Hollywood Film School: Filmmaking & TV Directing Masterclass
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Hollywood Film School: Filmmaking & TV Directing Masterclass

Learn How to Be a Working Hollywood Director, Take Your Filmmaking, Film School & Video Production to the Next Level.
4.4 (1,145 ratings)
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8,120 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2018
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Direct a short film, feature film or any narrative content.
Requirements
  • A love for filmmaking and directing the camera
  • Understand basic filmmaking concepts
Description

Join over 30,000 Students who are learning from our courses.

"By far, the best director and cinematography course on the Internet." - Nate Carroll

Want to learn how great directors create award-winning films? Want to learn how to become a working Hollywood director in Television or Film?

In this online course you'll learn When to Move the Camera in your next film and video production. The key here is that camera movement must be invisible. It should serve the story without calling attention to itself. Next, learn How To Move the Camera most effectively by systematically fulfilling Five Tasks when designing each moving master shot. Finally, learn how a master of visual design like Zemeckis customizes his application of these Five Tasks to the unique demands of each scene.

They DON'T teach you this in Film School!

THIS COURSE IS AMAZING!!! I'm learning SO FREAKIN MUCH from it, and it's totally blowing my mind. Thanks so much to Gil and Alex for putting this course together. I'm a director working on my first horror film, which has a bit of action in it, and this course is totally giving me rocket boots. If you have more courses from Gil, please let me know and TAKE MY MONEY! - Colby R Rice

Excellent content. But you'd better pay attention or you will miss something. This course is packed with loads or useful and well explained stuff. - Mr Mick Farmer

Instructor is clearly in command of craft and engages with questions, simple explanations and familiar examples. Video and audio are excellent. - Bill Halford

Veteran film and television director Gil Bettman will teach you how to enhance drama and heighten action by using different lenses. This is the key to Lensmanship – the technique which Spielberg borrowed from Wells, Kubrick and others to transform the look of today's films.

Once you have grasped Lensmanship you are ready for the final lesson -- How to Shoot Action Sequences. Gil will show you how Kathryn Bigelow, John Woo and others ignite the screen by putting the camera in the right place and using the right lenses. Here's what will be covered in the course.

  • Why you must shoot with a moving camera

  • When to move the camera 

    • Why all camera movement should be invisible

    • The three kinds of camera movement that are always invisible

  • How to move the camera – shoot the best moving master shot

    • The five tasks of a moving master:

      • Establishes geography and believability

      • Eliminates edits

      • Generates eye candy

      • Focuses the audience on the center of the drama

      • Picks up coverage

    • How to customize the five tasks to each scene

      • Examples: dailies from:

        • Movies for TV

        • Low budget features

        • Big budget features directed by Bob Zemeckis

  • Lensmanship 

    • How the look of 3 different lenses is the key to understanding all lenses

    • The three ways that lenses change the look of a shot

      • Perspective

      • Field of Vision

      • Depth of Field

  • Shooting Action 

    • The 3 key components to shooting action

      • Put the camera in the right place

        • Breaking down your shots

      • Put the right lens on the camera

        • How lenses affect motion in the frame

      • Get the right number of pieces

        • How coverage heightens energy

    • How to shoot a chase

    • How to shoot a fight

Very helpful. Adds depth to your understanding and intuitive insights which you surely had if you happened to play with video shooting and editing without doing any learning beforehand. It's enriching. The movie samples are great as the clarify the points. Love it! - Yosi Tsitsu

So what are you waiting for. Jump start your filmmaking career as a film director. 

Who this course is for:
  • Independent Filmmakers
  • Webseries Directors
  • Television Directors
  • Film Students
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to move the camera to better tell the story
  • Cinematographers
  • Film Producers
Course content
Expand all 42 lectures 05:01:19
+ Shooting a Good Moving Master Shot
7 lectures 27:52

Gil breaks down how to shoot a great moving master shot.

Preview 04:29

Understand why Internally Generated Camera Moves Are Invisible

Preview 05:24

Gil discuss how to set up a great moving establishing shot

Moving Establishing Shots
04:25

Gil shows you how infamous director Lars Von Trier breaks the rules

Showing Off by Showing the Camera Movement
05:42

Gil breaks down Quentin Tarantino Great One'er

Preview 04:30
+ Five Tasks of a Good Moving Master
8 lectures 48:54

Gil shows you how to Establish Geography and Show Everything

Task 1: Establish Geography
08:33

Gil breaks downs how Oscar winning director Robert Zemeckis moves the camera in a moving master

Task 1a: Put the Money On the Screen
06:37

Best Moving Shots Stay Focused on the Center of the Drama

Task 2: Focus on the Drama
04:24

At the Moments of Peak Drama the Best Directors Stop Moving the Camera

Task 2a: Drama and Seamlessness Fight Each Other
02:46

At the Moments of Peak Drama the Best Directors Stop Moving the Camera

Task 3: How to Generate Eye Candy
08:35

Save Time & Money. Pick Up Coverage In Your Moving Master Shots

Task 4: How to Pick Up Coverage In Your Moving Master Shots Pt 1
03:57

Save Time & Money. Pick Up Coverage In Your Moving Master Shots

Task 4a: How to Pick Up Coverage In Your Moving Master Shots Pt 2
08:07

Use the Moving Camera to Eliminate Edits Like the Great Directors Do

Task 5: Eliminate Edits = Seamlessness
05:55
+ Mastering the Master Shot
4 lectures 23:53

Gil discusses patterns to look out for in a good moving masters

The Default Pattern of a Good Moving Master Shot
05:37

Customizing the Default Pattern to the Unique Needs of the Scene

When the Default Pattern Works
06:03

Let's Analyze Robert Zemeckis Technique

How to Shoot a One'er
02:06

Gil breaks down a scene from Robert Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath

A Unique Master for a Unique Scene
10:07
+ How to Direct and Shoot Action
7 lectures 32:22

These are the building blocks of a great action sequence

The ABCs of Shooting Great Action Sequences
01:44

As a director understanding lenses is imperative and it's easier than you think

Lenses Made Easy
04:06

The mystery of forced perspective is revealed

Forced Perspective Made Easy
04:39

Depth of Field and Field of Vision Made Easy

Understanding Depth of Field and Field of Vision
05:38

Gil shows you how to amp up your shots by picking the correct lenses for the job

Amp Up Your Static Shots Using Lenses
05:03

How to pick the correct lens for the shot, here's a guide

How to Pick the Best Lens for Each Moving Shot Pt 1
05:11

How to pick the correct lens for the shot, here's a guide

How to Pick the Best Lens for Each Moving Shot Pt 2
06:01
+ Storyboarding for Action Sequences
8 lectures 41:02

We go over how to storyboard an action sequence

Storyboarding Action -- the Key to Success
04:30

Gil breaks down the Climactic Action Sequence of the film Never Too Young to Die

The Climactic Action Sequence of "Never Too Young to Die"
02:29

Storyboard break down of an action sequence from Never to Young to Die

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #1-4
04:34

Storyboard break down of an action sequence from Never to Young to Die

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #5-10
05:27

Storyboard break down of an action sequence from Never to Young to Die

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #11-18
04:50

We discuss Correct Camera Position Lens

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #19-25
05:43

Storyboard break down of an action sequence from Never to Young to Die

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #26-32
03:22

Here is the Final Edited Sequence - Gene Simmons Ambushes John Stamos

Final Edited Sequence - Gene Simmons Ambushes John Stamos
10:07
+ How to Shoot a Chase Scene
4 lectures 18:04

Shoot a Great Foot Chase - Rule 1- No -Tie-In- Shots

Great Action, Low cost - Point Break Foot Chase
04:17

The secret to a good action sequence

Use the Wide Angle Lens to Shoot a Great Chase
05:52

Learn how to compress the image for effect

How To Shoot a Great Chase Using Telephoto-Long Lense
04:24

Add humor takes your foot chase to a whole other level

Use Humor to Make Your Action Sequence Great
03:31
+ How to Breakthrough as a Director
2 lectures 04:16

Just go out and make your film

Final Thoughts of Directing
03:28
BONUS: What DO You Want to Learn Next?
00:48