“Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.”

– John Lack –

Thank you for your interest in our online Music Video Creation eCourse!

This flexible, self-directed course will take most students roughly 1-3 months to finish. The eCourse’s main objective is to teach aspiring music video directors and producers how to make a music video and how to ensure the music video meets the increasingly high expectations of its audience. We cover all topics ranging from the business of music videos to how to properly shoot one.

What Our Online Music Video Course Includes

The Music Video Creation Course includes the following modules and units:

Module #1: Theory & Business of Music Videos

•    1. Introduction
•    2. Music Video History & Record Labels
•    3. Finding the Right Collaborators
•    4. Idea Conceptualization & Imagination
•    5. The Visual Hook
•    6. Music Video Templates & Structures

Module #2: Interviews/Case Studies

•    7. Shooting Music Videos With Only Natural Light
•    8. A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Music Video Director
•    9. A Music Video Can be Good, Fast & Cheap. But it can Only be 2 Out of the 3.
•    10. Music Video Case Study: Branding Tool Proof For Musicians
•    11. Starting Your Own Music Video Production Company
•    12. The Required State of Mind for Shooting Music Videos
•    13. Focus on Music Video Pre-Production
•    14. Fashion Film. The Filmmaker’s New Music Video

Module #3: Getting Your Hands Dirty

•    15. Pre-Production
•    16. Composition and Framing
•    17. Lighting
•    18. Movement
•    19. Tonal Range
•    20. Continuity and Shot Flow
•    21. Shooting and Production
•    22. Editing and Workflow
•    23. Color Correction
•    24. Titles and Typography
•    25. Publishing/ Rendering

You’ll also get access to the following services:


Our students are given access to our forms center, where they can download the most commonly used forms and contracts that are used by music video directors. Including: Budgeting Spreadsheets, Call Sheets, Location Release Forms, Performer Release Forms, Music Video Production Agreement, Music Video Shot List


Similarly, our students are given access to our “Mirror Program”, where they can download work files from a professionally produced music video to edit on their own computers. The goal of the Mirror Program is to have you work on a professionally shot music video before you work on your own.


We are also currently giving our music video students access to about 20 hours of live online monthly filmmaking Lab Chats, which are live online lectures that take place at pre-determined times and generally last for about 2 hours each. These Lab Chats go into more depth around particular topics from within the course (such as lighting, sound design, character development, etc).


Our students are also given access to in-depth interviews from directors working in the field of music videos. Learn from the experience and advice of professionals! These filmmakers have over 100 million views to their videos and have have directed or filmed some of the biggest names in music today.


Students are also given access to our library of video tutorials covering everything from “using lenses expressively”, “experiments in tonal range”, and “lighting from the ground up”, to name only a few.


Students also get an opportunity for 1-on-1 personalized feedback and critiques in our online student Grading Center. Students will be asked to submit 3 assignments for review. Each assignment builds off of the previous assignment as you work toward the creation of your final project: a professionally shot music video!


Our Music Video program is built on a foundation that allows for community conversation and involvement. Think of our social platform as a sort of Facebook for filmmakers – you’ll be able to set up a profile, share your work, and see what other students in the course are up to.

Outcomes-Based Education

Lights Online Film School has an “outcomes-based” approach to education. This means that even though you work through our curriculum, you do so while working on your own music video project. At the end of the course, we’re not interested in grading you – instead, we’re interested in seeing your completed final project. One our our teaching staff will provide an in-depth review and critique of your work so you can be sure that your next project is even stronger. After you have fully completed the course and your final assignments, you’ll be issued a personalized Course Completion Certificate.

What Do I Need to Enroll in the Course?

All you need to enroll in our online Music Video program is a camera with video capabilities and a computer with an editing suite. Neither the camera nor the computer with the editing suite need to be the most advanced on the market.

As far as learning material goes, we provide everything. In order to keep the cost of our course low, we have fully digitized the learning material. All lessons can be accessed online via the Student HUB. The Student HUB is the community center where you can download lecture notes, watch instructional videos, and submit your assignments for analysis and review.

Sample Student Work

Everyone who enrolls in our program will have a different interest and focus within the world of music videos. Our course allows you to focus on your unique objectives while at the same time undergoing an improvement to your “core knowledge” within the subject.

One of the huge benefits to enrolling in Lights Online Film School’s Music Video course is that you can enroll from anywhere in the world. Since we’re a strictly online school, there are no geographic barriers.

Lights Online Film School has students from all around the world – from the United States, Canada, Nigeria, Argentina, Australia, and the UK, to name only a few. This international mix of filmmakers gives our course something you might not get at a local school.

Want to Learn How to Make a Music Video?

Our online Music Video course is broken up into easy-to-manage and understand course modules. Each module will outline the details of each particular step using a series of teaching tools: video tutorials, behind-the-scenes photographs, written lectures, and hands-on assignments. This course is a step-by-step foundation course to help you become a better music video director! After you enroll, you will have access to the course for 1 full year (even though it will take you only about 1-3 months to complete the course). After this time, if you’re still working on the course, you’ll need to purchase one of our affordable renewal options.

We love our students, and our students love us!

“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. They’ve helped improve my work enormously.”

Charlie McDougall

“The flexibility of the Lab Chats allowed me to work around my busy schedule. The live lectures are very thorough in covering the necessary elements relevant to developing my skills as a filmmaker. They also give me an opportunity to ask questions directly to industry professionals.”

Sharvon Urbannavage

“Having a dream to create films, but not having any real formal training made me a prime candidate for Lights Film School… I revisited my final project, and it was broadcast on local PBS stations. Thanks for giving me a solid foundation and the confidence to follow my dreams!”

Gregory Fish

“I am very pleased with how thoroughly the program is constructed with theoretical knowledge, concrete examples, videos and other material. My filmmaking skills have reached a completely different level after studying at Lights. Especially the feedback from the teachers has been priceless!”

Jussi Pohjolainen

“I would 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

“Lights Film School has been an amazing experience! By the time I graduated, I had secured two film jobs, developed my showreel, and achieved film schooling! Lights is the perfect school for anyone who wants to work towards a film certificate whilst having enough time for a full-time job.”

Nick Kingan

“There are, undoubtedly, many free filmmaking resources on the internet, but these are scattered and disconnected… The Lights Film School course, conversely, guides its students through a highly structured curriculum with regular assignments and excellent feedback!”

Julian Eyre

“Lights Film School is the ideal stepping stone; I love how it takes you through the entire filmmaking process. Learning the technical side was appealing & the course exceeded my expectations. The tutors are experienced & incredibly knowledgeable. Lights opened a whole new world for me.”

Aaron Falvey

Lights Online Film School challenged my knowledge and improved my filmmaking one hundred fold. You will find instructors who absolutely encourage you to continue to improve day by day. Lights offered the best of all learning forums, enabling me to grow my production company.

Katherine Dickson

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