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SPECTACLE ONLINE COURSES
Frequently Asked Questions

 For questions about booking procedure and practicalities you can also check
our general FAQs page 

What course should I book on? 

Smartphone Filmmaking
For those wanting to use their phone to film videos. You will be introduced to the best practices in videography and additional tips on techniques, apps and gadgets to improve your results. It does not include Video Editing. If you are interested in using other types of cameras and produce more complex videos, the Video Production course is a better choice.

Video Production
This course is aimed at people who want to get a good working knowledge of cameras (DSLR, camcorders, smartphones) to produce good video with any camera. It includes modules on interviews as well as visual story telling.
It does not include Video Editing. If you are interested in editing your videos you might be interested in the more complete Filmmaking course.

Video Editing
This course will give you a sound knowledge on the craft of editing videos. It will introduce you to Adobe Premiere Pro functions and tools as well as presenting industry workflows and strategies to edit virtually every type of video. It is also included in our longer courses (Filmmaking, Video Marketing, Participatory Video).

Filmmaking
This course is covers the whole process of filmmaking from beginning to end, particularly suitable for factual video making, documentary and video journalism. It will equip you with a sound knowledge of the whole process of filmmaking, from understanding cameras, to shooting, from editing to sharing your videos online. It also includes tips for shooting live events. It does not address specialist practices such as Video Marketing or Participatory Video.

Video Production for Anthropologists & Social Researchers
This course is addressed to social researchers interested in using video during their fieldwork. It will equip you with a working knowledge on video production, as well as the best practices for conducting video interviews and using cameras in the field. It does not include Video Editing, that can be booked separately or as part of longer courses.

Participatory Video Workshop
This course is for people interested in applying participatory video (PV) techniques to their projects, for example their work as part of an NGO or youth organisation or academics engaging with participatory research. The PV workshop builds on Spectacle's 30+ years experience in community media and participatory video to give you a practice based knowledge to produce videos sharing the whole production process and editorial control with your participants. The course is practice based, presenting all aspects of video productions in a way that can be reproduced during the facilitation of your projects. It also includes specialist webinars that address the challenges of making films as a group.

Video Marketing
Aimed at small businesses, social enterprises, charities, start-ups, comms teams or freelance marketers who want to be able to personally produce promotional videos for the web. It includes videography and editing as well as tips to help small organisations bring video production in-house, addressing issues like equipment buying and good practices to keep costs low while preserving good production values and control of your video content.

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Is there a Face to Face version of the courses?

Spectacle has run 'Face to Face' courses since 2010 and you can find all relevant information on our Training web page. At the moment, due to COVID19, we have had to suspend all face to face courses.
We will run face to face courses again as soon as it is safe to do so but, given the close proximity required for hands-on training, we cannot predict when that might be. If you are interested in attending one of these courses and want to be on our waiting list you can get in touch at training@spectacle.co.uk or join our mailing list. You will be notified as soon as we will schedule new dates.

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How can I check the schedule of my course?

Check our calendar to know when your sessions are scheduled. You can also ask to be sent a detailed schedule for your course at training@spectacle.co.uk.

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What platform is the online course on?

We will deliver our courses on Zoom. Before the course starts, you will receive joining instructions with a link to join our sessions. You will therefore need an internet connection, a computer with Zoom installed on and possibly a webcam and headphones with a microphone. If you don’t have Zoom, or you wonder whether your computer is suitable, please contact us at training@spectacle.co.uk and we will try to help if possible.

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Do I need software or equipment to attend the online course?

We only require you to have equipment that allows you to join a Zoom meeting and a smartphone with video recording capacity. None of our exercises require you to have professional equipment, however if you have access to camcorders or other video equipment (DSLRs, microphones etc) you can use them for your exercise if you want. If your course includes Video Editing, although not necessary, it is advisable to have access to Adobe Premiere Pro. It is possible to have a 7-day free trial of the software that you could decide to use during your course.

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Are the courses live? Will they be recorded?

All courses will be delivered live on Zoom. Before the course starts, you will receive instructions with the link to join the Zoom meetings. We will record our sessions and share a private link so participants can watch back the sessions they could not attend.

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What is a programme?

A programme is a way to attend your course. We offer 3 programmes:

INTENSIVE: Concentrate your modules over a short period of time during weekdays. Depending on the course, the number of days can vary between 3 (Smartphone, Video Editing) up to 8 (Filmmaking, Video Marketing, Participatory Video Workshop).

WEEKEND: Your modules are scheduled in the same number of days as in the intensive programme, but sessions are scheduled over consecutive weekends.

NIGHTSCHOOL: The modules are scheduled in weekly 3 hours sessions. The number of weeks depends on the course, spanning from 5 (Smartphone) up to 15 (Filmmaking, Video Marketing, Participatory Video).

Check the calendar to verify the number of days it takes to complete your course. You can also ask for a detailed schedule at training@spectacle.co.uk.

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How many days does my course last?

The number of days it takes to complete each course depends on the course content (Modules) and the programme you choose. You can check days and weeks you will be attending your course by selecting your preferred course and programme on our calendar.
Here below you can find all courses durations in days (for Intensive and Weekend programmes) or weekly sessions (for the Nightschool programme). 

What is a module?

A module is a thematic portion of your course with a duration that can vary from 45 to 90 minutes. All modules will be fairly interactive, allowing time for questions. Webinars are modules that are more specialist in their content and more interactive in the way they are delivered. Check the list of our modules and their content on the course description page.

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Can I handpick modules?

Our courses are designed as bundles of modules. It is also possible to attend only the modules you are more interested in and pay for them individually. Get in touch at training@spectacle.co.uk for specific advice if you want to craft a bespoke course.

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What happens if I am not interested in one module. Can I swap with another one?

We will do our best to accommodate any specific interest and help you get the learning experience you seek. We will therefore allow, when possible, to swap a webinar or a specific module for another one that interests you. If you want to do so, please get in touch at training@spectacle.co.uk to discuss your options.

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What is a webinar?

Webinars are more specialist modules. They are delivered in a more interactive way, addressing specific questions or themes. Webinars - or interactive screenings - are included in every course. Webinars are stand alone and can also be booked individually. Check the list of scheduled webinars and screenings.

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What is a session?

We use the term session to indicate a time window when modules will be delivered. Aware of the fact that spending a long time in front of a monitor can be difficult, we limit the duration of our sessions to 2 hours (3 hours for the Nightschool programme), allowing breaks before the next session begins.

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What happens if I cannot attend a session? 

All sessions will be recorded and a link to watch it back will remain available for the duration of your programme. When possible, we can invite you to join a live session during another programme so that you can pick up the module you missed.

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