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 (filming and editing) 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

The Participatory Video Workshop comprises two parts:

Part 1 - Production: filming, videography (online or in-person)
In-person: London SW11, 10:00-17:00
March 9-10
- June 29, 30
November 9, 10
- March 1, 2

Online: on Zoom, 15:00-18:30 London time
March 4, 5, 6, 7
- June 24, 25, 26, 27
November 4, 5, 6, 7
February 24, 25, 26, 27

Part 2 - Post-Production: Editing and webinars (online only)
Online: on Zoom, 15:00-18:30 London time
March 11, 13, 14, 20, 21
- July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
November 12, 13, 14, 20, 21
March 3, 5, 6, 12, 13

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

PART 1 - Production: filming, videography (online or in-person)


Intro to Smartphone Filming
Smartphone as a camera kit: potentials and limitations
Setting up your phone

Filming with Smartphones
In-built apps: best settings and good practices
Controlling Focus and Exposure
Shooting selfies and framing ‘talking heads’

Recording sound with a phone
How to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Accessories and software
Grip Equipment: frames, clamps, tripods, gimbals
Lighting tips

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

PART 2 - Post-Production: Editing and webinars (online only)

How to share video making
Collaborative production: commissioned work and grassroot challenges
Video in Social research: from data collection to participatory approach
Participant’s projects and Q&A

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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