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Documentary Film Making: Beginners - Morley College - 3 weeks on campus

Documentary Film Making: Beginners - Morley College - 3 weeks on campus

Duration: 3 weeks

Price: £165

Run by: Morley College London

020 7450 1889

61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth
London
Greater London
SE1 7HT

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About the Course

This course will provide an overview of documentary film history, filming techniques, and the essential skills to enable you to produce a short documentary. You will learn basic camera techniques (e.g. aperture, ISO, and shutter speed) framing, composition, and how to develop a narrative structure, as well as work with sound to record interviews.

By the end of the course you will be able to
Learn a brief history of the genre, examine the structure of different types of documentary film, and look at researching subject material to explore in a documentary.
Understand what makes a “cinematic shot” using composition skills and depth of field, and how these can add production values to your work.
Learn how to make editorial decisions and how to create a natural but impactful narrative.
Gain an understanding of shooting techniques by using video cameras and interviewing subjects using sound equipment.
Learn introductory recording of sound techniques
Class format and activities
In this course you will be using digital video cameras. The tutor will give short talks and demonstrate technical aspects of film and video-making. You will explore different techniques through practical exercises and a short project. The tutor will give guidance and support in how to work through thestages. There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience through discussion, show and tell, and group crit. The tutor will facilitate group discussions, and work with students one-to-one and in groups.
Learning will be supported by course hand-outs, and the tutor will provide links to online resources.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements
The course is suitable for complete beginners, or those with some experience in film and video-making who want to learn new skills or explore new ideas. Good computer skills are essential for making this course a success. Therefore, all students are expected to be confident in using a computer for tasks such as word processing, saving, managing files, browsing the internet etc. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics, therefore, all students must be able to speak, read and write in English.

What you need to know before you enrol
Learning will take place in a studio and additional locations (e.g. classrooms, exterior locations). You will need a moderate level of fitness to carry and use cameras, and set up equipment such as tripods.

What you will need for your class
It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini hard drive, for storage of work and final export of video films.

It is beneficial to have your own camera but the college does have some for use in class time only. These can be used to do exercises practice on.
What you can do next
The course provides an excellent starting point for other film and video-making courses. If you wish to develop your skills in editing, you could continue with Introduction to Video Editing with Premiere Pro, which is particularly useful to those students who want to use their editing skills professionally or improve their employability. Please don’t hesitate to ask the tutor for advice and guidance.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.



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Course Start Dates

Saturday 2nd February 2019

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