How do I make a film for use in my teaching?

So you have an idea, process or concept that you want to get across to your students but it isn’t physically possible to demonstrate it in the classroom and just talking to them about it doesn’t do it justice.

Why don’t you make a film?

Filmmaking technology is now more accessible than ever and you don’t necessarily need a lot of technical expertise to get usable results. You could:

Use a smartphone or tablet to shoot, edit and publish.
Both Apple and Android have phones and tablets with excellent cameras and the ability to edit and publish videos. There’s a lot of good information online about using mobile devices for filming/editing/publishing but it’s definitely worth popping in to talk to the LIU before you spend a lot of money on accessories – it may not be necessary for what you want to do and there may be other ways.
Use a smartphone or tablet to shoot but then edit on a PC or Mac using editing software such as iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere or FCP X, amongst many others.
This gives you more options to add polish to the finished film but there will be a steeper learning curve. There are good tutorials on lynda.com, available through the library, on how to use iMovie, Premiere Pro and FCP X. Most software is available free through ITS.
Use one of the cameras available in the FET Project Room and edit on a PC or Mac.
HD Camcorders that record to SD cards are bookable through the FET Project Room and are very easy to use.

Alternately, for more ambitious projects, or where you would just like to focus on content and leave the technical side to someone else, the LIU offers a professional filmmaking service where you will be guided and supported throughout the entire process.

For more information, or for guidance on any of the above, contact Steve Brown in the LIU:

Room: 3Q48a
Ext : 83008
E-mail : Steve.Brown@uwe.ac.uk

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