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Aims and Objectives

> To provide and encourage quality and affordable training in radio skills.

> To promote skills sharing across the independent production sector

> To encourage new entrants to the independent production sector.

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote dIversity in programme making, and production.

> To be accessible to indie staff, freelance, and BBC and commercial radio staff.

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Two half-day courses on the same day - book for either or book for both!

(1) Smartphone Recording for digital video (0930 – 1300)

Ever wanted to learn about filming broadcast quality digital video from your smartphone, learning the basics of framing your shots, along with recording good sound quality with simple mics?

Want to know the basics of streaming a live event from your phone?

This course is an essential introduction for audio producers who want to make the most of their content on digital platforms. Including: 

Including:
·         Recording basics
·         Digital video: key editorial tips
·         Lighting and framing subjects
·         Taking good images for use on the web
·         Recording simple video
·         Broadcasting from your smartphone
·         Facebook live and other streaming services. 

NOTE: This is not a digital editing course

(2) Visualising Audio (1400 - 1730)

This half-day course will show you how to make the most of your audio in a digital world. A few simple techniques will enable you to increase the potential of your radio programme to reach a much wider audience on digital platforms. 

We’ll look at what is going to work for you and your content, including:
·         simple tips for making the most of what you already have
·         choosing images to illustrate your audio: what to do and what to avoid
·         writing engaging posts
·         quote cards, gifs and memes
·         using stills to make ‘audio videos’ 

NOTE: This is not a digital editing course

Booking details for both:

Venue: The Orr Room, The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, , One Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL
Date: 27th June 2017
Time: 0930 – 1300, 1st course; 1400 - 1730, 2nd course
Cost: £75 plus VAT for a half day (total £90)
£130 plus VAT for the full day (total £156).  BOOK NOW at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain

Trainers:

Rosie Bartlett and Kate Hoyland, of Quattrain
Experienced trainers currently working with the BBC and other media companies.


 

Delivering a radio programme is no longer enough – if you want it to be picked up on social media, radio producers are increasingly being asked to supply video.video course action

This hands-on course will introduce you to basic video techniques and cover the fundamentals of TV - from making short one-take videos on a smartphone and appearing on camera - to filming interviews with professional equipment and producing slideshows. 

Led by Richard Hollingham from Boffin Media, a radio producer with extensive TV experience, and with specialist input from a video editor, this practical course will include:

  • The differences between radio and video with examples
  • Fundamentals of video, including framing shots, lighting, sound, appearance, editorial considerations and what works in the edit (unfortunately, we will not be able to cover how to edit)
  • The opportunity to use professional TV equipment, a GoPro camera and iPhone apps/tripods and gimbal

Venue: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL

Date: 24th May 2017

Time: 09.30-17.00

Cost: £130 + VAT (£156 gross)

Max number of spaces: 12 (now on waiting list).  Book your place at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain.

- fully booked, waiting list enabled


 

(this is the original listing, archived for reference only)

Radio and other audio platforms offer a huge opportunity for new drama writers to pursue unusual and ambitious projects with a realistic prospect that they will be produced. This one-day course focuses on the special demands of writing for radio, exploring the best ways to turn those voices in your head into intriguing and suspenseful dramas.

  • What kinds of stories work best for the ear?
  • How does a writer grab the audience’s attention from the very beginning of a story?
  • What are the best ways to to create distinctive characters and sustain suspense?

We also cover how to structure and present radio drama scripts, and how to go about pitching stories to commissioners and producers, both in the indie sector and at the BBC and Audible.

The course is led by writer Hugh Costello, and includes a session with Boz Temple-Morris of Holy Mountain Productions.  Hugh is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter who has written more than two dozen audio dramas, and has worked with indies such as Big Fish and Whistledown Productions.  Boz is a leading audio producer/director and recent winner of Best Drama Producer at the Audio Production Awards .

When: Friday 24 February 2017
Where: The Artworks, Elephant Rd, London SE17 1AY 
Time: 9.30am-5.30pm
Cost: £130 + Vat - book your place at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain just 3 places left (Thurs 9 am)


A one-day course to get you started with some of the key techniques of radio documentary making. We’ll cover editorial essentials such as spotting an idea, building a narrative structure, finding the right contributors, using sound creatively to grab the ear, creating a big opening, avoiding the pitfalls. There’ll also be tips on pitching ideas. You’ll hear lots of inspiring audio, analyse the techniques used, and explore the form.  

Course tutors: Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest of Whistledown.

Where: Central London. Venue tba
When: Friday 4th November 09.30-17.00
Cost: £130 + VAT
Places: 18

Book your place at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain - currently fully booked, but you can add your name to the waiting list on that page


 

A one-day course to get you started with some of the key techniques of radio documentary making. We’ll cover editorial essentials such as spotting an idea, building a narrative structure, finding the right contributors, using sound creatively to grab the ear, creating a big opening, avoiding the pitfalls. There’ll also be tips and sessions on pitching ideas. You’ll hear lots of inspiring audio, analyse the techniques used, and explore the form.  

Course tutors: Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest of Whistledown.

Where: Central London - ARTWORKS ELEPHANT, Elephant Road, London, SE17 1AY. When: Friday 31st March 2017

Time: 09.30-17.00
Cost: £130 + VAT
Places: 18