Introduction to Documentary Video Field Production Workshop (POSTPONED)


This course offers students the basic skills necessary to gather footage and negotiate technical problems in the field without compromising quality. Learn how to plan and organize a project, choose the best location for a shoot, work with available light, select the right microphone for the right situation, set proper audio levels, and “shoot in sequence.” We will also discuss proper framing and composition techniques and the advantages of hand-held vs. tripod shots. (12 hours/All Levels)

Simone Keith is an educational video specialist with North Carolina State University. Her mission is to help people think visually and be intentional in using video to communicate with their audiences. Simone started her career as a broadcast news videographer and editor and has received three regional Emmy awards for her work on In the Garden with Bryce Lane. She currently teaches video production classes at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and collaborates with local filmmakers on various documentary projects. Simone is a native of Brazil and a chocoholic. When she is not watching a film, she spends her time gardening, traveling with her husband, and playing with her latest toy, a drone called FlyingCow.

Additional information:
Students may use any video camera available to them. However, a camera with an external microphone jack, a headphone jack, and the capacity for manual control of exposure and white balance will be ideal for this course. Video camera tripods (not photo camera ones) are also recommended. Please contact the instructor with any questions about equipment.


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