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Understand the strength of video in telling powerful human stories
You’ll gain an insight into the strengths and weaknesses of video as a medium of communication, where and how to use it to powerful effect, and how to tie it in with your charity’s overall message and ethos.
As part of the course, you’ll also have access to a well-researched collection of videos made by small charities, inspirational examples of the type of visual storytelling you could be able to achieve.
Learn the production skills you need to communicate your work and impact
You’ll get to grips with creative thinking and visual storytelling, and work through the editorial decisions that can make your video stand out and deliver its message effectively.
You’ll also master how to make a low-budget production using the technology you have readily available such as smartphones. You’ll develop practical skills to plan and structure a low-budget video production, shoot video in several different visual styles, and tackle a basic edit.
Gain in-depth insight into video production from experts at The Open University
You’ll be guided throughout by Tot Foster, who has just completed research to develop training and support in video production for small charities that takes into account their specific circumstances, together with Senior Lecturer in Design, Dr Theodore Zamenopoulos.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1. Understanding the medium.
The strengths of video – powerful human stories
Potential online and offline uses of video for small charities
Week 2. Planning a production
Editorial decision making
The production team and resources
Week 3. Practical production skills
Realising a range of visual styles using your phone
Week 4. Making your video count
Editing and distribution
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explore the strengths and weaknesses of video as a medium of communication, where and how to use it to powerful effect
- Investigate how to plan and structure a low budget production with available team skills and resources
- Develop a range of practical skills in low budget production using readily available technology
- Apply creative thinking and visual storytelling skills