DCP 101 - Your Ultimate Guide to Digital Cinema Packages For Filmmakers

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Stephen van Vuuren

Webinar hosted by: Stephen van Vuuren

Filmmaker at SV2 Studios & SV2 DCP

Filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren has written, directed, photographed and/or edited several feature films, over two dozen short films and many commercials, music video and other media projects. He currently is in final post-production on “In Saturn’s Rings”, a film for IMAX theaters and planetariums that will be globally released late next year. He runs SV2 Studios & SV2 DCP that provide digital production and post-production services to clients around the world. He has created over 150 DCPs – trailers, shorts and features in 2D and 3D including DCPs for IMAX theater playback over the past 6 years. He has also worked on many productions as a director of photography, Visual FX and Post Production Supervisor, editor, sound mixer, visual FX artist and sound designer. He lives and works in Greensboro, NC with his artist wife, Marie Stone van Vuuren and three cats. Full Bio »

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We are well into the digital revolution in filmmaking. The least known and least understood aspect, but arguably the most important, of the digital revolution is the digital master of your film via a Digital Cinema Package. More than cameras or editing or access to great equipment, the one factor that allows the indie filmmaker to truly be on a level playing field is the ability to screen your film at festivals and any theater in the world via DCP.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, experienced filmmaker, Stephen van Vuuren, will teach you all secrets, tips, and best practices that everyone involved in film productions must know to end up with a quality digital master of your film. The information in this webinar is not available all together in one place anywhere on the internet until now! 

Many film festivals, large and small, now require DCP screeners and nearly all theaters in the world require your film on DCP. A DCP is the single most important master of your film that you will ever make. However, many indie filmmakers have limited experience and understanding of how they must plan from the very beginning stages of a film to insure their film – short, feature, documentary – is ready for DCP. 

You only have one chance with your audiences to make a great impression – and today that chance depends on your DCP.

What You'll Learn

  • What is a Digital Cinema Package?
  • Why is DCP important to me?
  • Filmmaking Success is Thinking Backwards
  • The “C” in DCP – What Cinema really means
  • Making a Great DCP
  • Shooting for DCP (onscreen examples)
  • Production Sound for DCP
  • Editing/Post for DCP (onscreen examples)
  • Sound Mixing for DCP
  • DIY DCPs: Should I? How to create (onscreen examples)
  • Post House DCP: What to Know
  • Festival DCP Planning & Budgeting
  • Indie/Independent DCP theatrical release
  • Q&A with Stephen

About Your Instructor

Filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren has written, directed, photographed and/or edited several feature films, over two dozen short films and many commercials, music video and other media projects. He currently is in final post-production on “In Saturn’s Rings”, a film for IMAX theaters and planetariums that will be globally released late next year.

He runs SV2 Studios & SV2 DCP that provide digital production and post-production services to clients around the world. He has created over 150 DCPs – trailers, shorts and features in 2D and 3D including DCPs for IMAX theater playback over the past 6 years.

He has also worked on many productions as a director of photography, Visual FX and Post Production Supervisor, editor, sound mixer, visual FX artist and sound designer.

He lives and works in Greensboro, NC with his artist wife, Marie Stone van Vuuren and three cats.


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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • I didn't expect this to be this informative. I was also worried it would be too techy, but it really taught me a lot (and taught me that I'm going to hire someone else to do my dcp lol)
  • There were some technical dropouts but the content is very important. The presentation and the additional downloads were very helpful in understanding some of the concepts. I would like to see DCP 102, covering deliverables for foreign market.
  • Excellent

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