Self Shooting – Film Like A Pro



Learn how to film from an industry professional. We’ll teach you how to create well-composed, correctly exposed and focused pictures with great sound. You’ll also learn how to handle the most common filming situations so you have pictures which cut together well. By the end of the course, you’ll be confident and relaxed about setting up great looking (and sounding) interviews, filming attractive and usable non-sync (B-roll) material and filming action.

Lack of technical filming ability holds back too many careers – particularly for women – so our aim is to build your confidence, whichever camera you’re using. Group sizes are kept small – 4 people maximum – so we can tailor learning according to your needs and interests and to make sure there’s the maximum possible hands-on time with cameras. We keep costs low by running very low overheads.

You’ll be taught by award winning documentary maker Nick O’Dwyer. Nick ran Landmark Films for 15 years after a career as a freelance documentary director so you’ll be learning from someone who’s actually done the job, won awards and can pass on real-world tips and tricks learned from 30 years in broadcast TV. He has taught regularly for the National Film and Television School, ITV Studios and Channel 4. He currently works as a cameraperson through Landmark, teaches three week film-making courses for the University of Oxford and lectures on UAL’s MA Documentary course.

Check out the testimonials and Google reviews – consistently 5 stars.


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COURSE Description

• How to handle a camera to get steady shots in every situation and how to follow action
• The tecchie aspects of focus, exposure and white balance to ensure well-composed, correctly exposed pictures with accurate colour
• People skills – tips and tricks learned from 30 years in the TV industry. How to ask questions and how to help people relax in front of camera
• Choosing focal lengths and frames and camera positions to give you choices in the edit
• Covering common situations – working with a presenter, interviewing people, filming meetings and how to film movement intelligently
• Which auto functions to use and which to avoid
• The vital importance of great sound – and how to get it
• Demystifying LOGs, LUTs and how and when to use them
• Key differences with mirrorless/DSLR filming/cine-type cameras
• After initial tuition, you will film a series of exercises and get detailed feedback on your rushes

We also do an advice session on which gear to buy and how and where to buy it to save you money



We supply cameras and sound kits – either Canon C70s or Sony FX6 and FX30. So you only need to bring yourself and a sense of humour and a willingness to make mistakes! Mistakes are great: it’s how we learn!

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PRICE: £350 (freelance rate) £550 (corporate rate). Prices include VAT.
TIME: 10.00 to 17.30
GROUP SIZE: 4 maximum
DURATION: 2 days (10am-5.30pm)
VENUE: Oxford

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