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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.

Intro to Smartphone Filming (45 min)
Smartphone as camera kit
Presentation of the course and its aims
What can be actually done with a smartphone and what are its limitations as camera?

Production 1 - Smartphone (90 min)
Different tools for different aims: is a smartphone my best tool?
Smartphone vs Camcorder, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
How to achieve best results with what I have?
In-built apps: best settings and good practices

Smartphone pro - webinar (90 min)
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

Production 3 - Sound (90 min)
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Production 4 - Video Interview (90 min)
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Production 5 - Practice: filming a talking head (90 min)
Interview Exercise Presentation  
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise  

Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals
Permissions
Conclusions and Q&A 

Smartphone filmmaking
7 Modules - £195

"The training packed lots into one day and covered all aspects of smartphone filming. It's given me lots of ideas to take away and put into practice" - Cathy Meligan

CALENDAR

Intensive (3 days): Sept 7-8-11 | Nov 9-10-12 | Jan 11-12-14
Weekend (2 weekends): July 25-26-Aug 2 | October 3-4-10
Night School (5 weeks): Starting Sept 15 (Tuesdays 18.00-21.00) 

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.

Intro to Smartphone Filming (45 min)
Smartphone as camera kit
Presentation of the course and its aims
What can be actually done with a smartphone and what are its limitations as camera?

Production 1 - Smartphone (90 min)
Different tools for different aims: is a smartphone my best tool?
Smartphone vs Camcorder, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
How to achieve best results with what I have?
In-built apps: best settings and good practices

Production 2 – Principles of video production (90 min)
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focal Length
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO

Smartphone pro - webinar (90 min)
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

Production 3 - Sound (90 min)
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Production 4 - Video Interview (90 min)
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Production 5 - Practice: filming a talking head (90 min)
Interview Exercise Presentation  
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise  

Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals
Permissions

Production 7 - Filming to edit (90 min)
What is a "shot"?
Jump cuts and B-roll
Framing principles and moving shots: tracking, pan, tilt

Production 8 - Practice: B-roll (90 min)
B-roll exercise presentation: portraits and locations  
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise 

Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
Lighting
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A 

Video Production
11 Modules - £280

“This is a fantastic introduction to the basics of film-making. Mark is a very skilled trainer and the course content was comprehensive and clear” - Paula

CALENDAR

Intensive (4 days): Sept 7-8-10-11 | Nov 9-10-12-13 | Jan 11-12-14-15
Weekend (2 weekends): July 25-26/Aug 1-2 | October 3-4-10-11
Night School (7 weeks): Starting Sept 15 (Tuesdays 18.00-21.00) 

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).

EDITING 1 – Intro to Premiere Pro (90 min)
What is non-linear editing?
Understanding the software
Premiere Pro architecture
Basic tools and functions

EDITING 2 – Workflows (90 min)
Industry phases and roles: assistant editor, online and offline editor
Getting ready: backing up, importing media

EDITING 3 – Assistant Editor (90 min)
Setting Up a project
Cataloguing your rushes
Selecting clips

EDITING 4 – Off-line editing (90 min)
How to efficiently achieve your 'fine cut'
Use of sequences: themes
Channels: inserting and layering

EDITING 5 – Online Editing 1 (90 min)
Pen tool
Editing sound
Effects and transitions
Resizing clips

EDITING 6 – Online Editing 2 (90 min)
Key frames
Animating still images
Creating captions
Fixing clips: color, cropping

EDITING 7 – Exporting and Sharing (90 min)
Rendering and exporting
Codecs
Video platforms and social media
Copyrights 

FINAL SESSION - Q&A

Video Editing
8 Modules - £250

“I had no previous knowledge of the software, so I would have been completely scared of trying things on it — the course felt just right to begin this exploration and the information on codec and export was particularly helpful” - Sophia

CALENDAR

Intensive (3 days): Sept 15-17-18 | Nov 17-19-20 | Jan 19-21-22
Weekend (2 weekends)Aug 9-15-16 | October 25-31-nov 1
Night School (7 weeks): Starting August 6 (Thu 18.00-21.00) | November 3 (Tue 18.00-21.00) 

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.

Intro to Smartphone Filming (45 min)
Smartphone as camera kit
Presentation of the course and its aims
What can be actually done with a smartphone and what are its limitations as camera?

Production 1 - Smartphone (90 min)
Different tools for different aims: is a smartphone my best tool?
Smartphone vs Camcorder, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
How to achieve best results with what I have?
In-built apps: best settings and good practices

Production 2 – Principles of video production (90 min)
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focal Length
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO 

Smartphone pro - webinar (90 min)
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

Production 3 - Sound (90 min)
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Production 4 - Video Interview (90 min)
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Production 5 - Practice: filming a talking head (90 min)
Interview Exercise Presentation  
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise  

Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals
Permissions

Production 7 - Filming to edit (90 min)
What is a "shot"?
Jump cuts and B-roll
Framing principles and moving shots: tracking, pan, tilt

Production 8 - Practice: B-roll (90 min)
B-roll exercise presentation: portraits and locations  
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise 

Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
Lighting
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A 

Production WEBINAR: Filming Live Events

EDITING 1 – Intro to Premiere Pro (90 min)
What is non-linear editing?
Understanding the software
Premiere Pro architecture
Basic tools and functions

EDITING 2 – Workflows (90 min)
Industry phases and roles: assistant editor, online and offline editor
Getting ready: backing up, importing media

EDITING 3 – Assistant Editor (90 min)
Setting Up a project
Cataloguing your rushes
Selecting clips

EDITING 4 – Off-line editing (90 min)
How to efficiently achieve your 'fine cut'
Use of sequences: themes
Channels: inserting and layering

EDITING 5 – Online Editing 1 (90 min)
Pen tool
Editing sound
Effects and transitions
Resizing clips

EDITING 6 – Online Editing 2 (90 min)
Key frames
Animating still images
Creating captions
Fixing clips: color, cropping

EDITING 7 – Exporting and Sharing (90 min)
Rendering and exporting
Codecs
Video platforms and social media
Copyrights 

Course Conclusions and Q&A

FINAL SESSION - Q&A

Filmmaking
21 Modules - £550

“This is a fabulous comprehensive course that provides attendants with a good foundation on filmmaking. Combing theory and practical information, as well as an insight into industry standards and expectations.” - Kia

CALENDAR

Intensive (8 days)Sept 7-8/10-11/14-15/17-18 | Nov 9-10/12-13/16-17/19-20 | Jan 11-12/14-15/18-19/21-22  
Weekend (4 weekends): July 25-26/Aug 1-2/8-9/15-16 | October 3-4/10-11/24-25/31-nov 1 
Night School (15 weeks): Starting Sept 15 (Tuesdays 18.00-21.00) 

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. 

Intro: Video for research (45 min)
How can video be used in social research?
What will you be able to achieve at the end of this course?

Intro to Smartphone Filming (45 min)
Smartphone as camera kit
Presentation of the course and its aims
What can be actually done with a smartphone and what are its limitations as camera?

Production 1 - Smartphone (90 min)
Different tools for different aims: is a smartphone my best tool?
Smartphone vs Camcorder, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
How to achieve best results with what I have?
In-built apps: best settings and good practices

Production 2 – Principles of video production (90 min)
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focal Length
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO

Smartphone pro - webinar (90 min)
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

Production 3 - Sound (90 min)
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Production 4 - Video Interview (90 min)
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Production 5 - Practice: filming a talking head (90 min)
Interview Exercise Presentation 
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise  

Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals
Permissions

Production 7 - Filming to edit (90 min)
What is a "shot"?
Jump cuts and B-roll
Jump cuts and B-roll
Framing principles and moving shots: tracking, pan, tilt

Production 8 - Practice: B-roll (90 min)
B-roll exercise presentation: portraits and locations 
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise  

Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
Lighting
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A 

Social Research WEBINAR – Videomaking as data collection (60 min) 

Course Conclusions and Q&A (60 min) 

Video Production for 
Anthropologists & Social Researchers
14 Modules - £320

“It really teaches you all the basics of the camera and how to use it properly in practice. But also indepth tips were given on a more advanced level. Mark is a very good instructor!” - Maartje 

CALENDAR

Intensive (5 days): Sept 7-8/10-11/14 | Nov 9-10/12-13/16 | Jan 11-12/14-15/18
Weekend (3 weekends): July 25-26/Aug 1-2/8 | October 3-4/10-11/24
Night School (8 weeks): Starting Sept 15 (Tuesdays 18.00-21.00) 

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.

Intro: Participatory Video (45 min)
What will you be able to achieve at the end of this course?
What is PV? How can it be used?
Spectacle's experience of PV and community led documentary making

Intro to Smartphone Filming (45 min)
Smartphone as camera kit
Presentation of the course and its aims
What can be actually done with a smartphone and what are its limitations as camera?

Production 1 - Smartphone (90 min)
Different tools for different aims: is a smartphone my best tool?
Smartphone vs Camcorder, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
How to achieve best results with what I have?
In-built apps: best settings and good practices

Production 2 – Principles of video production (90 min)
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focal Length
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO 

Smartphone pro - webinar (90 min)
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

Production 3 - Sound (90 min)
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Production 4 - Video Interview (90 min)
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Production 5 - Practice: filming a talking head (90 min)
Interview Exercise Presentation 
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise 

Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals
Permissions

Production 7 - Filming to edit (90 min)
What is a "shot"?
Jump cuts and B-roll
Framing principles and moving shots: tracking, pan, tilt

Production 8 - Practice: B-roll (90 min)
B-roll exercise presentation: portraits and locations  
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise  

Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
Lighting
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A 

PV WEBINAR – PV workshop: how to share videomaking
 
PV WEBINAR – Practicing PV: commissioned work and grassroot challenges

EDITING 1 – Intro to Premiere Pro (90 min)
What is non-linear editing?
Understanding the software
Premiere Pro architecture
Basic tools and functions

EDITING 2 – Workflows (90 min)
Industry phases and roles: assistant editor, online and offline editor
Getting ready: backing up, importing media

EDITING 3 – Assistant Editor (90 min)
Setting Up a project
Cataloguing your rushes
Selecting clips

EDITING 4 – Off-line editing (90 min)
How to efficiently achieve your 'fine cut'
Use of sequences: themes
Channels: inserting and layering

EDITING 5 – Online Editing 1 (90 min)
Pen tool
Editing sound
Effects and transitions
Resizing clips

EDITING 6 – Online Editing 2 (90 min)
Key frames
Animating still images
Creating captions
Fixing clips: color, cropping

EDITING 7 – Exporting and Sharing (90 min)
Rendering and exporting
Codecs
Video platforms and social media
Copyrights 

Course Conclusions and Q&A (60 min)

PV WEBINAR Editing in PV: how to share editorial control (90 min)

PV WEBINAR - A journey through Spectacle's 30 years’ experience in PV (120 min)


FINAL SESSION - Q&A

Participatory Video Workshop
25 Modules - £570

“Provides one with the necessary understanding to plan participatory video projects as
an academic” - Sanja

CALENDAR

Intensive (8 days): Sept 7-8/10-11/14-15/17-18 | Nov 9-10/12-13/16-17/19-20 | Jan 11-12/14-15/18-19/21-22  
Weekend (4 weekends)July 25-26/Aug 1-2/8-9/15-16 | October 3-4/10-11/24-25/31-nov 1 
Night School (15 weeks): Starting Sept 15 (Tuesdays 18.00-21.00) 

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.

Intro: Video Marketing (45 min)
What will you be able to achieve at the end of this course?
How can Video help your marketing strategies?

Intro to Smartphone Filming (45 min)
Smartphone as camera kit
Presentation of the course and its aims
What can be actually done with a smartphone and what are its limitations as camera?

Production 1 - Smartphone (90 min)
Different tools for different aims: is a smartphone my best tool?
Smartphone vs Camcorder, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
How to achieve best results with what I have?
In-built apps: best settings and good practices

Production 2 – Principles of video production (90 min)
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focal Length
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO 

Smartphone pro - webinar (90 min)
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

Production 3 - Sound (90 min)
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Production 4 - Video Interview (90 min)
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Production 5 - Practice: filming a talking head (90 min)
Interview Exercise Presentation  
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise 

Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals
Permissions

Production 7 - Filming to edit (90 min)
What is a "shot"?
Jump cuts and B-roll
Framing principles and moving shots: tracking, pan, tilt

Production 8 - Practice: B-roll (90 min)
B-roll exercise presentation: portraits and locations  
Practice
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise  

Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
Lighting
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A 

Video Marketing WEBINAR – Promoting your organisation on video 

Production WEBINAR: Filming Live Events

EDITING 1 – Intro to Premiere Pro (90 min)
What is non-linear editing?
Understanding the software
Premiere Pro architecture
Basic tools and functions

EDITING 2 – Workflows (90 min)
Industry phases and roles: assistant editor, online and offline editor
Getting ready: backing up, importing media

EDITING 3 – Assistant Editor (90 min)
Setting Up a project
Cataloguing your rushes
Selecting clips

EDITING 4 – Off-line editing (90 min)
How to efficiently achieve your 'fine cut'
Use of sequences: themes
Channels: inserting and layering

EDITING 5 – Online Editing 1 (90 min)
Pen tool
Editing sound
Effects and transitions
Resizing clips

EDITING 6 – Online Editing 2 (90 min)
Key frames
Animating still images
Creating captions
Fixing clips: color, cropping

EDITING 7 – Exporting and Sharing (90 min)
Rendering and exporting
Codecs
Video platforms and social media
Copyrights 

Video Marketing WEBINAR – Bring video in-house: budgeting, keeping control and outsourcing (60min)

Course Conclusions and Q&A (60 min)

FINAL SESSION - Q&A

Video Marketing
24 Modules - £620

“A fantastic introduction to video for marketing, following the process all the way through” - Adam

CALENDAR

Intensive (8 days): Sept 7-8/10-11/14-15/17-18 | Nov 9-10/12-13/16-17/19-20 | Jan 11-12/14-15/18-19/21-22  
Weekend (4 weekends)July 25-26/Aug 1-2/8-9/15-16 | October 3-4/10-11/24-25/31-nov 1  
Night School (15 weeks): Starting Sept 15 (Tuesdays 18.00-21.00) 

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