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

- September 26, 27, 28, 29 October 3, 4, 5, 11, 12
- March 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22
- June 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21

All online courses run on Zoom 15:00-18:30 London time

In-person 2 Day Workshop Option
- October 1, 2
- March 11-12
- June 10-11 

10:00-17:00 Spectacle Studio, London SW11
This can replace the first 4 days of online sessions. 

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 Sessions


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?

Smartphone pro - webinar
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

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

Digital Sound
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices


Principles of video production
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focal Length
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO 

Video Interview 
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Filming a talking head Practical Exercise


Practice: filming a talking head 
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise (60 min)

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

B-roll practical exercise


Exercise Review: B-roll 
'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 

Grip and permissions
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals

How to share videomaking & commissioned work and grassroot challenges


Story telling
Shot list
Use of Archive

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


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

Editing in PV: how to share editorial control


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

SCREENING: A Journey through 30 Years of Spectacle's Participatory Video 

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