Video is very much the medium of the moment.
Not only do we spend many hours each day watching professional content on our TVs, phones and tablets; video has also become an integral part of the online experience.
An ever-increasing proportion of the population does more than consume video – it creates and shares its own productions with a world-wide internet audience.
Whereas once video cameras cost thousands of pounds, the ability to record video is now integral to most computers, stills cameras and mobile phones. And where once video editing could only be carried out by skilled engineers in elaborate editing suites, it can now be accomplished at a similar quality level using free or low cost software on PCs and even phones.
Video provides a compelling means for conveying content, particularly real-life action and interactions with people.
Amazingly, it is often quicker and easier to produce than simple slide shows or textual content. Sometimes you just have to point the camera, press record, shoot what you see and then upload to a website. Obviously it won’t always be that easy, but the starting point we recommend for this course is that you can you can probably do it yourself, until proven otherwise.
Skills you will acquire
- Complete this course and you’ll be able to:
- determine when live action video is the best medium for a particular project;
develop compelling concepts for your videos;
select appropriate equipment for your projects, including cameras, tripods, teleprompters, microphones and lighting equipment;
prepare properly to ensure a shoot goes smoothly;
use the appropriate techniques for different types of shoots, i.e. pieces to camera, vox pops, how-to videos and live presentations;
edit various types of video material;
choose the best distribution channel for your content.
To help you better understand and then apply the principles of live action video production, we have provided you with 19 lessons, each of which includes a short video and sometimes an activity to complete. We also provide you with a number of resources that you can use for on-going reference.
Recognition for you
If you complete all elements of this course, you will receive a Skills Journey badge. Just make sure that you tick off every element of the course (and that includes providing us with feedback in the ‘How did we do?’ section) as you complete it.
You can go a step further and complete the optional assignment, designed to help you apply what you have learned to a real-world task. If you are just browsing this course, then this is likely to be a step too far, but if you are serious about building your skills, this will be an invaluable exercise.
Meet your tutor
Asatuurs Keim is the founder of Studio From The Sky, a leading edge film production company. Asatuurs is a European filmmaker who found himself buried in imagery since the production of his first film ‘Don’t Panic’. His passion for moving images has taken him on productions in Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA. A former journalist and graduate of Raindance London and the London Academy of Media and Film, he was a student of Alexander Mitta and Brian Tufano. Asatuurs has taught cinematography at Brighton Film School and Arstudio. Passionate and excited, he is always on the move in search of his own stylistic paradise.