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Pathfinder is a pilot project for Autumn  2016 that after 6 years in development launches with the sole aim to better support teacher, educators and learners in one of the most dynamic,  increasingly popular and highly employable creative industries sectors - moving image skills.

It is being made available through invitation only - with the specific intention of bringing together and supporting nationally recognised teaching excellence, resourcing and examination boards in media and film at secondary and tertiary education.


In these resources you will learn about the role of the storyboard artist, the techniques used, and will have a chance to develop your own storyboarding skills in order to be able to effectively display object movement, camera movement, and camera angle for a wide range of different scenes and settings. There has traditionally been a missed placed assumption that storyboarding is a school that requires expert drawing skills. this simply isn't the case. by applying a few basic principles involving pencil strokes, perspective, and standard codes and conventions, students can rapidly adopt some very effective storyboarding techniques that in turn will lead to very informative and practical storyboards.

Understanding the importance, theory and techniques in lighting places and people professionally.  If you want your production to look as good as possible, to ensure that you score really highly whether with the exam board or at the film festival, don't buy an amazing camera or elaborate set designs, use proper lighting. Learn how effective lighting is the single best way to create production value and audience engagement with this learning resource from the experts.  Professional lighting along with clear audible sounds, is the single most important thing you need to understand and apply in order to ensure that your pictures look professional, and not another wedding or cat-on-a-piano video.

Learn how to correctly operate a camera, to compose, move and combine shots professionally

Here you'll explore the behaviour of video cameras and how they manage the recording of light (images), and what technologies and techniques need to be understood in order to manually operate a camera for best effect.

What codes and conventions apply to how we create shots and sequence them? Why must you rarely if ever use camera in auto? What is reciprocity and how when and where do we operate Iris, shutter, and aperture?

You will learn and apply the codes and conventions for narrative storytelling using Non linear editing tools

If you want your production to look as good as possible, to ensure that you score really highly weather with the exam board or at the film festival, don't buy an amazing camera or elaborate set designs, use proper lighting. Learn how effective lighting is the single best way to create production value and audience engagement with this learning resource from the experts.

Professional lighting along with clear audible sounds, is the single most important thing you need to understand and apply in order to ensure that your pictures look professional, and not another YouTube video.

You will learn about the nature of sound, the different methods and techniques for recording correctly.

Seeing visual mistakes is easy, spotting poor sound is more subtle but often creates a subconscious yet significant awareness of inferior production. Properly recorded sound will add hugely to the perceived quality of and engagement with your film.

Excellent films and student projects are often badly marred by poor sound quality, often through the simplest of mistakes of microphone placement, sound levels or choosing (incorrectly) to use the built-in microphone of the video camera (almost always a classic mistake).

Building on INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTING, you will learn more about drama lighting and lenses DIGITAL cinematography refers to the skills and process involved in the creation of moving images - using lenses, lighting and camera technique. It takes basic camera and lighting technique further towards a more technical yet more emotional understanding of the film composition.

This resource builds on and dramatically extends the basic skills of lighting introduced in “introduction to lighting" Together with a much more in-depth understanding of cameras and how to achieve the "film look", this advanced course explores the use of lighting, and camera technique to elicit maximum audience emotion and powerful storytelling.

TV News demands a high degree of clarity, accurate, unbiased and clear information and professional production and presentation.  This resource provides an expert led introduction to the process of video news production.

If you are involved with BBC School Report, Sky Academy or the ITN Apprenticeships, you will find additional links to their terrific resources.The area of video news production and news-gathering is a very large and ever-changing discipline, and like many of the resources in these learning pathways, this particular resource does not seek to provide an exhaustive or indeed even complete coverage of every process and person involved in the production of moving image (video) news, but it does however introduce audiences to key concepts, common modes of address and formats and structures of news imagery that will give new entrants a very solid grounding in this topic.

Once regarded as a consumer tool, Adobe Premiere has developed its features and capabilities to become a power and popular tool for the indie film and documentary maker and features all of the capabilities of any of the professional editing tools.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro - Getting started
  • How to get clips into and out of Premiere and how to create professional edits
  • Exploring color correction, matching shots, audio handling, software camera stabilization and much else
  • How do we perform a range of different types of edit using Adobe Premiere Pro?
  • What  features makes Permiere different from other editors?
  • How can we use graphics, sound, titles and other tools with Premiere?

AVID still remains the most commonly used editing tool in the professional world of film and TV editing for broadcasters and film makers. We take a closer look at this important tool

  • What is editing tool known as Avid media Composer all about?
  • What are the way in which the software and screen is organised?
  • How do we get clips in and out, and manage them?
  • How do we perform a range of different types of edit using Avid?
  • What particular ways makes Avid different from other editing tools?
  • How can we use graphics, sound, titles and other tools with Avid?