JULY 2016 WORKSHOP @ ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

BREAKING THE BARRIERS: AN INTRODUCTON TO PRODUCING EDUCATIONAL MEDIA

 

This two-day workshop offers a hands-on introduction to producing educational media. With a focus on video, attendees will gain an understanding of the most important steps and principles of production, from script writing to shooting and editing. Attendees will be guided through a series of practical exercises and will also work on their own video, giving them the basic skills they need to start producing educational media themselves.

This workshop is aimed at academics and support staff with little or no experience in video production, but would also be useful to those who already have some basic skills. It is free of charge and open to all Aberystwyth University staff.

NB Day-time catering will be provided.

 

ESSENTIAL PREPARATION:

These tasks are an essential part of attending the workshop:

  1. Submit a paragraph-long proposal for an educational video that you would like to make during the workshop. Aim for a video that you would be able to use in your teaching. We do not foresee that you will produce a complete video during the workshop, but the work you do will take you towards that goal. Your idea needs to be simple and take into account the following limits on time, location, actors, and props:
  • You will only have half a day to script and shoot the video;
  • Shooting will take place within the grounds of Aberystwyth University and may well be limited to an office;
  • You will be shooting in teams of two or three, so only one of you will be able to appear in front of camera;
  • Unless you bring a specialised prop with you, only everyday items will be available.

We will select as many of the proposals as there are teams, depending on their feasibility, and we may be in touch to discuss and develop your idea before the workshop. All proposals must be submitted to Lizi (lizi@cadarn.ac.uk) by Monday, June 27th.

  1. Watch this kit video on the Canon Legria Mini, preferably with the camera at hand: http://youtu.be/ROh96VOjXYs
  2. Bring your own portable hard drive (at least 64GB in size) so that you can take your footage away with you.

 

A NOTE ON COPYRIGHT & FILMING DURING THE WORKSHOP:

We may be filming and taking photos during the workshop for use on the CADARN website and elsewhere. By signing up for this workshop, you give your permission for this to happen. In addition, we ask that any work you produce during the workshop or in response to workshop exercises is released under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. You will be asked to sign a consent form on the day that covers these two issues. We apologise that we are unable to make any exceptions with this.

 

A NOTE ON BADGES:

CADARN is now able to award Open Badges: https://www.cadarn.ac.uk/about/faq/what-are-badges. Those who complete the workshop can earn their “Workshop Attendee” badge by registering on our website: www.cadarn.ac.uk.

You can find out more about Open Badges here: http://openbadges.org/earn/.

 

SCHEDULE:
 

DAY ONE

 

09:00 - 09:30 (30 mins)
MEET UP & MINGLE (in the TaMed Da canteen)
Coffee will be provided in the TaMed Da canteen. Please don’t be late, as this is an excellent chance to meet other attendees ahead of the workshop. Sessions will start promptly.

 

09:30 - 09:45 (15 mins)
WHY MAKE VIDEOS? (Led by Amy)
A brainstorming session to inspire you at the start of the day.

 

09:45 - 10:30 (45 mins)
SCRIPTING EXERCISE (Led by Lizi)
Starting with a simple idea for a video, you will be shown how to turn that idea into a script and the script into a shooting plan.

 

10:30 - 11:30 (1 hour)
SHOOTING EXERCISE 1
You will be divided into three teams for three hands-on shooting exercises led by either Amy, Lizi, or Matt. The exercises will be delivered in parallel and taken in rotation. They will be used to shoot footage based on the script we have just written. The exercises are:

  • 1. How to shoot an interview (led by Matt)
  • 2. How to shoot action (led by Amy)
  • 3. How to shoot a piece to camera (led by Lizi)

 

11:30 – 11:45 (15 mins)
COFFEE BREAK
In between exercises, take a break in room E3 of the Aber Academy, where refreshments will be available.

 

11:45 - 12:15 (30 mins)
SHOOTING EXERCISE 2

 

12:15 - 12:45 (30 mins)
SHOOTING EXERCISE 3

 

12:45 - 13:30 (45 mins)
LUNCH
Lunch will be provided in the TaMed Da canteen. You will find a coupon in your workshop pack.

 

13:30 - 14:30 (1 hour)
SCRIPT YOUR VIDEO
You will be divided into teams of two or three to start work on your own video project. The first job is to write a script. Lizi, Matt, and Amy will be on hand to help.

 

14:30 - 14:45 (15 mins)
COFFEE BREAK
Refreshments will be available in room E3 of the Aber Academy.

 

14:45 - 16:30 (1 hour 45 mins)
SHOOT YOUR VIDEO
You and your team will go to your locations to shoot the video you have just scripted. Lizi, Matt, and Amy will be on hand to help.

 

16:30 - 17:00 (30 mins)
REVIEW
Once you have completed shooting, we will all gather together again in room E4 to view and comment on everyone’s footage. This is also a good time to share learnings from the day and ask questions.

 

DAY TWO

 

09:00 - 09:30 (30 mins)
MEET UP & MINGLE (in the TaMed Da canteen)
Meet Lizi and grab a coffee in the TaMed Da canteen (you’ll find a coupon in your workshop pack). This is an excellent chance to chat with other attendees and get ready for the second day of training sessions, which will start promptly.

 

09:30 - 09:45 (15 mins)
WHAT MAKES A GOOD EDIT? (Led by Lizi)
A brainstorming session to inspire you at the beginning of the day.

 

09:45 - 10:30 (45 mins)
POST PRODUCTION STEPS TO SUCCESS (Led by Lizi)
This practical session will highlight the importance of organisation in post-production by showing you how to deal with the footage you shot yesterday. You will also be introduced to some of the basic technical things you need to know when editing, as well as the steps you need to go through.

 

10:30 - 11:30 (1 hour)
ADOBE PREMIERE PRO BASICS (Led by Matt)
This hands-on training session will teach you how to use Adobe Premiere Pro at a basic level. The session will focus on the core skills needed to edit, taking you through each step, from logging on and setting up a project to exporting a final video. Attendees will each have a computer to work in step with the instructor.

 

11:30 - 11:45 (15 mins)
COFFEE BREAK
Refreshments will be available in room E3 of the Aber Academy.

 

11:45 - 12:30 (45 mins)
ADOBE PREMIERE PRO PLUS (Led by Matt)
This session delves deeper into Adobe Premiere Pro, introducing additional features such as titles and effects, and exploring some of the basics of audio editing.

 

12:30 - 13:30 (1 hour)
LUNCH
Lunch will be provided in the TaMed Da canteen. You will find a coupon in your workshop pack.

 

13:30 - 13:45 (15 mins)
IT ALL COMES TOGETHER
To show you how all the work you do before and during filming comes together in post-production, we will watch a short video edited using footage from Day 1’s shooting exercises.

 

13:45 - 16:00 (2 hours 15 mins)
EDIT YOUR VIDEO (inc. coffee break as required)
Using Adobe Premiere Pro, you will edit and export your own video using the footage you shot on Day 1. Lizi, Matt, and Amy will be on hand to help.

 

16:00 - 17:00 (1 hour)
REVIEW
Once everyone’s edits have been exported, we will gather together to view them and share feedback. There will also be time to share learnings from the workshop and ask additional questions.

 

HOMEWORK

Please complete the video you started in the workshop and send it to CADARN. The CADARN team will be available to give advice post-workshop should you need it. Your video will be shared with fellow attendees and possibly online as an example of work produced during our workshop.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Workshop Organiser: Lizi Hesling
Email: lizi@cadarn.ac.uk
Phone: 07788 286 099

CADARN Project Manager: Tom Bartlett
Email: tom@cadarn.ac.uk
Phone: 01970 628436

 

VENUE DETAILS:

All sessions will be held in E4 (the Media Lab) of the Aber Academy in Hugh Owen.

At the start of both days, please meet in the TaMed Da canteen next to the university’s main reception.

For information on how to get to Aberystwyth University: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/maps-travel/

Parking: A permit is needed to park within the grounds of Aberystwyth University’s Penglais Campus. If you don’t already have one, you can collect one on arrival from reception, which is just inside the main entrance.

 

 

 

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