Complete Filmmaker Guide: Become an Incredible Video Creator
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Get 7 Years of Filmmaking Experience - Everything from Pre-Production to Editing - in 5 Hours
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4.4 (404 ratings)
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2,712 students enrolled
Created by Julian Melanson
Last updated 6/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Complete mastery over lenses, lighting, sound recording, cinematography, and editing!
  • Create your own incredible videos from scratch with a brand new understanding of filmmaking!
  • Understand timeless video principles that will stay with you in all projects, forever!
  • Gain a film school level understanding of conceptualizing, shooting, and editing a project!
  • Take an idea and fully translate it into your own unique style of video!
  • Expand your creativity though understanding essential filmmaking theories, principles, and ideas!
  • Produce amazing content without expensive equipment, it's about the person behind the equipment!
  • Use one of a kind downloadable PDF's to map out and track your career and video making progress!
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Requirements
  • You should be an aspiring creative wanting to create incredible videos!
  • You should have a beginning or moderate understanding of shooting and editing
  • You should have a camera and video editing software
Description

This in-depth course covers all the key aspects of planning, shooting, and editing an incredible video. 

If you are a beginner, youtuber, or filmmaker looking to successfully create awesome videos, then this course is made for you.

1. Creative & Personal Skill Development 

Before I even dive into the filmmaking aspects, I explain the secrets other courses leave out. These principles act as a framework for your creativity to build on, which include: 

•    Self Discovery 

•    Optimized daily routine 

•    Life map and progress tracking 

•    Emulating others success 

•    Clarity of video production

2. Understanding Pre-Production

This step is one of the most crucial and misunderstood parts of creating an incredible video. Here I explain how to properly plan and develop your video before the production process, including: 

•     Guidelines that all films follow 

•     Pre-Production Process 

•     Research and Development 

•     Creating Characters, Story, and Shot list

3. Secrets of Production

This is my favorite part, I share the golden rules and timeless principles of filmmaking that will allow you to create incredible videos regardless of what equipment or editing software you are using. This portion will absolutely have the most impactful effect on your videos. A few of these techniques include: 

•     Mastering Your Lenses 

•     Key Principles of Lighting 

•     Sound Recording Fundamentals 

•     Filming Fundamentals 

•     Mastering the framing, shot choice, and camera movement 

4. Mastering Post-Production

The most complex and time consuming part of any video is the post-production process. I shed some light on using this step to create an awesomely unique video that stands out among the sea of bland online content. 

•     Capturing, Organizing, and Creating a Rough Edit 

•    4 Main Factors of Knowing When to Cut 

•    Matching Color, Shape, Movement 

•    Montage Essentials 

•    Color Correction and Color Grading 


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginning to intermediate youtubers, video bloggers, filmers, editors, and all video creators!
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Curriculum For This Course
115 Lectures
05:15:59
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Course Introduction
2 Lectures 11:17

Beginning Q&A and Teacher One-on-one
00:30
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Personal Development
10 Lectures 34:37
Personal Development Introduction
01:17


Self Awareness
05:01

Creating More Time for Success
05:58

Making a Map
02:19

Filmmaking Development
04:00


Mastering Equipment
02:40


Chapter Q&A and Teacher One-on-one
00:30
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Pre-Production
11 Lectures 15:14

Overview & Understanding
03:30


Equipment
00:59

Defining Characters
01:17

Creating a Story
01:09

Script
00:32


Establishing a Crew
01:42

Logistics Before Shooting
00:35

Chapter Q&A and Teacher One-on-one
00:30
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Production Essentials
9 Lectures 23:29

Camera Latitude
04:44

Picture Profile
03:45


White Balance
02:03

Shutter Speed
03:58

Aperture
00:26

Frame Rates
04:28

Video Formats
01:22
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Production & Lenses
8 Lectures 21:16

Lens Functions
03:41

Understanding Depth of Field
03:11

Guiding the Audience with Depth of Field
01:30

Lens Types Overview
00:33


Prime vs. Zoom Lenses
04:11

Lens Overview & Recap
00:28
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Production & Lighting
7 Lectures 23:43
Main Lighting Principles
04:30

Types of Lighting
01:00

Lighting Terms
01:18

High Key Lighting
04:17


Natural Lighting
02:20

Synthesizing Lighting Techniques
06:47
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Production & Sound
8 Lectures 16:19
Sound Recording Fundamentals
03:07

Keys of Sound Recording
01:26


Environmental Effect on Sound
02:07

Capturing Room Tone
01:56

Types of Microphones
02:48

Sound Recording Overview & Recap
01:15

Chapter Q&A and Teacher One-on-one
00:30
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Production & Filming Fundamentals
5 Lectures 10:46
Filming Fundamentals Introduction
03:48

Theory Behind Cinematography
01:19


Framing In-depth
01:11

The 180 Degree Rule
02:09
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Complete Framing Understanding
6 Lectures 18:16
Types of Framing
05:19

The Rule of Thirds
05:06

Frame Balancing
02:11

Breaking the Rules with Purpose
00:36

Creating Emotion with Framing
02:58

Framing Overview & Recap
02:06
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Mastering Cinematography & Camera Movement
7 Lectures 19:20
Camera Movement Introduction
00:52

Zooming vs. Camera Movement
02:06


Speed of Camera Movement
03:20

Quality of Camera Movement
03:24

Shooting with Multiple Cameras
03:17

Chapter Q&A and Teacher One-on-one
00:30
7 More Sections
About the Instructor
Julian Melanson
4.4 Average rating
435 Reviews
2,908 Students
2 Courses
Film Director & Teacher

"I'm a full-time film director & online instructor who teaches aspiring filmmakers how to create incredible film careers and videos.

As a young kid I'd listen to music with my headphones on full blast, imagining scenes and stories that fit together perfectly with all the sounds I was hearing. I then quickly found my life's passion, creating films that engage the visual and auditory senses in ways that move people.

Today this passion has lead me to do the same thing, on a much larger scale.

Through creating high end commercials with well-established clients, artists, and brands from around the world, I’ve discovered what make films great.

I found out that it doesn’t matter what budget you have, which software your editing on, or what equipment you own. What DOES matter are the underlying principles and techniques behind what you do that creates something amazing. 

Learning this on my own outside of “traditional” schooling, I truly wanted to create a space where others could benefit from the knowledge I'd gained. I created a youtube series designed to “help creative minded, turn their passion into a career.” 

Today, this channel has been showcased by film festivals and websites such as, "NoFilmSchool" with over 2.1m views & 35k inspired followers

Now, I’m bringing these teachings deeper and more in depth to the students of Udemy. 

Where I will literally, teach you everything I know about:

○ Directing, filming, and editing like a (boss) talented professional. 

○ Turning your passion into a career, aka making money doing what you love.

○ Enhancing your creativity and becoming a CREATOR.

A little more about my film background:

Founder & Creative director at Visual MVMT
November 2007 to Present
At this Los Angeles based, fully in-house creative agency I've produced, directed, filmed, and edited a bajillion projects with clients such as:

• Hermes Paris
• Levi’s
• Kaskade
• The Ritz Carlton

Director of Visual Media at DJcity
August 2010 to Present
DJcity is the world’s leading subscription-based record pool for DJ’s, musicians, and producers. 
Since coming on board, I've worked with Red Bull, Pioneer, Serato, and our social media has grown to:

• 27k Twitter Followers
• 68k Youtube Followers
• 421k Facebook Likes

Filmer & Director at Destination Luxury
April 2009 to Present 
Destination Luxury is an online magazine that focuses on the luxury market. I've worked alongside the Destination Luxury team to create cinematic films and marketing campaigns in locations such as: 

• Honolulu, Hawaii
• Montego Bay, Jamaica 
• Mykonos, Greece