We want filmmakers to flourish and flood the internet with films to turn this world around.

You don't need years of film school. We're here to help you make your film and make it look great in two days.


Feel the satisfaction of expressing yourself creatively...

I came to Hollywood with award-winning films under my arm, but the union couldn't let me in. I'm glad I didn't get in the union because it forced me to grow as a filmmaker, a director and a producer. . I formed my own production company, The Association and I've made millions I never would have made as a union camera operator.

If you want to follow the career path that paid off for me, then these bootcamps are for you.


Workshops in:


When Canon's 5D Mark II empowered filmmakers everywhere to make their film, it started a revolution. We founded the bootcamps to help filmmakers get started fast. (You don't need a $40,000 film school.)

Our filmmakers wanted Lighting Workshops because great lighting is the key whether you're using an iPhone or an Alexa.

Our Premiere Pro editing workshops put the final touches on your film.

Of course, at the end of the day, every great film has an engaging story. Our Storytelling Workshops share what we've learned on the way to winning two Emmys, a National Heritage Gold Medal, the Chicago Film Festival and dozens of other awards. Our storytelling drills will help you put heart into your film so it'll really connect with viewers.

Hands-On, Intense Learning with Pros

Our workshops are hands-on and challenging.

Our slogan is


We don't talk about our films unless it's going to help you.

Our graduates rate us best in the world because we use Active Learning technology. We're NOT a boring lecture. We use hands-on drills so you can really get it.

The result is you quickly become adept at filmmaking.

If you're ready to be a better filmmaker, register below. If you want to sit and listen and dream, there's lots of people happy to take your money.

You've got NOTHING to LOSE

You can ALWAYS take a refresher course, space permitting. You've got nothing to lose.

Read our students' reviews. No one else publishes their student reviews. We do. We're totally committed to your training.

Register today. Class size is limited so everyone gets personalized attention.

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2016 Workshops

with the Pros

One-On-One Private Training in Camera, Lighting or Adobe Premiere Editing. With summer's schedules we decided to let you pick the dates.
(call to coordinate schedules)


Editing Premiere Pro One-On-One
(You pick the date.) 



Register for a one-on-one training in DSLR filmmaking, plus the Lighting Workshop and Editing Workshop for 30% off our normal price of $1,897.
THAT'S A PACKAGE DISCOUNT PRICE of $1,327.99 (You save $758.00).
For more info CLICK "I'm Ready to Register" below.


Advanced Documentary Workshop - 7 days on location
(Princess Cruise Alaska Glaciers & Wildlife will serve as a backdrop to a murder mystery film. We'll depart Vancouver, September 10 - 17, 2016 (Travel Not Included). Please email me links to film you have shot. 


Advanced Documentary Workshop -
4 days on location
(Oregon Coast Oct. 6 - 9, 2016 (please email me links to films you've shot.) 


Explorer of Darkness Lighting Workshop

LIGHT and DARK: Become an "Explorer of Darkness" - the key to bringing power to your lighting setups. In this hands-on workshop we study and then emulate the Masters - Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Roger Deakins, Don Stott, Janusz Kaminski and others.
Unleash the power of darkness. (We're not talking about Satan here. We leave that to professionals.) Come and grow your skillset. Lunch and model provided.


Still Photographers Evaluate the CineBootCamps


Boot Camp Films shot on second day by our students

The Sonnet: One of the first films shot by our participants. The results are beautiful.

Escape: See the stunning shots our students filmed at our Cine Boot Camps at the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

Christmas: This heartwarming video was shot by our boot camp graduates and boot camps team.

Ruze: This short film was shot on location in Prague by 38 boot camp filmmakers. Thanks to CreoVision.

Just a Second: This PSA was shot at a Los Angeles Cine Boot Camp.


For info on Canon DSLR Workshops, contact us

email: info@theassociation.tv
phone: 818.841.9660


Free Film Evaluation

Fletch will review your video and offer comments for improvement. Email link to your video to fletch@cinebootcamps.com


HARVEST mini-doc completed

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Frame_Kay (above - Fletch films as David Ammons of Hovercamera flies the HoverCamera.

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Pro Level I & 2 - Day One
Learn the DSLR in a seven-hour, hands-on workshop - The menu settings the Pro's use, Custom White Balance, the best ISO settings to use, White Balance tricks, Myth-busting Green Screen techniques, DIT offloading workflow. PLUS, we recommend tried and true software and gear to get great shots and save you money. AND, we have drawings on free gear.

Pro Level I & 2- Day Two
Now you get a chance to implement and really solidify the things you've learned in Day One. You'll film scenes in an intensive, shoot day. Our pro's will help you check your settings. These scenes are then edited into a reel you'll be proud to share.


Overview of the Boot Camp

You'll learn the DSLR in a friendly,professional, hands-on atmosphere.

You'll go at your own pace as you work through your checklist. Your questions come first so you learn the camera quickly and easily

You learn camera menus by drilling them with other students until you can set up a camera in less than four minutes.
Side by side tests of picture styles help you understand what styles do and decide which one's best for your film.
You find out what histograms are and how to use them.
You learn different camera platforms like the slider.
You drill offloading files while another student pretends to be an impatient producer trying to rush you to cut corners.
You learn about lenses and depth of field.
You drill your skills until you gain certainty you're ready to film your movie.
You must pass the final exam with 100% before you get your certificate. (Trampas did it and so can you!)



In 2010, we began our hands-on boot camps to help out-of-work filmmakers learn a new digital platform and get work. Canon graciously loaned us some 5d's and 7d's to help us get under way. You should also know that Canon provides excellent information and training opportunities of their own, both online: learn.usa.canon.com and in person at : Canon's Live Learning events.
Many of our friends at Canon are pleased we are helping Canon train filmmakers. 99% of our students surveyed rank our training "Couldn't ask for better" or "More than I expected." Canon premiered eight of the films our students shot. We are not Canon, but like all digital filmmakers, we love the way Canon empowered so many filmmakers around the world, young and old.

Joe tries out one of the five Zeiss CP.2 lenses we feature at the boot camp.


What the CineBootCamps have become is due to the work of many people. Here's a list of the people we owe our success to. Amy, Andrew, Anna, Bernie, Bill, Brady, Brian, Brian, Bruce, Bryan, Carlos, Celine , Cupid, Dana, Daniel, Drew, EVS crew, Frank, Genaro, Graham, Grant, Hannah, Harry, Hector, James, Jeff, Jessica, Julie, Kaitlyn, Kate, Katie, Kelly, Ken, Layla, Lisa, Marci, Marisa, Markus, Martin, Michael, Mike, Mitch, Myron, Nancy, Nina, Richard, Robert, Ron, Ronit, Sara, Sean, Snehal, Stacie, Tait, Thompson, Tim, Tom, Tom, Trevor, Vara, Wayne.
And thanks to all our filmmakers. May you have great success.

Professional, Hands-On Training
for people who want to film in two days!

Filmmakers Comment on our CineBootCamps

"To anyone who asks me if I can shoot their project, I want to say 'Yes I can'. If you want to work tomorrow, get to the boot camp."
                                         - Cyrille Autin, Filmmaker

"It's hard to find a good class in LA...I came here and the office is really professional, the people are friendly, and I think you guys did a really good job"
                                         - Cuong Diep, King Ice videographer

"I feel much more comfortable working on a video project...It was worth every penny."
                                         - Gloria Baker, Still Photographer-NYC

"I think your class was ten times better than what I expected."
                                         -Robert Stephens, Filmmaker

"I just bought my Mark II last night. The instructor slowed down for people like me, who didn't know as much. It turned out great."
                                         - Todd Cahoon, Actor/Writer-LA

"If you're on the fence, it's worth every penny."
                                         - Frank Addelia, Actor/ Stunt Coordinator


We've been teaching basic and advanced aspects of storytelling with film to media specialists from Boeing, John Deere, Costco, Wrangler Jeans, State Farm Insurance and others. We're sharing what we've learned in 25 years of filming award-winning stories for corporations. All of it broken down into hands-on workshops that take you step by step though the materials at your own pace.

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Amanda Lane, writer/director from South Africa, talks about her Private Training.

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Our Filmmakers Rate our CineBootCamps

At the end of each bootcamp, we ask our filmmakers to rate our performance. (see below) Our hands-on boot camps are ranked higher than any other workshop because we use Active Learning teaching methods which are endorsed by Columbia University and U.C. Berkeley as the most effective way of learning. This is why our students give out boot camps such high ratings. Whether you're a beginner, a still photographer or an experienced filmmaker, your questions come first, not last. You learn by doing, NOT by listening. So there are lots of hands-on drills to raise your filmmaker skillset fast.

Still Photographers: We were chosen by the Brooks Institute Workshops, the Palm Springs Photo Festival, and the California Photo Festival to train still photographers to enter motion picture camerawork. Above are the ratings of our professional still photographers at the recent Palm Springs Photo Festival.


Our Graduates Share Their Wins

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Serena Lissy "A fun group" Todd Cahoon "Slowed down for beginners like me" Geary McLeod, ASC "The Mentalist" DP
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Gloria Baker "Worth every penny" Palm Springs Photo Festival Dominic Gill- Adventure Filmmaker Chris Smith- Editor
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Garrett Warren "Got insider tips from the pros" Daniel Pearl, ASC-Texas Chainsaw Massacre. "I was never in a fog" Ray Carns- Stills Photographer, Palm Springs Photo Festival
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Darla Davis "I can go make a film tomorrow" Heidi Marie "I now know the camera backwards and forwards" Chris Wilkinson "Couldn't be happier"
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Ashley Wilson "I'm set" Andrew Harbert "One tip paid for the course" Rick Romero- TV camera op, Belize
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Corey Orthmann- Learning low-budget production Camilla Magid "I could go out on my own and film" Joe Campo "My question was answered in the first 10 minutes"
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Karl Morgan- Production Manager Meggins Moore- First AC Charles Kay, Jr- Stills Photographer, Brooks Institute Graduate


Our Prague Boot Camp filmmakers on location at the historic Prague train station. Many thanks to Martin (who appears the shortest man in this picture), Marcus, Monika and all their KA Czech crew. And to Nancy, Celine and Tom. Good Times!


Behind-the-scenes at Cine Boot Camps

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Marshall - EVS Online - Red Rock - Tamron - Zabolight - Zeiss - Cinema 5D - Beachtek - Canon - HotRodCameras- Alzo Video - PhotoCineNews - Digital Cinema Society - Planet 5D - Black Magic - Production Hub - Kobold - Film Tools - Film Source LA - CamCaddie - VariZoom - Manfrotto - juicedLink


The CineBootCamp Difference from Fletch Murray/TheAssociation on Vimeo.


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