Documentary film shorts: everything you need to know about B-roll
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
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Course Code: VG604
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Did you know that B-roll takes up the lion share of most documentary films? Have you ever felt that you don’t have the right, or not enough material for the film you are making? This class looks at how to generate, find and use material to augment your interview-based film.
What will we cover?
- What is B-roll? – the really interesting stuff in your film
- Things to think about when shooting your project – what is your project really about
- 5 essential tips in generating good B-roll –pre- and post-production
- Essential editing tips for using B-roll – when and how to use A- and B-roll.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Define B-roll in the context of a specific project
- Outline at least 2 different approaches to obtaining B-roll
- Create a shotlist that covers all eventualities
- Name 5 essential tips in generating good B-roll –pre- and post-production
- Select Overlay or Insert editing for rhythm and impact.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This class is open to students with or without prior experience. It covers both selected basic and more advanced elements of all stages of production and post-production. No experience is necessary but it is an advantage if you have some prior experience with shooting moving image footage and have used a moving-image editing package before.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each session there will be demonstrations, discussions and practical work, like exercises both in the group and individually, allowing for some individual tutorial support. Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of the process in general and the work you are doing in particular. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available. This class strongly encourages homework and additional, independent engagement between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Our HD cameras and professional software are available for your use throughout the course in our fully equipped studios. For storing and transporting your work you are advised to bring your own external drive (fast enough for video editing and at least 500 GB). Please note that we use Macs in our digital film making studio and a PC formatted portable hard drive can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to. You might also want to consider purchasing other books related to the subject of film making and editing. We will also provide you with a range of hand-outs.
Please note that a portable hard drive/USB stick if PC formatted can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to. CDs/DVDs are available.
Lily is a freelance film editor and consultant. Her main work over the past 10 years has been in helping people turn their dreams and visions into interesting films and successful artworks. She specialises in film editing, but also consults on all other aspects of film making and fine art. “To me, helping people find the stories the really want to tell and turn them into enjoyable and interesting films is uniquely rewarding and deeply fulfilling. I am particularly interested in enabling people’s own capacity, teaching them both practical skills (e.g. use of software and technical aspects of filmmaking) alongside conceptual underpinnings and critical engagement (version of visual literacy).” She has been teaching film and video related subjects ever since her own postgraduate student days. She is also an award-winning and internationally exhibited/collected artist.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.