BBC Digital Skills Training Day (as part of Digital Cities Belfast)

Wednesday November 14

Belfast | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom

BBC Digital Skills Training Day   Training Workshop Overview BBC Digital Skills Day is a day of free training from the BBC Academy with a focus on developing short-form and digital content skills. Sessions are useful anyone working in digital media, but in particular, will help those who wish to create and pitch ideas to the BBC and other digital providers.   Following registration from 8:30am, the training day will begin at 9:15am with a panel discussion exploring short form and digital commissioning opportunities with the BBC. Panelists confirmed are:   Justin Binding, Commissioning Executive at BBC NI, Cordelia Hebblethwaite, Commissioning Executive at BBC Ideas, Emma Dunseith, Executive Editor (Arts, Music & Learning) at BBC NI, and Fiona Blair, Executive Producer for BBC Three.   Following the commissioning panel, you will be able to attend the following BBC Academy workshops. Please pick the workshops of choice at registration - they will be offered on a first come first served basis. If you select both a morning and afternoon ticket you will be able to attend most of the main workshops - they are duplicated.  One or two sessions have limited capacity, so please arrive early. Please email if you have a specific preference in advance for those run by Natalie Hancock (capacity is only 15).   BBC Academy workshops (detailed schedule image below):   Big Impact on Big Platforms:  How can you make YouTube and Facebook work for you, and make a Big Impact with your online content. (Morning and Afternoon sessions available) Make APPsolutely Amazing Content: Get hands-on with apps that can enhance your content with animated text and graphics for a professional finish. (Morning and Afternoon sessions available) Idea to Delivery: Storytelling for Digital Video: Using a BBC short form commissioning tender as a case study, this workshop session will examine the process of creating a pitch from idea to delivery. The session will explore the do’s and don’ts of story-arcs, how to keep the audience (and the commissioner) interested, trimming the fat and a pitching exercise. There is also a shortened version of this in the afternoon.  The Perfect Pitch: Using theme, hook and story to sell your ideas  (Morning session only) Storytelling Tricks for Short Form: From Aesop to Harry Potter, we've been hooked on story for centuries. What tricks can you steal from myths, fables and fairy tales to bring some storytelling magic to your short form content? (Afternoon session only) Filming on your Smartphone:What’s the illusion of depth? What’s the rule of thirds? Why do selfies always look bad? Learn basic principles of how to use your smartphone to create broadcast quality sound and video. (Morning and Afternoon sessions available) Writers Room Session:What makes a good short-form comedy and how to get people to watch it. (Afternoon session only) Plus there will be an opportunity to informally pitch your suggestions to BBC Ideas at the end of the training day. One to one slots can be booked at Registration.    The BBC Academy Digital Skills Day is for both experienced professionals wanting to brush up on their digital skills and new entrants to digital production.   Ticket Information   Registration will be from 8.30am in The MAC reception, the first session starts promptly at 9.15am.   If you have any access needs please email You need to be over 18 to attend this event. 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