- Class Introduction
Meet your instructor and gain an overview of the class in the first lesson. See how the skills and instincts that photographers have can be adapted to video with the right education.
- How Photography Skills Translate to Film & Video
Photographers already have several skills in place for shooting video. Learn where your skills could be applied to the different positions available for crew members, from production to editing.
Some concepts mean the same thing, but have different terms, like using iris instead of aperture, shutter angle instead of shutter speed, and waveform instead of a histogram. Adjust your photo terminology to the filmmaking process.
Master the major concepts that carry over from photography to video, including framing or composition, light, texture, and lenses. Then expand to filmmaking concepts like movement and point-of-view.
- Opportunities Within Video & Film
Dig deeper into the different roles on the film crew and the opportunities that come along with them. Learn how to translate your current skills into a production role.
- Crew Roles
See how the crew works behind the scene and who tackles what in this lesson on the crew roles. Andrew shares how the set will always feel chaotic but usually is actually rather organized -- if everyone is doing their jobs.
- Interview - writer & Producer, Julio Vincent Gambuto
Gain insight into the writing and producing side of filmmaking as Julia Vincent Gambuto joins the class in this interview. Build a better understanding of the process of developing and producing films.
- Phases of Video - Pre Production
Launch into the three main parts of the filmmaking process with pre-production. Learn what's involved in planning, including building the storyboards with a shot list. See the tasks related to the casting director position and what you should have by the end of pre-production.
- Phases of Video - Story Color & Design
Developing a story is integral to the early phases of filmmaking. Go behind the scenes with a real story chart and story beats. See how color palettes are integrated into process from the early stages of the production process.
Production, at the simplest, is just capturing footage and audio. Gain insight into developing leadership during the production process and other essentials to shooting.
- Post Production
From adding music to working with color, the post-production puts the final story together. In this lesson, Andrew walks through the different elements of post-production from editing to CGI and graphics.
- Camera Rigs & Gear
Moving from still photography to video adds camera motion into the mix -- and the gear that creates that movement. Pick up the essentials to camera rigs from dollies to stabilizers.
- Camera Movement
Movement in film carries different emotions and different purposes. In this lesson, Andrew shares nearly a dozen different types of camera movement like panning, tilt, and zoom. Then, see each type of camera motion in the studio.
- Camera Placement: Interview Set Up
Continue building on camera movement with a live demonstration exploring the standard camera angles for interviews or on-screen conversation. See how the different camera angles work together with the traditional methods, then get creative with different perspectives and incorporating camera movement to the shots.
- Communicating Your Vision & Expectations
There's a fine line between offering leadership and intimidating the crew. In this lesson, Andrew shares essentials on how those in leadership roles can put crew members at ease, communicate the vision, and more.
- Production Protocol
Using a set procedure helps keep the crew -- and the project -- on track. Here, Andrew shares tips for communicating while on the set and creating a production protocol.
- What Gear Do I Need to Get Started?
Building the know-how is more important than the gear that you use -- but the camera and accessories that you use can make a difference in your workflow. In this lesson, Andrew discusses the different types of gear and a basic kit to get started, from DSLRs to boom mics.
- Photo Lighting Techniques that Translate to Video
Photographers already have a leg up when it comes to lighting shots for video. In this lesson, Andrew shares how to adjust photography lighting to video, from basics like the angle of the light to crafting a cinematic lighting look.
- Shots You Need for Coverage
Walk through a typical shot list for filmmaking. Pick up tips on what each type of shot does and why it's important to the video.
- Planning Your Shots
Location and other factors will limit the type of shots that you can capture, like when the room doesn't have enough space to position both the cameras and the actors. In this lesson, learn how to plan and troubleshoot your shots.
- Moving into Post Production
The post-production process should both support the story and cover up the inevitable mistakes. But successful post-production starts before the final shooting is shot. Here, Andrew discusses how to set yourself up for post-production success in the early stages of filmmaking.
- Available Tools & Assets
Where do you find the music for your film? Find audio to supplement your project by learning what assets are available. In this lesson, you'll also learn terms like scores, and tips on legally using music.
- Understanding Continuity Basics
Continuity is essential to a good film -- but it comes into play into several ways. The script supervisor, for example, should be looking for continuity as you shoot, such as the clothes the characters are wearing in each scene. Learn how to integrate continuity in several areas of the filmmaking process.
- Editing and Media Considerations
The editing process should be kept in mind even as you shoot. Find what to consider for editing and media, from shooting raw footage in LOG to frame rates.
- Video Examples with Final Post Production
Watch unedited footage move from bland LOG to color corrected footage, then corrected footage with audio. In this lesson, see how different editing techniques play a role in the final project.
- Opportunities to Start Incorporating Film & Video
How do you get video clients when making the move from still photography? In this lesson, Andrew discusses options for finding opportunities in filmmaking, from developing a portfolio and reel to working with current still photography clients for video.
- Lone Wolf vs. Collaborative Approach
In the final lesson, Andrew shares essentials when moving from an independent photographer to someone working on a filmmaking team. Pick up tips on communication, working with a team and more.