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Single Camera Directing

Screenhouse Productions

In Leeds ()

£ 145 + VAT
  • Typology


  • Duration

    1 Day


To give production people the skill to direct efficiently and creatively on location.
Suitable for: Everyone who wants to learn how to do it or how to support. the people who do it. Its primarily aimed at researchers and associate. producers who are just starting to direct; but everyone involved in production. will benefit runners, producers, production managers.

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Patrick Titley

Patrick Titley

Science Producer/Director

Course programme

The objectives are to give delegates:

  • An understanding of the underlying principles behind shooting and editing, and how to apply them in different circumstances.
  • Knowledge of the available camera, sound and lighting kit, and how it can open up creative possibilities.
  • The ability to recce, schedule and shoot efficiently; and produce the paperwork involved – call sheets, shooting orders and risk assessments.
  • A clear understanding of how to tell a story visually.
  • Strategies to get the best from artists, crew and editors.
  • And some tips on coping with disasters on location…

Schedule: The course is one day, from 9.15am to 5.30pm with a break for lunch. It’s intense, but also interactive, and illustrated with lots of behind-the-scenes clips.

This course crams a lot into one day, making it both efficient and economical for those unable to make our 2 day or 5 day courses.

Course starts at 9.15am sharp and ends at 5.30pm


0900-0915 Arrive & Coffee

0915-1000 1) Introduction

What makes a good director? Discussion... (& Clips)

The three basic skills areas:

1) Creative which has two sub-divisions: Performance (in front of
camera) and Technical (behind the camera).
2) Organisation (schedules, shooting orders, paperwork, permissions, H&S);
3) Management (dealing with production team, crew, artistes & bosses).

Ultimately it‟s summed up in three words: IDEAS; PLANNING;

1000-1100 2) Basic Knowledge

  • Camera kit including what filters do.
  • Mounts including Steadicam & Jimmy Jib. Shutters & gain.
  • Sound kit & principles of sound recording
  • Lighting kit & basic principles of lighting.

Principles of shooting:

  • Lenses & what they do to the shot.
  • Jargon including correct shot names.
  • Rules of framing.
  • Visual grammar including why cutting works (and panning doesn‟t), eyelines and crossing the line.

1100-1115 Coffee Break

1115-1215 3) Planning A Shoot
Start by imagining cut sequence.

Recce - creative & logistical. What to look out for. Recce Checklist.
Importance of (in order): parking/coffee/lunch/directions

Organise & Communicate: Scripts, Shooting Order, Risk Assessments.

Scheduling: Being realistic (rule of thumb: Max 5„ a day per camera).
Allowing time for everyone else. Ways to speed up production/save
money on travel.

1215-1245 4) Fun Interactive Quiz On Course So Far

1245-1345 LUNCH – not provided, local shops nearby.

1345-1430 5) On Location

  • Typical day on a shoot
  • Failsafe plan to shoot ANYTHING
  • Most important rule of directing…
  • Staging and blocking for presenters/music/drama.
  • How to shoot interviews…

1430-1515 6) Exercise

Produce PLAN & SHOOTING ORDER for a complex stunt.
Materials: location photos; script; rehearsal footage.
View sequence as finally cut into programme…

1515-1530 Tea Break

1530-1615 7) Directing Decisions

  • Big Picture v Attention to Detail
  • Detailed Plan v Leave it to the Cameraperson
  • Hosepiping v Several set-ups
  • Static Camera v Moving Camera
  • Increasing visual interest on location
  • Increasing visual interest in the edit

1615-1645 8) Post Production

  • Story arcs & vocabulary of editing
  • Technical stuff – time-code, digitising etc
  • Scheduling the edit
  • Grading & Dubbing

1645-1715 9) Managing The Team

  • Crew including Art & Lighting;
  • Presenters and Actors;
  • Producers & Execs;
  • Editors (your first critic) & Dubbing Mixers.

1715-1745 10) The Law and Ethics

Law on Location:
where can you shoot? When do you need
permission? Who can you shoot? Trespass & Copyright. Music

Ethics: honesty and fairness. Ofcom rules.

1745-1800 Questions and Feedback

£ 145 + VAT