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21 May 2012

BBC Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR

Times:     9.30am - 6.00pm

The workshop

The workshop is aimed at arts organisations and artists who want to understand more about the processes involved in making good short factual films for their website. It will focus on the practical aspects of how to get the best from an interview, live performance and vox pops; how to structure a story and ways to put together the material to create an engaging experience for audiences.

Delegates will be encouraged to share their own experiences and work together to build skills and knowledge.


This workshop will be run by BBC Academy trainers Colin Savage and Mark Batey.

We need your help

The workshop will include sessions on filming an interview and filming a live performance. We want to root this filming in the experiences of the arts sector, therefore we are looking for a delegate who is able to talk about the artistic elements of a past or current production.

We would like this delegate to take part in a filmed interview and be able to arrange a short (approximately three minute) rehearsal or performance by two actors, dancers or performers during the workshop. The performance will be filmed and intercut with the interview.  A small budget is available to cover the associated costs and the material can be made available to you at the end of the day for use on your website.

Please advise when booking if you are able to offer this support or would like to discuss it in more detail.

Who is this event suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for those responsible for making short films for a website. The workshop is aimed at those who intend to film themselves rather than work with a camera-person or small crew. Suitable job titles may include: Producer, Head of Marketing or Head of Digital.

Workshop programme

9.30am    Welcome and outline of the day

10.00am  Short film masterclass: looking at some good content and how and why it works

11.00am  Tea/coffee

11.15am  Preparing and structuring a story

12.00pm  Stage 2: Choosing a basic shooting kit

1.00pm    Lunch

2.00pm    Stage 3: Shooting on location

3.30pm   Tea break/introduction to the edit

4.15pm    Stage 4:  Editing the rushes

5.15pm    Round up

5.30pm    Closing drinks

6.00pm    Close

If you are unable to attend

If you cannot attend you will still be able to access audio and video content after the events on the dedicated minisite

You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @ace_national and using #digicaparts

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