Video Storytelling Essentials

In the smartphone and YouTube era, making and sharing videos is more accessible than ever. In this course, you will master the basics of video production so you can effectively support video-making in your classroom.

course duration icon 15 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
Master the basics of video production   Learn how movement, lighting, and sound impact video storytelling
Learn the basic skills you need to create a high quality video production.   Learn how to combine movement, lighting and sound to make a compelling video.
Learn how to conduct video interviews   Create your own one-minute film
Explore how to shoot interviews that inform and engage the viewer.   Conceive, plan, shoot and edit your own short video production.
  • Shoot It! Recording Video Part 1
    • Camera Basics
    • Camera Shots
    • Practice: One Shot at a Time
    • Composition in Video
    • Make & Share: Shoot it! Part 1
  • Shoot It! Recording Video Part 2
    • Camera Movement
    • Practice: Moving the Shot
    • Lighting
    • Practice: Let There Be Light
    • Audio
    • Make & Share: Shoot It! Part 2
  • Finding Your Inner Oprah! Conducting Interviews
    • Preparing for Interviews
    • Conducting the Interview
    • Practice: Crafting your interview questions
    • Filming Interviews
    • Interview Light and Audio
    • Practice: Tell Me About Yourself
    • B-roll
    • Practice: B-roll in your interview
    • Make & Share: Finding Your Inner Oprah!
  • We'll Fix It In Post! Editing Video
    • Video Editing & Transitions
    • Practice: Sequencing
    • Still images and the Ken Burns effect
    • Practice: Being Ken Burns
    • Music & SFXs
    • Practice: Adding Sound
    • Titles and Text
    • Practice: The Credit Roll
    • Make & Share: We'll Fix It In Post!
  • It's a Wrap! From Script to Screen
    • One Minute Films
    • Developing Your Story
    • Practice: Writing a Story Spine
    • The Shooting Script
    • Make & Share: It's a Wrap!
Micro-credential Connection

This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Making Media for Classroom Use: Audio and Video
micro-credential. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.  

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills, and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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