Today I am going to share with you about a really unique film making program from Family Gravity Media, a division of Families For Christ Ministries, Inc. We reviewed their Online Christian Filmmakers Academy. My husband has been taking some of the classes and I thought this would be perfect for my daughter who does interviews on her website. They also have a hands-on camp your children can attend.
My husband started the course before my daughter, because she was actually out of town for 2 weeks and just returned. The course itself is so simple to use, and the instructors explain themselves in a very easy to understand manner. Ken and Zack Lawrence, a father-son team are the two instructors for the course. They have been working together in film production since 2004.
The course is online and you can review a lesson over again at any time. You will learn about your camera, cinematography, sound, pre-production, and production. Each of these subjects is divided up in several small, easy to handle, lessons. Many of them were 10-15 minutes or less with a few running about 20 minutes. Depending on your student you could easily do one to three a week. You can let your student practice what they are learning as they go along.
Each lesson requires you to watch a video that will discuss a specific portion of the module. There is a place to leave comments, questions, or suggestions. After you finish each module (several lessons) you will have a quiz to see how much you learned and retained.
I listened in to a couple different classes, and will personally be going back to the one on cameras, and the cinematography because I think it will help me with my own photography. I was surprised, because they actually recommended a DSLR for recording the video and that is what I have.
In the cinematography class they covered different types of light (soft and harsh) and lighting equipment. There are so many different types of lights that can be used and showed you how they worked and what they look like inside. You will learn the pros and cons of the different lights. You need to find the right lighting for your project and of course it needs to be placed properly to focus on your subject. They also explain the differences and problems you might run into with outdoor lighting versus indoor lighting.
Pre-production is all the paperwork type of information. Writing and developing your storyline. How to properly write a screenplay. It also includes budgets, storyboards, and how to assemble your production team.
Production is the final section that will tell you how to organize your crew, behavior on the set, the slate and then the step by step filming. By the time your student has finished this course they will have a good understanding of filmmaking.
They warn that all it takes is to be off in one area of production and the quality of your film drops. If you do not know how to properly use the camera, if your lighting is wrong, and of course if the storyline or acting are bad your production will not be of high quality. Any one of these will affect the final project.
I want to add that they have given our readers a special code to receive $100 off the price of $299. The code is FALLCREW16. It expires November 30th.
If you have a child interested in christian filmmaking this would be an excellent course. My family has enjoyed their time taking this course. Take some time and see what other members to the Homeschool Review Crew had to say by clicking on the banner below.