Online Video Production Course

In the wake of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, we have decided to move our film production course online.

The course is designed for film and video enthusiasts from beginner to intermediate level. It is made up of five one-hour sessions and can be delivered on a 1 to 1 basis or in small groups of 2-3 people from the same company or friendship group.

You will be taught by one of our professional cinematographers (Scott or Ben) who will guide you through all the essentials of film production and will be able to answer any questions you might have.

You don’t need to own a camera or any film equipment, but if you do then we will tailor the course for you and your equipment. We have experience working with all the main brands (Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Arri, Blackmagic, RED, etc) so we will be able to train you on whatever make or model you have. If you haven’t purchased anything yet but are thinking about investing in a new camera, we can take you through the pros and cons and provide honest and unbiased advice.

The course is split into the following 5 modules:

Camera
The first session will focus on how to get the best out of your camera. You will learn the basic fundamentals of F stop, Shutter Speed and ISO/Gain. We will demonstrate how each of these three functions work and which settings you need to get the perfect shot. We will also look at what other key equipment you would need to start filming and get professional results. Finally, we will explore different lenses and the ideal ones to use for different subjects.

Pre Production
Here we will take you through everything you need to do before you start a film shoot. This will include storyboarding, writing scripts, creating questions for interviewees, location scouting, wardrobe and how to make sure your film is having the right impact on your target audience.

Lighting
Using real examples, you will learn how to correctly light interviews and scenes. We will show you how to set up three point lighting, adjust white balance, light a subject correctly and explore the difference between soft and hard lighting.

Sound
We will look at a range of microphones and how they react differently. We will examine the best way of getting audio into your camera and where to place the microphone to get the best results. You will learn what makes a great room for recording sound and how to eliminate unwanted background noise.

A Roll & B Roll
The last session will concentrate on different camera techniques. We will look at the rule of thirds and how to frame and compose a shot. You will find out the difference between zooms and dolly shots, how to use a gimbal, and what the 180 degree rule is all about. We will examine some Hollywood movies and see how they use these techniques.

We typically use Skype to deliver the courses, but we can also use Google Hangouts or Zoom if you would prefer. As the courses are delivered online, they can be scheduled whenever is most convenient for you.

Costs (all prices exc. VAT):
1 person – £225
2 people – £300
3 people – £350

To book a session or to find out more information please contact us at info@mallardproductions.co.uk or give us a call on 01412489456.

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