Filmmaking for Creative Practitioners, Starts 21 July


Tuesday 21, 28 July & 4 August
10:30am – 12 noon

Tutors: Nick and Mike – Piece of String Media


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Filmmaking for creative practitioners, artists and makers

Are you a creative practitioner, artist or maker based in Shropshire?
Do you want to make your own film content for the web or social media?

For example: workshop demonstrations, self-promotion, auditions, instruction videos etc.

Qube is offering a new 3 week ZOOM workshop programme for creative practitioners, artists and makers based in Shropshire.

Join our series of 3 online workshops to learn how to get the best from your phone, tablet or camera, and create an engaging short film about your work.

You will learn how to create high-quality content, making the best use of the kit you have at home. It is also a great opportunity to learn how to create content that you feel reflects the professional quality of your work and creative practice.

As part of the programme you will also receive one-to-one support and your final film will be showcased on the Qube website.


21st July* – Shaping ideas to suit your audience
28th July* – Capturing the best pictures and sound
4th August* – Editing for impact

*Group Workshop sessions via Zoom (10:30-12:00)

Max 10 participants

Fee: £35.00

Please note:

  • You will need a smart phone, tablet or digital camera to take part in this workshop programme.
  • Due to funding requirements only people living or working in Shropshire are eligible to take part.

Tutors: Nick (she/her) and Mike (he/him) are award-winning filmmakers. Their work has screened at international festivals and been broadcast on TV.

They’ve delivered diverse commissions for local and national charities, museums, and arts, community, and heritage organisations, to help raise awareness and promote inspiring projects. They deliver workshops and projects on every aspect of the filmmaking process, from introductory to advanced, and offer bespoke training and support to individuals and organisations.


Over the course programme you will take part in three 90 minute group workshops via ZOOM, as well as having access to additional remote one-to-one support with the course tutors (either as a one 1 hour session or two 30 minute sessions – available on Thursdays & Fridays (Times TBC). This time would include any substantial additional research the course tutors may have to do to support your work).

All participants will be expected to develop, make and supply a short video piece after the workshop which will be hosted on the Qube website. 

Group Sessions:

  1. (21st July*) – Shaping ideas to suit your audience

We’ll consider who you’re trying to engage, what you want them to experience, and what you want them to do next. From promoting your artwork to making a video for an online workshop or taking your audience on a virtual tour, we’ll think about how you can develop and shape your ideas to plan great content. We’ll look at what the ‘story’ is, how you might ‘tell’ it to your audience(s) in an engaging way, and what media / social media you could use. We’ll consider what images and sound you’ll need to plan to capture to tell the story.

We’ll look at the kind of kit people have — smart phones, tablets, digital cameras — and outline the filmmaking process using these, including low-cost microphones and apps to help make the most of your devices.

  1. (28th July*) – Capturing the best pictures and sound

We’ll think about how you might use images to communicate with your audience. We’ll look at composition, using simple available lighting, and the impact of different angles and types of shot. We’ll think about visual storytelling, and how to create an engaging experience by planning and capturing appropriate shots and angles ready for the edit.

Capturing the best quality sound with a smart phone or tablet, and how you might use sound with images to engage your audience. Sound is a powerful tool, but poor quality sound is very frustrating. We’ll look at ways to improve the sound you’re able to capture in different situations and locations, and the benefits and limitations of low-cost microphones. We’ll think about how sound can be used creatively, including sync sound, voiceover, wild track, and music (touching on copyright), and what you’ll need to plan and capture for your edit.

  1. (4th August*) – Editing for impact

We’ll look at the principles and practicalities of editing: how to make the most of your visuals and/or audio, and how to put them together to tell the ‘story’, or create the experience, that you planned for your audience. We’ll talk about testing your work with your audience. And we’ll look at what files you need to create to put your finished work on different online platforms.

After booking please email by 14th July 2020 with your answers to the following 7 questions.

Please note due to funding requirements only people living or working in Shropshire are eligible to take part in this workshop.

Please note: You will need a smart phone, tablet or digital camera to take part in this workshop

Filmmaking for creative practitioners, artists and makers – Booking Questions

Please answer the following questions when booking this workshop.  

  1. Briefly describe the work you do / your practice.
  2. What kind of film do you think you might like to make?
  3. Kit – What equipment do you currently have?
  • Smart phone (make and model)
  • Tablet (make and model)
  • Digital camera (make and model)
  • Microphone (make and model)
  • Earphones with attached microphone
  • Headphones
  • Tripod
  • Editing application (name and version)

Please note: You will need a minimum of a smart phone, tablet or digital camera to take part in this workshop

  1. Your experience – Please tell us about your filmmaking experience so far.
  2. What are you hoping to learn from the course?
  3. Accessibility – We want to make this training as accessible as we can. Is there anything we need to know to help with this?
  4. It would be really useful if our workshop tutors can have a chat with you before the first session. Please let us know the best way to get in touch.

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