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

The Video Production course can be attended 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

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 Sessions

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

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