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Camera & Sound Basics

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

Ideally suited to those who have limited camera and sound recording experience, this course will introduce participants to techniques and practical skills that will enable them to produce high quality images and sound for documentary and drama - with an eye to great storytelling, the goal of all good filmmaking.

Led by experienced cinematographer Paul Warren (The Cup, Wrath), the workshop will cover how to ensure optimum picture and sound quality, scene coverage and how to tell a story with a compelling series of shots that make up scenes, and the laying out of those scenes as the pathway for the story.

The course will be made up of short screenings, discussions, demonstrations and most particularly - hands on shooting exercises for the participants. It will cover the practical considerations of the ‘freestyle’ filmmaking of one or two person crews, a distinctly different form of film making when compared to larger production teams and projects.

Cameras will be supplied by AFTRS. By the end of the course, participants will have learnt:

  • Shooting Style
  • Coverage
  • Shooting with sound
  • Editing while you shoot
  • Camera menus
  • Lighting a scene

Feedback from previous students:
"Paul Warren and Steve are absolute artists. They put everything in perspective, made us feel all was possible and were extremely inspiring."

"Just fantastic. Such immense knowledge shared so freely."

"Paul and Steve were great. Very knowledgeable and helpful. The equipment was great, I'm so glad I got to try out so many things."

"What a great course. Thank you. Can't believe how much we learnt. Paul is a great instructor." 


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