Shooting Video – Our main beginners production course

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Shooting Video is an introduction to video-making that covers the whole process of video production from the initial idea through to a final product. The course is designed for those wishing to make that first step into video production and runs over seven Tuesday evening sessions, plus two weekend sessions. Students will work in two groups of four producing two short videos using professional digital video cameras and editing digitally with Adobe Premiere software.

Who is Shooting Video aimed at?

Shooting Video is our main digital video production course for the confident beginner. The course looks at the whole filmmaking process in a holistic way, rather than going into overcomplicated detail on specific topics! The learning is very hands-on and practical because learners make a narrative based digital video production during the course (i.e. a drama or documentary, which they will be able to share with their friends and family on YouTube).

Your tutor will be very supportive and guide you through this technical and creative process, (including idea development, shoot planning, camera technique, and editing). Shooting Video is a really good place to start on your first step on an amazing journey into the world of filmmaking. It will help you to understand the basics and decide where to go next.

We also offer a shorter weekend taster course called Introduction to Digital Video.













Course Tutors: Sharon Woodward and Nicola Josse

Sharon Woodward is an independent award-winning filmmaker with a passion for filmmaking. She trained at The National Film and Television School, Newport Film School and in the BBC. She has made numerous documentaries, short dramas, corporate and educational productions.

Freelance filmmaker and editor for 12 years, Nicola Josse is specialised in arts, education and music video production. Recent commissions include BFI Academy, Modern Art Oxford, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Local Authority Education and the University of Oxford Museums & Collections.

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Course Outline


WEEK 1: Tuesday 6th February, 7-10pm

Screening of previous coursework and related films and videos, with analysis and discussion from the group.  Introduction to shot types and how they are used in film. Introduction to video production and a first look at the video cameras.  Students practice setting up and de-rigging cameras kit.

Homework – think of an idea for a short film to be made on the course

WEEK 2: Tuesday 13th February, 7-10pm

Camera shot types, camera movements and compositional rules.
Students film a storyboard and rotate roles in the production process.  Introduction to storyboarding. Discuss, develop and choose ideas for their shoot.

Homework –  Production Meeting 1

WEEK 3: Tuesday 20th February, 7-10pm

Edit demonstration of previous weeks practice shoot. The use of lighting to enhance video: lighting to create mood and atmosphere. Discussion of White Balance and colour temperature and its effect on video.The use of sound:  looking at film clips and the various ways sound can enhance a video. Sound recording and microphone operation, how different microphones are used in different situations. Further development of production ideas.

Homework – Production Meeting 2

WEEK 4:  Tuesday 27th February, 7-10pm

With full lighting kit complete a practice shoot based on a short script, to prepare people for the weekend shoot. Finalize preparation for the shoot.
Students will need to meet with their production groups, outside of class time,  in preparation for the shoot.















WEEK 5: Shoot weekend: Saturday 3rd or Sunday 4th March; usual starting time 10am (depending on production)

During this week, both groups will go out on location to shoot their productions (not at Film Oxford, location arranged during the course); this takes place at the weekend.
Each group has around 6 hours in which to shoot the video and in this time every member of the group rotates production roles, taking it in turns to direct, operate the camera, the lights and sound record, etc.


WEEK 6:  Tuesday 6th March, 7-10pm

Edit suite introduction and Viewing of rushes, logging.

WEEK 7:  Tuesday 13th March, 7-10pm

Beginning the first cut of the edit.

WEEK 8: Consists of usual evening class on Tuesday plus editing day on Saturday

Tuesday 20th March, 7-10pm

Continuing edit. Completion of the rough cut of rushes, Fine cut editing and soundtrack make up, adding graphics for titling.

Saturday 24th March 10am-5pm

Completion of finished video.  Screening of finished video and critique. If time permits further discussion on progression on to other courses, possible career paths, how to get more experience, and how to make and show your own short films.

Who can get Concessions on Shooting Video?

Discount for NUS students and people on following means-tested benefits, proof required: NUS card; ESA (income related); JSA, 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

Excellent hands-on approach. Jumping right in and actually making a film works very well. – J.L.

Really enjoyed the course, feel much more confident with filmmaking. – E.H.

Excellent pro equipment, better than expected. – J.N.P.

This course exceeded all my expectations. –  L.M.

A fantastic experience. – C.M.

Enjoyable course and it has inspired me to do more, thanks! – K.R.

I really enjoyed the course and I feel it has opened my eyes to the complexities of filmmaking.  – R.S.

Carlos – A fantastic experience!

Machindra – It is great there are courses like this, it gives a vital initial experience!

Gurdip – I am happy to have had experience in all the filmmaking roles, which is just what I wanted!

Beth – I thought our productions we made were great, it was amazing to go from just initial ideas on paper through to the finished film!

Pilar – A fulfilling Experience – it has given me the confidence to keep going with my movie-making!

Behind the scenes on “Shooting Video”, made by course participant John Neil Park.

NB: Course content may change according to participants needs.
At the end of the course, the film will be uploaded onto youtube for you to view and share, participants can also copy to a USB drive if they bring one.

Answers to most commonly asked questions can be found on our FAQ page, otherwise please email

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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