Training

How to Film Workshops

Let us show you how to film.  These days equipment is readily available so that anyone can create video content.  If you don’t know how to do things then you risk doing more damage than if you didn’t bother.  We will show you how.  In small groups our interactive workshops focus on how to get the best out of your equipment with all the tricks of the trade to get you up and running to create simple videos.  Sure you won’t be able to create a Hollywood blockbuster but you will be able to create better content of what you do to show your customers on social media. Run by ex BBC cameraman and award winning coach you will develop your skills.

The day is split into sessions focussing on the key parts you need to know with plenty of hands on practice time for you to have a go and learn from the Pros.  This is a must for anyone who needs to do more video but has no skills.

iPhone Filming and Editing

Get more out of your phone shoots and be able to react to last minute requests to film someone. Not only looking at the physical recording device but also how to carry out a simple talking head style recording and then how to edit this.  A talking head is the most common type of filming where simple messages can be captured relayed quickly.  Social media has demanded more content be made available so we will help you to create more professional content with your existing devices.  We will help you to do this more effectively to allow you to do more.  We will show you how to set up and position the device, where to position the interviewee, why and how to use microphones, build your awareness of lighting and how to conduct and coach the interviewee.  You will then practise this in a recording session with one of the students assuming the role of interviewee.   The afternoon is spent on how to set up and edit the recording ending up with an exported video file.  This will include adding simple captions and including slides. The course runs using your equipment and your laptop, with Adobe Premiere used as the edit programme. Premiere is part of the creative cloud suite of software with a free trial period offered if you do not already have this.

 

  • Assumed knowledge – none
  • Equipment needed – your camera and laptop
  • Editing software – recommend download of Adobe Creative Cloud

Learning Objectives:

  • To be aware of camera angles and shot sizes
  • Perspective, 2D vision of a camera
  • To be aware of an eyeline, how to recognise it and the importance of them
  • Headroom, rule of thirds
  • Typical microphones and how to position them – omnidirectional vs cardioid
  • Understand the topic and design wide range of questions, think more about the answers and what the questions will drive at
  • Be aware of the impact and difference in looking to the side of the camera and to interviewee
  • Have an awareness of shooting environment, source best locations
  • To see the differences in how lighting can improve the most basic of set ups
  • To understand how to behave on set, asking the right questions and how to remain silent
  • To be able to relay to interviewees the importance of short answers
  • See and read a transcription example
  • To be able to mark up a transcript and how to strike though to create paper edit
  • Awareness of file structure on computer, assets, media, etc.
  • Understand the importance of clear project management
  • See how to ingest different assets
  • Basic timeline assembly, laying out of master sequence and how to pick best bits – use of video tracks for each asset line
  • How to layout edit master version 1 and then subsequent versions
  • Awareness of title tool and how it works
  • What is a PNG file vs JPEG
  • Understanding of importance of using the correct music
  • To see how simple effects tools can improve shot sizing
  • Awareness of export options and where to use

 

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Advanced Camera and Sound Operations

This course looks purely at camera and sound operation and acquisition.Using your device, or camera we will go through the settings to show you what they all mean and how to apply them.  We will then take you through how to set up and film a talking head interview, how to position microphones and interviewee and also build your awareness of lighting. In the afternoon we will look at how to film what we call B roll.  This is background filming that is used in the edit process to enhance the story and message.  We will show you typical shots to take and how to think in terms of a sequence.  We will then show you how to export the content to a computer and review the content you film with guidance tips given. Please note that this course does not include any editing, but focuses on the acquisition of content and then the export to a computer.

 

  • Assumed knowledge – none
  • Equipment needed – your camera and laptop
  • Editing software – recommend download of Adobe Creative Cloud

Learning Objectives:

  • To be aware of camera angles and shot sizes
  • Perspective, 2D vision of a camera
  • Framing and composition
  • Headroom, rule of thirds
  • Typical microphones and how to position them – omnidirectional vs cardioid
  • Be aware of the impact and difference in looking to the side of the camera and to interviewee
  • Have an awareness of shooting environment, source best locations
  • To see the differences in how lighting can improve the most basic of set ups
  • How to structure B roll filming
  • Shot consideration
  • File exporting for viewing
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Create Your Own Training films

This course will help you to produce your own training films.  We will show you how to create a script and shot list. You will be shown best practice of how to film these, and then how to edit.  The emphasis of this course is correct production and filming but we will go through basic editing steps to allow you to create an end result.  Due to the location of the course the topic taken would be a simple task such as “how to make a cup of tea” or “how to make a cheese sandwich”.  These are simple tasks but the applied techniques used would be the same for more complex topics.  The course runs using your devices or cameras with the editing on your laptop with Adobe Premiere used as the edit programme.  Premiere is part of the creative cloud suite of software with a free trial period offered if you do not already have this.

 

  • Assumed knowledge – none
  • Equipment needed – your camera and laptop
  • Editing software – recommend download of Adobe Creative Cloud

Learning Objectives:

  • To be aware of camera angles and shot sizes
  • Perspective, 2D vision of a camera
  • How to script and storyboard/shot list
  • Framing and composition
  • Headroom, rule of thirds
  • Typical microphones and how to position them – omnidirectional vs cardioid
  • Be aware of the impact and difference in looking to the side of the camera and to interviewee
  • Have an awareness of shooting environment, source best locations
  • To see the differences in how lighting can improve the most basic of set ups
  • How to structure and conduct B roll filming
  • Understand the importance of clear project management
  • See how to ingest different assets
  • Basic timeline assembly, laying out of master sequence
  • Awareness of title tool and how it works
  • To see how simple effects tools can improve shot sizing
  • Awareness of export options and where to use
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