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.
- 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)
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
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise
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
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