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Welcome to Low-Budget Video Production: Visual Communication for Small Charities. Small charities often have little time and money to invest in video, so this course has been tailored to their specific circumstance.

This simple introductory video was made at home, in lockdown, as have all the materials for this course. The resources used were minimal and to hand: a printer, coloured card, scissors and a phone and laptop. Tot Foster has developed her low-budget production techniques over the years, and this course stems from that experience, as well as from the course leaders’ own teaching and learning.

This course aims to support you to develop video production skills that you can use for the benefit of your organisation. You might be a member of staff looking to produce videos yourself, or to manage their production. Perhaps you are a volunteer – research shows that many low-budget charity videos are made by volunteers. Or maybe you’re someone developing your skills to seek work in the sector. If so, this course will help you get going with production.

The skills you can build on this course are also relevant for anyone who wants to begin producing their own video, or indeed manage a video project for very little time, resource and a minimal knowledge base.

Meet the team

A head and shoulders portrait of Theodore Zamenopoulosv (left). A head and shoulders portrait of Tot Foster (right). Theodore Zamenopoulos and Tot Foster

This course was created by Theodore Zamenopoulos (academic coordinator) and Tot Foster (author). They both have extensive experience and knowledge of video production for the charity and commercial sector.

Production notes: This video was made with a phone, mini tripod, voice recorder, printer, coloured card and free internet downloads. Editing level: Difficult.

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