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Burr & Burton Academy Teaches Students Advanced Cinematography Skills with Blackmagic Design


Burr & Burton Academy Teaches Students Advanced Cinematography Skills with Blackmagic Design
Situated overlooking picturesque Manchester Village, Burr & Burton Academy (BBA) in Manchester, Vermont is a 180 year old independent, coeducational New England secondary school. With about 700 students from the surrounding communities, as well as 60 international students, BBA is dedicated to educating students of diverse backgrounds and talents in a warm and caring environment that encourages excellence and community. One of its most popular courses is the cinematography program, taught by Bill Muench. And for this program, the school uses two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras to teach its advanced students. Read More

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