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Testing for WEVA MPV Accreditation Set for August 11
June 25, 2005

Sarasota, FL - The 15th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo (August 8-11,2005) has been announced as an official site for the written exam segment of WEVA International's Merited Professional Videographer (MPV) accreditation program.

Daniel Krieger, Chairman of WEVA International's Continuing Education Committee, confirmed the exam will be administered at the Las Vegas Hilton on Thursday morning, August 11, 2005 from 8:00 am - 10:00 am.

"Due to the success of the last year’s initial exam, the production evaluation and MPV accreditation bestowed upon the first class of candidates, the committee is pleased to make the MPV testing available to WEVA International members again this summer during WEVA EXPO 2005," said Krieger. "Through the MPV program, we believe that the committee has developed a tangible and comprehensive way for WEVA International members to demonstrate their dedication and commitment to their profession, their own businesses, and to their clients."

Krieger described the WEVA MPV accredited program as having been developed from relevant elements of nationally recognized university-level courses in television, video, and media production. He added that the WEVA MPV program is designed to reinforce video fundamentals, as well as the proper execution of those fundamentals. A written test and video submission form the basis of the evaluation. The entire MPV program is completely voluntary for WEVA International members, Krieger added.

WEVA International's accreditation program for professional videographers is not designed to evaluate an individual's creativity or artistry, as is the annual WEVA Creative Excellence Awards Competition, but rather to enable core elements of professional video production to be elevated and enhanced, said Krieger. Elements of camera work and image composition, audio recording, video editing and post-production, he said, are covered in the MPV study materials (see below).

A long-time member of WEVA International, Krieger has served on WEVA's Code of Ethics Committee, Continuing Education Committee, and Public Relations Committee. He is also founder and president of the Association of Video Professionals (Mt. Sinai, NY) and a member of Professional Photographers of America, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, and other established trade associations.

"The WEVA Continuing Education Committee devoted four long years of work to bring the program into fruition," Krieger added, noting the extensive contributions of the other WEVA members serving on the committee, including Rommie Sebo, Eric Cosh, Martin Verona, and Trisha Thompson. "As a result, I believe the WEVA membership at large will reap the benefits, whether they are a seasoned professional or a relative newcomer," he said.

"With extensive input from WEVA International members across the country, and the valuable contributions of the veteran videographers serving on the committee, WEVA International’s Merited Professional Videographer program represents an on-going commitment to professional development and the advancement of the professional interests of wedding and event videographers worldwide," said WEVA International Chairman Roy Chapman

Any WEVA International member who meets the minimum program criteria is eligible to pursue WEVA MPV accreditation status. In addition to passing the written test and the video submission process, the applicant must be a current member of WEVA International, must be available to accept job assignments during the normal week, and must have been in the business of videography, or other related fields, for the two years immediately preceding their application for enrollment in the program.

WEVA International members are eligible to attain the MPV credential through the two-step process that includes the written exam and video evaluation. The complete list (and approximate retail costs) of the core study materials for the written exam, which can be purchased new or used, includes the following:

1. Television Production Handbook 8th Edition, by Herbert Zettl ($87.95)
The following chapters pertain to the WEVA MPV program:
Chapter 3,4,6,7,8,9,9.1,10,10.1,10.2,11,12,13,14.

2. Television Production Workbook (Zettl-$25.95).

3. Zettl’s Video Lab 3.0 DVD ($106.77).

4. The Business of Wedding and Event Videography, by John Goolsby ($49).

The WEVA Continuing Education Committee estimates that it should take 20-30 hours to review and comprehend, the core curriculum. The study materials are available now through Amazon.com, as well as the Barnes & Noble website. The book by John Goolsby is available through http://www.cannonvideo.com.

In addition, the WEVA Continuing Education Committee suggests that MPV candidates study the following: Camera Command DVD ($149) available through http://cameracommand.easystorecreator.com.

The application for enrollment in the MPV program will be available next week on the WEVA website at www.weva.com (click on MPV). “The initial program application and enrollment fee of $100 will help defray the costs of developing and administering the program, hosting and grading the exams, and maintaining the MPV program,” said Krieger.

"Through the intense dedication and determination of our association's Continuing Education Committee, WEVA International has once again blazed a clear pathway of professional development education for its members," said Chapman. "The MPV credential is designed to recognize the educational accomplishments and dedication of a WEVA Merited Professional Videographer who has proven his achievements under the auspices of the oldest and largest national/international trade association for professional wedding and event videographers."

Once a WEVA International member achieves MPV status, Kreiger related that he/she must maintain it by continuing their professional development through attendance at a variety of educational programs over the course of five years. "The continuing education component is vital," said Krieger. "As with any professional association that emphasizes education, WEVA International wants Merited Professional Videographers to remain among the best educated in the industry."

While the initial testing will be done at WEVA EXPO 2005 this August, Krieger related that other venues for the written exam are also being considered. “Since WEVA EXPO is the largest gathering of professional wedding and event videographers worldwide, it has been a natural place to hold the testing,” he said. Krieger said that new this year will be an orientation program to introduce the program to new candidates during the EXPO.

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WEVA News is a service of the Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA). The largest trade association for professional wedding and event videographers, WEVA International is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of videographers worldwide through continuing education, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees and professional development training. For more information regarding professional videography and WEVA International activities and membership, including the 15th Annual WEVA EXPO (August 8-11, 2005), visit www.weva.com, or contact the association office at 941-923-5334 or email: info@weva.com.


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