Round up and what's next?

This week we have focused on the pre-production phase of filmmaking, addressing many of the skills and processes needed to help you run a successful shoot, as well as touching on some of the key ideas and principles that underpin how we study, research and structure stories.

Hopefully you’ve not only enjoyed and engaged with some of the many planning tips provided by experts from the BBC, but also have started to complement this practical and technical know-how with consideration of other equally important issues - the intellectual, legal and ethical responsibilities that storytelling might imply.

What’s next?

In the next week of the course we continue our journey through the phases of production. You’ve done your research and planning, been and explored your filming locations (or been on a ‘recce’), and prepared as much as you can. It’s time to get out there and film!

We’ll introduce some key ideas about contributors, interviews and duty of care, as well as the fundamental principles of filmmaking technique, including some technical tips and tricks from several talented self-shooting directors. We’ll also consider how the technical choices you make when filming have a range of narrative implications.

No matter what you’re filming with - smartphone, DSLR or 70mm - the basic processes and principles you’ll be introduced to will improve your filmmaking, and hopefully make your story more compelling, more engaging and more effective.

We’ll see you there.

Watch our Q&A

On Thursday 15 October 2015 at 18.30 BST we filmed a live Q&A. You can watch it worldwide online on the BBC Academy website.

The Q&A features 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.

You can watch on a recording of the event here.

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Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web

University of Birmingham