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.

Video Production

Upcoming Course Dates

- March 1, 3, 7, 8 (Half-day 15:00-18:30 London time)
- May 16, 17, 19 (Intensive)
- June 6, 7, 8, 9 (Half-day 15:00-18:30 London time)

Video Production

“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

Video Production Modules

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
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  

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