Series: Media Studies
Without an unlimited budget or a fully-kitted-out film studio, it might seem nearly impossible to produce a professional looking video that will capture an audience’s attention. In this short video, Shamita explains four easy tips that will give amateur video producers an edge while using the technology and resources they can find around them. Show Less
With the ease of access to drones, aerial shots have almost become ubiquitous. In this video Philip shows you how to get truly cinematic aerial shots and sequences, whether you've just picked up your first drone or are an experienced operator.
Making mistakes is an essential part to learning one's craft. In this episode Alex opens up about his biggest on-set mistakes from dropping lenses, to under-exposing shots on his Academy-award nominated short film "Johnny Flynton". He goes on to share his insights on how best to get hired for jobs. Show Less
Writer, director and actress Matilda Brown talks film: from the development of an idea to the cinema release. It's a complex process involving tons of equipment, hundreds of people, enormous persistence and years of work.
The programme takes students through the elements of creating a successful animation. Beginning with the various methods of creating an animation, the program then explores the stages and aspects of animations, including character development, backgrounds, adding sound and voice and the use of wire frame in 3D work. We look at the various roles in an animation team, including producers, directors, computer technicians, artists and voice actors and some applications of animation such as computer games, advertisements and films. Show Less
In the final episode Adam closes the series with career advice, including his tips and guidelines for working well with directors and producers.
Alex opens the series with an overview of its content, then dives straight into a case study on visual style using the SNL 40th anniversary title sequence.
In the final episode of the series Vincent takes us through his process for a high-end corporate commercial based on his work on the Nike Flyknit TVC. He explains his steps from conception through the proposal and bid, budgeting, storyboarding and all the way through execution, sharing his tips for success and hard-won lessons. Show Less
With colour correction being such an integral facet of filmmaking, Alex talks about it briefly in this episode, sharing the precise correct order of events that he employs to ensure he gets the best results when correcting footage either on a solo project or when working with a colourist. Show Less
With everything now set to record, Ollie focuses on how simple colour and contrast management in production can maximise the quality of your digital negative. From using probes to ensure camera monitors are calibrated, to using charts to ensure white balance and contrast are consistent across all cameras; Ollie shows us his top tips for in-camera colour management. Show Less
In this episode we continue to examine complex and combined camera movements, with the emphasis on sequencing to create an effective and engaging scene. Using examples from a range of classic films such as "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Goodfellas", Vincent gives his keys to providing a rich frame, as well as his coverage principles. We look at the concept of a moving master shot, and when to not move the camera, before finishing with a director's script breakdown. Show Less
In the first episode of the series, Ollie introduces us to the concept of “Directing Colour” as he begins to produce a commercial for a boutique catering company. He takes us through the process of how he developed a colour palette for their brand which will be woven into the production design for the commercial, and explains how the relationships between colours can create compositional balance in your images. Show Less
In this Miniclip, students are introduced to practical strategies to help form an effective creative workflow for a tackling a project of their own. Students will learn how to develop an idea through brainstorming, how to create an appropriate title and write a logline, as well as plan and draw a storyboard. From creating a short animation to shooting their own music video or film, students can apply these strategies to any project during the pre-production stage of development. Show Less
Alex tackles one of the most difficult shots to shoot on a budget - the day exterior. Using the SNL sketch "New Day" as a case study he walks us through a complete breakdown of how he lit and shot it all in just one afternoon. Afterwards we look at how to create contrast and control lighting in day exterior shots, using Alex's work on the SNL short "Swiftamine" as an example. Show Less
With production wrapped on the commercial, Ollie brings us into the grading suite to discuss how contrast can be introduced in post-production to add depth. Ollie also shows us examples from ‘The Crown’ to reinforce this.
In the final episode of the series Ollie delves into the most exciting part of colour grading - conveying mood and eliciting emotion with colour. He shows us how this is used so effectively in ‘Whiplash’, where colour becomes a signifier to the emotional journey of the film’s protagonist. Show Less
Continuing the discussion on visual styles, Alex takes us through the different sub-genres within the popular 'doc style', which has gained popularity in both narrative and factual filmmaking.
In this episode Alex offers a complete studio primer on how to get the most cinematic shots from DSLR cameras.
Filmmakers discuss what motivates the to create, how they use other people's work, and the difference between copying and being inspired by copyrighted material.
In the final episode of the series Alex looks at how to begin introducing visual subtext to your own works. He reviews the primary sources for subtext and gives examples of each, before concluding with an explanation of how he attempted to incorporate these techniques into his work on "Green Street Hooligans". Show Less
Follow animator Daniel McGarrigle as he demonstrates the art of storyboarding films.
In this short video, Charlie shows you the basics of how to get started on creating a video to inspire change in society. With four easy-to-follow tips, viewers will learn the importance of background research, choosing the right message, and using the resources available to them. Show Less
Making your audience care about your message is a skill that many filmmakers continue to develop throughout their careers. This programme looks at seven easy ways to ensure a video’s message about social change hits its audience exactly where it needs to. It includes the importance of picking a relatable issue, creating emotive appeal, and keeping it simple. All of this will lead young activists to producing original videos with lasting impact. Show Less