17 Feb 2020 - 18 Feb 2020 10:00 to 17:00 Phoenix Training Suite, Teaching Room 2. New Museums Site


Beginner’s Filmmaking Workshop
Tutors: Sarah McEvoy / Kostas Chondros 
Are you curious about making a short documentary film?
This beginner’s filmmaking workshop will help you to start thinking visually and communicate using sound and film. Over two days you will be introduced to different camera shot types, how to construct a basic story, use digital video cameras and sound recorders to shoot your own footage, and then edit a short sequence for export.
The workshop assumes no or very little prior knowledge of filmmaking and no prior preparation is required for the workshop.  This is a hands-on practical workshop, working in small teams of two or three people.  We expect a willingness to be open to ideas and work in a team to jointly create a short film clip.
The workshop will give you the foundational skills to incorporate film and sound in your own future projects, for example short clips for social media, publicity about research projects as a way to engage wider audiences etc.
During the workshop you will work with dedicated video equipment, but the techniques you will learn can be adapted to film making with smartphones, tablets and other readily available personal electronic devices.
Day 1 – Monday 17th February
10.00 Welcome and introductions
10.30 Aims of the session
10.45 Introduction to shot types, camera movements, framing, telling a story, basic rules of camera use, rules of recording sound
11.45 Splitting into groups – interactive demonstration of how to use the cameras
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Filming around Cambridge, practical exercise working in groups
16.00 Return to room to look at footage from all groups
17.00 Feedback session and summary of day 1 intro to day 2
Day 2 – Tuesday 18th February
We will be working on apple macs and Final Cut X; however we do not expect any prior knowledge of working with either computer or software
10.00 Importing footage onto computers
10.15 Basic editing, creating a 2-minute clip, summary of creating a sequence
10.45 Adding clips to timeline, tools for manipulating clips, using second video track, transitions and filters, syncing audio
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Credits, titles, adjusting audio levels, adding music or narration, exporting footage, saving files
16.00 Looking at each other’s edited clips
16.45 Evaluation
17.00 Finish
Handouts will be emailed after the workshop, and include:
Presentation – shot types, how to construct a sequence
Editing on Final Cut x
Camera functions, audio recording, info about equipment and editing software and model release forms
What you need to take with you
Headphones – preferably the kind you can plug in rather than Bluetooth headphones
Storage device – if you want to take footage you shoot with you after the workshop, you will need a hard drive, USB or SD card that can hold at least 8GB. Video files are large. Please make sure that the device is formatted to FAT32 if you use it on a PC, as we will be using macs. You can check this by right clicking the device and checking the properties. If you prefer, you don’t need to save the footage that you film and can also upload the exported film to Dropbox.
Please note: Upon booking this workshop a questionnaire will be issued to participants which must be completed in order to satisfy the booking.
The workshop is led by:
Sarah McEvoy holds BA Hons Fine Art and an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths University of London and has most recently completed an MA in Art and Design in Education at UCL Institute of Education. Sarah has worked with arts organisations and charities creating short documentaries and has most recently filmed and edited a film working with a socially engaged artist in the community of South East London. As an artist-educator, Sarah works with youth groups and adults with learning disabilities in the community and museums and galleries.
Kostas Chondros holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He also holds an MA in Social Exclusion, Minorities & Gender from Panteion University and a BA in Social Anthropology & History from the University of the Aegean, Greece. Since joining the Personal Histories film production team in 2011, Kostas has filmed several events and taught camera & film production skills. Additionally, as a freelance filmmaker, Kostas documents improvised music performances and collaborates on film projects with other artists and performers. He is also a musician, poet and translator.
Please register here

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