Shoot & Direct: Sony EX3 - £840.00

This intensive, highly practical course will teach you everything you need to know to get filming with confidence on the Sony EX3.

Structured so that the crucial theory is interspersed with hands-on exercises, the course will take you step-by-step through setting up the camera to film with full manual control, teach you its technical strengths (and weaknesses), record broadcast quality sound, as well as showing you how to handle the tapeless workflow.

More than simply covering the technical aspects of the camera for self-shooters, though, the course will also teach you key directing skills including framing, shot composition, building sequences, and shooting for the edit.

Duration                     2 days
Class size:                    8 maximum (usually 4-6)

Cost:                              £700 plus VAT


(In th event of a cancellation we offer last minute availabilites at a special half price freelancer rate. To be on our email list email

Who it's for?

This course caters for all levels of participant needing to learn, update, or hone self-shooting skills. Whether you’re an SP or PD seeking to get to grips with the camera, and HD tapeless workflow, or a Researcher/ AP wanting to learn how to shoot taster tapes or improve your job prospects, this course is for you.


None. Delegates will be sent a detailed booking form before the course so that we can gauge their experience and objectives and tailor the course accordingly. 


Delegates will come away knowing how to set-up and get filming with the Canon XF305, and confident in handling location sound and the tapeless workflow. Moreover, they will have acquired a solid grounding in the grammar of filmmaking, and an understanding of the creative and technical considerations when working across different media platforms – broadcast, online, mobile.

Ongoing Support
With all our courses we provide a post-course support line for added peace of mind. So, if you encounter a problem - or just have a general query - do give us a call and we'll be happy to help. 

Course Content

• Checking your kit and pre-shoot prep and connecting additional kit
• Camera set up for HD, SD and online shoots
• Handling the focus and the lenses
• Creating Multiplatform Content for different platforms:  web-based videos compression and encoding issues, the difficulties of handheld, pan and image overload, the importance of tripods, target audiences and usage of content
• Sound – manual and automatic recording; radio mics and line mics
• Shot sizes for 16:9 and 4:3, building a sequence of shots that will work in the edit, framing for online.  The rule of thirds, depth of field, shot framing
• Manual White Balance and Manual Exposure
• Shutter speed and lighting conditions, how to use gain and slow shutter speeds, exposure and web images
• Filming Controllable action – building sequences, getting edit points
• Filming Uncontrollable/ Observational action – what you need to know
• Lighting for Cross Platform Projects.  Using available light, three point lighting.
• HD shooting:  using the Nano Flash to create true HD footage.
• Digitising Content – dealing with tapeless workflows, handling formats.
• DV Talent Health and Safety Session – handouts on compliance and editorial for broadcast and online.  Includes issues around filming, ethics of secret filming, chronology and potential problems self-shooters encounter.

Venue & Times

Location:            DV Talent

                            6 Waterson Street
                            E2 8HL

Times:                 9.30-5.30   (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day) 


Our tutors are all top-end directors and programme-makers.


Do I need to bring anything to the course?
It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.

Is lunch provided?
We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.

What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel more than 10 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less notice, or once the course has been confirmed the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.

What others say about this course

"Excellent, clear teaching methods"

 Kate Hebden, Assistant Producer

"Really good. Worked through logically from focus, exposure, white balance etc. some good tips"

- Geoff White, Producer

"Very good. A great practical introdution to the camera"

- Leo Burley, Producer/Director

"Very comprehensive and the information delivered with a great deal of clarity"

- Diana Hunter, Head of Production

"Very useful+Brilliantly taught"

- Rachel Smith, Producer/Director

"Really impressed - so much printed info-really helpful for future ref"

- Laura Offer, Assistant Producer

"Really good. Informative and ran smoothly"

- Phil Lewis, Edit Assistant

"Great. [The tutor] explained and demonstrated everything very well and made it all very easy to understand"

- Daniel Kenneally, Assistant Producer

"Excellent. Very hand on. I found that theory was explained and then practiced which really helped me take everything in"

- Richard Carr, Researcher

"Fantastically useful. I feel a lot more confident and a lot has been packed in this weekend"

- Hannah Palmer, PA to Director of Commissioning

"Very Good. Good Location"

- Douglas Downing, Producer

"Very informative, well structured and well executed"

- Lucy Terrell, Assistant Producer



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