Surely, my friends and I gave each other a high five when we heard about the ŠKODA workshop “I want to be a youtuber” as part of the festival. Artists, graphic designers, special-effect-professionals, cameramen and producers got together and showed us the basics of making videos.
The schedule included literally everything we needed. We started off with the most important thing in the new media world: discovering stories. So, they made me a reporter for one day. Under the direction of a professional I learned how to do interviews and reports on the film camp. It was my first time in front of a camera and I was pretty nervous. But with a little practise and the help of the real reporters I kind of got used to it and in the end I felt like I could present my own show in front of a million people.
The next day my group was introduced to the usage of modern cameras. From low-key smartphones to semi-professional digital reflex cams and finally all the way up to cinematic full-frame equipment, we learned how to use all of them and got to know things like exposure, ISO-ranges, shutter speed, frame rates and depth-of-field. Things were quite techy at this point but we absolutely loved it. I even cut the recorded material on my own using simple free downloadable software as well as the programmes that are used by Hollywood producers. I was both fascinated and not too bad actually. At least, that’s what my teacher said who gave me the chance to even start to animate certain cuts, which led directly to the next part of the workshop.