FS7 training for beginners with Dan Donnelly


  • Tues 24 Aug 13:00 - 14:00
  • Wed 25 Aug 13:00 - 14:00

Please only apply if you can attend both days.

This workshop with self-shooting director Dan Donnelly is aimed at beginners who are wanting to gain more knowledge on how to use a Sony FS7 camera.

As there are only a limited number of places on these workshops, tickets will be allocated via a ballot system to give all those interested a fair chance to secure a place.

You may also be interested in Tips for new self shooters and directors in factual.

Who it's for

Shooting researchers, APs and PDs in unscripted TV with either no experience of shooting on FS7 or those who want to brush up on their skills.

What it covers

Part 1 Sony FS7 camera set up and tour: The Sony FS7 camera has consistently been a popular choice within television and the ability to use it is among the most sought-after skills for programme-makers. In this introductory session the tutor will talk you through what the FS7 is and how to get it ready for a broadcast assignment.

Part 2 using the Sony FS7 camera: what are the dos and don’ts, hints and tips? This introductory session looks at basic technicalities when using the Sony FS7 for broadcast. It will cover the main controls of Focus, Exposure, White Balance and Sound, as well tips on how to avoid some of the mistakes that novice users of the camera make. There will also be some time for your Questions and Answers.


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.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.



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