby is easy with this week’s quick tip

I was working on an edit for a show a few weeks ago and I noticed that the shooters in the field had a pretty good trick that they were using for white balancing their cameras.  When I saw what they were doing I thought to myself, ” why didn’t I think of that years […]

Laurence Vexler, Audio Recording Engineer

A Production Apprentice interview with audio recording engineer, Laurence Vexler. We discuss what it takes to be an audio recording engineer, both production and post production, as well as the importance of understanding electronics and having an electrical engineering background.

How to calibrate your equipment using color bars

Not quite sure how to properly set up a monitor using color bars? Don’t worry, we take a few minutes to show you the process in full detail.

C-Stand quick tip – the easy and efficient way to raise any type of light stand or C-Stand

This week’s quick tip shows you the proper way to raise a C-Stand without expelling any extra energy or hurting those around you.

The camera operator’s guide to audio controls

We crack the code on audio controls and show you (the camera operator) what you need to know when it comes to getting audio into and out of your camera. Your audio op will be so proud.

The secret to taping down (and removing) cables

Taping down your cables is a safe way to protect any location shoot. It’s also a good way to keep yourself from getting fired – or worse yet, sued. Here’s a quick tip video on how to properly tape down your cables and remove them without creating a mess.

Create a winning demo reel that people will actually watch

Whether you’re a budding camera operator or an aspiring editor, you’re going to have to create a demo reel at some point. Follow the tips here to create one that will be interesting to watch – instead of driving your audience to drink.

Heather Heinz

Heather Heinz – Casting Director

Casting director Heather Heinz talks with Production Apprentice about the process of casting and gives us some great advice for actors and future casting directors.

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Bob Zelin – Video Engineer

Bob Zelin is a mastermind at constructing post facilities. He’s also the man you want around when something isn’t working. Bob talks with us about his thoughts on the future of the industry and gives some advice on how to stay alive in this business.

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