Classes and Courses

Audio Post-Production and Music Composition Course

Audio Post-Production and Music Composition Course
George Lucas famously said that sound is the other 50% of the moviegoing experience.  While bad sound can take the audience out of the moment, good audio will add to the emotion of the scene. In the FilmSkills Audio Post-Production Class, students will learn the entire process from editing dialogue and ADR to creating realistic Foley, how to work with a composer and lic... to continue reading, click Learn More.
10 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Audio Recording On Set Course

Audio Recording On Set Course
Students will learn the step-by step approach to recording high-quality audio on set, from choosing the right microphones to learning how to use a boom mic. Leading audio experts including the head of Apple Audio and inventor of THX Tom Holman, teach the craft that has taken them a lifetime to learn. This class includes demonstrations of the various micriophone types, a dist... to continue reading, click Learn More.
10 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Cinematography - Framing and Composition Course

Cinematography - Framing and Composition Course
Cinematographers can drench the entire world in sadness, leave characters in a haze of confusion and even show us the manic feelings of a first love. Cinematography isn’t just about understanding the techniques of lighting or effectively using the lens, but the art of how to craft the image within the frame.  Designed for both directing and cinematography students, the F... to continue reading, click Learn More.
15 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Cinematography - Camera and Lens Course

Cinematography - Camera and Lens Course
In the FilmSkills Camera and Lens Course, students will learn and experience the functions of the camera and the lens from Oscar and Emmy winning cinematographers.  The lessons in this class include video-based tutorials on the correct functions of the rings of the lens, how they work technically, and how to use them to achieve the desired the artistic look Students wil... to continue reading, click Learn More.
16 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Cinematography - Grip and Rigging Course

Cinematography - Grip and Rigging Course
In the FilmSkills Grip and Rigging Course, students will learn how to use the most commonly-used grip equipment, proper rigging techniques, how and when to use clamps and stands, how to set-up dolly track and use a camera dolly, as well as the roles of the grip department from the time they get a phone call for a job to managing the politics on set. We help you teach cinema... to continue reading, click Learn More.
12 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Cinematography - Lighting Course

Cinematography - Lighting Course
Students go on set with Emmy and Academy-Award-winning cinematographers as they watch working Hollywood professionals demonstrate the art and craft of cinema lighting. Students will learn the attributes of light and how to control them, how to create low budget lighting options, how to work with color, how to use simple techniques for lighting people, how to approach the lighti... to continue reading, click Learn More.
19 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Directing - Casting and Working with Actors Course

Directing - Casting and Working with Actors Course
The role of the director is to get the right performance out of the actors, and in the FilmSkills Finding and Directing Actors Class, we give you the tools to help students get a convincing, emotionally rich performance from even the most difficult or inexperienced actor. Students will learn the language of acting and techniques for communicating with actors, the step-by st... to continue reading, click Learn More.
12 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Directing - The Directors Craft Course

Directing - The Directors Craft Course
Students will learn the cinematic language and techniques for interpreting the story and crafting a visual experience that compliments the actors’ performances. The video-based lessons in this class include how to begin a project, break down the script for story and character, plan the look of the visual story, properly shoot a scene, effectively block actors for both story a... to continue reading, click Learn More.
15 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Documentary Filmmaking Course

Documentary Filmmaking Course
Students will experience the entire process of making a documentary from some of the industry’s most recognized documentarians. This class includes lessons on how to find the story, how to develop the story structure for a film, determine the right gear to choose, and how to prepare for a life shooting in the field. 
  Students will gain advanced techniqu... to continue reading, click Learn More.
12 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Editing Course

Editing Course
In the FilmSkills Editing Class, Emmy-winning television and film editors take students inside the process and psychology of film editing. They will learn how to properly shoot  footage on set to maximize options in the editing room, when to cut from one shot to the next, how to choose the right shots, how to work with the editor, and how to create the most emotion in each... to continue reading, click Learn More.
16 Lessons 1 week Learn More

High School Trial Course

High School Trial Course
Engage your students’ imaginations like never before with in-depth video-based tutorials taught by Oscar and Emmy winning filmmakers. Enhanced with a wealth of projects, illustrated tutorials, and thousands of test question, FilmSkills Academic brings the power of Hollywood to your classroom.
100 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Location Management Course

Location Management Course
Shooting on location adds vibrancy to the world of your story – whether you’re shooting at the Eiffel Tower or a dark back alley, the real life always tends to look more…real. But this realism comes at the price.  The cost of transporting the cast and crew, working with the public, handling permits, working with local government, dealing with annoyed neighbors, and f... to continue reading, click Learn More.
7 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Marketing and Distribution Course

Marketing and Distribution Course
Your students will go behind closed doors to learn how the sales end of the industry works.  Our video crews havd thoroughly documented the experience at the American Film Market and the Sundance Film Festival so students can experience the behind-thescenes deal making and marketing efforts of indie and studio films. Students will learn from the VP of Distribution of Lu... to continue reading, click Learn More.
12 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Producing Course

Producing Course
In the FilmSkills Producing Class, students learn how to start and run a production company, manage payroll and production expenses, negotiate with vendors, work with unions, and hire the cast and crew, including, SAG-AFTRA actors. The contributors to the video-based lessons are Hollywood producers whose credits include top blockbusters, critically acclaimed productions, as ... to continue reading, click Learn More.
11 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Production Design Course

Production Design Course
Students will experience the production designer's process of shaping a convincing world around the characters - from the basics of how to build a flat, advanced set design and construction techniques, set dressing, and how to build a visceral, expansive world that pulls the audience into the world of the characters. Students will learn the skills to break down a script and... to continue reading, click Learn More.
9 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Safety Training Program Course

Safety Training Program Course
The FilmSkills Safety Training Class seeks to train students on current safety standards to reduce the risk of accidents, injury, or death on set. The FilmSkills Safety Training Class adapts the Industry standard California OSHA and Contract Services Safety Pass program for student, independent, non-union, and union crew persons. This program is modeled after the very same ... to continue reading, click Learn More.
14 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Scheduling and Budgeting Course

Scheduling and Budgeting Course
A director may have a sweeping vision for how to tell the story, but producing that vision into a tangible product comes with a price tag. That price tag could be in the 100 millions, and knowing how to come up with that number is paramount to creating a profitable movie.   Understanding how to break down the script, creating a schedule for the overall production as we... to continue reading, click Learn More.
9 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Screenwriting Course

Screenwriting Course
The FilmSkills Screenwriting Class is complete and comprehensive, with lessons that take students through the entire screenwriting process. The lessons in this class focus on three key areas: Section 1 - Story Structure - This series of lessons focuses on how scripts are structured and include tutorials on the three act structure, A-story, subplots, and pacing.
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16 Lessons 1 week Learn More

Screenwriting - Using Final Draft Course

Screenwriting - Using Final Draft Course
In this class supplement, students will learn how to use Final Draft screenwriting software directly from Final Draft's own Zack Gutin. This series also features screenwriter of "Now You See Me," Edward Ricourt, "Breaking Bad" script supervisor Jenn Carroll, and script supervisor of "Mad Men," Sue Swindle. In addition to the lessons, this class also contains a number of o... to continue reading, click Learn More.
6 Lessons 12 weeks Learn More

Working in the Film Industry Course

Working in the Film Industry Course
Students will learn how to break into the film industry with this incredible class that supplements virtually any curriculum. Over 100 A-list Hollywood filmmakers weigh in on challenges facing aspiring filmmakers, and how to overcome them to succeed in the industry. Whether your students want to break into Hollywood or simply work in your local market, this class will give y... to continue reading, click Learn More.
12 Lessons 1 week Learn More
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