Saturday Sessions – 4 sessions 2020-10-16T13:50:41+00:00

Saturday Sessions course

(4 Saturdays of practical learning workshops)

Overview

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

The sessions will be following strict COVID protocols for the safety of participants and tutors. See below in the course outline section for more information on the measures we are taking.

The purpose is to up-skill participants in all aspects of factual (non-fiction) video production. We always start with camera training and quickly build up your technical skills with industry standard equipment. Each session will start with a practical training workshop in a specific area of video production. Afterwards, we designate a few hours in working on projects to practice these skills.

We will publish students' videos online or broadcast them on the local TV channel (Freeview 7/8, Virgin 159) as part of our regular output on a Sunday evening. Projects are either sourced by the participants or derived from the mass of potential stories available to our producers.

Here are a few examples of participants previous work:

Course outline

Session #1 – Camera training

All of our courses start with this training workshop so participants can start filming practice on their first day.

We start at 10am with a practical training workshop. The areas we cover are:

  • Camera checklist – How to setup your camera correctly
  • An in-depth look into how cameras work
  • How to operate cameras
  • Basic framing and blocking rules

After lunch, we will start working on a new video project for participants practice your new camera skills. Before each session we will send a callsheet with all of the information for the specific day so you know what we will be filming ahead of time.

Session #2 – Audio training

We start at 10am with a practical training workshop. The areas we cover are:

  • Looking at the different types of microphones and what to use for different situation
  • What to connect and how
  • Audio settings in camera
  • Basic audio rules

After lunch, we will be working on a project for participants practice your new audio skills. Before each session we will send a callsheet with all of the information for the specific day so you know what we will be filming ahead of time.

Session #3 – Lighting

We start at 10am with a practical training workshop. The areas we cover are:

  • Different types of lighting
  • How to set up the lights
  • Lighting techniques with examples
  • Basic rules

After lunch, we will be working on a project for participants practice your new skills. Before each session we will send a callsheet with all of the information for the specific day so you know what we will be filming ahead of time.

Session #4 – Video editing

We start at 10am with a practical training workshop. We use Final Cut Pro X video editing software but participants have the choice of using Adobe Premiere Pro if needed. The areas we cover are:

  • How to navigate video editing software
  • Editing checklist
  • How to cut a project – Radio edit, b-roll, etc.
  • Basic editing rules

After lunch, participants will edit the projects they have been filming over the previous weeks.

  • Class sizes will be small so a limited amount of places are available
  • Participants will check in to the venue at the start of each session via the NHS app
  • Temperatures will be check at the start of each day
  • Social distancing rules will be maintained
  • Masks are mandatory
  • Bring your own lunch
  • All equipment will be disinfected before use and all surfaces will be regularly cleaned
  • Hand sanitiser is available on site at all time and participates are encouraged to bring their own if possible

Cambridge TV supplies all equipment, computers and software needed for the course. All you need to bring is a pen and paper (if you want to take notes) though most students write in their phones or take tons of pictures. Participants are welcome to bring their own cameras and equipment if you want to specifically learn these skills on your own equipment.

The various pieces of equipment we may use over the course are:

  • Canon XA20 cameras
  • Canon XC10 cameras
  • Canon C100 cameras
  • Radio lapel microphones sets
  • Shotgun microphones
  • Various omnidirectional microphones
  • Boom poles
  • LED lighting
  • Dedo lighting
  • Reflectors
  • Apple iMac computers
  • Final Cut Pro X video editing software or Adobe Premiere Pro

Book online

Bookings are available online through Evenbrite. Payments via BACS also available upon request.

Location

We've recently moved our weekend courses from our old studio to Impington Village College, CB24 9LX.

You can travel via the number 8 bus from Cambridge City Centre in under 20 minutes. Visitor parking and bicycle sheds are available.

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