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Film-making with Smartphones

Advances in technology have put the basic equipment for film making into affordable reach – in fact, if you have a modern smartphone, you already have almost everything you need.

What you’re missing is the knowhow – the skills and knowledge that make the difference between professional and amateur results.

On this course, we’ll develop your skills in filming practices using smartphones and compact cameras.
We’ll look at how to edit your films using the free version of Avid Media Composer – (the industry standard video editing software), as well as showing you how to get the same results with iMovie for the iPhone and iPad.

After completing this course, you will be able to write, prepare, shoot, edit your own films.

Study will include:
  • Writing and planning a video
  • Digital video camera technical parameters such as exposure and white balance
  • How to frame, compose and shoot your film
  • Video editing and post production techniques

Course Content
TEACHING METHODOLOGY
Teaching and learning will occur through:
  • Delivery of theory and demonstration of practice with videos
  • Learning consolidation through practical exercises and VLE tests
  • Self-directed research and learning to advance acquired skills and knowledge
  • LE discussion boards to change and compare work with other students
  • Regular teacher/student interaction on the VLE Forums

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)
Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

ILO1
Utilise camera technical parameters (e.g. exposure, shutter speed, and white balance)
ILO2
Make use of basic video editing techniques
ILO3
Make use of film shooting techniques (e.g. framing, composition, camera angles, lighting, and sound recording).
ILO4
Write, shoot and edit specific types of film (e.g. training film, a commercial, or a corporate video).
ILO5
Make use of music, voiceover and visual effects in a film.


ILO1
Utilise camera technical parameters.

DELIVERY METHODOLOGY
  • Use a series of examples to demonstrate the functions of different technical parameters.
  • Use a series of examples and exercises to demonstrate the need to adjust camera settings for artistic and technical effect.
ASSESSMENT METHOD
  • You are given a film brief. You will write, shoot, edit and post-produce the film, and submit your work for assessment
CRITERIA FOR ACHIEVEMENT
  • The submission demonstrates effective use of camera parameters for both technical and artistic effect.


ILO2
Make use of basic video editing techniques.

DELIVERY METHODOLOGY
  • A series of examples and exercises are used to teach students how to edit video using iMovie on an iPad, and Media Composer First on Mac and PC.
  • Students will shoot their own video, and use this to put into practice the different editing techniques covered.
Examples include:
  • Starting a project
  • Importing clips
  • Trimming clips
  • Assembling clips
  • Adding captions
  • Adding cutaways
  • Simple sound
ASSESSMENT METHOD
  • You are given a film brief. You will write, shoot, edit and post-produce the film, and submit your work for assessment
CRITERIA FOR ACHIEVEMENT
  • The submission demonstrates effective use of video editing techniques.


ILO3
Make use of film shooting techniques (e.g. framing, composition, camera angles, lighting, and sound recording).

DELIVERY METHODOLOGY
  • A series of examples and exercises are used to teach students the principles of shot framing and camera angles.
  • Video examples will demonstrate the effect of different lighting techniques, and the importance of good lighting.
  • Location sound recording techniques will be demonstrated, and compared.
ASSESSMENT METHOD
  • You are given a film brief. You will write, shoot, edit and post-produce the film, and submit your work for assessmenT.

CRITERIA FOR ACHIEVEMENT
  • The submission has effective use of shot composition, camera angles, lighting and location sound.


ILO4
Write, shoot and edit a specific type of film (e.g. training film, a commercial, or a corporate video).

DELIVERY METHODOLOGY
  • Video examples are used to illustrate the differences in approach and methodology when making specific film types.
  • Example topics will include:
  • Script-writing basics with simple starting points for:
  • Commercial
  • Training
  • Kickstarter video
  • Charity Videos
  • Preparing to shoot different video types
  • How to shoot and light interviews
ASSESSMENT METHOD
  • You are given a film brief. You will write, shoot, edit and post-produce the film, and submit your work for assessment
CRITERIA FOR ACHIEVEMENT
  • The submitted film meets the specifications of the brief.


ILO5
Make use of music, voiceover and visual effects in a film.

DELIVERY METHODOLOGY
  • Examples are used to illustrate the way that music can influence the feel and atmosphere of a film.
  • The effective use of Voice Overs is discussed and demonstrated.
  • Demonstration of how to add Voice Overs and music to a film using iMovie on the iPad and Media Composer First.
  • Demonstration of how to apply and edit visual effects to film using iMovie on the iPad and Media Composer First.
ASSESSMENT METHOD
  • You are given a film brief. You will write, shoot, edit and post-produce the film, and submit your work for assessment
CRITERIA FOR ACHIEVEMENT
  • The submission has effective use of visual effects and audio.


TIME COMMITMENT

The course is run over an 8 week period.

At the start of each week, lessons, assignments and resources are released in the form of a Session on the VLE.
Study is self-paced, but there are weekly exercises to be completed.

You can expect between 1 and 2 hours a week will be necessary to complete the workload for the Session.
In addition, there is one Summative assignment. It should be possible to complete this to a passable level in under 8 hours (though there is room to take these projects much further should you wish).


Qualification – SSR Certificate
Duration – 8 weeks
Mode of Study – Part Time Online
Time of Study – Flexible
Hours of Study – A minimum of 1-2 hours per week
Start Date – Friday 12th January 2018
Entry Requirements – No formal entry requirements.
Tuition Fees – 545.00
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Course Information

Subject Area
Film Production
Course Modules –