VIDEO STORYTELLING. Creative Excellence Class
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VIDEO STORYTELLING. Creative Excellence Class

Creative videography, storytelling, shooting and editing in an easy to follow course for intermediates and beginners.
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Last updated 3/2020
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will know how to make videos that will entertain, inspire and even teach an audience.
  • You will be qualified not only to tell a story, but to keep your audience engaged with rich narration, music, sound effects and timing.
  • You will know how to be an entertainer.
  • You will know how to tell a story, using basic video equipment, on any video platform such as YouTube or Vimeo.
  • This course will be particularly value for non-fiction storytellers
Requirements
  • Any kind of camera that can shoot video. It doesn't matter what. And you'll need a microphone.
  • A computer or laptop for video editing. It can't be really old, but also doesn't need to be fancy and expensive.
  • Hopefully you have a desire to captivate an audience with your video storytelling skills.
  • You should be able to use a PC or Apple Mac at a basic level.
Description

Do you want to be a filmmaker? Most video courses focus on teaching how to get better footage. And that's a good first step. But this course will do far more. Because only if great footage is created and woven does it make a great story.

I'm a TV producer, director and editor. My shows have been on major networks in many countries. I've been doing this for 38 years. And no matter where your videos will be displayed, you need to know the content of this course. Most of it you will not find in any other course, mainly because I think most video instructors don't appreciate just how important it is.

So, if you wish to entertain an audience, which means, have them enjoy your videos and look forward to more, good storytelling is the key. The best footage in the world is just not enough unless its crafted into a tight and engaging story. And capturing footage suitable for telling a story is what you will learn here. It begins before the shoot, continues during the shoot and on well into the editing room. Let's begin . . .

You'll learn these things:

  • Different cameras and what makes them different.

  • Good videography is less about fancy expensive equipment and more about telling a story.

  • How to determine what kind of videos you want to make, and what equipment is needed.

  • Camera equipment is the great temptation. How to avoid spending on things that are promoted as needed, when all they do is briefly satisfy the ego.

  • How to shoot a scene to tell a story. Shooting is not just about 'getting great footage'. It's about capturing elements to tell a story during the shoot.

  • Learn the mind space one should use to tell a story as its being shot. This is necessary because creating a story after the footage is shot, sets one up for failure in the edit.

  • Why should shooting and editing not be regarded as seperate processes.

  • Pans, zooms, top-shots, eye-lines, white-balance, B-roll and more. Not only how to get them right, but why they work in a story. Your footage will look like a pro's shot it. And when you begin your edit, you'll love me for it!

  • For example, I'll not only tell you what a pan is, how to shoot a smooth one, but more importantly, why would a pan work in a story.  Nobody ever teaches this stuff!

  • B-roll footage? Techniques for extreme efficiency in footage gathering.

  • Audio.  Techniques for extreme efficiency in audio content gathering.

  • Editing software choices and links to free edit software that is, surprisingly, absolutely brilliant. It's also free, and I still use it. Wow!

  • Editing techniques. I'll teach some simple rules that'll turn your audience's heads. 

  • Editing can be intimidating, because in many ways, its the most difficult part. But it's actually quite easy as long as the footage gathered is done with the story in mind. I'll teach you how this is done.

  • How to avoid the amateur traps; the shooting and editing techniques that might look cool, but actually shout 'beginner here!'.

  • Look like a pro right from the start!

  • Music and how to find it, know its right, and use it properly.

  • And a lot more.

Who this course is for:
  • For anyone who wants to shoot videos, but has some, a little or no previous experience.
  • For anyone who wants to start, or has just started a YouTube channel.
  • For anyone who has been shooting video for a while, but has not learnt how to create and tell stories.
  • Many experienced videographers will learn something here, which will probably be the creative elements taught in this course
  • For anyone who has experience shooting still photos, but wants to move into making videos. You will love this course!
Course content
Expand all 35 lectures 04:49:12
+ What videos do you want to make?
2 lectures 14:45

Hello and Welcome to my course for video storytelling. Like a potter and his or her clay, filmmaking is taking raw material (footage and audio) and turning it into something anyone will enjoy. This introduction explains some of my teachings, and why I present them the way I do. This will assist you in getting the most from the course material presented here.

Preview 08:10

What videos do you want to make? Understanding this and having a goal in mind will assist you as you learn from the lecture videos here.

Preview 06:35
+ Shooting
9 lectures 56:27

Yes. Don't move the camera. And when you do, do it for a reason.

Don't Move the Camera
13:47

Pans and zooms must have a purpose. Without it, they can look amateurish and draw attention to themselves. This is when they can detract from the story.

Pans and Zooms
06:13

When moving the camera correctly, moves can help the story in many ways.

Move the camera and make it look good
07:06

Lens focal lengths and how the images changes, and how this affects the relevance of the subjects and background.

Lenses, perspective
06:15

Backgrounds are extremely important in storytelling.

Backgrounds
08:17

Backgrounds are extremely important in storytelling. Part-2.

More about Backgrounds
02:43

Here are some techniques that do not require heavy tripods and heads, to keep footage steady.

How to avoid shaky footage
04:15

In a story, the audio is so important, words cannot begin to do it justice.

How Important is Audio?
03:31
  1. Control pans by using the 4-second rule

  2. Keep the camera steady and avoid unnecessary shake

  3. Don't rely on post production to correct footage problems

  4. Eye-lines that work, work. Be careful of breaking the rules.

  5. Make your camera invisible.

  6. Control backgrounds by using different lenses and distance from subject.

  7. Gathering audio content is as important as video.

Section-2 summary
04:20
+ Being Creative
5 lectures 43:27

Basic lighting does not need expensive lights. Here are two set-ups, one with lights and one with natural lighting. Decide which one you prefer.

Basic Lighting
05:17

An interview with one of the best lighting people in the business. And he uses natural light for over 9% of his work.

A little more about lighting
06:57

Drone footage is often seen as the ultimate content for storytelling. But is it?

Drones
10:19

How time lapses should be created to aid the story.

Time Lapses
14:17

Colour balance of footage can so easily be damaged by incorrect use of auto-white balance. Here is a simple rule that returns excellent results.

White balance
06:37
+ Shooting for the Story
8 lectures 01:10:32

Any story is captured in the camera, during the shoot, and put together in the edit. be sure your edit isn't spoiled by lack of material. Here is how I use my editing brain while shooting for a story.

Constructing a Story in camera. Example 1
08:06

Any story is captured in the camera, during the shoot, and put together in the edit. be sure your edit isn't spoiled by lack of material. Here is how I use my editing brain while shooting for a story. Part-2.

Constructing a Story in camera. Example 2
12:42

Any story is captured in the camera, during the shoot, and put together in the edit. be sure your edit isn't spoiled by lack of material. Here is how I use my editing brain while shooting for a story. Part-3.

Constructing a Story in camera. Example 3
07:56

B-roll is the detail used to illustrate a story. Here are some rules that will turn B-roll gathering into a highly efficient and rewarding process.

B-Roll Footage
08:52

B-roll is the detail used to illustrate a story. Here are some rules that will turn B-roll gathering into a highly efficient and rewarding process. Part-2.

More about B-Roll
13:34

I use a rule for gathering B-roll. It helps me a lot.

The Best rule for B-Roll
08:41

Scripts and how to approach the need for them prior to shooting and editing.

Scripts. Are they needed?
04:44
Don't try and be too clever
05:57
+ Editing. Telling the Story
9 lectures 01:19:08

A technical introduction for editing. If you are familiar with how non-linear digital editing works, its okay to skip this one.

Preview 11:51

I use and recommend Blackmagic Da Vinci Resolve for editing. It is capable of any edit that you will ever need, and the basic version is free. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/au/products/davinciresolve/

Links to free editing software
03:47

The opening is the most important sequence of any video.

The Opening.
13:53

I find that when I begin to edit, I start somewhere in the middle of the show, where I know how the story will run. As I edit, and get through the piece, I begin to get inspired for the opening sequence. And because the opening sequence is the most important of any video, its worth doing it once all the inspiration has arrived.

The Opening. Don't start at the Beginning.
01:44
The Opening of a Series
06:57

Stupid (there is no other word for them) transitions that are part of all edit software packages should be avoided like a vegetarian would avoid a pork pie.

Amateur traps with Transitions
06:39

I love this bit. Using music and sound effects to tell a great story. Here, I teach by example.

Working with music and sound effects. Part-1
11:24
Working with music and sound effects. Part-2
12:01

Finding the right music to match a scene can be the make of break of a good story. Its worth spending time on this one.

The Dig-Deep method of finding the right music
10:52
+ Conclusion and final examples
2 lectures 24:53

Conclusion and intro to the final video.

Conclusion and intro the final lessons
06:50
The final video. My most recent story.
18:03