Participatory Video Workshop

The Participatory Video Workshop 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 workshop will give you skills and knowledge to begin a participatory film project and share the production process and editorial control with your participants.

The course presents all aspects of video production 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. 

Participatory Video Workshop

Upcoming Course Dates

- March 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21 (Half-day 15:00-18:30 London time)
- May 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26 (Intensive)
- June 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23 (Half-day 15:00-18:30 London time)

Read about our Participatory Video projects and history

With 40 years of experience, Spectacle has developed a distinctive approach to Participatory Video which focuses on workshops where group members build technical competence, gain confidence in their creative inputs, control the editorial process, and share ownership of the final film.

This training course will teach you to facilitating workshops aimed to give participants the tools to speak for and among themselves through video. 

Participatory Video Workshop

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

Participatory Video Modules

Programme Intro

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
Focal Length
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

Video Interview 
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 
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise 

Grip and permissions 
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals

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

Practice: B-roll
B-roll exercise presentation: portraits and locations 
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise 

Filming indoor/outdoor 
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A 

PV WEBINAR – PV workshop: how to share videomaking

Setting up PV workshops
PV as outreach and group building
Commissioned work and grassroot challenges

Intro to Premiere Pro 
What is non-linear editing?
Understanding the software
Premiere Pro architecture
Basic tools and functions

Editing Workflows 
Industry phases and roles: assistant editor, online and offline editor
Getting ready: backing up, importing media

Assistant Editor 
Setting Up a project
Cataloguing your rushes
Selecting clips

Off-line editing 
How to efficiently achieve your 'fine cut'
Use of sequences: themes
Channels: inserting and layering

Online Editing
Editing sound
Effects and transitions
Resizing clips
Key frames
Animating still images
Creating captions
Fixing clips: color, cropping

Exporting and Sharing 
Rendering and exporting
Video platforms and social media

PV WEBINAR Editing in PV: how to share editorial control 

PV WEBINAR - A journey through Spectacle's 30 years’ experience in PV 

Course Conclusions and Q&A 

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