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. 

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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. 

8 DAYS / 25 Modules / £570

Next Courses:
July 5-6 / 8-9 / 12-13/ 15-16 | Oct 4-5 / 7-8 / 11-12 / 14-15

Participatory Video Modules

Intro: Participatory Video (45 min)
What will you be able to achieve at the end of this course?
What is PV? How can it be used?
Spectacle's experience of PV and community led documentary making

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
Focal Length
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 (30 min)
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise (60 min)

Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals

Production 7 - Filming to edit (90 min)
What is a "shot"?
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 (30 min)
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise (60 min) 

Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A 

PV WEBINAR – PV workshop: how to share videomaking
PV WEBINAR – Practicing PV: commissioned work and grassroot challenges

EDITING 1 – Intro to Premiere Pro (90 min)
What is non-linear editing?
Understanding the software
Premiere Pro architecture
Basic tools and functions

EDITING 2 – Workflows (90 min)
Industry phases and roles: assistant editor, online and offline editor
Getting ready: backing up, importing media

EDITING 3 – Assistant Editor (90 min)
Setting Up a project
Cataloguing your rushes
Selecting clips

EDITING 4 – Off-line editing (90 min)
How to efficiently achieve your 'fine cut'
Use of sequences: themes
Channels: inserting and layering

EDITING 5 – Online Editing 1 (90 min)
Pen tool
Editing sound
Effects and transitions
Resizing clips

EDITING 6 – Online Editing 2 (90 min)
Key frames
Animating still images
Creating captions
Fixing clips: color, cropping

EDITING 7 – Exporting and Sharing (90 min)
Rendering and exporting
Video platforms and social media

Course Conclusions and Q&A (60 min)

PV WEBINAR Editing in PV: how to share editorial control (60 min)

PV WEBINAR - A journey through Spectacle's 30 years’ experience in PV (120 min)


Next Courses:

July 5-6 / 8-9 / 12-13/ 15-16 

Oct 4-5 / 7-8 / 11-12 / 14-15

Participatory Video Workshop - £570 
8 DAYS / 25 Modules 

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


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