One Day Creative Digital Videography – Saturday 4th February 2012 – DATE CHANGE TO AUTUMN

The Wildlife Film School

Tel: 00 353 86 153 1663



 Creative Digital Videography – telling the story

 Saturday 4th February 2012

 Level: Beginner/intermediate

 With the development of small, hand held digital video cameras and stills cameras able to capture high quality video, the opportunities have never been greater to record movies for family and friends or possibly for financial reward. For anyone wishing to improve their video camera techniques to record family or local events, wildlife, scenery, or movie projects, this workshop will be invaluable.

Tutored by a professional film maker and cinematographer The Creative Digital Videographytelling a story course on Saturday 4th February 2012 is a one day field course designed to excite you about the many opportunities open to the  “have camcorder will travel” enthusiast and to show you how to move beyond “hosepiping wobbly-cam” to shooting video sequences that can be shown to a wider audience of which you can be proud.

Due to the short daylight hours available we will start as early as possible and after a briefing we will spend the rest of the day in the field followed by a critique of  what you have shot and how it might be improved with follow up ideas for self improvement.

The day will be divided into four sessions:

Session One. A briefing on the techniques for successful videography covering how to prepare and handle your video camera. We will discuss shot planning and breakdown, composition, management of depth of field, exposure and white balance.  We will find out about zoom function, camera angles, point of view, and panning, tilting and tracking.  The importance of sound will be introduced. This will last around 1.5 hours.

Session Two. We will go out to a selected location to practice these key elements of camera handling and shooting video. Tutors will be on hand at all times. This will last around 2 hours.

Session Three.  After a short lunch break we will head out into the field again, working as a group we will shoot a prepared 2 minute sequence employing all the key techniques that we have been learning.  This will last around 1.5 hours.

Session Four. When we lose the light we will return to base and review the “rushes” from our shooting day. We will critique the material and make creative suggestions as to how to improve your techniques for your future projects. This will last around 1.5 – 2 hours with plenty of time for questions.

We will be based for the day at the fabulously beautiful Liss Ard House just outside Skibbereen in West Cork and will utilise locations in and around the estate.

The lead tutor on this One Day Creative Digital Videography course will be:

Chris O’Dell BSC

Chris is a photographer and cinematographer, a graduate of the London International Film School. Initially trained as a stills photographer, he travelled widely in the 70s and 80s filming documentaries of every kind, including the world famous “Cosmos” with Carl Sagan, and “The Heart of the Dragon”, the story of China, for Channel 4. Chris was cameraman on two major wildlife series for Channel 4 with naturalists Gerald and Lee Durrell, “Ourselves and other Animals” and “The Amateur Naturalist”. As a qualified diver, he spent a lot of time filming underwater for the BBC and other clients. He ran a successful production company making arts and music programmes for the BBC. Since 1990 Chris has been the director of photography on many very successful TV drama series including Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Sharpe, Hornblower, Inspector Morse, the Morse sequel Lewis, and many single dramas. Chris lives and works in West Cork and photographs the wonderful changing light on the landscape of West Cork for which he employs Nikon, Apple, Photoshop, and Epson equipment. Chris O’Dell was chairman of the 2009 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival.

The supporting tutor on this One Day Creative Digital Videography course will be:

Nic Slocum PhD.

Nic is an experienced naturalist and wildlife guide and is best known for his escorted tours taking enthusiasts out, both in Ireland and overseas, to view, photograph and film whales and dolphins. Nic has maintained a lifelong passion for using photography and film to promote the conservation of our wildlife and wild places and has appeared as an expert commentator on RTE, Channel 4 and ITV.  A zoologist by training, Nic has published articles on conservation related issues in both regional and national newspapers. Nic lives and works in West Cork and is a director of The Wildlife Film School which runs workshops in all aspects of digital photography and wildlife film making.

Schedule of Timings:

8.30am – Coffee and meet up at Liss Ard House

8.45am  – Session One.  Running through the key techniques for successful digital video making. This will be held in the lecture room at Liss Ard by Chris O’Dell.

10.15am – Session Two. Video assignments in the field. We will head out to a previously selected location and practice such key elements of successful video making as  - looking at your surroundings for suitable shots, developing an eye for a shot sequence and looking at subjects in a novel way through the view finder.

12.15am – Return to Liss Ard House for lunch and refreshments.

1.15pm – Session three. Out in the field again where we will act as a group and shoot a 2 minute sequence from a prepared script.  This shoot will include techniques demonstrated in the morning session.

3.45pm – Return to Liss Ard House where we will download the afternoon’s work and project the unedited video.  We will discuss how the material can be edited into a finished sequence, and look at the different edit options, depending on the demands of the narrative.

5.45pm – Finish

Booking Information:

Cost: €135. This INCLUDES expert tuition, lunch and refreshments. Payment is required in full at the time of booking.  If The Wildlife Film School cancels a course for any reason all monies paid are refunded in full. If you have to cancel due to unforseen circumstances we will make a full refund if we can fill your place on the course, if not you get a voucher valid for 6 months to use at the next same value course of interest to you.

Course Dates: Saturday February 4th 2012. [NB. If you are interested in a course which is fully booked please put your name on the waiting list as places occasionally become available and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Workshop numbers are restricted to ensure you get personal attention at all times]

To Book: Contact The Wildlife Film School on:

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Tel: 00 353 86 153 1663

What to bring…

Course participants should bring their own camera equipment but for those who don’t have any there is a limited amount of equipment that you can use for the course. A detailed list of things to bring will be sent out to all registrants prior to the course.

Other courses you might be interested in…

> Digital Video Editing – one day course

> Digital Photography – looking at things differently – one day course

> Digital Photography made simple – weekend course

> Digital Wildlife Photography – one day course

> Digital Wildlife Photography – weekend course

What people say about our courses…

“Well I tell you, I haven’t laughed that much in a long while. A great bunch!”

“…also thanks a mill’ again for sharing with us your wealth of knowledge and genuine passion for digital photography! I’m officially hooked!!! I’ll be recommending these courses to all my friends!”

“Just some words to thank everybody again for the brilliant atmosphere. It was a fantastic week end”

“Thanks everyone for making it a great weekend.”

“…thank you for a great weekend and for sending on the group photo. I learnt a lot over the weekend and I look forward to putting it into practice…”

“…thanks again for a great weekend, I will be doing a workshop in the club on the weekend and let the members know what I covered over the course of the 2 days…”

“…thank you very much for a very enjoyable weekend. Not only for the great photography workshop but for the great craic we had too…”

“…we had a great weekend and it was a pleasure to meet you all. We will be in touch about future courses and will be recommending you…”


The Wildlife Film School

Union Hall

Co. Cork


 Tel: 00 353 86 153 1663




  1. Alyssa says:

    I really wish this was in America:(

  2. Hey Alyssa. Head on over for a long weekend!! Thanks for your comment. Nic

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