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
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
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise
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
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
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise
Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
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)
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