Start Your Filmmaking Career: A Video Production Course
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Start Your Filmmaking Career: A Video Production Course

Turn Your Videography Skills Into a Filmmaking Business with Our 7-Step Process!
4.8 (32 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
271 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2017
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $175 Discount: 94% off
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will have a complete step-by-step understanding of how to make money with your video skills
  • Start making personal projects that matter, that progress you down your filmmaking career
  • Develop a professional brand that shares your story with the world
  • Land your first clients with techniques that actually work
  • Grow your own business, turning your passion into a legitimate career
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Requirements
  • You should be an aspiring filmmaker wanting to make a career out of your passion
  • You should be ready to step outside the box, and take action as a filmmaker
  • You don't need fancy equipment, or any experience working professionally as a filmmaker
Description

Start making money with your passion!

Turn your videography skills into a full-time business!

In this in-depth course, Phil Ebiner and Julian Melanson, walk you through seven steps that take you from doing video production work for fun, to landing clients and growing your own business.

If you are a beginner videographer or filmmaker, YouTuber or vlogger, looking to successfully earn a living by making videos, this course is made for you!

STEP 1: Plan for Success

To get going, Julian walks you through getting in the right mindset. He'll break down old paradigms, and shows you a new way of thinking about filmmaking.

STEP 2: Shoot Personal Projects

Making and sharing your own personal videos is the best way to start your filmmaking career. Phil shares his own personal stories of how creating personal projects propelled him to his first paying clients, and how you can do the same.

STEP 3: Develop Your Image

To legitimize your personal video production business, a solid demo reel, website, and solid online presence are key to getting your first clients. Julian takes you through all the steps, so by the end of this step you'll have a better online presence and stronger self-image that helps you as a filmmaker.

STEP 4: How to Actually Land Clients

It's time to get your first paying clients! Phil shows you the ropes - helping you find clients in 4 different way - online, cold calling, through referrals, and in person.

STEP 5: Retain Your Clients

Getting clients to pay your for a video project is only the first step. Retaining clients is the way to consistent work, and growth as a filmmaker. Julian teaches you how to get consistent work by delivering video products that people love.

STEP 6: Business Techniques & Protocol

Let's take your business to the next level! Legitimize your business and protect yourself by incorporating. Negotiate prices to get paid what you're actually work. Use contracts to make sure both you and the client are happy.

STEP 7: Next Level Communication Skills

In this last step of becoming a full-time filmmaker, Julian shows you some high-level t more tools to get and retain clients.

READY TO START YOUR FILMMAKING CAREER?

Enroll now to get started!

WHAT DO YOU GET IN THE COURSE?

  • 3+ hours of premium video lessons
  • Downloadable resources and business templates
  • Premium support from both instructors to answer any questions
  • Feedback on your own video projects, websites, etc.

30-DAY 100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE

There's no reason to hesitate! Enroll now to see how we can help you take your filmmaking career to the next level!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginning to intermediate YouTubers, videographers, filmmakers, editors - really anyone creating videos who wants to make money from their skills
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Curriculum For This Course
47 Lectures
02:59:17
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Course Introduction
1 Lecture 05:41

Welcome to this course on filmmaking full-time! Our goal is to help you launch a successful filmmaking career by giving you a step-by-step process that has worked for us. In this introduction video, you'll learn more about what this course offers, and a bit more background about Phil and Julian - your teachers.

Preview 05:41

Help us to better understand who you are, and what your long term goals are.
What are your goals?
3 questions
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Step 1: Plan for Success
4 Lectures 11:45

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll start to get ready for success! Start with a plan for success. Julian will walk you through the first step of launching your filmmaking career.

Preview 03:01

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, Julian breaks down the old paradigm - something that might be holding you back from improving your filmmaking career.

Preview 03:03

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, let's start with a new foundation. Let's start with a new thought process that empowers you and propels you forwards.

Build a New Filmmaking Foundation
03:25

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, Julian helps you start a new plan for success. With this foundation, you'll be ready to move to the next step, which is working on personal projects.

Start with a New Plan and Mindset
02:16
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Step 2: Shoot Personal Projects
3 Lectures 13:49

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, Phil talks about working for client projects. He'll share his experiences that worked (and ones that didn't work) at the start of his career. 

Preparing for Client Projects
07:09

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, Phil walks you through the process of working on personal projects. 

Which projects should you do?

How do you pick the right friends to work with?

These are just a couple of the questions we'll be answering.

The Process
06:26

Here are some inspiring videos to get you out there, creating personal projects!

Supplemental Videos & Inspiration
00:14
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Step 3: Develop Your Image
13 Lectures 01:01:28

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn how purpose is the most important thing to growing your business. Knowing your brand's purpose will affect every aspect of your video production business moving forward. So don't skip this step!

Find Your Purpose
02:13

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll start to build out your own demoreel. Your demoreel (aka show reel, film reel, highlight reel) shares not only your expertise, but the personality of your business. 

Initial Demoreel Setup
07:42

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll do a rough edit of your showreel. 

Assemble Rough Edit
10:52

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll finalize and finesse your showreel so it looks EPIC!

The Refining Process
07:34

The thumbnail is a very important part of your showreel, as this is the first thing people will see when searching for or seeing your video embedded on your website.

Edit Your Thumbnail
05:32

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, Julian talks about making a personal website that works. We hope that as you watch these lessons, you are taking action and actually doing these steps. Only people who do will have the ultimate success!

Build a Website that Works
06:25

Check out Phil's recently updated website to see how he is implementing Julian's best practices for building a website that works.

Case Study: Overview of Phil's Website
03:34

We'd love to check out your personal website, and give you any praise or critique that might help you make it even better!
Post Your Personal Website
2 questions

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, Julian gives you other ways to build out your online presence - so important for growing a video production business!

Professional Online Presence
02:08

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn about the importance of business cards + simple tips to making business cards that work!

Create Business Cards
02:57

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn how Julian shares his personality across everything he does, and why this is so important!

Share Your Personality
01:48

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn presentation and networking skills. These skills are so important as you grow your video production business!

Gain Presentation and Networking Skills
03:13

Fine Tune Your Presentation
06:11

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn how to network like a pro!

Networking Pro Tip
01:19
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Step 4: How to Actually Land Clients
8 Lectures 28:07

In this section of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn the basics of landing clients. In the following lessons, you'll learn two ways to get work from clients in your circle, and two ways to get clients outside of your circle.

Introduction to Landing Clients
01:51

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn how to get video production jobs from online sources. Phil walks you through how to use platforms like LinkedIn and Craigslist to get your first client work.

Getting Film Work Online
08:36

Here is a short template that you can send to people that you meet online.

TEMPLATE: Online Pitch
00:31

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn how to do cold calls and emails to get video production work.

Doing Cold Calls and Emails
05:56

Here's a template you can use to send to local businesses to try to get video production work.

TEMPLATE: Pitch to Local Business
01:00

It's time to take action! Find at least 3 local businesses that you can pitch yourself to. Share them with us so you can keep yourself accountable.
Find 3 Businesses to Pitch To
1 question

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn how to use your friends... and friends of friends to get work. Word of mouth marketing is the most important method of landing clients for many video production companies. 

So this is might be the best way to get new clients for you.

Getting Referrals
04:47

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn how Phil lands jobs with in-person meetings. This is one reason having great business cards is a great idea!

Meeting in Person
05:16

Supplemental Reading
00:09
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Step 5: Retain Your Clients
5 Lectures 08:50

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn the importance of not just landing new clients - but of retaining clients for consistent work.

Why Retaining Clients is So Important
03:02

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, Julian talks about ways to make sure the client comes first - one key aspect of growing your video production business.

The Client Comes First
01:36

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn to deliver a product that your clients love. This is obviously one of the most important parts of growing your video production business.

Deliver a Product They Love
01:30

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, you'll learn why communication is key - and how to have better communication through the entire video production process.

Project Communication and Follow-Up
02:34

Here are some additional resources to continue your learning.

Supplemental Reading
00:08
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Step 6: Business Techniques & Protocol
7 Lectures 26:49

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn how collaboration can be the key to your video production business' growth.

Collaborate
01:59

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, remember to always add value. This lesson breaks down ways that you can add value to your video production projects.

Always Add Value
05:11

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn how becoming a business (an LLC, S-corp, etc.) is important as you grow your business.

Become a Company
06:12

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn how to negotiate your pricing - to make more money for each video production project.

Negotiate
03:48

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn how to protect yourself with things like contracts and a limited liability company.

Protect Yourself
04:31

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn what needs to be included in a video production contract. Also, we'll point you to a template that is great to work with.

Contract Basics
04:59

In this lesson, we provide more materials to help you with the business side of things.

Supplemental Reading
00:09
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Step 7: Next Level Communication Tools
4 Lectures 20:32

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn some next level communication techniques!

Introduction to Next Level Communications
01:50

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn how Julian uses a voicemail box to communicate with clients.

Voicemail Box
04:54

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn how Julian uses his email signature to get more clients.

Email Signature
04:53

In this lesson of the business of filmmaking course, learn how to create great proposals and stylesheets.

Proposals and Stylesheets
08:55
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Course Wrap Up
2 Lectures 02:26

Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to enroll and hopefully enjoy this course! Our goal is to help you take your video production business to the next level. Let us know how we did! What can we do to better help you?!

Thank You & What's Next?
02:20

Learn what courses will take your skills to the next level, and get a great deal!

Bonus Lecture: Expand Your Filmmaking Career
00:06
About the Instructor
Julian Melanson
4.4 Average rating
428 Reviews
2,879 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

Phil Ebiner
4.5 Average rating
26,071 Reviews
306,271 Students
76 Courses
Best Selling Instructor, 300,000+ Students

My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!

MORE ABOUT PHIL:

I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.


Video School Online Inc
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66 Courses
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