Where Filmmakers Learn: The Best in Tutorials, Tools, and Classes

Got a great idea for a video project but want a filmmaking primer first? We’ve gathered thirteen of the best film resources to get you started. Whether you’re a seasoned cinematographer searching for new techniques or you’ve only just picked up a camera for the first time, these online tutorials, blogs, and tools will get your creativity in gear—and help you make the most of our Unlimited Library.   Classes and Tutorials from the Pros Lynda Lynda is a one-stop-shop for design and technology classes, all suited to a variety of … Read more about Where Filmmakers Learn: The Best in Tutorials, Tools, and Classes

YouTube Film School: Lighting 101

There are many factors separating amateur films from professional productions, but few are as significant as effective lighting. The way you choose to illuminate your project will leave an immediate and lasting impression on your audience and could become your primary means of capturing their attention. Just think about films you’ve seen over the years where poor lighting is a sign of poor quality. For films that are amateurish or cheaply made, even the most polished script can’t save a washed-out or dimly lit frame. As such, it’s … Read more about YouTube Film School: Lighting 101

YouTube Film School: Getting Started in Video

It’s easy to dream about becoming a filmmaker, but traditional film school can be exorbitantly expensive. Luckily, we live in a time when the technology for creating cinema is rapidly democratizing. Pre-production software like Celtx can be downloaded for free and used to organize your screenplay, storyboards, and shot-list. It’s likely that the camera on your cell phone is powerful enough to shoot a feature-length film (see: Tangerine or Night Fishing). And if not, DSLR cameras are cheaper than ever. Even editing and visual effects programs … Read more about YouTube Film School: Getting Started in Video

The Five Great Myths of Film School

When you’re in the position of choosing a career path, film school is an appealing choice. The allure of a vocation filled with excitement and creativity is no doubt tempting. But while film school can unlock tremendous opportunity, it’s designed to accompany—not replace—some necessary skill sets earned outside of the classroom. As you weigh your options, it’s important to recognize the myths versus the realities of film school if you plan to get the most out of your education. We’ve collected five of the top myths of film school that every … Read more about The Five Great Myths of Film School

Top 5 Universities for Film School and Video Editing

Back to school time is here! We've decided to run a short series on some of the colleges and universities with the best reputations in media education. Over the next week or so we'll break down some of the options by major, state vs. private school, area of focus and more. These short and unbiased top 5 lists should help you, or your kids, find a starting point when researching higher education. The old saying is to go big or go home, so today we're going to feature the top 5 universities and colleges with excellent reputations in film studies … Read more about Top 5 Universities for Film School and Video Editing