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Round up and what's next?

We’ve covered a lot of ground this week, both practical and intellectual, including the introduction of lots of technical information from our BBC experts. Hopefully, you will have learned some of the basics of directing from how to shoot for the edit to how to select and approach an interview to encourage memorable moments and unexpected responses from your interviewees.

You’ve been introduced to fundamental filmmaking techniques and what we might think of as ‘best practice’. However, it’s also important to remember that these technical decisions don’t happen in a vacuum - each choice, whether it’s about shot size, camera angle, lighting set-up, or something else, has potential narrative effects. These decisions are not just about how you film, but also about how you want to tell your story.

What’s next?

You’ve been on location, directed your shoot and you’ve got all your footage ‘in the can’. Now it’s time to take all of the building blocks for your film into the edit and to start really constructing your story.

Next week, we’ll be looking at some of the theory behind editing and at how post-production is a combination of graft and craft.

Experts from the BBC Academy will offer advice on how to take your film from a rough cut to a polished production. We’ll also start to think about publication and distribution because making a film is one thing, getting people to actually watch it is something else entirely!

Watch our live Q&A

We will be taking part in a live question and answer session on Thursday 15 October at 18.30 BST. The event will come live from the BBC in Birmingham and will be available to watch worldwide online on the BBC Academy website.

It will feature a panel of storytelling and filmmaking experts from across the industry including your course leaders Richard and Michele, BBC Academy trainer Deirdre Mulcahy and digital producer and the Director of Yes Digital Ltd, Patrick Flavelle.

If you missed the live event you can catch up on a recording of the event here.

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