Duration: 10 weeks, 70 hours
Project will be written after course completion
In course, you'll learn the basics of planning and shooting videos. You'll learn how to control your video camera, execute different kinds of shots, and maintain continuity in your projects. Working with expert instructors, you'll gain experience in shooting different kinds of videos, focusing on storytelling, production planning, and sound editing, with the ultimate goal of telling stories that move audiences. This course will empower you with the knowledge to tell compelling stories for news, corporate video, and social media.
1 - Using Your Video Camera
What are all those buttons for? They're not just for decoration. Understanding how your video camera works can help you get better results from your digital video projects. In this first lesson, you'll learn how to adjust the white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and focus in your video camera in order to improve the quality of your digital images.
Project - Getting to know your camera
2 - Shooting Techniques
To help you develop confidence with your camera, you'll explore the important role of continuity in video storytelling and learn how common shot types are used in video production. With reference to cases studies you'll learn principles for maintaining continuity in video sequences and tips for framing shots.
Project - Shot types
3 - Pre-Production
Pre-production is an essential step in any small budget movie or documentary piece. In fact, the smaller the production, the more creative planning is required.
Lesson Three guides you through some of the essentials for success on a shoestring: location planning and scouting, props, wardrobe, and sets, working with talent, and basic lighting setups. A case study based on an instructional music video explores every aspect of the planning process.
Project - Instructional video
4 - Modes of Storytelling
There are many different stories, and many ways of telling a story. Lesson Four explores some of the main styles and genres that influence film makers working in documentary and real life formats. To create live documentaries, you'll learn tips for setting up interviews and examine some important genres including cinema verite, nature/wildlife, hidden camera, video diaries, instructional videos, and music videos. You'll learn how to analyze the structure of a dramatic story and examine how to use visual communication and storyboarding in your projects.
Project - Making a short documentary
5 - Recording Sound
Since the days of the "talkies," recorded sound has been essential in movie making. And in fact, poor sound is one of the most obvious indicators of an amateur video. In Lesson Five, you'll explore the various kinds of sound you can use in your video projects. You'll learn the purpose of the elements in a soundtrack: natural sound, dialogue, voiceover, sound effects, ambient sound, and music and learn the basics of recording sound using commonly available mics.
Project - Sights and sounds movie
6 - The Big Picture
These days, you can shoot a video on your own. You can write it, shoot it, and star in it. And on a small budget production, you may find yourself doing a whole lot more. Lesson Six concludes the course with an exploration of some inspirational examples of video storytelling on budgets big and small.
Project - Make me feel something
Building skills? Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn in this course:
Software and Supplies
To take this course you'll need: