All you need is a little encouragement to make great visual content.

Consultation & Workshops

Corporate Videography Consultation

We can help you improve your in-house videos! Let Colin share his experience, educational resources and equipment recommendations with your marketing or communications team and they'll write, plan, shoot and edit better videos. Consultations are all virtual for an hourly rate.

1-on-1 Photography Workshops

Learn how to use your DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a hands-on workshop with Colin. Using his own visual aids and exercises, he will explain camera settings and functions, how to achieve sharp focus and provide advice on equipment. Workshops are 3 hours and are a blend of theory and practice.

High School Mentorship

We can help make your hobby videos more professional! If you're a high school student who makes videos for fun, we can help you crank up the awesome and help develop your professional video portfolio. Your career in videography is waiting for you and we can help you get there.

Flash Photography Workshop

Get the most out of your external speed light for your DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Learn how to use your flash and separate yourself from other photographers by developing a lighting style that's unique. This workshop is 2 hours and is practical and theoretical.

You’re already awesome at taking photos and videos. Let’s get more awesome together.

Empty Cup Media has been teaching filmmaking and photography since 2007 to a wide range of students. From grade school students to corporate communications teams, Colin can take what skills you currently have and expand on them using his own visual aids, insight and friendly teaching style.

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.”

Robert McKee

Community Blog

Explore projects from Empty Cup Media’s education programs and student creations

Over a handful of years, Colin designed and built about half a dozen filmmaking gizmos out of reclaimed pallet wood and a few other store bought pieces. They assist in filmmaking in a variety of ways. Some help get unique angles, some provide a new......

When Covid began locking Durham Region down in the spring of 2020, Durham Region went full steam ahead to try and promote and support small local businesses. Durham Region reached out to Empty Cup Media to help them make promotional material for the downtowns of......

This two and a half minute video is a product of an Artist in Residence project through the Durham District School Board. Local artist Colin Burwell visited Sir Samuel Steele Public School to teach an English lesson through cinematography for three straight days to three......

School photography projects can have several types of finished products. Some examples of projects we’ve done in the past are: -Hard cover photo books (30-60 pages) -Soft cover photo books (30-60 pages) -Calendars -Large scale canvas wraps (up to 40″x 60″) If you’re thinking of......

This documentary was shot the grade 8s at Clara Hughes Public School over a single school day. Empty Cup Media, through an arts infused learning program, taught the students the elements of a documentary, how to shoot interviews with good questions and then edited all......