Reel Women – Video Production Course for Women

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    £160; £144 (early booking discount til 22nd February); £125 concessions

This 3-day video production course for women is an introduction to the video production process and covers the whole process from the initial idea through to a finished film. This weekday, daytime course is designed for women wishing to make their first step into video production. The learners will be given a written brief to produce a short micro-video on the subject that fits in with International Women’s Festival. They will then work together to develop the idea, shoot it on our digital equipment, and then edit the film with Adobe Premiere computer software. The completed video will be screened as part of the International Women’s Week at Open Screen. The Course takes place during Oxford International Women’s Festival.

What will you do?
Women on this course will gain knowledge and experience by working on a live “hands-on” intensive project over 3 days. The tutor will support learners throughout and all equipment will be provided. They will make a shoot promotional advert for a local community group or organisation that will be put on to Youtube. This year, as it is 100 years since (some) women got the vote, the film will be about suffragette Emily Davison, who famously was run over and killed by the king’s horse. You will interview a relative her called Philippa Bilton (Phillipa’s Great Great Grandmother and Emily’s Mother were sisters Dorothy and Margaret Caisley). Phillippa regularly does talks about Emily Davison

Photos Emily Davison and the Epsom Derby where she died.
Who is it aimed at?
Women interested in learning about film and video production who want to take a weekday, daytime course. The course is subsidised by Oxfordshire Skills and Learning Service.

All Equipment is provided for this course.

Alternative courses for beginners:

Film Oxford run five main introductory production courses: Shooting Video,  Introduction to Digital Video, 3 Day Video Production Course, Shooting Break for more details on the difference see question 1 on our FAQ page


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

Cost :

£144 (includes 10% early booking discount til 25th February) Full email for reserve lsit

£160 Full Price

£125 Discount for NUS Students and people on following means tested benefits, proof required: ESA (income related); Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits.

All Film Oxford Courses are subsidised by Oxfordshire Skills and Learning Service

Comments & Feedback:

The tutor was fabulous. I really enjoyed it! – JL

Tutor was great! Very experienced and made sure we all felt involved. – RT

My mature age and scientific background made me apprehensive about working and learning creatively with younger people, but I was wrong. It was great. – N.N.

Very well structured course. I think we achieved a lot over the course. – S.A.

It was a bit daunting filming on the first day, but hands on and to be taken out of your comfort zone is the only way to learn! – M.B.

Rare to have a training organisation who generally support such a wide group of learners with such a high quality of learning. – N.T

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Course Outline:

DAY 1.
Introduction to video production and first look at the video cameras. Camera shot types and camera movements, developing ideas for shoot, discussing ideas on form, style and content.  Further hands-on camera training, including Sound recording and practice with microphones.

DAY 2.

The group will go out onto location to shoot their production. During the shoot every member of the group rotates production roles, taking it in turns to direct, operate the camera, set up the lights and sound record, etc. Afterwards the group will watch videos back and take notes.

DAY 3.

The group will edit their micro-video using Adobe Premiere software and then upload it to YouTube.


Film will be screened to the public at a special Open Screen Showcase.

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

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