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Friday, October 14, 2016

Online Christian Filmmakers Academy - TOS Review

My oldest is very interested in movies and film. So, when the chance to review a filmmaking course, through the Homeschool Review Crew, came along he asked to be on it. The course in question is called Online Christian Filmmakers Academy and is put out by Family Gravity Media, a division of Family for Christ Ministries inc.

As you can tell this course is put together by Christians, who love filmmaking, and want to pass on what they have learned to the younger generation.

The course is a set of video modules (5 in total):
  • The Camera - covers everything that has to do with a camera (type, lenses, ISO, support)
  • Cinematography - covers color temp and white balance, lighting and framing
  • Sound - covers equipment, microphone, recording
  • Pre-Production - covers story, screenplay, paperwork, the team
  • Production - covers the crew, etiquette, directing, the slate, and the actual step of the filming process.
Each module in turn contains a set of videos on that topic. The videos vary in length, from 1 minute to 15 minutes. Each modules also come with a quiz at the end of that module.

This course focuses on the cinematography part of filmmaking. My son found the first few videos dry and not exactly what he was expecting. He is more into the producing, story telling part of filmmaking than the actual filming I realized. And we both learned that both are equally important! This particular course focuses on the camera, what to use and how to use it, specifically the DSLR. It is pretty detailed about the intricacies of each topic, lighting, sound and everything that has to do with using a camera and the effect produced. The authors obviously know what they are talking about.

I think my son is looking forward to the production part of the course, since that is what he is most interested in. He wants to do more producing than actual filming (I think he is hoping someone else would do that :-)). Nevertheless he has been going through the course awaiting the part he wants to know. He did say that the videos get more interesting as you move along.

The videos are made by a father and son team combo who have experience in filmmaking. The videos are live, that is one of the team member is actually teaching. the videos include examples and pictures and more.

Overall this course is great for students (and adults) who love photography and want to learn the basics of filmmaking. It is easily set up and equally easy to understand and follow. The main thing being having the equipment to practice. It is online so internet connection is a must as well.

If you are interested, for you my readers, Online Christian Filmmakers Academy is offering a $100 off coupon (original price $299). Use coupon code: FALLCREW16, at the checkout. This coupon is valid until November 30. What a nice deal!  Go check it out and read the other crew members' reviews!

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