Professional training kits that cover every facet of the filmmaking process. Taught by working filmmakers, whose movies and TV shows you see everyday.
Every great movie is made from a great script. It doesn’t matter how big the budget gets, how authentic the actors perform, or how magnificent the visual effects appear, unless the screenplay is engaging, dynamic, and believable. FilmSkills: Screenwriting teaches you the step-by-step process of writing a script from top Hollywood writers. From the very beginning stages of developing a marketable idea, creating dynamic characters, understanding story structure, and finally learning how to market your script, you will learn the tools you need to write a professional Hollywood screenplay.
As a director, your interpretation of the script into what the audience sees is your art, and it’s your job. From working with actors and planning coverage, to building the world and planning the visual story, your decisions will engage the imaginations of the audience, and help you build your career.
FilmSkills: Director's Craft
Cinematographers can drench an entire world in mystery, throw characters into a fury of action, and even show us the elated feelings of first love, all by creating emotion through the camera lens, lighting, and the art of composition. Written for both directors and cinematographers, FilmSkills: Cinematography takes you onto the set and gives you the tools to enhance your story through the power of light, and the camera.
FilmSkills: Production Safety
Filmmakers often suffer from "cinematic immunity" - the false perception of immunity from injury in the controlled environment of the movie set. In reality, movie sets are incredibly dangerous. Potentially hazardous shooting locations, electrical dangers, precarious grip and rigging set-ups, weapons and pyrotechnics, and basic human error can - and have - caused serious injury and death. Unfortunately, in this freelance industry, there is no standardized safety training protocol - until now. The producers of FilmSkills have teamed up with the architects of the California Safety Pass program - a safety course required of all union television and motion picture IATSE workers in California - to make the film industry’s first production safety protocol.
Producers assemble the raw talent, resources, and equipment for the director to build his vision on the set. But the business of filmmaking is like no other – the demands are constantly changing and each scene requires its own unique approach to be successful, requiring skill and agility from everyone involved. In FilmSkills: Producing, you will learn every aspect of the business of film from the studio development process, to running the production, through marketing and distribution. Leading Hollywood filmmakers take you deep inside the process for an unfiltered look at how you can use Hollywood’s time-tested process on your own productions.
Emmy-winning television and film editors take you inside the process and psychology of film editing. Learn how to properly shoot your footage on set to maximize your options in the editing room, when to cut from one shot to the next, how to choose your shot selection, how to work with the editor, and how to create the most emotion in each scene. FilmSkills: Editing takes you step-by step through the editing process itself from developing a workflow and managing your data through the assembly cut, rough cut, fine cut, online process, and color grading. Learn how to conduct test screenings, manage feedback from producers, and deliver a final product that meets both technical demands as well as the director’s vision.
by Jason J. Tomaric
Filmmaking, the definitive resource for filmmakers, blows the doors off the secretive film industry and shows you how to adapt the Hollywood-system for your production. Full of thousands of tips, tricks, and techniques from Emmy-winning Hollywood director, Jason Tomaric, Filmmaking systematically takes you through every step of how to produce a successful movie – from developing a marketable idea through selling your completed movie. Whether you’re on a budget of $500 or $50,000,000, Filmmaking reveals some of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. Make your movie and do it right.
The companion site includes:
• Over 30-minutes of high-quality video tutorials featuring over a dozen working Hollywood professionals
• Industry-standard forms and contracts you can use for your production
• Sample scripts, storyboards, schedules, call sheets, contracts, letters from the producer, camera logs and press kits
• 45-minute video that takes you inside the movie that launched Jason’s career. 3,000 extras, 48 locations, 650 visual effects, and all made from his parent’s basement for $25,000.
About the author
Fourteen-time Emmy, Telly, and CINE award-winning filmmaker Jason J. Tomaric got his start producing an ultra low-budget independent film in Ohio that got picked up for distribution. He is now a Los Angeles-based director and cinematographer who has shot four features, dozens of national television commercials, and numerous documentaries in over 20 countries. He has taught at leading film schools such as UCLA and New York Film Academy and is bringing high-caliber multimedia filmmaking education to the web at FilmSkills.com.
FilmSkills is the leading online training resource for the motion picture and television industries.
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Our objective is to provide a real-world education of the complex world of motion picture production through a series of easy-to-understand, yet comprehensive videos, workbooks and resources. By partnering with industry leaders in the creative and technological fields, we strive to teach real, cutting edge techniques to filmmakers around the globe. We also seek to build an online community of filmmakers to help forge long-term connection between filmmakers from all disciplines.