The Seven Deadly Sins of Self Shooting with Dan Donnelly

A guide to some the worst mistakes novice self-shooters make and how to avoid making them.

Tips to avoid some of the major blunders with exposure, focus, composition, sound, kit handling and more.

Who it's for

Novice self shooters in Factual TV and those beginning to use cameras as part of their job.


Dan Donnelly is a veteran self-shooting director, presenter and trainer. He spent 15 years at the BBC, working as a director, presenter and camera operator in factual formats such as observational documentary, food, consumer and current affairs. While at the BBC he began training staff in self-shooting skills. Now freelance, Dan teaches self-shooting and directing skills as well as working as a camera operator and director.

This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

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