Video Success: Key Steps to Make Great Films and Videos
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Video Success: Key Steps to Make Great Films and Videos

Radically improve your film and video making in this step-by-step guide taught by a professional filmmaker
4.5 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,597 students enrolled
Created by Paul Jenkins
Last updated 7/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take ANY camera out with confidence and get great films and videos
  • Understand the key principles underlying good shots and good films
  • Know what to avoid when video making to save time, energy and perhaps more
  • Have the results of a series of practical exercises to refer back to
  • Understand which kinds of cameras work well in certain situations and why
  • Know how a camera sees the world, and how to take advantage of it
  • Master techniques to get steady and meaningful shots
  • Know how to string a series of shots together to tell a visual story
  • Get the most out of experiences that are worth filming
  • Use professional filmmaking and video skills for personal enjoyment or client work
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Requirements
  • You need to have some kind of video-capable camera to take this course - any kind, including smartphones is fine
  • You need to be prepared to do the 12 steps (exercises) in order to get he most out of the course
Description

This course teaches the essential video and filmmaking skills you need to know in order to shoot great videos and films. 

All the lectures are based on direct personal professional experience gained over 20 years as a director and self-shooter.

The course is presented as a step-by-step Program that is very action-orientated, with a exercise accompanying every lecture and core topic to complete before moving on to the next one. 

In this way, you will absorb the teaching and hugely improve your films and videos.

The course takes you into some territory normally associated with higher end cinematography. The main focus, though, is to instil confidence and skills into anyone owning and wishing to use a video-capable camera of any kind - camcorder, smartphone, DSLR or professional video camera.

A key advantage of being in this course is the opportunity to ask Paul Jenkins questions regarding film and video making directly. 

Also, to put up in the course Discussions examples drawn from your work in the course Exercises in order to have it positively critiqued inside the course community and by Paul himself.

By taking this course, you will emerge as a confident and skilled film and video maker. You'll know which shots to take, how to take them, how to control the filming situation to your advantage and...most importantly...have a smile on your face when you, your family and friends, and perhaps clients watch the results of your work

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone wishing to know more about video and film production
  • Anyone wanting to develop their film and video making skills
  • Anyone who needs or wants to make a film or video
  • Anyone interested in visual storytelling, regardless of medium
  • Anyone interested in video and film, and how it is constructed
  • High level cinematographers will probably find this course too basic
  • Self 'shooters' and even crew members will find this course useful
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
01:16:43
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Introduction and Objectives
1 Lecture 02:11

The aims and origins of this course, and how to get the most out of it

Preview 02:11
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Camera Essentials
10 Lectures 01:14:22

Probably the number one thing to get right when making films or videos - it's amazing how often this goes wrong, even in professional circles!

Preview 08:21

Knowing this skill will distinguish your videos and films from 99% of the others out there. Professionals know the value of working on this skill, and so will you

Step Two: Stabilisation and Stabilisation Exercise
16:33

After Focus, the second major skill that will hugely boost your film and video making. Here you're learn the essentials to be able to control light effectively - which is the real secret of good filmmaking

Step Three: Exposure
13:48

Getting good exposure - or rather correct exposure - can be one of the more challenging things in film and video making. Here, you'll learn how to do it without heartache

Exposure Exercise
02:57

THE Secret of good film and video - here you'll learn how to approach and do it the right way

Step Four: Audio
13:52

A simple but powerful exercise to ensure you've absorbed the key teaching of the Audio lecture

Audio Exercise
02:46

One of the most confusing things about digital cameras and digital video cameras - this lecture gives you what you need to know to ensure the theory doesn't get in the way of results!

Step Five: Frame Rate and Shutter Speed
06:50

A brief exercise to ensure you absorbed the teaching of the previous lecture

Frame Rate & Shutter Speed Exercise
01:27

Step Six: Image Quality
06:22

Image Quality Exercise
01:26
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BONUS Lecture: Extend your learning in my FB Group
1 Lecture 00:11
About the Instructor
Paul Jenkins
4.5 Average rating
593 Reviews
16,431 Students
17 Courses
Film Director & Author

Effective and creative storytelling is an essential part of success in many walks of life - and fun when you do it right, because you feel the 'flow'.

Film and video techniques and visual storytelling can add much to your overall creative output, and be highly satisfying and impactful arts in their own right.

The techniques I teach, I use daily as a professional documentary film director and author.

In my courses, you'll get insights, strategies and working methods that I've developed over 20+ years while making films for the world's top broadcasters (BBC, PBS, ARTE etc).

My teaching style is to guide you through the processes that matter - explaining why they matter - in a personal, 'fireside' fashion. 

You also get direct access to me through the Discussion area of each course. This means that any challenges or questions you have can be resolved directly. 

I'm very open to feedback, therefore please feel free to feed ideas for lectures and courses to me and I'll do my very best to accommodate.

See you inside the courses!

Paul