Our One-term course aimed at aspiring filmmakers and TV specialists who have ambitions in working in the media industry.
The purpose is to up-skill participants in all aspects of factual (non-fiction) TV production and create several ‘packages’ and programmes that can be broadcast on TV as part of our regular output. By the end of the course, students will have an in-depth knowledge of many different aspects of video production, the capability to create their own work, a large diverse video portfolio of work that has been broadcast and the ability to work within this industry.
Many of our students hold jobs at the same time as being enrolled on our courses. The one-term course is designed so students can be employed at the same time and work around the tuition or be a full-time student creating more projects. The course is run over a period of 10 weeks (not including a one week break at half term) and we have multiple practical learning days with professionals in the industry per week.
We tend to organise each week around particular themes and topics, for example, making programmes in a presenter-led fast-paced style, organising a studio discussion, planning and shooting a short op doc, and so on. The nature of the activities will be flexed to suit the skills, abilities and interests of the participants whilst ensuring that we cover the topics listed above. Wherever possible we will work with current topical content with a view to creating material that can be broadcast – thereby generating credits for the course participants.
In terms of video genre we tend to cover what is appropriate to the student group based on their ideas though we do prepare some projects beforehand to get you started on the course. The range of genre we tend to cover are arts & culture, science, music, events, performances, short and long form documentary-filmmaking, advertisement and promotional-filmmaking, religion, sports, etc.
Second and third terms are also available to enrol on to take your skills to the next level.
All of our equipment and facilities are available for students on this course.
Content will include the following:
• Camera skills for broadcast quality using Canon C100s, Canon XA20s, Canon XC10 kits alongside various other cameras such GoPro Hero6, Sony NX3s and BlackMagic studio cameras.
• Advanced camera skills utilising picture profiles, bitrates, lenses and camera techniques
• Filming in multi-cam setups for actuality filmmaking
• Setting up a good interview, lighting, sound, vision, 1/2/3 camera shoot
• Getting the ’Top line’ right and assembling a good narrative
• Asking good questions on camera. Probing and follow-up
• Editing: Getting the best from Final Cut Pro
• Editing: Getting the best from Adobe Premiere Pro
• Editing: Learning how to edit to broadcast standards – finding the narrative
• Editing: Colour correction, effects and title sequences
• Location sound and post production fixes
• Presentation skills, studio practice and reading from a teleprompter
• Studio skills: Cameras, mixing rather than editing, lighting, scheduling and broadcast
• Studio skills: Livestreaming
• How to plan and make a good short documentary piece (theory & practice)
• How to plan and make compelling long form documentary pieces
• How to pitch ideas to production companies
• How to use green-screens effectively
• How to build and set up a studio environment
• Treatments, scripts and pitching ideas for programmes
• Producing and directing: What’s expected and how does one perform these roles
• Protecting rights and releases. Regulations, safety and good practice
• Business and commercial skills: How to set up your own business, find work and CV advice
This course is designed to learn and practice in-depth skills across many aspects of video production.
You will learn how to operate cameras at a basic level to start with and within weeks you'll progress onto different cameras such as cinema cameras, larger broadcast camcorders, BlackMagic studio cameras, etc. If you return for a second or third term then you may learn cameras such as the Sony FS7.
By the end of the One-term course, you'll have a great video portfolio of industry standard productions that have been broadcast on TV and online which you can take to your next employer. We will even help you create a showreel of high quality. You will learn business & commercial skills such as how to set up as a sole trader to start working freelance, where to look for work, how to interact with clients and contributors, who to network with and how to pitch ideas to companies. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of all the different aspects of video production: audio, cameras, lighting, multicam shoots, planning, presenting, storytelling, studio directing, video editing, etc.
Also, it's a great opportunity to network with your local industry professionals since we work with many freelancers and production companies in the area. If you're looking to improve your video content skills for a business or organisation or YouTube channel, you would have required the skills needed and gain an understanding of the equipment in order to make better content.
We are not a conventional school or eduction practice. All of our "tutors" are current industry professionals that we freelance for the day to teach students new skills. This allows us to teach you current industry practices on current industry standard equipment.
As an example, tutors we've used previously are: Jonathan Glazier (previously the head of Entertainment for the BBC who now has his own production company producing shows such as Asia's got Talent), Alison Stockham (a production manager working for multiple production companies and large broadcasters), Nigel Kinnings (freelance camera operator who has worked for all the main large broadcasters over his career), Carl Homer (head of Cambridge TV Productions with an extensive background as an audio specialist), many local freelance self-shooting producers, etc.
We believe in "learning by doing" in our teaching methods so we follow a very practical approach to learn new skills.
Bob is the director of Cambridge TV Training. He has held senior executive positions in the world of education (City & Guilds, Open University) and technology (Acorn).
In the media industry, Bob specialises in storytelling, producing and interviewing. His mission is to train people valuable skills that will help them to work in this industry.
Carl is an experienced audio specialist, producer, camera operator and editor. He's worked on productions for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, etc and has worked with some big names in the industry.
Some of his recent work includes Blue Peter (BBC), Grand Designs (Ch4), Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir (BBC), Find My Past (Lion Television), The Gunpowder Plotters and Churchill's First World War (BBC) and Portrait Artist of the Year & Sky Movies specials (Sky).
Rick specialises in cinematography and video editing with an extensive list of broadcast credits.
He provides valuable technical and creative support to course participants on their projects. His experience consists of both fiction filmmaking and factual TV productions as a cinematographer, camera operator, producer, studio director, animator and editor.