Saturday Sessions course 2018-10-06T09:29:44+00:00

Saturday Sessions

8 Saturdays of practical workshops

Next course starts 26 January

Course content

Saturday sessions offers eight weeks of tuition, teaching a new skill each week, with time to practice and review.

We are offering a programme makers’ workshop aimed at those currently in full time education or at work, and who have aspirations in the Industry. Participants are often in full time education or work, and have aspirations to further their knowledge or to gain work in the industry.

The purpose is to up-skill participants in all aspects of factual (non-fiction) TV production and create one or more ‘packages’ that can be broadcast on Cambridge TV as part of our regular output.

Each session will be practical and project-based, working on specific items either sourced by the participants or derived from the mass of potential stories available to our research team and magazine producers.

We tend to organise each session 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.

On an average training day, we would start at the Cambridge TV studios for a practical training workshop in the morning to learn a new skill such as learning how to use a camera. Afterwards, lunch is provided and we go to a pre-booked location to film a story, event, studio interview, etc (depending on what we need for our current projects) to practice our new skills. We come back to the TV studios to analyse and reflect on what we've achieved to improve our skills for next time.

The studios and camera kits from Cambridge TV will be available for use on the course but participants are welcome to bring their own cameras and laptops, etc.

Saturday sessions course content will include learning the following skills:

• Camera skills for Broadcast quality presentation using Canon C100, Canon XA20 and XC10 kits
• 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 or Adobe
• Editing: Learning how to edit to broadcast standards – finding the narrative
• 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
• How to plan and make a good short documentary piece (theory & practice)
• Treatments, scripts and pitching ideas for programmes
• Producing and directing. What’s expected and how does one perform these roles

This course is designed to learn the basics across many aspects of video production: how to operate a camera efficiently, audio recording, video editing, an understanding of lighting techniques, presenting and using b-roll effectively to increase the production quality of your work.

If you are planning to start a career in Film & TV production, by the end of the 8 Saturdays, you'll will have a credible video portfolio of industry standard productions that have been broadcast on TV and online which you can take to your next employer. 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.

Take a look at what some of our students have done since joining the course:

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.

Students often want return for another round of Saturdays Sessions so we have the ability to create an advanced group if enough people request it.

We run different separate workshops parallel to the normal Saturday group. These are solely dependent on what students would like to learn. As an example, workshops that we've hosted for advanced groups are:

• Cinema cameras
• Advanced camera techniques
• Advanced video editing
• Drones & Video
• Preproduction workshops
• Creative storytelling
• Live-streaming
• Timelapse videography
• Presenting to camera
• Workshops in YouTube content creation

Dates & Prices

September course

Starts: 22 September 2018

Half term: 27 October 2018

Ends: 17 November 2018

Price : £550

January course

Starts: 26 January 2019

Half term: 23 February 2019

Ends: 23 March 2019

Price : £550

May course

Starts: 4 May 2019

Half term: 1 June 2019

Ends: 17 November 2019

Price : £550

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