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Durban Community Video Collective and Sjoerd can Grootheest workshop on camera skills, Saturday 14th May 10am‑ 4pm, UKZN Howard College, Memorial Tower Building room MTB B3

For More Information contact : Pamela Ngwenya,

Dear CCS Community Video Maker,

You are cordially invited to attend a group workshop on camera skills
on Saturday 14th May, with the Durban Community Video Collective
(DCVC). This workshop will build on previous DCVC trainings; it is
expected that participants have a basic knowledge of how to operate a
camera. The workshop will allow you to develop your camera operating
ability. We will develop our skills in using shot types, natural
light, audio set‑up, white‑balance and manual focus.

The workshop will be divided in 2 sessions and will involve both
theory and practical exercises. We will argue that audiovisual images
can be understood as a language. Everything you see and hear has
meaning in all types of video and film, and therefore it is important
to understand the meaning of your camerawork. All group exercises
will be recorded and reviewed collectively. We will be handling
handycams as well as a semi‑professional broadcast quality HDV video

Joining us will be Alex Vailati (to be confirmed) from Italy, who has
experience of using participatory video for community development and
research in South Africa. He is currently working on a documentary
film in Durban and is happy to share his skills and experience.

Jochem Smit (to be confirmed) will also join the workshop to assist in
the camera handling exercises. He has a background in film studies and
visual ethnography and is currently working on several commercial film
projects. The workshop will a hands‑on and interactive experience.
Anyone who would like to increase their knowledge on camera handling
and video production should attend this workshop.

The workshop is FERE, buyt please bring your own lunch and note that
there are NO reimbursements for travel expenses.

R.S.V.P. to Noluthando Ndlovu at
Time: 10am‑ 4pm Venue: MTB B3 (below the SDS offices), lower ground level.

If you take the lift from the Zulu department to level LG, the venue
is on your immediate left.

Hope you can make it!

Best wishes,

To establish a video resource centre & skill base at the CCS for the purpose of creating powerful social and educational media tools.

(1) CCS Wired re-edition (DVD and online version)
(2) Initiating CCS contribution to online video message platform -(production of 5 short videos)
(3) CCS video production skills training workshops, 10 days training 10 CCS people in Video production & community video facilitation.


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