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Photography, Production, Pre-Production, Storyboarding
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Fundamentals of Video Production

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Photography, Production, Pre-Production, Storyboarding
Course Description

This course will teach students the tools and resources necessary to prepare their next film shoot, covering everything from storyboarding to location scouting to the most essential gear used in both the pre-production and production stages.


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Pre-Production: Strategy (June 9, 2020)
We will discuss all of the techniques involved in the developing a strategy for your shoot. This includes asking specific questions to your clients yourself when planning a new project. We will delve into creating scripts, storyboards and shot lists, as well as discuss some key financial considerations.
12 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Key Client Questions Pt. 1
3. Key Client Questions Pt. 2
4. Strategy & Research
5. Key Questions for You
6. Before You Shoot
7. Script/Shot List/Storyboard
8. Script
9. Shot List
10. Storyboard
11. Financials
12. Assignment: Storyboarding Strategy
Session 2: Pre-Production: Field Work (June 16, 2020)
We will discuss time-saving pre-production tools and techniques.
12 lessons
1. Overview
2. Location Scouting
3. Apps for Location Scouting
4. Apps for Planning Shots
5. Apps for Collaborative Documents
6. Mobile Editors & Adobe Capture
7. Pre Shoot
8. Practical Tips - Things to Avoid
9. Practical Tips - Things to Do
10. Set Design
11. Assignment: Applications for Field Work
12. A_Conversation_with_Kelly_Mena
Session 3: Production: Storytelling (June 23, 2020)
We will review technical components that affect storytelling .
11 lessons
1. Overview
2. Crew
3. Hybrid Productions
4. Office Space
5. Storytelling
6. Assignment: Experiments in Storytelling
7. Sound
8. Lighting
9. Lighting Approaches
10. Key Considerations
11. Assignment: Experiments in Lighting
Session 4: Production: Camerawork (June 30, 2020)
In this session, we're gonna talk about camerawork, which includes shot sizes, composition, camera movement, and other wonderful things. We will also discuss what makes camerawork effective and what doesn't.
7 lessons
1. Overview
2. Compositions
3. Camera Angles
4. Camera Shots
5. Camera Move
6. MirrorLess Cameras
7. Assignment: Exploring Camerawork
Session 5: Production: Gear (July 7, 2020)
In this session, we're gonna talk about gear and the advantages and disadvantages of different tools.
8 lessons
1. Packing
2. Gear - Camera and Sound
3. Gear - Luggage and Digital Storage
4. Gear - Tripods and Lighting
5. Gear - Miscellaneous
6. Practical Tips 1
7. Practical Tips 2
8. Assignment: What a Difference a Mic Makes
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course


You want a camera that shoots high-quality video (1080p minimum). Ideally, that would be a professional camera that has the capability to plug in an external microphone (shotgun, hot shoe, or recording device):

  • Sony
  • Canon
  • Nikon
  • Fuji
  • etc.

Choose any camera brand you feel comfortable with.


You will need a variety of microphones to test the audio differences. These include:

    • Lavaliere microphone
    • Hand Held microphone
    • Shotgun microphone

    Other pieces of equipment that are important are an audio recorder, a pair of over the ear headphones, windscreens and a mixer.

    Video Editing Software

    There is no specific requirement for video editing software. You can use what works best for your budget or comfort level. Avid and Adobe Premiere Pro are the industry standards but there are a variety of alternatives that can help you achieve your goal.

    Other Options:

    • iMovie
    • Windows Movie Maker
    • Photoshop
    Additional Information

    Please note: Taking part in a Kadenze course as a Premium Member does not affirm that the learner has been enrolled or accepted for enrollment by School of Visual Arts.

    If a student signs up for the Photographer to Video in Today's Gig Economy program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

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