Essentials of Self-Shooting: Camera Skills 101


This course is eligible for bursary funding.

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A new, intensive one day workshop that will give you a solid grounding in the essentials of being a good self-shooting camera operator.  This course gives an overview of self- shooting, covering topics such as framing, crossing the line, key camera features, posture, choosing the right camera and filming actuality. 

Over the course of the day you will get an introduction of what is required to self-shoot through crucial theory and demonstrative examples. The workshop is ideal for researchers, assistant producers, producers, journalists and others looking to start self-shooting or improve their directing skills. 

Please note - This is a beginners' course, giving a basic introduction to self-shooting. If you are wanting to shoot in earnest or learn how to use a camera for broadcast, please look at the more in-depth 2-day Shoot & Direct courses.  Please contact us to discuss if you are not sure which is the most suitable course for you. 

"The course was run really well. The theory section was clear and gave a good foundation. The course was much more practical than I anticipated, which was fantastic."

"I thought it was fantastic. Lily was brilliant, she managed to fit so much in at the same time as dispelling any worry or intimidation about using the camera and was really encouraging."

Researchers, assistant producers, producers, journalists and others looking to start self-shooting or improve their directing skills.   


  • Self- Shooting: What you need to know?
  • Getting Started: Introduction to the camera
  • Principles of Directing
  • Building a sequence – shot sizes, framing and film-making grammar
  • The Interview
  • Filming Actuality
  • Shooting a basic dialogue scene
  • What Next? Where to go from here?

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 12 people.


10.00-17:30 (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day) 


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.