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Essential Video Production Skills

Essential Video Production Skills for Research Students (Beginners Level)

Purpose of Course

In recent years audiovisual research assets have move from being viewed as ‘non-standard outputs’ due to the advent of high quality and low cost equipment, and the increase in audiovisual literacy. The audiovisual now plays a much more central role in academic research and direct outputs.

This 2-day introductory course, delivered by specialist staff at Learning on Screen, will enable doctoral students to develop video productions skills for research purposes (outputs and presentation) and will enhance general employability.

By the end of the course attendees will have developed an understanding of the equipment and techniques required in video production and will have utilised this knowledge to have produced, edited and uploaded a film

+ Relevant Information

Learning on Screen ‘Learning on Screen –the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council’ has been opening up access to moving image and sound since 1948. We are a membership organisation representing 94% of the UKFHE sector and our charitable object is “the advancement of education by promoting the production study and use of moving image, sound and related media within education and research.”

+ Course Location

Learning on Screen premises 77, Wells Street, London W1T 3QJ (by Oxford Circus tube).

+ Timing

10am start (registration from 9.30am on Day One), 12.30 -1.30pm lunch, 5pm close

+ Contact

Virginia Haworth-Galt - virginia@bufvc.ac.uk

+ Course Content

DAY 1 Introduction to equipment and techniques and filming material for a short film

Day 1 will provide attendees with an overview of the elements necessary to complete a small, low-cost production. Working in 2 groups attendees will film material to create a short film.

Through ‘hands-on’ sessions attendees will develop filming skills.

Topics will include - Camera

  • Camera types (DSLR, Camcorder, phones, etc.)
  • The basics (ISO, frame-rates, white balance, etc.)

Lighting

  • 3-point lighting
  • Cheats

Composition

  • Rule of thirds / Golden ratio
  • Image depth

Sound

  • The importance of sound
  • Recording methods
  • Cleaning bad sound
  • Using music to aid engagement
  • Free music / sound sources

Editing

  • Employing narrative
  • The cut
  • Supporting images (research footage, stock footage, stills, etc.)

Graphics

  • Creating lower-3rds / Captions

Additional

  • Backing up footage
  • Re-encoding of footage
  • Clearing picture/music rights
  • Interview techniques

Practical Exercise

  • Set up lighting for a talking heads interview
  • Prep the camera and video cards
  • Film the interview
  • Film additional footage
  • Back up the video cards post-shoot

DAY 2 Editing and Uploading

Using the material created on Day 1 attendees will edit and upload their films.

The second day of the course will give attendees the opportunity to continue to put into practice what they learned on Day 1, building on their understanding of the skills needed to complete a short film.

Through ‘hands-on’ sessions attendees will develop editing skills.

The day will be broken into the following practical activities- Stage 1

  • Convert the footage to an alternative format
  • Import into an NLE (non-linear editing) system

Stage 2

  • Edit the footage

Stage 3

  • Incorporate stock images
  • Incorporate sound
  • Incorporate graphics

Stage 4

  • Export the completed cut

Stage 5

  • Upload film to YouTube

This training is open to CHASE funded and associate students

If you would like to register for the training, please select all dates that you are available and we will try to accommodate as many on the course as possible and run multiple date if demand is great enough. Please can you indicate your preference by the end of day on 12 December.

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