This course 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
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 (30 min)
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise (60 min)
Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Tripods, monopods, gimbals
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 (30 min)
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise (60 min)
Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
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
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)
Effects and transitions
EDITING 6 – Online Editing 2 (90 min)
Animating still images
Fixing clips: color, cropping
EDITING 7 – Exporting and Sharing (90 min)
Rendering and exporting
Video platforms and social media
Course Conclusions and Q&A
FINAL SESSION - Q&A
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