May 14-17, 2018 Film Gathering – Charleston, South Carolina

Come join us in May for the 9th Film Gathering! This year we are going to Charleston, as requested by so many of you … one of the top wedding destinations in the United States, home to thousands of trees dripping with spanish moss, and hundreds of historic and unique homes. Walking through the French Quarter will transport you to a different era, while the plantation settings will take you straight into the scenes of movies you’ve probably seen, like The Notebook (which was filmed here!) It’s truly a place unlike any other, and we will experience it all this time from the heart of the city.

For past retreats, we have gone further from civilization to have peace, and tranquility – often into the mountains. This retreat will be different because we will be staying in a 3 story restored historic mansion, right in the heart of the city of Charleston, several blocks from well known places like historic King Street. This will open up opportunities for photo walks around the city and in the historic French Quarter, where there is literally something new and unique to see around every corner. We will go to some local plantation settings, where a styled wedding shoot will be set against the backdrop of beautiful spanish moss and ancient live oak trees.

The historic home we’ll be staying at in Charleston

We will have something for everyone, regardless of your level of film photography experience, or whether you’re a professional or hobbyist. We will take advantage of the historic beauty of the city and home, and introduce you to much of the local flavor in scenery, as well as food. We will have a wedding styled shoot, and a lifestyle shoot, and will also be adding a variation of the Film After Dark class, taught by Brent Deitrich and focusing on how to properly shoot film when there is no natural light available. We will have time for our traditional roundtables, and of course there will be time allotted for socializing and relaxing, the cornerstone of this event!

Amherst 2017 – Photo by Live View Studios

The Film Gathering doesn’t end after each event, either. Each event has it’s own online group where you can continue to interact with your newfound cheerleaders and friends well after the retreat is over, ask questions, share your photos from the event, and continue to learn and be encouraged. You’ll have a new support network behind you as you continue on your film journey.

OUR TEAM

Brent Deitrich – Creator of The Film Gathering, and owner of Live View Studios, Brent has a heart for building community and helping other photographers to learn in a non-competitive environment. Brent is also the publisher of The White Wren, a new wedding publication which launched in Spring 2017 and is growing rapidly. He loves woodworking, trips to the mountains, and eclectic food dives. He shoots both medium format and 35mm film, but believes that 35mm is often highly underrated. His work has been published all over the world in fine art film publications. @liveviewstudios @thewhitewren @brent.d_lvs 

Morgane Erisman – Hailing from the mountains of Switzerland, Morgane came into The Film Gathering team last year as the new associate photographer for Live View Studios. She fell in love with shooting film, and is inspired by traveling to different unique destinations. She is also the editor for The White Wren. @morgane.e_lvs @thewhitewren @liveviewstudios

Michelle Bonham – Owner of Magnolia & Grace Events, Michelle has worked with us on our last Film Gathering retreat and brought a beautiful and unique perspective to our shoot designs. We are excited to have her joining us in Charleston for this adventure! @magnoliaandgraceevents

Michelle Clark – Lover of sequins, glitter, and brightly colored hair, Michelle has a real talent for applying beautiful, natural makeup. Her fun and effervescent personality makes everyone that is around her feel relaxed. We have known and worked with Michelle for many years, and it’s always a pleasure when she is able to join us. Her favorite music to sing loudly is Fleetwood Mac and Roxette. @kmichelleclark

more to come …. ! 

Some of our Fall 2018 Film Gathering Attendees!

WHAT YOUR REGISTRATION INCLUDES

  • Lodging for all days
  • All meals (breakfast / lunch / dinner)
  • Multiple styled shoots in different lighting environments with small shooting groups, and the opportunity for you to have your own shooting time in each shoot
  • 1:1 attention and the ability to shoot and learn in an intimate and relaxed environment, with hands on instruction if needed
  • The opportunity to be part of a vibrant, supportive, and encouraging community
  • Access to a private group before and after the retreat, to continue to interact with other attendees
  • Welcome goodies!
  • The ability to use your images for your website and portfolio, as well as submit for publication after the event’s main feature is published
  • FREE HEADSHOT session

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • More about shooting film photography in an intimate learning environment, different from most workshops.
  • The elements of putting on a styled shoot
  • Community > Competition
  • How to use a light meter and read light patterns
  • How to load and shoot film
  • The key elements that editors look for when reviewing your submissions
  • How to rate film for different looks

 

INVESTMENT

We try as hard as we can to keep The Film Gathering affordable for everyone. Still, it takes a lot of behind the scenes work, other vendors, and finances to pull off a successful event. Taking the event to Charleston is way more expensive than any other destination we’ve done before. Keeping the registration under $1,000 is a marvel in itself, as most workshops that have the caliber of industry professionals that we bring in exceed that by a wide margin. We are doing this as part of our love for the community, not for profit. And, we are quite pleased that our registration is all-inclusive with lodging and meals. The fellowship and conversation that is a result of everyone staying in the same house is unprecedented, and vital for community building.

Regular Registration is $925 / Early Registration is open until April  15, 2018 for $780 (two payments of $390). 

Click here to reserve your space
2 payment options are available

Since we are a family-friendly event, spouses can also be included for an additional $350.

TRAVEL

If you are flying in, your airport option is:
Charleston International Airport

VERY IMPORTANT: One of the big challenges of having the retreat in Charleston is a lack of parking. There is no parking available at the house we are staying at except for available street parking which is not guaranteed, so if you drive in, you will need to park in a nearby parking garage at around $10 / day. If you are flying in, we highly recommending taking an Uber or Lyft to the house (we will provide you with the address upon registration).

The Film Gathering is open to 14 attendees so we can keep our retreat intimate and personal, and to ensure that everyone gets plenty of time for photographing and learning without a rushed environment. You can pay in full in advance, or do a 50/50 payment option, with the balance due by April 15, 2018.

Amherst Film Gathering – Italian Wedding Inspiration

A few peeks from our wedding inspiration shoot at the Amherst, Virginia retreat in Spring 2017. It was featured on Grey Likes Weddings and you can see more at that link!

Event: THE FILM GATHERING // Photography: LIVE VIEW STUDIOS // Design & Styling: MICHELLE WRIGHT EVENTS // Flowers: COTTON SOCIAL // Calligraphy / Paper Goods: CALLIGRAPHY BY CAROLE // Hair & Makeup: MICHELLE CLARK // Dress: CLAIRE PETTIBONE // Dress Boutique: GILDED BRIDAL  // Cake: MAXIE B’S // Bride Shoes: Vince Camuto / Nordstrom // Ring: TRUMPET & HORN // Cake Cutting Set, Trays, Candle Holders, Napkins: Michelle Wright Personal Collection // Glassware + Furniture: GREENHOUSE PICKER SISTERS // Linen: NUAGE DESIGNS // China + Silverware: SCHIFFMANS // Candles: YUMMI CANDLES // Film Lab: THE FIND LAB // Ring Box: THE MRS. BOX

Amherst Film Gathering – Couples Boudoir

Our couples styled morning boudoir shoot was featured on Embrace Magazine. This was our inspiration:

There is something magical and persistent about morning light. The way it seeps through the cracks in the windows, gently warming the ground as it peeks over mountain tops and forewarns earth of it’s coming with a gentle glow over the mountain. It finds all growing things along its way and gives them cheer, turning their heads with a smile towards heaven. It awakes animals out of their resting places, and it pokes into the rooms of houses to find mankind still sleeping in their beds. The sun tries to come through the cracks in our eyelids. We squint and rub our eyes, unwilling to yield to it’s gentle but firm insistence to wake up. The lover beside us stirs as well, and we nestle together, trying to take advantage of every last shred of the dying darkness of night. Eventually, we must give in to the persistence of the light. The shadows stretch long in the room, as well as under the ponderous oak trees outside. As the light streams through the room, fiercely making us aware of its existence now, we tiptoe to find sustenance. But the coziness of the bed soon brings us back, and we break our fast together, still interlaced together. In the beams of light, we hold hands, kiss gently, and share breakfast, still soaking in the magic of the morning.

Photography & Organization: Live View Studios
Design & Styling: Michelle Wright Events
Flowers: Cotton Social
Hair & Makeup: Michelle Clark
Dress Boutique: Gilded Bridal
Film Lab: The FIND Lab

November 6-9, 2017 Film Gathering – High Country, North Carolina

Come join us in November for the 8th Film Gathering! Set in the High Country (Boone + Blowing Rock) of North Carolina, we will be tucked away in a luxury mountain home a stones throw away from the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, close to many epic vistas and destinations which will become backdrops for our styled shoots.

We will have something for everyone, regardless of your level of film photography experience, or whether you’re a professional or hobbyist. We will take advantage of the landscape and the stunning mountain views to fabricate some adventurous, beautifully styled photo shoots. We are still assembling all the details of the shoots, but plan to have something in the wedding / couples + engagement / and boudoir categories. We are working on education segments, as well as our traditional roundtables where we can learn from each other. Of course there will be time allotted for socializing and relaxing, the cornerstone of this event!

Amherst 2017 – Photo by Live View Studios

The Film Gathering doesn’t end after each event, either. Each event has it’s own online group where you can continue to interact with your newfound cheerleaders and friends well after the retreat is over, ask questions, share your photos from the event, and continue to learn and be encouraged. You’ll have a new support network behind you as you continue on your film journey.

OUR TEAM

Brent Deitrich – Creator of The Film Gathering, and owner of Live View Studios, Brent has a heart for building community and helping other photographers to learn in a non-competitive environment. Brent is also the publisher of The White Wren, a new wedding publication which launched in Spring 2017 and is growing rapidly. He loves woodworking, trips to the mountains, and eclectic food dives. He shoots both medium format and 35mm film, but believes that 35mm is often highly underrated. His work has been published all over the world in fine art film publications. @liveviewstudios @thewhitewren @brent.d_lvs 

Morgane Erisman – Hailing from the mountains of Switzerland, Morgane came into The Film Gathering team last year as the new associate photographer for Live View Studios. She fell in love with shooting film, and is inspired by traveling to different unique destinations. She is also the editor for The White Wren. @morgane.e_lvs @thewhitewren @liveviewstudios

Michelle Clark – Lover of sequins, glitter, and brightly colored hair, Michelle has a real talent for applying beautiful, natural makeup. Her fun and effervescent personality makes everyone that is around her feel relaxed. We have known and worked with Michelle for many years, and it’s always a pleasure when she is able to join us. Her favorite music to sing loudly is Fleetwood Mac and Roxette. @kmichelleclark

more to come …. ! 

WHAT YOUR REGISTRATION INCLUDES

  • Lodging for all days
  • All meals (breakfast / lunch / dinner)
  • Multiple styled shoots in different lighting environments with small shooting groups
  • 1:1 attention and the ability to shoot and learn in an intimate and relaxed environment, with hands on instruction if needed
  • The opportunity to be part of a vibrant, supportive, and encouraging community
  • Access to a private group before and after the retreat, to continue to interact with other attendees
  • Welcome goodies!
  • The ability to use your images for your website and portfolio, as well as submit for publication after the event’s main feature is published

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • More about shooting film photography in an intimate learning environment.
  • Elements of putting on a styled shoot
  • Community > Competition
  • How to use a light meter and read light patterns
  • How to load and shoot film
  • The key elements that editors look for when reviewing your submissions
  • How to rate film for different looks
Amherst 2017 Attendees – photo by Live View Studios

INVESTMENT

We try as hard as we can to keep The Film Gathering affordable for everyone. Still, it takes a lot of behind the scenes work, other vendors, and finances to pull off a successful event. Keeping the registration under $1,000 is a marvel in itself, as most workshops that have the caliber of industry professionals that we bring in exceed that by a wide margin. We are doing this as part of our love for the community, not for profit. And, we are quite pleased that our registration is all-inclusive with lodging and meals. The fellowship and conversation that is a result of everyone staying in the same house is unprecedented, and vital for community building.

Regular Registration is $690 / Early Registration is open until August  15, 2017 for $575. 

Click here to reserve your space
2 payment options are available

Since we are a family-friendly event, spouses can also be included for an additional $225.

TRAVEL

If you are flying in, your airport options are:
Tri Cities Airport (Tennessee)
Piedmont Triad (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Charlotte Douglas International (Charlotte, North Carolina)

The Film Gathering is open to 12 attendees so we can keep our retreat intimate and personal, and to ensure that everyone gets plenty of time for photographing and learning without a rushed environment. You can pay in full in advance, or do a 50/50 payment option, with the balance due by September 30th, 2017.

May 3-5, 2017 Film Gathering – Fairview Estate, Amherst, Virginia

Come join us in May for the 6th Film Gathering! Set against the expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, we will be tucked away in the countryside at Fairview Estate: a home on the National Historic Register. Built in 1867, it is a beautiful piece of Italianate architecture with sweeping panoramic mountain views, unique interiors, and peacocks. Yes, peacocks. more “May 3-5, 2017 Film Gathering – Fairview Estate, Amherst, Virginia”

A French Artists Dinner

From the Summer Mini Gathering: 

Our newlyweds, recently eloped, are a pair of French artists who wanted to host a celebratory dinner party for their friends. Since they are both artists, they love good design and color – and wanted to have a feast reminiscent of their home country fare, heartfelt and not pretentious.

Most nights they spent curled up together, barefoot, books in hand, or painting and creating beauty. This night, they turned their artistic attention a different way, toward the food they were creating: a rustic salad, assorted radishes with whipped butter, baked brie with smoked apricot, honeycomb, and bread. more “A French Artists Dinner”

Registration for Fall 2016 Gathering Is Open

Mark your calendars for November 13-15th, and three wonderful nights in Rodanthe, North Carolina! This fall we are trying something different for the season, and exploring some wonderful coastal areas near Rodanthe, including the massive sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge. Think windswept, cool sand … the opportunity to capture lots of motion and movement. Beautiful sunsets over the ocean. The wonderful Gathering community sharing amazing food together.

more “Registration for Fall 2016 Gathering Is Open”