Online Certification Courses

Improve your craft with FilmSkills self-guided online courses. Packed with video tutorials, illustrated content, and quizzes, you can earn your personalized certificate when you achieve an 85% or higher. Enjoy LIFETIME ACCESS to all our courses.

Screenwriting Master Course

Learn the step-by-step process of writing a script from top Hollywood writers. You will learn how to develop a marketable idea, create dynamic characters, unlock story structure, target your rewrites, and finally learn how to market your script. 

Directing Master Course for Television and Movies

Hollywood feature film and television directors teach you how to craft the visual experience, break down the script for story and character, cast, rehearse, and direct your actors, design the visual story, blocking and coverage, develop shot lists and storyboards, and how to maintain continuity.

Producing Master Course

Join Steven Spielberg and James Cameron’s producers and assistant director team as they teach you the business of filmmaking. In the first section, learn how to build a business plan, develop a budget, raise money, and schedule the production. Then join the Paramount Pictures marketing team to learn how to market and sell your production, succeed at film festivals, and attract distributors.

Build Your Own Course

Mix and match lessons from all of our online courses to create your own. Learn what you want, when you want.  Choose either 5 lessons each month or 15 lessons each month.

Cinematography Camera and Lens Master Course

Unlock the full potential of your camera with of the most thorough and complete cinematography courses available. Whatever camera type you’re using – whether it’s a DSLR or Arri Alexa, learn cinematic techniques and  produce professional results.

Cinematic Lighting Master Course

Learn advanced techniques for reducing, softening and shaping light,  how to work with sublight, advanced key light techniques for feature films, commercials, and music videos, green screen cinematography, and advanced natural lighting techniques.

Production Design Course

Learn how to shape a convincing world around your characters, how to build a flat,  advanced set design and construction techniques.  Learn the skills to break down a script and design and dress a story-centric set, and the roles of the art department.

Safety Training Course

Improve the safety on set, reduce the risk of accidents, and protect yourself from liability. The FilmSkills Safety Training Course adapts the OSHA and California Safety Pass program for students, independent, non-union, and union crew persons. 

Documentary Filmmaking Course

Learn the entire process of making a documentary, how to find the story, the right gear to choose, advanced interview  techniques, choosing the right locations, how to shoot effective B-roll, and finally how to build a well-paced, engaging story in the editing room.

Get Everything!

Are you interested in the entire filmmaking process? FilmSkills Unlimited features every course, PLUS 75 bonus video tutorials, equipment and software discounts, and more!

Editing Course

Learn how to properly shoot your footage on set, when to cut from one shot to the next,  shot selection, how to create the emotion, data management workflows, building the assembly cut, rough cut, fine cut, online process, and color grading. 

Audio Post-Production Course

Learn the entire process from editing dialogue and ADR to creating realistic Foley sounds.  Learn how to work with a composer and license music, and finally how to mix everything together.  Learn the techniques and process of making perfect audio in post.

Questions? We have Answers!

Both subscriptions and courses access the same lessons, however we grouped all the lessons in a particular subject matter (such as Screenwriting, or Audio-Post Production) into its own course, allowing you to study a specific area of filmmaking.

Each course is more structured as we guide you through the material.  Each course also includes quizzes to test your knowledge, discussion boards to ask questions, and when you pass the course with 85% or better, a personalized Certificate of Completion.

Each course is completely self-guided, it’s completely up to you.  Some people complete a course in a weekend, and others take their time.

The FilmSkills Certification Courses are yours to access and reference for life! 

Each course contains between 10-15 lessons, and most lessons feature a 15-30 minute video taught by Hollywood filmmakers, illustrated tutorials, and in many instances, downloadable contracts, forms, and examples. You can learn more about lessons here.

Absolutely! You can click on a course above to learn more about it, then scroll to the bottom of the course page, and click on any lesson in that course to see a preview.

Yes!  When you pass a course with an 85% or better, you will receive a personalized Certificate of Completion that you can print out or save.  

And you will be added to the FilmSkills Certification Database so other industry professional can find you.

Do you want to learn everything?

We get it! There are so many exciting techniques to learn to improve your filmmaking skills, which is why we also built FilmSkills Unlimited which includes EVERYTHING from the above courses… plus an additional 75 lessons not found in any of the above courses.

If you’re serious about improving your craft, FilmSkills Unlimited is for you.