NFTS Scotland: Self-Shooting 2 - Storytelling with the Camera

Short course


Supported by Progressive Broadcast Hire, Glasgow


In Person delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place (where required)

This course is designed for people who are confident operating a camera (or getting close to that) and now want to take their operating skills into the realm of telling stories with the camera. 

Often in edits, rushes lack a storytelling base. There are hours and hours of rushes but little clear narrative. This course will make you think about what your shots 'do' and what part they play in telling a story before or as you shoot them, so you get what you need.

You will recap and develop your knowledge of the use of Lenses, Depth of Field, Framing and camera techniques that feed into how your rushes will be viewed by Edit Producers and Editors. 

This course is a reality check for shooters who need their rushes to be more impactful and to make them more skilled, employable and adaptable.

This is a practical course giving you hands-on experience with industry standard cameras with a qualitative review of your rushes as part of the course.

Aimed at shooting researchers and Assistant Producers needing to learn more about how a camera can help them tell their stories, this course is also a good course for directors, producers and other TV or non-TV professionals wanting to start and progress in shooting for a living.

About the tutor: 

This course is led in Scotland by George Cathro, who has worked in broadcast television over 35 years as a Director, Producer, Cameraperson, Edit Producer and most recently as a Shooting PD. He is a BAFTA and RTS winning director and have made programmes for nearly all UK broadcasters. As a professional trainer for over 12 years, George has delivered CPD courses, lecturing and mentoring for students from Stirling University, Napier University, ECA, UWS, Screen NETS and Creative Scotland. 

He has spent many hours in the edit working with other shooters' rushes and is accustomed to the joys and the pain that can bring. His approach will endeavour to make your rushes more joyous in the edit and give you the skills to make you more confident shooters and ultimately more employable. 

Not the right level for you? You may also be interested in: 

Self-Shooting 1: An Introduction 

Self-Shooting 3: Shooting for the Edit 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £745
Corporate Rate: £1200


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

To secure a place on the next dates for this course, please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to submit your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a succesful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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