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.
- March 1, 3, 7, 8, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22 (Half-day 15:00-18:30 London time)
- May 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26 (Intensive)
- June 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 17, 21, 23, 24 (Half-day 15:00-18:30 London time)
Intro to Smartphone Filming
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?
Filming with Smartphones
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
Principles of video production
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO
Smartphone pro - webinar
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline
Practice: filming a talking head
Interview Exercise Presentation (30 min)
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise (60 min)
Grip and permissions
Tripods, monopods, gimbals
Filming to edit
What is a "shot"?
Jump cuts and B-roll
Framing principles and moving shots: tracking, pan, tilt
B-roll exercise presentation: portraits and locations
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A
Use of Archive
Intro to Premiere Pro
What is non-linear editing?
Understanding the software
Premiere Pro architecture
Basic tools and functions
Industry phases and roles: assistant editor, online and offline editor
Getting ready: backing up, importing media
Setting Up a project
Cataloguing your rushes
How to efficiently achieve your 'fine cut'
Use of sequences: themes
Channels: inserting and layering
Effects and transitions
Animating still images
Fixing clips: color, cropping
Exporting and Sharing
Rendering and exporting
Video platforms and social media
WEBINAR: Filming Live Events
Course Conclusions and Q&A
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