Series: Video and Media Production
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
In this lesson Matt showcases some of the C200's biggest features, starting with its unique Dual Pixel Auto Focus system. We then look at high-speed/slow-motion shooting on the camera with some example footage, before ending with a look at the WiFi remote control functionality. 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.
Moving on from 'how' to light, Shane delves into the 'why', using his 2000 film 'Crazy/Beautiful' as a case study. He shares his creative process for deconstructing a script and creating a visual tone for lighting and cinematography, and sets up the scene for the following workshop. Show Less
In this final episode of the workshop Shane deconstructs a high-action night car chase scene from his work on 'Need for Speed'. he shows how he was able to light the entire sequence using primarily practical lighting and the versatility of digital cameras. We then conclude the workshop by covering fill light, using Shane's work on the film 'The Greatest Game Ever Played' to illustrate. Show Less
Shane talks through his inspiration for lighting on 'The Rat Pack', deconstructing a key scene from the film. We then get to see him recreate the same scene, and finally Shane shows how to achieve a similar look on a budget.
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
In this episode, Ollie discusses the basic concepts of the additive colour model and how we can use this knowledge to counteract colour casts in our images. Along the way, we learn how to use the Parade, Vectorscope, RGB Overlay Waveform Monitor, and RGB picker. We also from acclaimed cinematographer Brett Danton, as he discusses how important accurate colours are to him and his clients. 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
Continuity is the unsung hero in colour grading, and an often overlooked part of the process. In this lesson, Ollie takes on the challenge of matching Canon and Sony cameras on a multicam shoot, using an X-Rite Colour Checker Video chart. He then breaks down his workflow for creating visual harmony across a sequence of shots in a short film, while discussing stills, image wipes, and split screens along the way. Show Less
Here, Ollie breaks down the differences between contrast, tonality, dynamic range, and luminance perception. He also teaches us the fundamentals of reading histograms and waveform monitors, to help avoid clipping and crushing when using lift, gamma, and gain controls. To help illustrate these topics, Ollie uses a broadcast commercial for a sofa company, where contrast is used to make the product stand out against its surroundings. 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
Ollie starts here with a discussion about the differences between technical and creative LUTs. Ollie talks about the importance of owning your own images and gives tips on how to develop your own looks using curves and qualifiers, the differences between monochrome and desaturated looks and how to use split screens and versions in DaVinci Resolve to audition looks quickly. 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.
Instructional video can take different forms, each with its own pros and cons. In this video, English, History and EAL teacher Steven Kolber introduces four types: screen capture, boards, classroom observation (video on demand) and green screen, giving examples of the equipment and programs required and their benefits and drawbacks. A valuable resource for educators interested in starting to make their own instructional videos. Show Less