The aim of this session is to democratise and demystify the video production process. Showing how learning and mobile technology spark creativity and foster the creation of content from a diverse range of voices.
Video is part of our day-to-day lives, viewing habits have changed dramatically from a world of limited terrestrial channels to today’s self-scheduling, multiplatform, multi-device environment. We happily create and share content on an ever-increasing number of social media platforms to be viewed and shared by everyone. The availability of high-speed internet connections, the boom in mobile smartphone usage, and the ubiquity of social networking have all combined to create a wealth of user-generated content (UGC). Content producers now have an unprecedented level of access to new audiences. The most famous manifestation of UGC is YouTube which is now so popular that 48 hours of content are uploaded every minute.
Smartphones with a decent camera are owned by the vast majority of people in the UK. Broadcasters and video professionals increasingly look to mobile film making as a way of creating fresh content and products to turn your mobile phone or tablet into a full-featured video production suite are constantly introduced.
This workshop will begin with a short presentation on where we are today in regard to mobile filmmaking, how we got here and where the technology and content might go.
The skills needed to create effective video are the same if you are using a mobile phone or a broadcast camera. The workshop will look at the basic techniques you need to get right when filming on mobile, for example framing and lighting your shot. In addition, we will outline some of the limitations of the technology and give advice on how to compensate for the likes of digital zooms and small sensors.
Through the DIY Film School, we work with communications professionals, students, technologists, archivists, educators and people who just want to make better video content. The team has road-tested numerous products aimed at mobile filmmakers and the workshop will identify our filmmaking essentials. Why we picked Beastgrip and Shoulderpod as the basis of our kits and what you would need to do to build a successful mobile film making resource to foster a DIY ethos.
The workshop will look at how we can use apps like Filmic pro to improve the manual control of a device’s camera and how Adobe Rush provides high-quality filmmaking, editing and post-production functions on mobile devices. We will cover innovations such as Insta360 video cameras and the Freefly Movi and how they can give mobiles an edge over traditional cameras. There will be ample time to get hands-on with our kit and ask questions.
We almost always carry our mobile devices and have a high-quality video camera and a means to broadcast content available at all times. We routinely carry out complicated tasks on mobile devices but are less confident using a camera, filming on a smartphone removes that barrier.
A powerpoint presentation and talk, then hands on with the mobile kit with a Q&A.