Online Film Course from Lights Film School
WE IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR WORK… A LOT.
We’re glad you found us! Here at Lights Online Film School, we’re building a tight-knit creative community around our custom online courses. Study filmmaking, produce projects, and meet talented friends and collaborators from around the world, all from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re interested in narrative films, documentary films, or music videos, you can expect to benefit from a hands-on curriculum that introduces the craft and guides you through the production of whatever projects you have in mind. It’s a flexible, outcome-based approach that empowers you to work at your own pace.
FREE SAMPLE VIDEO TUTORIAL
Our goal is to teach our students how to achieve professional studio production standards while retaining the creative freedom and artistic bravery that comes with being an indie filmmaker. “Indie” is not an excuse for laziness or poor quality content, and our filmmaking course fights against both, helping to hold the world of independent cinema to a higher standard.
Watch the seven minute sample tutorial to the left to get a sense of what we mean, and what you can expect, from Lights Online Film School.
GETTING STARTED WITH OUR FILMMAKING COURSE
You don’t need any prior knowledge. You don’t need any top-of-the-line filmmaking equipment, and you certainly don’t need to live in Hollywood! All you need is an internet connection, a camera with video capabilities, a computer with video editing software, and a passion to learn. We’ll provide the rest, including access to the following six modules:
Track your progress as you work through our online course at your own pace. Students have one year from the date of enrollment to complete the course, but most finish in 3- 6 months.
Progress tracking lets you see where you are in your learning, making it easy to pick up where you left off next time you login. When you complete the course, we’ll mail you a personalized 8×10 course completion certificate!
You can enroll in our course from anywhere in the world! The Student HUB is the heart of our community, a place for us to connect regardless of geographic location. Here, you’ll be able to personalize your account – add a profile picture, your location, links to your websites, your film-related interests, and more.
As you progress through the course, you’ll make friends with students and teachers from all over the map. Post updates about your film projects, comment on friends’ posts, and send private messages. You’ll also be able to search for members by their geographic location. You might even be able to collaborate with a Lights Film School student living in your area!
LAB CHATS & ONLINE THEATRE
Tune into our Lab Chats, live two-to-three hour lectures led by our teachers. They’re a great way to meet your fellow classmates and dive deeper into the subjects covered in the modules. In total, we offer 20 hours of Lab Chats scheduled at different times each month, so you’ll be able to attend regardless of what timezone you live in.
Our Online Theatre is a venue for screenings of independent films. We screen a film once a month as a group and break it down together, drawing on everything we’ve learned from the course materials so far.
ONE-ON-ONE GRADING CENTER
As you work through the course, you’ll complete a series of assignments, culminating in your very own short film. One of our teachers will review your work and provide critical, in-depth coverage to help you improve and grow your abilities as a filmmaker along the way.
You’ll also have access to other students’ assignments and reviews. Identify peers with whom you might like to work and learn from both their successes and mistakes. Ultimately, the Grading Center is an open forum for constructive feedback and collective learning.
As a Lights Film School student, you’ll have access to a script library, video tutorial library, stock music library, and sound effects library. The cost of these resources alone is more than the course’s enrollment fee. We include them as a part of our commitment to improving the production standards of your indie films.
Our innovative “Mirror Program” provides studio-grade audio and video files for you to download and work with as you practice the concepts covered in your lessons. For example, in the Sound Design module, you’ll use the audio files we provide to create and sweeten a soundscape according to our step-by-step instructions. By working virtually with us side-by-side, you’ll grow in confidence and ability.
Some lessons involve other types of “homework” – you might be asked to study a feature film we’ve handpicked, or break down a screenplay from our screenplay library.