May 26 , 2020

Workshop: How to make the most of user-generated content (UGC) with Paul Myles

  • When: 26th May 2020, 17:00-18:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

UGC can be raw, intimate and candid. Long after the camera crews have gone home, contributors can capture incredible in-the-moment actuality or emotional ups and downs of daily life. However, when badly done, we can end up with an unmanageable amount of footage that is dull, poorly filmed and hard to edit.

In this workshop, we will explore how to work with contributors in a deeper and more deliberate way to give them the skills and confidence to film brilliant and moving footage. Paul will draw on his experiences training people with dementia to record their own experiences using customised phones and teaching mobile journalism to reporter networks across West Africa.


Paul Myles is a documentary producer/director and Head of Editorial at On Our Radar. He directed the award-winning documentary My Stolen Childhood for the BBC and is currently working on a BBC documentary following the lives of people with dementia over 18 months. He has worked with garment workers, the young homeless, people with Cystic Fibrosis and NHS doctors to capture their stories.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund 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 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.