Mini Course: Filmmaking for Everyone



With the advent of cell phones everyone has access to a camera.  Join and learn how to harness its full potential!

Andrew "Scotty" Scott has offered to teach the basics of Filmmaking in a documentary format, from pre-production to post-production, with hands-on experience on a video editor.

The mini course will consist of 3 sessions (Three hours each). At the end of the second session the students will be assigned homework (producing a 2-minute video). In the last session the videos will be reviewed, and a Q&A will follow.

Target audience

This course is suitable for anyone. Participants will need to download and install DaVinci Resolve.

Click here for the software download and here for the footage for session 2



Andrew Scott
Multimedia Communications Specialist 
OIST Digital Content, Brand and Design Section


The program is as follows. Full details below.

Date Time Topic Lecturer
Wednesday, Dec 6th 14:30-17:30 Pre-production and production Scotty
Friday, Dec 8th 14:30-17:30 Post-Production Scotty
Wednesday, Dec 13th 14:30-17:30 Review of participants' videos' progress and Q&A Scotty

Day 1


  • Scripting – how to take your idea and give it some structure.
  • ​Intro to story structure and the Column Scripting technique
  • Storyboarding  


  • Introduction to cameras
  • Which camera do you use?
  • Picture Resolution and Bit Depth
  • Aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • Shot Composition – Wide, mid and close ups.  
  • Shooting for editors – the 180 rule and “noddy” shots
  • Using a Tripod vs Handheld
  • Basic lighting
  • Multi camera shoots
  • Introduction to sound – how to record good sound, even with a phone
  • Putting it all together - shooting in the real world, shooting in the lab

Day 2

Post-Production [Click here for the software download and here for the footage for session 2]

  • Organizing all your footage
  • Introduction to Editing
  • Assembly with the script
  • Hard cuts and transitions
  • When to put in your cut
  • Picture lock
  • Titles
  • Mixing sound – hard cuts vs fades
  • Hands-on – editing with DaVinci Resolve
  • Homework: 2 minute films

Day 3  

Reviewing 2 minute films  

  • Feedback
  • Q&A


More information

  • Location: Lab 3 B700
  • What to bring: Laptop computer with a copy of DaVinci Resolve installed (strongly recommended)
  • Zoom link: in-person
  • Video Recording: NA

If you are interested in the course but cannot participate to this particular event, let us know and we will contact you for any later occurrence of the course.

Thank you very much for your interest.

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