Learn Behind the Screen

Learn from the pros whose movies and TV shows you watch every day

Welcome to FilmSkills

The magic of the film industry has attracted actors, performers, craftsmen and technicians - some of whom are lucky enough to make a living; many of whom are not. Despite being one of the most visible industries in the world, it is also one of the most closed-off. Although you've seen behind-the-scenes videos and interviews with famous filmmakers, these marketing videos fail to paint an accurate picture of how the industry works - especially if you want to be part of it.
 
FilmSkills breaks down those barriers so you get an honest, complete, and accurate look into the inner working of the film industry. Over 150 top film industry professionals in every facet of the industry – from directors and cinematographers, to studio executives and Foley artists –  generously share their knowledge and skills in engaging multimedia modules, richly taking you onto the set to experience the process for yourself. The result is like no film school you've ever seen. It's an opportunity to stand beside the masters and learn their craft.
 
 
 
"The breadth and depth of the learning experience placed on this site for most all of the areas of filmmaking are staggering." 
  
                                     - ImpulseGamer.com
 
 
FilmSkills is a robust online education site that thoroughly and accurately teaches you the filmmaking process:
 
  •    Learn the latest film industry techniques from screenwriting to distribution - check out the righthand column to see a list of content
  •    Access streaming videos, illustrated instructional guides and downloadable forms, video footage and resources where and when you want them.
  •    Learn from experienced, working film industry professionals whose television shpws and moves you see every day
  •    Frequently updated content

 

FilmSkills Modules

FilmSkills modules are self-contained lessons that each focus on a specific topic. Each module contains a 20-30 minute video with 4-6 industry professionals, lavishly-illustrated companion text, valuable industry links, downloadable examples, forms, and contracts, and a discussion board connecting your students to the rest of the industry.
 
Access our current library of over 230 modules in all range of filmmaking topics, including:
     
 
Safety Training
Development
Screenwriting
Final Draft Training
Producing
Scheduling and Budgeting
Casting the Roles
Working with Actors
Production Design
Locations
Technology and Equipment
 
The Crew
Camera and Lens
Lighting
Directing
Cinematography Technique
Documentary Production
Grip and Rigging
Audio Recording
Editing
Audio Post-Production
Distribution
 
Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Watch dozens of comprehensive video tutorials taught by working Hollywood professionals. Learn how to write a script from the Executive Producer of "Everybody Loves Raymond" or how to edit from the editor of "Friday the 13th." We bring the people who work behind the screen onto your screen.

Downloadable Files

Downloadable Files

Several modules feature downloadable forms. If a particular topic requires a form, we provide it. Download everything from call sheets to budget templates to audition forms to use on your productions.

Resource Guides

Resource Guides

Each module features a complete written companion guide to supplement the video tutorial. Full of valuable techniques, photos and illustrations, each concept is carefully and fully explained in simple language.

Knowledge Database

Knowledge Database

Users with a completed profile can contribute personal information and experience to any module, so you not only learn from industry professionals, but from filmmakers around the world. FilmSkills is about accurate community knowledge.