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This weekend intensive focuses on perfecting camera coverage and lighting continuity for documentary/factual/corporate shoots. You will learn skills to take control of what you shoot on location to ensure visual continuity as well as emphasising the needs of the editor in post.


This course explores the artistic and technical importance and requirements to shoot a story with a cohesive overall look and style. You will learn about:
  • Technical continuity: Achieving consistent results that provide a cohesive overall look and feel

  • Production value versus location problems and post-production problems

  • Emphasising the needs of the editor.

  • Shooting a 'selfie' Piece-To-Camera (PTC) in any location.

  • Achieving consistent depth of Field, contrast ratios, colour temperature, screen direction.

  • Different kinds of lights available – what to chose.

You will apply your new knowledge in exercises shooting outside and inside (using lights) to practice achieving consistency of contrast ratio and colour temp.


Course participants must have good basic skills at manual camera operation. You should at the very least have completed our Camera and Sound basics or Videomaking 101.
Cameras will be supplied for this course. Participants MAY bring their own camera, however you MUST be very familiar with your own equipment as the course lecturer will not be instructing students on basic camera operation.

A very intensive, physical two day course – so make sure you get plenty of sleep and wear comfortable, enclosed shoes suitable for standing all day.

ABOUT THE LECTURER: PAUL J WARREN Paul J Warren is one of Australia’s most experienced Directors of Photography. His portfolio is extensive and displays a huge variety of formats, styles and content.
Paul’s first feature film The Cup was in Official Selection for the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. His knowledge and ability to cross between the different demands of long form feature films, documentaries and short films is formidable. Paul has worked for many international factual/documentary producers including BBC Natural History, National Geographic, Nova and CBC, ABCTV. His latest feature, Damage is another example of his versatility in working with demanding stories and emerging new technologies.
Paul’s teaching style reflects this broad understanding and innovative creativity.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281


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The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.