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Camera & Sound

We are the country’s leading training facility for the camera department, and due to our unique partnership with Panavision are able to offer courses ranging from entry level familiarisation courses to Lighting for HD.

Camera & Sound COURSES

Next Course dates:
2 October, 2017 to 6 October, 2017

100% hands on practice – using the current 16mm and 35mm camera systems.


Please bring a torch, scissors and common sense!

You will be shown loading, lacing, maintenance and assembly of accessories for each camera system.

Subjects covered in discussion are, testing and preparation of equipment, roles of 2nd and 1st Assistants - visit to rental house to demonstrate lens testing, collimation and camera steady test.

This five day course is taught by freelance technicians and is supported by Panavision and is designed to de-mystify camera systems and to teach how to use the equipment sensibly, knowledgeably (and with respect).

What people have said about this course:
"What top quality teaching, equipment and course content...... This course is vital as you wouldn't get this rate of learning as a trainee on set"

  • Number of places:
    8
  • Freelance Rate:
    £795
  • Length: 5 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £1500
Camera OperatorsCOMING SOON
Next Course dates:
17 November, 2014 to 21 November, 2014

PART OF THE 2014 CAMERA SERIES 

This largely practical course is aimed at industry experienced camera assistants/trainees who want to take the next step towards becoming camera operators by learning to operate larger cameras. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn on a variety of film and HD cameras, in a variety of set-ups.

The course aims:

  • To teach participants the basics of operating a range of professional cameras
  • To understand the importance of framing and composition
  • To gain an understanding of how shooting on HD differs from shooting on film
  • To begin to develop an individual framing and composition style
  • To show how to set up and shoot a scene and assess coverage
  • To cover; eye-lines, shot size, lens choice, camera mount etc

Comment from past courses:

“I am glad you provide such a course, especially as these days it’s rare to get knowledge passed on so openly by professionals but also to have practical time with everything around you geared for you and putting you directly in the operator role”

"It's been great to spend some 1-2-1 time with the tutor and to get to freely ask questions during the exercises.  I'd never get an opportunity like this on set."

"The course is really well structured and the tutors take consideration of the interests and learning needs of each specific student.  The course has direct links to the industry which is a really great thing."

"The equipment has been extremely good and the studio facility a great learning experience."

**When you apply to this course, please include on your CV which cameras you have worked on and how much experience you have had operating.

Grants available up to £800 – Skillset Film & TV funding priorities currently include CAMERA

  • Number of places:
    8
  • Freelance Rate:
    £1095
  • Length: 5 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £1950
Focus PullingCOMING SOON
Next Course dates:
24 November, 2014 to 28 November, 2014

PART OF THE 2014 CAMERA SERIES 

This largely practical course is aimed at clapper loaders, camera assistants and trainee camera assistants who want to take the next step within the camera department by learning some of the practicalities and pitfalls of focus pulling. Participants will be given the opportunity to work with a variety of film & HD cameras, in a variety of set-ups.

The course aims:

  1. To teach participants the principals of focus pulling
  2. To understand the importance of developing a personal system
  3. To gain an understanding of focus pulling as a skill
  4. To be able to set up and execute shots without the aid of a monitor
  5. To put the participant in a position where they can offer their services as a focus puller to a 16mm/35mm film project

Comments from past courses include: “This is an excellent practical course “ Great course with a fantastic environment”  “The course provided me with confidence and lots of insight”

**When you apply to this course, please include on your CV which cameras you have worked on and how much experience you have had operating.

Grants available up to £800 – Skillset Film & TV funding priorities currently include CAMERA

  • Number of places:
    8
  • Freelance Rate:
    £950
  • Length: 5 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £1800
Next Course dates:
10 November, 2014 to 14 November, 2014

This course is currently full - but do not despair places do often become available!  Email us to be added to the reserve list

PART OF THE 2014 CAMERA SERIES:  

This hands-on course introduces the concepts of shooting and lighting on HD for camera personnel. Through practical exercises, participants will learn how to use an industry standard HD camera and will be able to view their work on HD viewing facilities with feedback from the course tutor, an experienced DoP.

Course Aims & Objectives:
To teach participants the implications of working on HD from a lighting perspective
To ensure that participants gain an understanding of how HD differs from film and video
To understand the capabilities of an HD camera and how to light accordingly

By the end of the course, participants will be able to
Design, plan and shoot sequences both on location and in a studio
Begin to develop an individual lighting style
Understand the qualitative differences between HD and other formats

During a series of hands-on practical exercises, participants will learn how to conduct exposure tests, light for sets, complete an exterior shoot, a night shoot and a day-for-night shoot. This course is for experienced camera men and women who want to be able to shoot and light on HD.

Comments from last year’s course included: “Really excellent course with brilliant tutor, with the bonus of having a great gaffer, camera assistant and such a wide range of camera equipment and lights”  “Tutor was fantastic – such an inspiration” “Great to have working industry support”
 

Grants available up to £800 – Skillset Film & TV funding priorities currently include CAMERA

  • Number of places:
    8
  • Freelance Rate:
    £1225
  • Length: 5 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £2250
Next Course dates:
9 October, 2017 to 13 October, 2017

Aimed at industry professionals who want a better understanding of sound recording, this consistently sold-out  course will provide the background knowledge, theory and practical skills required to achieve broadcast quality sound.


The course includes the following:

  • Recording Sound on location
  • Working methods for single camera drama and documentary shooting
  • Microphones - use, tips & techniques
  • Location Mixers
  • Digital video cameras and recorders
  • An overview of non-linear and multi-track recording
  • Timecode
  • Stereo
  • First line maintenance

By the end of the course you will be fully armed with the knowledge of what is technically and aesthetically required to record sound for television and film production.

 

Consistently receiving 5*’s across the board, comments from March’s course include:

“I have had a thoroughly amazing time!”
“Merv is a true genius with his profession and the way he teaches his knowledge is incredible”
“The course was definitely worth travelling form Switzerland for”
“It was an honour to have someone of Merv’s calibre teaching the course”

 

  • Number of places:
    8
  • Freelance Rate:
    £795
  • Length: 5 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £1550
SteadicamCOMING SOON
Next Course dates:
27 April, 2015 to 1 May, 2015

Grants of up to £800 available – Skillset Film & TV funding priorities currently include CAMERA

We believe our Steadicam course, which is Tiffen-Steadicam Endorsed is one of the best in the country – over five days, you will cover not only the technical aspects of how the Steadicam works, but also what it adds to a shoot aesthetically.

We cover everything from an introduction to Steadicam, its use in shoots, safety, the set-up, the different models of and operations, shoot choreography, as well as stairs and from static shots to rolling horizons. Our tutors offer plenty of feedback and a chance to view your rushes in our HD cinema on the last day.

We've had great feedback from this course:
“Loved the course, a perfect introduction to using Steadicam. The support & expertise was superb 10/10 for all aspects.”
“Great course definitely worth travelling all the way from Greece for.”
“Excellent from start to finish, great balance of theory and practical, fantastic & informative tutors, long time spent in the rig!!”


The course includes an introduction to Steadicam, its use in shoots, safety, the set-up, the different models of Steadicam and Operations. Participants use the rig every day of the course.

Participants use the rig every day, so this course does demand a level of fitness and stamina. It is intended for camera operators only – on your cv please detail which cameras you have used – if you have any questions about this course’s suitability please ring us on 01494 677 903.

See the course in action!

 

  • Number of places:
    12
  • Freelance Rate:
    £1250
  • Length: 5 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £2000