Shooting Video – Our main beginners’ production course

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    £265 full price, £240 (early booking discount), £200 concessions

Shooting Video is an introduction to videomaking that covers the whole process of video production from initial idea through to final product. The course is designed for those wishing to take their first step into video production and runs over seven Tuesday evenings plus two weekend sessions. You will work in small groups producing short videos using professional digital video cameras and editing digitally with Adobe Premiere software. (33 hours of teaching)

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 tutors 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 (11 teaching hours) and 3 Day Video production course (15 teaching hours)

Course Tutors: John Hunt and Iona Fabian

John Hunt is a professional photographer, filmmaker and educator. In video production he works as a director of photography, director, camera operator, and editor. As an educator, John has a degree in photography and film, a PGCE and has taught lens-based media at higher, further and secondary level as well as in the private sector. John embraced digital technology very early with the first Nikon and Canon digital cameras and is passionate about all forms of story-telling, from a single image to a feature film.

Iona Fabian has two decades’ experience in the media industry. After three years working on all stages of production for a corporate video company, she decided to go freelance and has worked on a wide range of projects from lo-budget through to broadcast production, and has experience of working with professionals and beginners. She is currently enjoying working with DSLR cameras, and developing ‘filmic’ looks in post production. Clients include ITV, Ugandan Television, The Royal College of Surgeons, Butterworth-Heinemann, Mercruiser, and she has worked with Tom Hollander, Griff Rhys-Jones and Newton Faulkner amongst others. Throughout this time Iona has taught, trained and facilitated in a wide range of contexts, and believes passionately in enabling everyone to have a voice in today’s complex media environment.. She teaches on a number of other Film Oxford courses including Introduction to Digital Video and Stop Motion Animation.

Course Outline


WEEK 1: Tuesday, 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, 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, 7-10pm

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, 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 or Sunday

During this week, both groups will go out on location to shoot their productions, one group on Saturday the other on Sunday. The shoot is not at Film Oxford; your particular shoot day, location and exact start time are arranged at the week 2 class. Keep both dates free until then.
Each group has around 6 hours in which to shoot the video. Each 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, 7-10pm

Edit suite introduction and Viewing of rushes, logging.

WEEK 7:  Tuesday, 7-10pm

Beginning the first cut of the edit.

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

Tuesday, 7-10pm

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

Saturday,  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 Adult Learning 

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!

Example Films made on the course:

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 18 years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

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