David Robin, who founded the Ameri-
can Videographers Association in
1989, educates and trains filmmakers and videographers all over the
United States. Robin started Boulevard Video Productions in 1986 and
David Robin Films in 2007, and has
won 32 Creative Excellence awards
from WEVA, including the Bob LeBar
Vision Award and the Distinguished
Service Award. In 2001 he was inducted
into The WEVA Hall Of Fame. EventDV
Magazine named Robin as one of the
top 25 most influential and talented
event filmmakers in the country for
five consecutive years (2005-2009). A
wedding day music video parody Robin
created (“Dirty Bit”) went viral, and
was featured on the Today Show.
Entertainment Tonight proclaimed his wedding film of producer David Foster and
model/interior designer Yolanda Hadid
as “the new Gold Standard.” Recently,
Robin has expanded into corporate
video production, and just won a 2013
Telly Award for the promotional film
“WPPI 2013: Change Your Life.”
What are your tips for those trying to grow their filmmaking
The way to grow your video business is to have all your ducks in a row: Quality
work, excellent service, sexy branding and most importantly building the right relationships with vendors that reflect your quality and/or the quality you aspire to.
No easy path, just hard work, experience and diligence.
For photographers wanting to incorporate video—don’t try to do it all yourself.
Find a qualified filmmaker to link up with. It’s a huge amount of work and requires
a lot of skills.
What is one thing you’ve learned in the filmmaking business that
has stuck with you?
Never sit back and rest on your laurels or accomplishments. You constantly have to
push forward and work to improve your skills as an artist and business owner.
Course: “How to Stand Out in the Crowd, ” Tuesday, March 4, 4:00 p.m.-5: 30 p.m.
Overview: This class teaches how to distinguish oneself in such a competitive
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In response to the visual storytellers who are now incorporating video into their businesses, WPPI 2014 includes a ;lmmaking seminar track. Eight industry savants will teach classes on ;lmmaking fundamentals, designed
for novice to pro-shooters: From audio technique to conceptualizing a shoot
to ideas for standing out in this niche industry. Here, we share this stellar
group’s tips for getting a foothold in the craft, as well as information on their