Course Description

Smartphone Video Training – Online

Octave Digital

Course Content

Learn how to produce great quality video content on your Smartphone with our dedicated training. Delivered by a professional videographer, we can teach you the skills to storyboard, shoot and edit video content via your smart-phone.

Session 1:

Analysis of well made corporate promotional pieces to illustrate best practice in capturing and editing videos. This can include analysing any past videos made by participants and how they can be improved upon.

We will cover a comprehensive, practical how-to on the following elements:
– How to operate a camera in different situations
– Shutter angle and motion
– Composition – the Rule of Thirds
– Choice of location and background
– Sound – best practice in recording clean sound
– Straight recording vs dual audio recording
– Lighting – the three point lighting technique

Each participant / team will write a treatment and film a mock corporate video and apply what was learned in a real world scenario. This will involve participants interviewing each other / themselves or a family member and filming relevant cutaways as per their storyboard / script.

Session 2:

Part 1:
Review of the footage captured during the week and realtime feedback. Listening to feedback on their own work and also the work of other participants will help solidify and bring to life all that was learned in session 1.
Part 2:

Introduction to editing including media management and basic editing techniques in Davinci Resolve.


Each participant to re-shoot elements of their previous efforts as needed based on feedback from the trainer.

Session 3:

Each participant will edit their corporate film in Davinci Resolve and learn advanced editing techniques, including:
– Applying effects, transitions and retiming clips
– Zooming in and repositioning a shot
– Stabilising a shaky shot
– Changing the colour of a shot
– Adding lower thirds
– Adding subtitles
– Where to source copyright free music and how to mix it into your video.
Session 4:
A continuation of editing allowing participants to ask the trainer questions in breakout rooms. This will be followed with a screening including trainer feedback of each corporate video made.
Equipment and Tech Requirements:

Participants will need a:
– Smartphone
– Tripod
– Smartphone holder such as:
– The Filmic Pro app downloaded on their phone (paid)
– Davinci Resolve downloaded on their computer (free)

About the Trainer

Patrick Maxwell is a highly experienced video director, producer specialising in video production training. As an Associate of Octave Digital he manages all in-house video training and has previously delivered video training courses to:

  • Enniskillen Castle
  • RSM Accountancy Ireland
  • The Roads Safety Authority Ireland
  • The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Housing Rights Service NI

Patrick is a filmmaking lecturer at Pulse College and Griffith College and also teaches bespoke courses to businesses through Ireland and the UK. An award- winning film director working between Belfast and Dublin, his short films have screened at numerous major film festivals around the world including Bafta® and Academy Award® qualifiers Palm Springs Shortfest, Raindance, Audi Dublin International Film Festival and London Short Film Festival.


Four Sessions of 2.5 hours
Autumn dates coming soon…

College Name Octave Digital
Course Category Business, Computers & IT (Information Technology), Dance, Music & Theatre Performance, Digital Media, Film + Media, Film Production, Marketing
Course Type Online Learning
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 2
Course Start Date 12th July 2022
Course End Date 2nd August 2022
Course Fee 700
Course Duration Four Sessions of 2.5 hours - Autumn dates coming soon...
Course Times Four Sessions of 2.5 hours Autumn dates coming soon...
Entry Requirements Equipment and Tech Requirements. Participants will need a: - Smartphone - Tripod - Smartphone holder such as: - The Filmic Pro app downloaded on their phone (paid) - Davinci Resolve downloaded on their computer (free)
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