Essential Video Production Skills for Research Students (Beginners Level)

Dates available:
Thursday 8 - Friday 9 November - FULL
Tuesday 22 - Wednesday 23 January - FULL
Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 February - FULL

Please email if you wold like to join the training session

Purpose of Course

In recent years audiovisual research assets have move from being viewed as ‘nonstandard 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 our specialist staff, 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 -

+ Course Content

DAY 1 Introduction to equipment and techniques

Day 1 will focus on providing attendees with an overview of the elements necessary to complete a small, low-cost production.

Topics will include - Camera

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


  • 3-point lighting
  • Cheats


  • Rule of thirds / Golden ratio
  • Image depth


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


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


  • Creating lower-3rds / Captions


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

DAY 2 Hands-on practical

The second day of the course will give attendees the opportunity to put into practice what they learned on Day 1. Working as a group they will create, edit and upload a film.

The day will be broken into the following practical activities:

Stage 1

  • Set up lighting for a talking heads interview
  • Prep the camera and video cards

Stage 2

  • Film the interview, employing interview techniques learned on Day 1

Stage 3

  • Back up the video cards post-shoot
  • Convert the footage to an alternative format and import into an NLE (non-linear editing) system

Stage 4

  • Edit the footage incorporating stock images, sound and graphics

Stage 5

  • Export the completed cut, ready for upload to YouTube

Feedback on the course:

The course was fantastic on all levels. Well organised, lively but at a good pace. It was
extremely useful in breaking down some of my fears about how complex filmmaking is.
Frazer delivered an informative and stimulating course, which was broken into easily
digestible sections. Any questions were followed up by useful visual and verbal examples.
I will thoroughly recommend this course to all my colleagues.
Really excellent intro to filmmaking, with all aspects covered to a sufficient degree, and
some great detail in places. Teacher clearly passionate about the subject which was
infectious and made it a stimulating and exciting experience.
It was wonderful to learn from a filmmaker who has so much attention to detail and
enthusiasm for filmmaking while being patient with beginners as well as generous with
all his knowledge and a very good listener!
Some very good hands-on tips were given and it’s encouraging that so much care was
put into aesthetic concerns and to have a discussion about the ethics involved as well.