Shooting for the Edit


This course is eligible for bursary funding.

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This one day course is ideal for researchers, APs and DV directors looking to hone their directing skills, and ensuring a smoother ride in the edit. 

It covers techniques for filming sequences that tell a story and work in the edit and offers tried and tested tips and techniques for success.  The course will look at both controllable action and unpredictable, observational filming situations, edit points, how to cover two-way conversations and interviews as a lone shooter, and other common challenges for self-ops. The course is about improving directing skills as a self-shooter and will be taught using XF305s or a similar camera.

Aimed at self-shooting Researchers, Assistant Producers, DV directors and Producer/Directors.
This is a practical, hands-on course taught by a leading factual director.  Participants should have a basic familiarity with a Canon XF305 or similar digital camera.
The course covers key scenarios when filming including:• Interview set up• Filming two-way conversations• Observational action• Building a sequence to tell a story• Edit points – and how to get them
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.

Maximum 4 people.


09:30-18:00 (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction)  


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received at least 10 working days prior to the course date or the full fee will be charged. DV Talent reserves the right to cancel courses at any time (e.g. if there are insufficient enrolments) without liability, and delegates will be offered an alternative date or full refund. In booking a course, you are acknowledging you have read and accepted our Terms and Conditions.