Courses

Production

Storytelling for producers and reporters

How to create and deliver a strong story from beginning to end.

 

This course is for reporters (correspondents) and producers, but may also be applicable to presenters.

 

Learning objectives

  • To be able to create the initial idea for a story
  • To understand the visual and audio elements needed for a story, combining new elements and library archive footage, in order to construct a powerful piece of TV storytelling
  • To be able to write to pictures

 

Course duration: 5 days

Attendee number: 10 (maximum per course)

Attendees: Reporters

Note: This course assumes that all participants are proficient in their job role.

The course is based on theory and practical sessions aimed at ensuring reporters and producers can conceive and deliver a dynamic finished item for programmes and news bulletins.

Attendees will be given an exercise in putting a story together, working at times as a group and at times on their own.

During the workshop, attendees will need access to an ENG cameraman and an editor.

 

Course content

 

Part 1: How to create a story idea

  • Every story starts with an idea
  • Story ideas that start in the public domain (for example at a sports event)
  • Original story ideas
  • Developing and updating a story

Part 2: The story ingredients

  • The storyboard – creating a treatment for television
  • Preparation and planning for all the required ingredients
  • Briefing colleagues (cameramen and editors)
  • Making sure nothing is forgotten

Part 3: Putting it all together

  • Preparing for the edit
  • Writing to pictures
  • A beginning, a middle and an end
  • Joining the elements to create a natural flow

Part 4: The finished product

  • Review of edited pieces and discussion / feedback

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Originate their own story ideas and react to stories already in the public domain, create a storyboard and treatment for their VT package, brief colleagues for required ingredients and deliver a powerful and coherent story for programmes or the news.
ENG Crew

This hands-on course is designed to be a practical way of bringing together different elements in the production process, to create a better understanding of the job requirements and the collaboration between the different roles.

 

Learning objectives

  • To have an understanding of the production process
  • To have an appreciation and requirements of the different roles
  • To work together in a collaborative way to enhance the Production Process

 

Course duration: 5 days

Attendee number: 10

Attendees: ENG producers, ENG cameramen and editors

Note: This course assumes that all participants are proficient in their job role.

The idea of the course is for the producer, ENG cameraman & editor to discuss their specific job roles and requirements and how, working in a collaborative way, they could streamline and enhance the production and post-production process.

They then work as a team to plan and complete a short shoot and edit with a storyboard and proper briefing and discussion of the roles within the team.

After the edit a review takes place to discuss learnings and what could be done even better next time.

 

Course content

The course is split into theory and practice. It covers:

 

Part 1: Job titles & responsibilities

  • Understanding the production and post-production process
  • Each participant discusses their job role and responsibilities
  • Understanding the interaction between job roles
  • Discussion about collaborative working, how to get the best out of everyone
  • Resolving any issues between departments

Part 2: Planning shoot

  • Coming up with an idea
  • Writing a script or storyboard
  • Planning locations
  • Discuss what ideas and requirements are needed from the perspective of the different roles

Part 3: Shoot

  • Travel to location and set up
  • Whilst shooting discuss what limitations there sometimes are and the frustration of unforeseen circumstances, not enough time or the contributor/interviewee not giving enough information
  • Editors nearly always need more shots/cutaways, whilst on the shoot he can discuss with the cameraman the variety he needs to create sequences, different shot sizes, angles, positions, framing and perspective, etc.
  • Cameramen need to be well briefed about the shots required especially specific ones to illustrate particular points

Part 4: Edit

  • The editor and producer discuss how they are going to put the edit together, trying to work in a collaborative way, supporting each other to get the best possible outcome.
  • The cameraman also observes the edit process to see and understand how his images are being used, or not used.

Part 5: Final discussion

  • Final discussion about the positives and negatives of working together, how to improve the collaboration, understanding and appreciation of stresses and strains of different job roles
  • Discuss what if anything they could have done better, more efficiently

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Have an understanding and appreciation of other job roles
  • Collaborate in a more meaningful and efficient way
  • Look to move forward and try and implement any positive ideas that would enhance the production and post-production process within the station
ENG camera operations

This course offers advanced operational techniques using sports broadcast cameras for intermediate level ENG camera operators, and functions as a useful review of existing skills and techniques for the advanced ENG camera operator.

 

Learning objectives

  • To develop skill sets for intermediate and advanced ENG camera operation
  • To understand all tiered menu functions and operational procedures of the sports broadcast cameras
  • To review storytelling and editorial concepts in context to the role of camera operator

 

Course duration: 5 days

Attendee number: 10 (maximum per course)

Attendees: ENG camera operators (intermediate and advanced)

This course assumes that participants have over two years ENG camera operator experience and will have established ENG camera skill sets.

During the course and a series of hands-on practical exercises, participants will learn in-depth operational functions of the sports broadcast cameras and enhanced camera operator skill sets, and develop an aesthetic approach to ENG image acquisition.

 

Course content

The course is split into theory and practice. It covers:

  • The ENG camera operator role and function at advanced level
  • The application of advanced functions of the sports broadcast camera

 

Part 1: The Advanced ENG camera operator

  • The role of the advanced (senior) ENG camera operator
  • Review of the sports broadcast camera advanced functions
  • Interlace and progressive recordings
  • Critical exposure evaluation tools
  • Menu and detailed settings
  • User menu (Factory Default Configuration)
  • Operation menu
  • Paint menu
  • Maintenance menu
  • File menu
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of all advanced operating functions of the sports broadcast camera
  • Record two minutes material in progressive mode onto SxS media, accessing tiered menu functions and adjusting camera multi-matrix values

Part 2: Advanced ENG camera operating

  • Taking control of the image
  • Developing image style
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of all advanced operating functions of the sports broadcast cameras
  • Record two minutes material in progressive mode onto SxS media, accessing tiered menu functions and adjusting camera multi matrix values.
  • Demonstrate image enhancement using lens filtration and image adjustment using camera menu multi-matrix values 

Part 3: Advanced ENG camera operating

  • Review storytelling and editorial concepts.
  • Image gathering for the edit
  • Emerging camera acquisition technologies
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of all advanced operating functions of the sports broadcast camera
  • Record two minutes material in progressive mode onto SxS media, accessing tiered menu functions and adjusting camera multi-matrix values
  • Demonstrate image enhancement using lens filtration and image adjustment using camera menu multi-matrix values
  • Demonstrate core competence with a content browser 2.0 clip management
  • Software and SxS workflow

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Be confident to use all functions of sports broadcast camera
  • Have a more in depth working knowledge of the camera and accessories
  • Control the file-based production workflow
Studio Camera Operations

This course teaches enhanced studio camera operator techniques for TV studio camera operators, and offers a review of existing skill sets for the experienced studio camera operator.

 

Learning objectives

  • Mastering camera pedestal operational skills
  • Mastering picture composition skills

 

Course duration: 5 days

Attendee number: 10 (maximum per course)

Attendees: Studio cameramen (intermediate and advanced)

Note: This course assumes that the participants are experienced TV studio camera operators and have proficiency with camera pedestal technique.

During the workshop and a series of hands-on practical exercises, participants using the sports broadcast studio camera in combination with the elite camera pedestal, will master their camera pedestal technique and picture making capabilities.

 

Course content

The course is split into theory and practice. It covers:

  • Enhanced camera pedestal operational skills
  • Composition theory and picture making skills

 

Part 1: Enhanced camera pedestal operational skills

  • Pedestal operating checklist – 10 operational guidance points
  • Implementation and practise of 10 pedestal operation guidance points

Part 2: Composition and picture making skills

  • Frames within frames
  • Closed and open framing
  • Dissonance
  • Lines of perspective
  • 180-degree rule
  • The development shot
  • Execute checklist of pedestal operating techniques
  • Demonstrate appreciation of image composition theories and execute an array of shots

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Have a more in depth working knowledge of camera operations in a studio environment
  • Understand the constraints and the technical capabilities of the cameras
  • Have a more creative idea of how to enhance the programming