Video Camera Course

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    £95 full price, £86 (early booking discount), £71 concessions

Video Camera Course – Shoot Better Video at Film Oxford with this one-day pro-camera course with documentary director Nick O’Dwyer.

What is the Video Camera Course for?

This course is aimed at those who have some experience of semi-pro/pro camcorders but want create better images and gain confidence in how to film common situations. It will give the participant greater understanding of the manual and menu functions common to all such cameras and which auto functions help or hinder us.  It is an ideal companion course to 1 Day lighting and Location Sound weekend courses.

Assumed Knowledge?

This course is aimed at people who have had experience of shooting on semi-pro/pro camcorders, eg. completed Shooting Video course.

What will I learn on Video Camera Course?

Participants will learn how best to handle cameras, how to select the optimal settings and how to use functions like zebras and peaking. You’ll learn how to film interviews, conversations, meetings and action.  The course will use Film Oxford’s cameras including Panasonic 4K AG-DVX200 and Sony NX-200 4k/HD cameras as well as Canon C300 plus lenses however the course will look at the commonality of all such cameras as it is important not to just learn one particular camera but be able to use and adapt any camera to your particular needs.

Tutor: Nick O’Dwyer

Nick has worked as a documentary director for 27 years, making high profile films and series for BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky. From 2002 to 2017 he ran Landmark Films. Nick started his directing career working with – and learning from – talented and experienced Directors of Photography, shooting on 16mm cine film. As the industry changed Nick took to filming material himself on a variety of cameras – Canon XF305, Canon C300, Sony FS7.

Nick teaches short courses on Self Shooting, Interviewing for Documentary and Directing Documentary for the National Film and Television School and also works regularly for Oxford University, the BBC Academy and Screenskills. He lectures for several UK universities.

Camera (4k & HD) course

Course Outline

10:00 Workshop registration & introductions, followed by aims & objectives of course.

10:15  Basic camera operation:

Holding/supporting the camera in different situations. Using the tripod.
Image control – iris, focus, exposure, colour temperature, shutter speeds.
Using the menu system and customising the camera to suit you
Full HD, 4K 8K and the rest of it

11.15 Basic shooting:

Simple rules to avoid the most common mistakes.
Coverage and shot variety.
Non sync shots, actuality and portraiture.
GVs and scene setting.
Thinking about sound.
Working with your contributors and working as a team.

12.15 Break

12:15  Practical hands-on shooting exercise 1. Four GVs.

13:00  Lunch while we review filmed material from 1.30pm

14.00 Making our pictures better

Recap on settings, buttons etc
Compositional “rules” and perspective.
Eyelines and “looking room”
Using depth of field intelligently and realistically
Using different lenses for different effects
Making our GVs more cinematic
When to use auto functions

15.00  Practical filming of common scenarios:

·        interview set ups

·        filming two person or multi-people meetings/conversations

·        filming action

·        thinking about editing shots


16.30  Summary/Q&A)

17:00  End of workshop

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Who can get Concessions on Video Camera Course?

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

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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