Shoot & Direct: Canon 5d - £840.00

This highly practical, intensive course will teach you everything you need to know to get filming with confidence on the Canon 5d Mkii or Mkiii, the first DSLR to have made a significant impact with filmmakers.

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 the camera’s 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


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Who it's for?

This course caters for all levels of participant needing to learn, update, or hone self-shooting skills. Whether you’re a 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.


Familiarity with the technical aspects of setting up and using an HD or SD video camera, and experience of filming for broadcast or online. 


Delegates will come away knowing how to set-up and get filming with the Canon 5D, 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

• An overview of the camera and its extras
• Setting up the camera with rigs, brace, tripods etc
• Using matte boxes and filters
• The differences between the different DSLRs available (5D/7D/60D etc)
• Setting up menus, including recording quality for video, custom functions, and frame rates
• Tapeless recording: using compact flash cards, including which ones to use
- 12 min recording
- Focus, depth of field and lenses – critical focus explained
- The importance of monitors
• Exposure, shutter speed, ISO settings and white balance
• Making best use of available light
• The advantages of fast f2.8 lenses over the slower 3.5-5.6
• Audio recording with DSLR: the options available, avoiding pitfalls, and recommendations.
• Ingesting footage and transcoding for the edit with MPEG stream clip or compressor
-  Time changes
-  Overcranking for slow motion
• Syncing audio to footage with software in Final Cut Pro

Venue & Times

Location:            DV Talent

                            6 Waterson Street
                            E2 8HL

Times:                 10am - 5:30pm   (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

"Very good. Well organised and thoroughly taught"

- Tome Trinkle, Digital Content Manager

"Really enjoyed it - feel so much more confident"

- Danielle Spears, Assistant Producer

"Great fun, really helfull and informative. Very comfortable and supportive environment"

- Rebbecca Mur, Researcher

"Great and very useful. [The tutor] was excellent"

- Mark Utting, Digital Producer

"Covered everything in a short space of time"

- Matthew Morris, Production Assistant

"Absolutely excellent, incredibly thorough and worth every penny not only for the technical stuff but for the personal 'kit'/filming tips [the tutor] throws in."

- Uzma Iqbal Producer/AD

"Just Fantastic…left feeling informed and confident to shoot on a camera I'd never touched before. Fun too."

- Ben Freedman, Producer

"Good overall course it was great that the class was small and adapted to our needs"

- Louise Purnell, Filmmaker

"Fantastic, informative, fun…..Dave is a great tutor"

- Johnny Harrington, Model

" Excellent - Very comprehensive from both a storytelling and technical point of view"

- Clare Stronge, Assistant Producer

"Fantastic hands on practical knowledge, good pace and the right level"

- May Starey, Video and Image Editor

"Excellent, much more detail and info then I was expecting"

- Nina Yoxau,  Producer/ Director

"Excellent, covering lots of ground in a short period, instructor really knows his stuff"

- Hywel Davies. Producer

"Extremely practical- an excellent hands on course using a good standard of equipment"

-Nick London Series Producer

"Went from not being able to use it at all to good proficiency"

Claire McFall, PD

"Very good, great instructor who was very knowledgable and great to have someone who still practices"

- Caroline Cullen, Researcher

"Comprehensive, interesting, insightful and useful"

- Sharon Rapose, Producer/ Director

"Exellent, well balanced and paced"

- Cicelia Rose Deane, DV Director

"Extremely practical- an excellent hands on course using a good standard of equiptment"

- Nick London, Series Producer

"Very good. Picked up lots of tips"

- Louise Orten, Producer

"Great length of time to be wallied through the functions of the camera. Good sized class so that we each got sufficient time practising skills."

- Helen Waddell, Researcher


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