Digital Video Production Weekend Training Course

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We offer an efficient and affordable weekend training course for individuals and groups who want to rapidly acquire digital video production (filmmaking) skills. While the course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to make their own digital media content, it is particularly useful for journalists who want to expand their skill set and aspiring documentary and independent fllmmakers.

The course strives to provide all participants with a solid foundation of practical knowledge and a working understanding of digital cameras, sound recording, interview techniques, filming on location and industry language.

We aim to instil participants with the confidence to use a wide range of equipment and we teach "future proof" principles of filmmaking which remain constant despite changes in technology and formats.

We allow a maximum of three people to each camera set up (camera, sound, interviewer), to guarantee that everyone gets hands-on experience.

Completing this course will equip you with the skills necessary to apply for a work placement at Spectacle.




“Really valuable and enjoyable experience. It was very helpful to have theory followed by practice. Excellent course to get you feeling comfortable with a camera.” - Lara Barbier, now Producer/Director at Green.TV

“Provides a lot of information quickly and in an understandable format. More helpful and human than the internet.” - Camilla




- Preparing a shoot
- How to use a digital camera (focus, white balance, aperture, formats etc.)
- How to use microphones
- Framing, types of shots, camera movements, cutaways and other techniques and tips
- How to conduct and shoot an interview
- Shooting on location
- The principles of lighting, both natural and artificial
- Filming to edit
- Legal issues, permissions and copyrights


PLEASE NOTE: due to time constraints this course DOES NOT include post-production, to learn the entire digital filmmaking process from start to finish please take our 4 day course or sign up for our Digital Editing Workshops in addition to the weekend course.




Mark Saunders is an award-winning independent filmmaker, media activist and writer. His expertise in the field spans over two decades.

He is currently running Spectacle Productions, a company which he founded in 1990. Clients have included Amnesty International, Channel 4, the Rowntree Foundation, the Howard League for Penal Reform, Council of Europe, Groundwork, the London Health Commission, and many others.

His films have been broadcast internationally and exhibited at galleries, including Tate Britain, the National Film Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Musee des Beaux-Arts,  the National Media Museum and the Photographers Gallery.

Alongside production work, in 1990 he was a founding member of INURA (International Network for Urban Research and Action). Mark has also been teaching for over 15 years, and has been a visiting lecturer at a number of institutions, including London School of Economics, the Royal College of Art, the London College of Communications, Bournemouth, Florence, and Coventry Universities. He is currently teaching at Birkbeck College.

Spectacle is a member of the Moving Image Training Alliance (MITA).




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