Aerial Film Making (PLA)

Students on this course could be eligible for funding help through Welsh Government's Personal Learning Accounts (PLAs). A PLA allows you to access free training on selected courses, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Check out our PLA page to see if you can apply.

Course Overview

Drones offer an opportunity for filmmakers to produce stunning shots that, up until just a few years ago, was the preserve of large film production companies. Video has become one of the most widely used features of social media. Audiences have quickly become more discerning in differentiating between 'just a drone shot' and stunning aerial cinematography.

This course will provide a framework for drone pilots that want to transition to aerial cinematographers, providing an opportunity to develop video editing skills whether you are new to this world or a seasoned pilot.

If you want to use your drone to be creative then you might find this course will set yourself apart from the crowd, whether you want to make money with your drone or just take your hobby to the next level.

Purchasing a drone is one thing. However, if you maximise the experience, then not only do you need some piloting experience, but you will need to start thinking like a filmmaker. Upon completion of this course be expected to demonstrate a combination of flying skills with an understanding of filmmaking fundamentals.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should own and operate a drone with a video camera

Course Delivery

You will discover how to layer your compositions by adding depth and intrigue to your imagery, while also moving the viewer's eye through the frame. You will learn how to enhance the storytelling, work with light and develop compositional skills.

Part 1 - Filming Considerations

  • Light: Analyse the light to pick the best direction of flight or time of day for flying
  • Framing: Identify unwanted objects in the shot and position accordingly to exclude them from the frame
  • Composition: Determine the most cinematic composition for the subject you are trying to film
  • Location Recce: Identify amazing locations for your drone shoots before you even leave the house
  • Creating Depth: Build your scene by identifying ways of creating depth in your composition
  • Video Motion: Pick the appropriate camera motion that turns a basic shot into a story-telling narrative
  • Storytelling: Employ the story-telling device of creating suspense to engage your audience.

Part 2 - Post Production

  • Creating a Project: Setting up a project using Da Vinci Resolve
  • Importing Media: stills, audio and video
  • Basic Editing: trimming, titles and transitions
  • Using the Inspector Tool: scale, move and rotate clips
  • Exporting Video: Outputting your video for different platforms, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram
Distance Learning
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Detailed course information

Where and when can I study?

Start Date: Tue 10 Jan 2023 | Course Code: ZA439 ETB3 | Cost: £0

Level 1   Tuesday   18:00 - 20:30   6 weeks   Online