Learn how to create beautiful films and documentaries.

Enroll in our online film program and become a better filmmaker today!

WE IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR WORK... A LOT.

We’re glad you found us! Here at Lights Online Film School, we’re building a tight-knit creative community around our custom online courses. Students study filmmaking, produce projects, and meet talented friends and collaborators from around the world. Whether you’re interested in narrative films, documentary films, or music videos, you can expect to benefit from a hands-on curriculum that introduces the craft and guides you through the production of whatever projects you have in mind. It’s a flexible, outcome-based approach that empowers you to work at your own pace.

FREE SAMPLE VIDEO TUTORIAL

Our goal is to work with our students and teach them how to work towards professional studio production standards while still maintaining the creative freedom and visual bravery that comes with being an indie filmmaker. We don’t believe that “indie” is an excuse for laziness or poor quality content. We see helping indie filmmakers as our biggest responsibility. We want to help infuse independent cinema with better stories and more impressive production standards. Watch the 7 minute sample tutorial to the left to get an idea of what you can expect from us.

AND OUR STUDENTS LOVE US

I would also like to thank Lights Film School and everyone who is a part of your program! Because of Lights Film School I now work in video full time and have made some really awesome short independent films that have gotten attention from big name video game developers and publishers.
Jason Forge
The flexibility of the Lab Chats allow me to work around my busy schedule. The live lectures is very thorough in covering the necessary elements relevant to developing my skills as a filmmaker.The teacher-led lab chats also give me an opportunity to ask questions directly to an industry professional.
Sharvon Urbannavage
It's easy to recognize and respect the expertise of the instructors, who have been responsive to my questions as well as helpful and generous with their direction. The chatroom lecture format has been surprisingly easy to get used to and they have also helped to improve my work enormously.
Charlie McDougall

WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED

You don’t need any prior knowledge. You don’t need any top-of-the-line filmmaking equipment, and you certainly don’t need to live in Hollywood! All you need is an internet connection, a camera with video capabilities, a computer with video editing software, and a passion to learn. We’ll provide the rest, including access to the following 6 modules:

introduction

INTRODUCTION

In our orientation module, you’re introduced to the Lights Film School community and your new online learning environment. We want to make sure you start off on the right foot so during this introduction we lay out our expectations of you. During this module we also frame subsequent modules with a discussion of filmmaking basics.

screenwriting

SCREENWRITING

A screenplay is the foundation of most successful films. We demystify story structure and explain how it’s relevant to both narrative and documentary projects. Expect to learn about western dramatic structure, Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey” and character archetypes, how to construct tension, how to balance action and dialogue, and much more.

directing films

DIRECTING

Our third module equips filmmakers to direct their projects with proficiency, confidence, and tact. The director is the captain of the ship; it’s your vision that steers the film’s cinematography, art direction, performances, pacing, mood, and more. As the director, you are the leader, and you must know how to think creatively and communicate clearly.

cinemtography

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Like screenwriting, cinematography requires an acute awareness of language. In our cinematography module, you’ll study the works of the masters while developing a visual vocabulary all your own. Explore the three main components of cinematography - lighting, movement, and composition - and dive deep into shot types, shot continuity, color theory, and more.

editing

EDITING

Learn the science and art of post-production! You’ll cover NLE software, file ingest, rough cuts, paper cuts, titling, color correction, tight vs. loose editing styles, in and out points, three point editing, splice edits and various other editing techniques. This module prepares you to “shoot for the edit” as you transition into the production of your short film.

sound design

SOUND DESIGN

The aural experience is 50% of a film, influencing an audience’s perception of its production value, and by extension, its quality. We discuss topics including microphone choice, sample rates, and space acoustics. We also explore post-production questions of audio synchronization and processing effects like compression, equalization, noise reduction, and more.

progress tracking students

PROGRESS TRACKING

 

Track your progress as you work through our self directed online course. From the time you enroll you have 1 year to complete the course. However, most students complete the course in 3 - 6 months. Progress tracking allows you to easily see where you are in the course, making it easy to pick up where you left off next time you login. Once you complete the course you'll receive a personalized 8x10 course completion certificate in the mail .

STUDENT HUB

 

You can enroll in our course from anywhere in the world!  The student HUB is where where you’ll be able to personalize your account (add a profile picture, location, links to your websites, interests within film and so on). As you progress through our course, you’ll make friends with teachers and students from all over the map. You can post updates about your film projects on your wall, comment on your friends’ posts and share information through your Lights Film School email account.

You’ll also be able to search for other members by their geographic location. You might even be able to collaborate with a Lights Film School student living in your area!

filmmaking student hub

lab chats

LAB CHATS & ONLINE THEATRE

 

Lab Chats are live online lectures that offer a great way for you to meet your fellow classmates and teachers and dive deeper into the subjects contained within the modules. Each lab chat is 2-3 hours in length. In total we offer 20 hours worth of Lab Chats that are held during predetermined times during the week. Our Online Theatre is a place where we screen a film once / month as a group and engage in conversation about everything we've learnt in the course material so far.

1 ON 1 GRADING CENTER

 

A teacher will review your work many times as you progress through the course and provide critical, in-depth coverage to help you improve your original short film and grow your abilities as a filmmaker. In addition, you’ll have access to other students’ assignments and reviews. Identify peers with whom you might like to work and learn from both their mistakes and successes. The Grading Center is an open forum for constructive feedback and collective learning .

grading center

media libraries

MEDIA LIBRARIES

 

As a Lights Film School student you'll get access to a script library, video tutorial library, stock music library and a sound effects library. The regular cost of these media files alone is worth the enrollment fee to our course!

INTERACTIVE ASSIGNMENTS

 

We offer many hands-on, interactive assignments throughout the course. For example, in the sound design module, you’ll use the audio files we provide to create and sweeten a soundscape according to our step-by-step instructions. By working virtually with us side by side, you’ll grow in confidence and ability. Not every module culminates in an interactive activity. Some lessons assign other types of “homework” - you might be asked to study a feature film we’ve handpicked, or break down a screenplay from our screenplay library.

interactive assignments

Enroll by Friday, May 29, 2015

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Student
$399
  • 1 time fee (1 year access)
  • Individualized For Your Goals
  • Lessons & Lectures
  • Certificate
  • Video Tutorials
  • Social Platform & Progress Bar
  • Interactive Assignments
  • Stock Music Library
  • Script Library
  • Sound FX Library
  • Grading Center
  • No Live Lectures
  • No Online Theatre
Academic
$499
  • 1 time fee (1 year access)
  • Individualized For Your Goals
  • Lessons & Lectures
  • Certificate
  • Video Tutorials
  • Social Platform & Progress Bar
  • Interactive Assignments
  • Stock Music Library
  • Script Library
  • Sound FX Library
  • Grading Center
  • Live Online Lectures
  • No Online Theatre
Scholar
$549
  • 1 time fee (1 year access)
  • Individualized For Your Goals
  • Lessons & Lectures
  • Certificate
  • Video Tutorials
  • Social Platform & Progress Bar
  • Interactive Assignments
  • Stock Music Library
  • Script Library
  • Sound FX Library
  • Grading Center
  • Live Online Lectures
  • Online Theatre