Canon Filmmakers Live – Atlanta

Had the opportunity to attend the Canon Filmmakers Live event in Atlanta starring the one and only Philip Bloom.  The event was on March 16, 2011 from 10:00am until about 6:00pm.  I left the house at 4:00am to drive there.  Atlanta is about a 5 hour drive for me from where I live in Mount Pleasant (Charleston), South Carolina.  A little over an hour into my journey the right-rear tire blew out on my car which normally would not have been too much of a problem.  I pull over on the side of the interstate in the middle of nowhere to change the tire.  I get out the jack and have the car about 2/3 of the way up when the handle on the jack breaks off.  Lovely. Just lovely.  After trying for about 30 minutes of trying to flag someone over waving at traffic passing by using only the light from my cell phone I gave in and called my roadside assistance people.  I hesitated on calling them in the beginning because I thought they would take forever to get there.  About 15 minutes after getting off the phone with them a South Carolina State Trooper pulls up behind me and lets me use his jack.  Within 4 minutes I had the old tire off, the new tire on and was back on my way.  Great way to start the day. I still managed to get there by the 10:00am.

The event took place at the Studio Movie Grill, an upscale movie theater with a bar, food, waiters at your seat, etc.  Great place to have an event like this.  The first thing Philip did was make everyone stand up and stretched, or at least that’s why he told us we were standing up.  A British flag came up on the screen with a picture of the queen and the British national anthem played.  Funny guy.

The day was lightning round of topics.  Everything from lenses to sound, time lapse to picture style settings, what gear you need to what gear you don’t….basically, everything, in one day. What I found to be just as informative as what Philip Bloom had to say were the questions everyone was asking and information everyone was sharing.  Everyone was really willing to share their issues and solutions, whether it was with cameras or software.

After the event about 15-20 of us went to a local pub for drinks and dinner with Philip, Jon Connor and Cristina Valdivieso ( founders).  Had a great time discussing/geeking out on camera info with this group.  Good time.  Grabbed a hotel room and drove home the next morning……no flat tire this time.

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