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  1. Hi all, after the success of the Burbank based Master Class, K-Tek is now bringing the master class to New York: Please join veteran boom operator Ken Strain on April 29th, 2018 to learn how to "Boom Right" and many other tips & tricks for boom operators. More Info & Register for FREE at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boom-right-with-ken-strain-boom-operator-master-class-tickets-44205963226 DATE: Sunday, 4/29/18 - 3pm LOCATION: Academy for Careers in Television & Film @ THE AUDITORIUM 1-50 51st Avenue Queens, NY 11101 View Map Topics include Equipment Setup – the boom, mic choice, headphones and important accessories. Basic Technique – the best ways to physically hold and move the boom pole, and being safe on set, deciding when to challenge yourself. Finer points – small details that make a big difference day-to-day. Proper mindset - develop a decision tree that get you through every situation. Create an efficient department so you can achieve the best results with the least effort. Solving lighting and set problems. A few handy wiring techniques. Crew Interaction - how to deal with all the people you need help from, especially camera operators. For Thirds – what makes a great third from the boom operators perspective. Longevity in your career and your health. Post Seminar Q&A In order to dive right into the learning, watch Ken's introduction at the Los Angeles Master Class before your arrival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzwm29UdKLA Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored and organized by K-Tek with local support by Gotham Sound. About Ken Strain: Ken was born & raised in Los Angeles and began working as a boom operator in 1993, at the age of 19, after he was fired from Home Depot for snowboarding instead of showing up to work on New Year's day. The first few years were mainly on non-union, low budget features with a 2-man crew. He came up when Nagras were the main recorder, and radio mics were a last resort. He joined IATSE Local 695 in 1996 and worked as a third for 3 years, and has been working as a union boom op ever since. He had many mentors who were boom ops along the way, and he honed his understanding of sound and how to work effectively with their kind assistance. After years of coaching different utilities/thirds, he decided to become a teacher in 2017 and is now on a mission to help others become skilled boom operators all over the world. He moved to New York in 2015 to close the gap on a long distance relationship, but due to the continued closure of Local 52, has been unable to apply to join the local, which necessitated a temporary return back to LA in order to continue to stay current on health insurance and make a living. Once the local reopens and he can apply and join, he will be back in NY full time. His favorite TV series to work on are comedies, and one of his current shows is "Silicon Valley", which he says is the funniest show he's ever worked on. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0833166/
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