High School Program

Introducing Your Students to the World of Professional Filmmaking

Engaging Today's Visual Learners

We all know how challenging it can be to teach film and video production on a shoestring budget, which is why the FilmSkills High School Film and Video Course can help you expose your students to the world of film production like never before.  Used by top universities like UCLA, Full Sail, The Art Institute, and NYU, your students will learn from leading Hollywood filmmakers from the set of major TV shows and movies.
Imagine having leading industry experts teach your students filmmaking in your classroom or studio. WOW, quite a claim!  Is this the answer to every teachers' prayer: to have the resources available on-demand to lecture aspiring filmmakers? YES! FilmSkills provides resources for those new to teaching film, those who want to hone their skills, and its already used in over 40 countries and dozens of film schools.
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Vibrant Content

Why tell your students when you can show them?  Each FilmSkills module expertly transports your students to the set where they can see and experience the filmmaking process from screenwriting to distribution.  They will learn cutting-edge techniques they can use on their own productions to further education and prepare them for a potential future in film and video production.
Full of engaging videos, classroom exercises, illustrated companion guides, and discussion boards, FilmSkills gives you a wealth of teaching tools.
The 20 module High School Film and Video Course covers the entire filmmaking process:
The Three Act Structure
Learn how to properly write a story using the three act structure
From Title to Outline
Learn to develop your idea into a treatment and outline before writing the first draft
The First Draft
Learn how to properly format a screenplay
Scheduling the Production
Learn how to develop a shooting schedule for your movie
Learn to create an accurate budget, tricks to reducing the budget if you’re running over, and how to plan for contingencies
Learn how to find the ideal audition space, attract qualified actors, conduct auditions, and learn what to look for so you can find the perfect cast for your movie
Basic On-Set Safety
Learn industry-standard safety standards as developed by IATSE and the studios
Basic Camera Techniques
Learn the functions and use of a digital camera
Basic Shooting Techniques
Learn basic shooting techniques to make the best quality footage, both visually and for the edit
Learn compositional techniques including the rule of thirds, how the great painters used mathematical principals like the golden ratio to create the perfectly composed images, how to balance line, color, and shape, and then how to break these rules
Low Budget Lighting Tools
Learn how to use simple, inexpensive lighting tool if you're on a budget or on the road
Lighting People
Learn how to use the three-point lighting system to properly light people
Safety is an Attitude
Learn how behavior can impact safety on set
How to Shoot a Scene
Learn the process of how to shoot a scene: blocking, light, rehearse, tweak, and shoot
Directing Actors on Set
Learn what to say to an actor at the beginning of every scene, how to rehearse on set, establish strong blocking, and how to help actors balance their performance with the technicalities of film production
Concepts of Editing
Learn when to cut, how to determine whether you should cut or not, the hierarchy of story-telling importance when editing, what to show or not show, and how to use psychology to craft a scene the invokes emotion
Editing a Dialogue Scene
Learn the correct and incorrect ways of shooting dialog on set, advanced techniques for manipulating the pacing and emotional intensity of the scene, how to work with changing background ambience, techniques for balancing the visual performance with the dialog, and how to mix the audio
Editing Action
Learn how to edit action for proper flow, continuity, and pacing.  Learn techniques for compressing time, and advanced editing techniques used by master editors
Audio Post-Production
Learn the ADR process, the contributions of Foley to the mix, the role of sounds effects and ambience, and the music
Intro to Distribution
Learn how the distribution process works, the way studios approach the process, the windows and time frames of distribution, how to approach self-distribution, and knowing your audience

Managed Learning

Not only will you have access to the industry-leading content, but also a powerful set of learning management tools... all free, when you set-up your FilmSkills Class!
  • Automated Testing - Set-up FilmSkills tests from thousands of questions. FilmSkills automatically administers and grades the tests so you don't have to.
  • Student Tracking - See how much of the videos your students really watched.
  • GradeBook - We keep track of all your grades. Add curves, add outside projects, and even export grades to another platform.
  • File Upload - Add your own content to FilmSkills Classes.

An Affordable Solution

Add the FilmSkills High School Film and Video Course to your curriculum for only
                    $999/school year*
  • Up to 20 students (additional students are $99/school year)
  • Unlimited use of the learning management tools
  • Access to 20 all-encompassing modules
  • Featuring Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmakers
  • Used in over 40 top film schools across the country
* The FilmSkills High School Film and Video Course is only available to high schools in the United States and Canada