A COMPLETE FILMMAKING EDUCATION (AT A FRACTION OF THE COST).
Master the fundamentals of filmmaking through our course and community platforms:
“WAIT, WHO ARE YOU GUYS?”
We’re the heroes Gotham deserves. Silent guardians. Watchful protectors. Christopher Nolan fans. Well, that last one’s true. We’re film lovers – and trained and practicing filmmakers, many of whom have benefited from years of formal education at accredited institutions, including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Michael, Jenn, Noah, Jeffrey, Lauren… We all wanted to share our filmmaking training and experiences with everyone eager to learn. So we built a complete online film school for everyone, everywhere!
GO TO FILM SCHOOL. ONLINE.
Together, we’ve spent more than a decade creating an online film school that’s more affordable and flexible than traditional film school; more guided and hands-on than free filmmaking resources around the internet.
We are a one-stop-shop for your filmmaking education. Through our course and community platforms, students master filmmaking fundamentals and connect with teachers and peers around the world.
Basically, our online film school is the training you need to develop your technical skills, realize your unique creative potential, and pursue career opportunities knowledgeably and confidently. To join us is to jumpstart your filmmaking journey, and connect with others who share your passion.
GET AN EDUCATION THAT:
✅ Takes the guesswork and stress out of the learning process. Our core curriculum guides your studies, so that you can focus on what’s important.
🗓 Adapts to your schedule. You’ll enjoy a flexible, outcomes-based approach that empowers you to work at your own pace.
🌎 Connects you to other filmmakers.* You’ll engage with a welcoming online community of teachers and peers from around the world!
👨🏫 Provides genuine, personalized mentorship. You’ll benefit from our professional and teaching experience, with support and individual feedback.*
💸 Doesn’t break the bank. Our passionate team strives to make a fantastic, more formal filmmaking education accessible to everyone, everywhere.
“I didn’t have the $60,000 it necessitated for me to go to film school; I couldn’t afford to do it. So Lights Film School offered me an opportunity to expand my knowledge, but it also fit my budget. Signing up for Lights was the best thing I found myself doing. Their program is bar none… The community at Lights is really for me one of the most exceptional things… Being able to talk to other budding filmmakers across the world. The staff… All amazing people. Having people that you know have your back, that’s definitely what you get being a student at Lights Film School… It’s been a fantastic journey, and I absolutely look forward to being a part of the alumni.”
DISCOVER A MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE
Your studies revolve around polished lecture notes, illustrated with more than 150 film clips, audio bites, video essays, and visual examples. It’s a truly multimedia curriculum with a tremendous amount of content, thoughtfully presented.
Naturally, we teach our students how to achieve professional studio production standards while retaining the creative freedom and artistic bravery that comes with being an indie filmmaker. “Indie” is not an excuse for laziness or poor quality content, and our filmmaking course fights against both, helping to hold the world of independent cinema to a higher standard.
Watch this 7-minute sample tutorial to get a sense of what we mean, and what you can expect, from your studies with Lights Film School:
“SO WHAT’S INCLUDED, EXACTLY?”
Getting Started with our Online Filmmaking Course, Community, & Resources
You don’t need any prior knowledge. You don’t need any fancy 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 through our course and community platforms, including a comprehensive core curriculum that grants access to the following 6 modules:
Discover the Lights Film School educational experience and the ins and outs of your new online learning environment. We lay out our expectations and explain how everything works to start off on the right foot. As a part of your orientation, we also frame subsequent modules with a discussion of filmmaking basics, beginning with an examination of two short films.
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, “the hero’s journey” and character archetypes, how to construct and pace tension, how to balance action and dialogue, and much more.
We equip 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, performances, and more. The director is the leader, and you must know how to think creatively and communicate clearly. We’ll teach you how to navigate these waters and grow into the role.
Like screenwriting, cinematography requires an acute awareness of language. You’ll study the works of the masters while developing a visual vocabulary all your own. Explore three of the main components of cinematography – lighting, movement, and composition – and dive deep into shot types, shot continuity, color theory, and more. Harness all of this in your work.
Learn the art and science of post-production. You’ll cover the paper edit, NLE software, file ingest, rough cuts, titling, color correction, and a vast range of editing theories and techniques, including project file organization and non-destructive editing. This module prepares you to “shoot for the edit” as you begin to brainstorm the production of your own short film.
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 editing and mixing questions of audio synchronization and processing effects like compression, equalization, noise reduction, and more.
NOT JUST ANOTHER ONLINE COURSE.
Lights Film School extends far beyond the core curriculum, creating a true film school experience online.
As a Lights Film School student, you can get access to community, resources, and additional features. For example, your studies also include:
Track your progress as you work through our online filmmaking course at your own pace. You get lifetime access to the core curriculum, but most students finish in 3 – 6 months. Progress tracking lets you see where you are in your learning, making it easy to pick up where you left off next time you login. Never feel lost or overwhelmed again!
Our innovative “Mirror Program” provides cinematic audio and video files for you to download and use to practice the concepts covered in your lessons.
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. Some lessons involve 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.
BONUS! MEDIA LIBRARIES
As a Lights Film School student, you’ll get on-demand access to our complete collection of custom video tutorials. You’ll also unlock our curated screenplay library as well as our stock music and sound effects libraries, featuring assets for use in your student productions.
The cost of these resources alone rivals the cost of your enrollment. We include them as a part of our mission to improve the production standards of your indie films, and to break down the barriers to film education.
BONUS! DOWNLOADABLE WORKBOOKS
Supercharge your learning with our epic downloadable masterclasses, available whenever you are. Each workbook is an interactive lesson created by one of our teachers, distilling their industry experiences and expertise for you to study whenever you have the time. It’ll take you roughly 2 hours to complete a workbook, so hop to it!
Our library of workbooks is designed to supplement what you’ll learn from the core curriculum. They’ll build your knowledge and understanding of specific aspects of the craft, from directing to documentary – character development to dialogue – suspense to sound design and beyond!
BONUS! COMPLETION CERTIFICATE
When you complete the course and assignments*, we’ll issue you a digital course completion certificate with its own serial number, commemorating your accomplishment – plus a hand-signed physical copy upon request! Frame it, put it on the fridge, shout about it from the rooftops. This is proof that you put the work in to become a filmmaker.
with available TEACHER FEEDBACK*
You’re invited to complete a series of 5 assignments throughout your studies, culminating in your very own short film. You’ll submit these assignments to our online “Workshop” for our teachers to review your projects and provide critical, in-depth coverage, helping you improve and grow your abilities as a filmmaker.
You’ll also have access to other students’ assignments and reviews.* Identify peers with whom you may like to work and learn from both their successes and mistakes. The Workshop is an open forum for constructive feedback and collective learning that showcases a wide variety of perspectives.
plus, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY!*
You can join us from anywhere in the world! A platform called Slack powers our exclusive social network, a place for you to connect with teachers and peers who share your passion for filmmaking. You’ll be able to personalize your account with a profile picture, your location, links to your websites, your film-related interests, and more.
As you progress through the course, you’ll make friends from all over the world. Share updates about your film projects, comment on others’ posts, and send private messages, all while building professional industry relationships. Who knows? A fellow Lights Film School student may one day become a collaborator!
including NETWORKING & ALUMNI SUPPORT*
You can opt into virtual networking opportunities and get introduced to your peers one-on-one. When you all graduate, carry those connections with you into “the Alumni Lounge”, an exclusive community area for continued camaraderie in your filmmaking journey. Build longterm relationships with members of the Lights Film School community, and stay connected with us as we grow.
This is a special way for you to connect with filmmakers who’ve been vetted by Lights Film School’s intensive educational experience, benefit from ongoing inspiration and accountability, and keep track of future alumni perks.
“Because of my schedule, I couldn’t attend film school, which is also quite a big investment. I got to know Lights Film School and understand a very different value proposition… And for me it made complete sense. It really makes you start getting your hands dirty within the filmmaking process, even if you have never done it. It’s a safe space, and you learn so much.”
“I had just started to take an interest in the film industry. And since film schools are very expensive, I thought Lights Film School would be a good alternative. The program helped me improve in all aspects of filmmaking… I got to take my time, making sure that I really mastered the different teachings. It allowed me to put my absolute best into my final project!”
“WHO JOINS LIGHTS FILM SCHOOL, ANYWAY?”
We’re a good fit for everyone who wants to start making movies now.
You can start your filmmaking journey with whatever gear you have, wherever you live. Our online film school is for:
You’re eager to act on your passion for filmmaking, ready to learn, and not afraid to put the work in.
You’re a creative problem solver who appreciates the indie film spirit and strives to do more with less.
You’re juggling many obligations and need an affordable, flexible education that adapts to your pace.
🎬 READY TO ENROLL?
Learn how to create professional narrative and documentary films,
using the gear you already have, wherever you live.
Join by Our Next Enrollment Date: Tuesday, July 02, at 11:59 PM EST:
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JENN HAS YOUR BACK.
After checkout, you’ll get INSTANT ACCESS to your new Lights Film School membership, including a “Thank You” page where you can register and share more about yourself and your filmmaking interests. If you have any questions, Jenn, our administrative and enrollments ninja, is always standing by!
or, NOT QUITE READY TO ENROLL?
🎁 We’ve got something special for you.
Maybe you’re not sure if Lights Film School is a good fit. Maybe you’re pressed for time, or maybe you’re strapped for cash. Or maybe you’re just overwhelmed by this whole filmmaking thing, and you want to get a sense of what it involves before you commit.
If any of that feels familiar, then consider this your official invitation to our next LIVE webinar, “7 Steps to Making a Good Short Film”, led by Lights Film School teacher Michael!
You will learn:
A very specific 7-step process to making a good short film, from coming up with a good idea to how to edit and sound design your final cut.
The detailed answer to THE most common question we get asked, ie., “What’s the best gear for filmmaking? What camera, video editing software, etc. do I need?”
The secret to producing an engaging short film that realizes your creative vision – even (especially) if you have a super small crew and budget!
100% awesome, 100% free. Claim your spot: