Participants from our first edition of F4F Online Essentials, June 2020

"This course made me excited about filmmaking again and you guys managed to make me believe that I can do it. I can't wait to get a camera and start filming!" Mari Korpela (Online Essentials 2020)
ABOUT F4F Online 
For past ten years, we have offered project support and editing advice remotely to those working in distant locations who are unable or unwilling to travel. As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic we cancelled our annual F4F Summer School and designed a practical 'Online Essentials Course' to help those with upcoming research and filmmaking projects. The use of dedicated teaching websites, online tools and downloadable editing software lowers the overall cost of our training and it also limits our participants' contribution to climate change, by taking away the need for international travel and short-term accommodation. This foundational training makes use of equipment that participants will operate in the field or the smartphone technology used in their everyday lives. Our aim is to help develop local hubs of film practitioners that we can support remotely on a one-to-one or group basis in an environmentally sustainable way. 
Online Essentials
This practically-orientated course includes access to a dedicated website with instructional materials, useful links, practice exercises and micro tasks, Zoom-based class discussions and individual tutorials with tutor feedback to practical work via Slack. NEXT COURSE: June 14 - July 5 2021  - It costs £350/€400 for concessions or £450/€525 in paid employment (other currencies accepted). Further reductions can be made for those residing in a country with a low GDP - price on application. Please click the button above to download a booking form and secure your place on the course.
Teaching includes practical and theoretical instruction in camera, sound, editing, ethics and approach for research and documentary filmmaking. Teaching and tutorial sessions are spread across four weeks usually between 14:00 - 16:00 (GMT - UK) each Monday, to accommodate participants from various time zones, with an extended session for tutorials on the final Monday. Our F4F Online Essentials website contains course materials and instructional texts for each of the 10 Learning Units, video explainers, useful links, background reading and viewing information. We use the Zoom platform for class-based interactive discussions. We have designed 12 Micro Tasks, aimed at embedding technical aspects of the course and 4 Practical Filmmaking Exercises, that mimic common fieldwork scenarios, to help consolidate your understanding of the learning units. Participants share the results of this work on Slack, where our tutors offer critique and comment, culminating in a one-to-one tutorial session, to help you apply what you have learnt in your own research and filmmaking. Each participant who has attended the main sessions receives a certificate of attendance and is welcomed as an F4F alumni.
Participants should ensure they have access to the hardware and internet connection required to run Zoom software and access our training website. The Slack extension is optional, as is the amount of web-based learning and individual practice you undertake. Sessions are recorded for those wishing to engage with the course asynchronously. Students do not need to possess a camera, sound and editing facilities - a smartphone will suffice but this is also non-essential if you prefer to learn vicariously. Editing Apps are available for free or paid download, depending on the software. We recommended students find some means of applying the instruction once the course has ended. The course aims to provide the basis by which participants can extend their learning through independent work in their location.
Once participants have completed the booking form and made payment, we send a private link to a preliminary Zoom meeting scheduled two weeks prior to the main teaching. During this meeting we introduce our teachers, give password access to the website and information about the course integration and pedagogy. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their internet connection and practice with the Zoom software.
We offer continued support after the course has ended in terms of guided practice, project assistance and editing workshops, on an individual or group basis and subject to an additional fee - see F4F Project Support

This course is supported by Filmmaking for fieldwork: a practical handbook (2020) written by Andy Lawrence and published by Manchester University Press and available in print and digital at all good booksellers. We recommend that anybody interested in our online courses first consult this (E)book.
Here's how recent participants from all corners of the globe interpreted the first course exercise - to describe in a single frame your online-offline experience during the Covid lockdowns