Video Activists Course, skills for community action & change

This is a 2-day Video Activists Course for grassroots protesters and NGO workers, to learn skills in using video to support your campaigns. The purpose of the course is to show how easy it can be for you to make videos for your group and upload them to the web, cutting costs in commissioning films, and allowing protesters to gain wider audiences of their actions and be there as a visual witness. Over the two days we will practice how to film different shots, how to get good audio and how to film events, marches, occupations and banner drops. We will discuss how to stay safe and what equipment to use in low budget scenarios. You will learn the basics of editing and uploading onto the web, how and where to get your footage seen and used to support the campaigns you work for. We will offer support as you tackle your first media projects.

This is a level 1, entry level course from which you will gain a basic understanding of filming and editing, giving you the skills and confidence to have a go at making a basic film for your group. This  course is highly subsidized by a grant from LUSH.







Zoe Broughton is an award-winning filmmaker with twenty years experience of covering direct action and filming for charity groups. She has won The British Environmental Media Award ‘Scoop of the Year’, the International Brigitte Bardot Genesis Award in Hollywood and the EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Competition in Santa Cruz.

She recently made a film about the Tar Sands in Nothern Canada called Taking on Tarmageddon.

She has worked on films that have been used to allow Young Carers to voice their needs, educate people on HIV/AIDS, and to build community cohesion in a disadvantaged area. Her undercover footage inside battery chicken farms was sent to every MEP to encourage them to vote to phase out the battery system which they did.

Her film It’s A Dog’s Life filmed inside Europe’s largest animal testing company instigated a full Home Office Enquiry, caused a dramatic share price drop and secured two prosecutions for animal cruelty.

She has also worked in the mainstream media such as a camerawoman for the BBC and for Reuters Business News.









Dates: Thursday & Friday 15th & 16th October 2015, 10 am – 5 pm – FULL email  to be put on reserve list


£67.50 Heavily subsidized price with early booking discount if booked by 3rd October 2015

£75 Full Price (Heavily subsidized)

£40 -Discount for people on means tested benefits, proof required: JSA, ESA ; Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit; Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits.

NOTE: Due to numbers, if travelling please contact us before you book travel and accommodation

Course heavily subsidized by LUSH.


video activist course - Film Oxford
video activist course - Film Oxford
video activist course - Film Oxford

Video Activists Course Outline

Day 1

10am Introductions, course structure, expectations and forms. (Please bring a usb stick so you can take your projects away at the end of the day.)

10.20am History of video activism and example clips

11am Camera set up and kit

11.30am break

11.40am Camera practical – interviewing, head shots – review footage

1pm Lunch

1.45pm Different shot types,  audio and lighting

2.15pm Safety – avoiding arrest

2.30pm Filming as a witness – legal observers

2.45pm Film styles

3.00pm Break

3.10pm Intro to editing

3.35pm Editing exercise

4.35pm preparing kit for an action

4.55pm Tutor explains about day 2 exercises (there’s some homework to prepare)

video activist course - Film Oxford
video activist course - Film Oxford

(Participants on pilot course run in 2014)

Day 2

10am Recap of day 1.

10.10am Pre-planning actions – General things you need to do in advance

10.40 am Groups prepare for main exercise (kit, shot list, H&S etc.)

11.10am tea break

11.20am Film exercise (mock action). Split into groups we will repeat action making sure all have a chance to film

12.45pm Lunch

1.30pm (4 edit suites) Import footage/photos, logging (taking notes in an organised way) and watching footage.

2.30pm Break

2.40pm Edit actions – (may not finish)

3.40pm Encoding/exporting, uploading (upload film to youtube/vimeo)

(Students can copy their film to USB stick)

4.10pm Getting your film seen/sold.

4.30pm Recap, Questions, ongoing advise (skype/email)

4.50pm Feedback forms

5pm END









Comments (Feedback from June 2015)

“Excellent real world experience – made the course much more valuable.” Maria

“Very knowledgeable tutor.” Andrea

“Excellent course, it gave me a great insight into Video Activism and I will definitely put what I have learned to good use.” Steven

“Really liked the structure of the two days with one for shooting and one focused on editing.” Anne

Feedback from Previous Courses:

“I am a complete novice and came away with a good knowledge of how to put together a film. Excellent course, well-paced, lots of fun”. Virginia

“I learnt a lot in such little time and got plenty of ideas and motivation”. Mervi

“A unique course and teacher, sets Film Oxford apart from the rest. Very informative course, Thank you!” Nina

“I enjoyed the course and got a lot of real life experience”. Tom


This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be sixteen years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

(Note this particular course is not subsidised by Oxfordshire Skills and Learning Services but from a grant from Lush UK.)


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