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Screen Skillnet to host ‘Storytelling with your Smartphone’ 2-day course
18 Feb 2020 : News Desk
The course is aimed content producers, social media managers and anyone interested in using MOJO techniques to tell stories.

On this practical 2-day course (March 5th and 6th) mobile journalism trainer Caroline Scott will guide attendees through the process of filming and editing content for broadcast and digital audiences – purely on a smartphone. Attendees are encouraged to think creatively about the storytelling process throughout, getting thrown in the deep end as a mobile storyteller and creating a personal feature package.

ON DAY ONE: Attendees shoot their personal feature – getting practical with the latest apps on the market, practicing shooting pieces to camera, sequences, talking-head interviews, a range of camera angles and creative shots and transitions only achievable with a smartphone. Attendees will also dive into the world of vertical video – perfect for anyone wishing to create content for social audiences.

DAY TWO prioritises on work in the classroom, focusing on editing techniques that’ll grab audiences' attention in 2020. Caroline will cover a range of editing styles for long-form feature pieces and news packages, as well as that all-important social content. Attendees will edit and export content shot the day before in the class, using just the apps available on a smartphone. Day two will also include learning tips, tricks, and shortcuts to maximise engagement and make visuals stand out from the crowd.

Participant Profile:
Participants must come with an intermediate level of videography skills. This is a storytelling course for those with an interest in smartphone shooting and editing apps; predominately Filmic Pro and Luma Fusion, iMovie and/or Kinemaster for those on Android. Although a basic understanding of these apps is recommended, it is not mandatory.

Attendees must bring an iOS or Android device, a charger, and headphones

Tutor Profile:

Caroline Scott is a videographer and social media specialist, helping news organisations and businesses better connect with their audiences using smartphones. Her previous role as Deputy Editor of Journalism.co.uk saw Caroline report on the latest innovations and trends that are changing the digital journalism industry, with a strong focus on the growth of mobile journalism in the newsroom and how journalists are using the technology to better connect with audiences.

Although trained on ’traditional’ cameras and desktop editing software, she prefers to shoot, edit and publish her work from mobile devices, experimenting with a range of formats for viewers on different social platforms – and is a huge advocate for vertical video and raw content. Prior to reporting for Journalism.co.uk, Caroline was based in the South Atlantic where she developed a television station and its news programming for the population of the Falkland Islands. Her work as a videographer includes producing short films, documentaries and educational material for various companies in the UK.

Dates: March 5th & 6th 2020 (10am – 4.30pm each day)
Venue: Dublin TBC
Cost: €200

Application Process: To apply please email your current CV, as well as a short (under 400 word) statement of intent to apply@screenskillnet.ie by 5 pm on Monday 24th February. Please email any queries to the same address.

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