Online video has revolutionised the way traditional print organisations including how the Guardian approaches journalism; smartphones, editing software and evolving camera technology have made potential video journalists of us all: inky-fingered hacks are being told to pick up a camera; advertisers can't get enough of online video... Are you wondering how to survive and thrive in this new visual world?
This course aims to inspire, instruct and empower those who want to work in the exploding field of video journalism. We will look at how modern video journalism can both break with the conventions and constraints of traditional broadcast TV, and rise above the amateurism of home-shot footage. We will look at how to maximise the power of video, taking you through the planning, shooting and editing process involved in making compelling short films.
Part of the course will take place in our working studios, and will be delivered by video journalists who have been at the Guardian since the launch of its multimedia department in August 2007.
The course will cover:
• How good online video can be distinct from other forms
• Planning and execution of multimedia reporting
• How to find stories, characters and scenes
• Filming with a smartphone
• Non-news coverage - how can we show sport and culture in a different light?
• Editing - how to turn your raw footage into a powerful storytelling
• Pitching ideas
• Practical session: editing an actual Guardian video
• Practical session: how to best film a case study
• Practical session: editing your footage
The course is a mixture of theoretical and practical. It is for anyone who wants to work in video journalism in some capacity: print journalists who want to learn video skills; those who work in marketing wanting to expand PR ideas; journalism/media graduates who want to add inside knowledge, tips and experience; and those with broadcast experience who want to change the way they work to fit a multi-skilled online environment.
Some basic filming experience (even on smartphone) and basic editing knowledge (Final Cut, Adobe, Avid or iMovie) is preferred but not essential. There is no need to bring any equipment. Sony EX1R cameras and Final Cut Pro editing software will be supplied/used for exercises. We will not be teaching in-depth manual camera operation, or using or instructing on DSLR cameras. The principles covered on the course will apply to films shot on any camera.
Cameron Robertson joined the Guardian's video department in 2007 after 12 years as a print reporter and has since contributed video from the US, Russia and western Europe. He has also worked for WSJ.com and co-produced/filmed for BBC Newsnight. As a journalist, he has had articles published across most UK national daily newspapers, was a Daily Mirror staff reporter and also reported for the Manchester Evening News. He was nominated for Best Video Journalism at the 2013 Online Media Awards. You can follow him on Twitter: @camrobertson5
John Domokos joined the Guardian as a founder member of the video department in 2007, having worked in magazines and as a TV news producer. He has produced multi-platform reports from around the world. Stories recently covered include welfare reform, austerity Britain, and the UK riots; unrest in Egypt and football World Cup in South Africa. In 2012 he was shortlisted for Editorial Individual of the Year by the Association of Online Publishers and has had Guardian work shown on BBC Newsnight and BBC Panorama. You can follow him on Twitter: @johndomokos
Dates: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2013
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU
Price: £389 early bird (limited), £429 standard (includes VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 16