It was a great day with lots of useful information and hands on experience. After showing us a few examples of their work - both documentary and drama - and explanations of how to work the cameras, radio and boom microphones, tripods etc we were thrown in at the deep end. Split into groups of three we took turns of being interviewed on camera, operating the camera and operating the micrphones. Next the same thing again, but with the interviewee walking around outside! This was a real test of coordination with the microphone operator also guiding the camera operator as they walked backwards filming, looking out for steps, obstacles and other people, just waiting to be tripped over .
The day ended with a brief introduction to editing the footage we shot. A very time intensive activity to get anything approaching a smooth edit! All in all it gave us an indication of just how much work is involved in making even the simplest film.
There are follow up courses and it certainly left me wanting to learn more. I can't wait.