Aerial Cinematography Course

After completing 6 hours of basic drone training, students can use this unit to have a more comprehensive experience in filming and production, from plotting stories, framing ideas, storyboards, etc., to learning to use drones, cameras with stabilizers and other equipment to shoot , and finally post-edited to make short film works mainly based on aerial footage.

Course Outline

  • Mission

    Let students experience and master the use of drones and professional cameras, and create their own stories in the form of videos.

  • Target Students

    Students in Primary 6 and above who love video creation and are curious about new technologies.

  • Duration

    12-24 hours. Actual hours vary depending on the number of outings and class levels produced by the media.

Content

01/

Production Concept

  • Explore what is production? Examples of industry sharing (aerial photography, film, event shooting)

  • Introduce the objectives and shooting tasks of this course

  • Explain the shooting equipment (types of drones, professional cameras and gimbal functions)

  • Learn why you should co-produce with other shooting equipment

02/

Basic shooting skills

  • Know the basics of shooting (such as Pixels, principles of digital cameras, ISO, shutter, aperture, focal length, etc.)

  • Learn composition techniques (e.g. Rule of Third, Golden Triangle, Golden Ratio, Leading Lines, etc.)

  • Learn about video essentials (picture, sound, atmosphere, effects, etc.)

03/

Drone shooting operation and movement skills

  • Introduce common aerial camera moves and precautions

  • Comprehensive skills to highlight cinematic aerial videography and related picture effects

  • Perform advanced flight training and reality shooting

04/

Professional camera and gimbal control skills (Enriched part)

  • Experience the functions and controls of a professional camera (mirrorless)

  • Understand and try the function, installation and setting method of Gimbal (shooting stabilizer)

  • Equipment list and introduction

05/

Thematic Production

  • Using Aerial Filming as centric theme, drafting the outline of this production shooting

  • Learn how to use storyboards to make indoor and outdoor shooting plans, including story lines, footage, etc.

  • Go to the planned shooting sites for aerial and land shooting

06/

Basic Post Editing

  • Sort the shoot materials according to the storyboard design

  • Learn how to use free video editing tools (Adobe Rush or Davinci Resolve)

  • Edit the clips into the essence, add appropriate music, special effects, color effects and other effects

  • In the editing period, specially teach students how to enhance the sense of cinematography in the picture

Assessment

Written Test (50 MCs)

 

The course will require participants to conduct aerial safety knowledge tests, which are based on the guidelines of the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong.

UAV Flight Control Assessment

In addition to the written test, the course will also conduct a flight test for each student (refer to the content of the British PfCO) to assess the students' safety awareness when flying with the drone, and to be familiar with the necessary operating skills and whether they can respond to emergency situations immediately.

Equipment

Equipment (Rentable/Buyable)

Practice drone:           DJI Tello / Tello EDU
Professional drones:  DJI Mavic pro / 2 pro / Mini
Camera:                       Sony 4K-Filming Camera
Gimbal:                        ZhiYun Crane 2 / Ronin S
Others:                         Tripod, slider

Additional Service

Insurance

Purchase insurance for student outing shooting activities

Behind-the-scenes Filming service

Capturing students' learning moments

Other Information

Teacher-student ratio

1: 5 to 1:10, depending on the class or activity mode

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