The Ultimate Online Film School

by filmmakers for filmmakers

I’m Jason Tomaric. As an Emmy-winning filmmaker and educator, I got frustrated watching youTube videos and reached out to the best filmmakers in the world to learn the craft from the masters.

I’ll teach you the skills I learned from Oscar and Emmy winning filmmakers that helped me build a six-figure income shooting movies, TV commercials, and do for NBC/Universal, Disney, Toyota, National Graphic, and dozens of other companies in 35 countries.

How do I write a script?

Emmy-winning TV and film writers how to structure your story, develop believable characters, and approach the writing process

How do I produce a video or film?

Learn how to raise money, use tax incentives, hire a crew, work with vendors, and work with the unions and guilds.

How do I develop a shooting schedule and production budget?

The ADs behind James Cameron's movies teach you how to break down a script, schedule the overall production and daily schedule, and how to produce an iron-clad budget

How do I direct?

Network TV directors teach you how to direct actors and the crew, block a scene, create a shot list and storyboards, and shooting proper coverage

How do I make my videos more cinematic?

Emmy and Oscar winning cinematographers teach you how to achieve professional results using your camera and lens.

How do I light a scene?

Learn the gear, techniques, and secrets used by Hollywood cinematographers to professionally light any scene

How do I design a set?

Learn the how to design, build, and dress realistic movie sets, and adapt locations to create the world you want.

How do I edit?

We'll take you from data management on set through the rough cut, color grading, and audio mixing process

How do I get my work out there?

Learn how to succeed at film festival, secure distribution, and develop a marketing strategy

FilmSkills is WORLD CLASS. I don’t know how you did it Jason, but thank you for building such an incredible site.  I never thought I’d be able to learn from the directors, producers, cinematographers – basically everybody behind my favorite TV shows. The lessons are so concise without the fluff. Thanks to you, I got my first paid production job.  Thanks Jason!

– Nathan M, Chicago, IL

THANK YOU JASON! I bought your book, “Filmmaking,” and learned so much. Then I found FilmSkills and it seriously blew my mind. Thanks to you and your incredible team. My productions improved dramatically. I nearly doubled my clients, and am earning about $2000 a DAY. 

– Christian P, Atlanta, GA

I decided to drop out of engineering school and take the plunge as a filmmaker. I didn’t want to start over, so I was stoked when I found FilmSkills. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. You literally tapped the Hollywood inner circle and have brought so much valuable knowledge to us aspiring newbies. If I ran a film school, I’d be scared. FilmSkills is a powerhouse.

– Barry C., Des Moine, IA

What You'll Get in FilmSkills Unlimited

What does FilmSkills cover?

How to Break into the Film Industry
Career Advice from the Pros
21:13
How to Get Your First Job
22:54
How to Move to Los Angeles
18:13
How to Make Money in the Film Industry
24:37
Realities of a Career in the Film Industry
27:18
The Art of Networking
22:17
How to Survive in Hollywood
17:00
How to Write Your Screenplay
Beginning the Writing Process
Working with a Writing Partner
Developing the Idea
34:58
The Changing Landscape of Television
34:36
How to Structure Your Story
33:07
Defining and Writing Comedy
29:36
The Hidden Tools of Comedy
32:02
The Three Act Structure
35:45
A-Story and Subplots
28:27
How to Fix Story Pacing Problems
37:01
Creating an Amazing Protagonist
33:13
Creating the Perfect Antagonist
23:08
Conflict Types
20:20
How to Write Memorable Supporting Characters
18:24
Understanding Character Archetypes
21:45
How to Develop Your Character’s Personality and Backstory
29:49
Writing Original Dialogue and Subtext
25:48
The Writing Process from Title to Outline
26:00
How to Write the First Draft
22:36
Techniques for Rewriting and Refining Your Script
31:52
How to Market Your Script to Producers and Agents
27:09
How to Become a Hollywood Writer Part I
10:53
How to Become a Hollywood Writer Part II
30:12
How to Work in a Television Writers Room
24:40
How to Write a Reality Television Show
22:22
Working with Final Draft Software
Final Draft – Script Basics
26:05
Final Draft – Using Templates
13:02
Final Draft – Story Organization
15:21
Final Draft – Distributing Your Script
17:37
Final Draft – Tips, Tricks, & Utilities
28:00
Final Draft – Production
23:15
Producing and Development
The Studio System
33:09
Working for a Studio
26:19
Making a Business Plan
30:53
Packaging Your Movie
29:29
Agents and Managers
23:37
How to Pitch and Sell a Reality TV Show
28:54
How to Raise Money for your Movie
39:30
Taking Advantage of Tax Incentives
21:54
Forming a Production Company
32:54
How to Manage the Budget Money
36:07
Hiring the Crew
30:31
Working with Vendors
18:34
Unions and Guilds
35:40
Working with SAG/AFTRA
25:47
Scheduling and Budgeting
Beginning Pre-Production
Breaking Down the Script
19:11
Scheduling the Production
29:27
Scheduling the Day
30:03
How to Build a Budget
30:45
Production Insurance
19:45
Production Design
The Art Department
29:54
How to Design a Set
25:28
Set Construction – Building Your Set
35:15
How to Dress Your Set
33:16
Creating the Look of the Environment
32:10
Props
36:16
Tour a Prop House
6:08
Camera and Lens
Building the Camera Package
How to Prep a Camera
14:37
Imaging Sensor and ISO
20:25
Frame Rates
20:02
Analog vs Digital
6:41
Film vs Video
26:57
Tripods and Sliders
17:58
Introduction to Lenses
22:00
Lens Care
9:28
Focus
23:21
Focusing Techniques
23:21
Exposure
26:43
How to Expose a Shot
25:16
F-stops and T-stops
17:42
The Zone System
23:03
Focal Length
25:00
Lens Focal Length
23:50
Macro Focus
9:28
Back Focus
4:51
ASA and Gain
4:13
The Shutter
12:54
Managing Your Media
Framing and Composition
Composing the Frame
21:48
Creating Depth in the Frame
17:20
The Actors’ Eyelines
9:26
Framing People
17:19
The Rule of 180 and Screen Direction
24:32
Shot Types
28:07
The Technicalities of the Frame
13:15
Using a Clapboard
11:04
Using a Light Meter
12:34
Using a Production Monitor
14:29
Lighting
Introduction to Light and Exposure
23:27
Attributes of Light
34:02
Tungsten Lighting
11:01
HMI Lighting
20:02
Kino-Flo Fluorescent Lighting
14:02
LED Lighting
7:10
How to Build a Light Kit
15:31
Low Budget Lighting Tools
9:37
Reducing Light
20:31
Softening Light
24:00
Shaping Light
17:51
Color Temperatures
23:05
Lighting a Scene
24:42
Lighting Daytime Exteriors
23:10
Working with Mixed Light
29:06
Lighting People
23:36
Three Point Lighting
21:28
Key Light Techniques
25:20
Advanced Lighting Techniques
17:15
Grip and Rigging
C-Stands
20:26
Clamps
19:19
Dolly and Track
12:54
Grips Tools
1:39
Rigging
9:45
Stands
2:50
Roller Stands
2:50
Audio Recording
The Physics of Sound
25:33
How Microphones Work
21:56
Microphone Pick-Up Patterns
18:55
Audio Pre-Production
26:36
Lavalier Microphones
18:18
The Microphone Boom
17:29
Boom Operating Techniques on Set
20:36
How to Record Audio on Location
23:02
Recording the Audio
35:09
Audio Configurations
20:00
Working with Cables and Adapters
19:18
The Crew
Crew Structures
Crew Positions
The Line Producer
37:33
The Unit Production Manager
28:57
Production Coordinator
19:53
1st Assistant Director
39:06
2nd Assistant Director
10:10
2nd 2nd Assistant Director
5:33
Production Assistants
31:36
Script Supervisor
28:44
Production Designer
21:14
The Art Director
11:26
Construction Coordinator
27:52
The Cinematographer
Camera Operator
26:13
1st Assistant Camera
11:24
2nd Assistant Camera
7:33
Key Grip
20:45
Best Boy
11:22
Grips
12:01
Working as a Grip
25:16
Dolly Grip
13:02
Gaffer
20:10
Best Boy Electric
9:57
Electricians
16:19
Documentary Filmmaking
Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking
24:51
Finding the Story
28:18
Documentary Pre-Production
18:51
Choosing the Right Gear
32:08
Finding the Interview Location
18:53
Interview Camera Set-Ups
25:05
Preparing for the Interview
33:03
How to Conduct an Interview
32:05
Ethics and Objectivity
21:37
How to Shoot Amazing B-Roll Footage
21:52
Field Shooting Techniques
20:17
Editing a Documentary
28:41
Directing Actors
Analyzing Character
25:37
Rehearsing with Actors
25:37
Rehearsing Exercises
24:47
The Art of Directing Actors
30:07
Acting in a Changing Industry
19:48
Acting Techniques
Acting Techniques for the Screen
28:33
How to Direct Actors on Set
36:29
Common Directing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
21:20
How to Direct Background Extras
29:54
The Directors Craft
Beginning a New Project
30:29
Developing the Visual Look of Your Movie
38:22
A Day as a Director
How to Shoot a Scene
39:23
How to Direct a Scene
31:19
Blocking Actors
34:22
Basic Coverage
20:21
Advanced Coverage
26:18
How to Direct a Chase Scene
21:39
How to Create Invisible Camera Moves
25:42
Storyboards and Pre-Visualization
31:02
How to Create a Shotlist
17:48
Continuity and Script Notes
23:26
Working with the Military
20:23
Reality Show Interview Techniques
25:00
Audio Recording
The Physics of Sound
25:33
How Microphones Work
21:56
Microphone Pick-Up Patterns
18:55
Audio Pre-Production
26:36
Lavalier Microphones
18:18
The Microphone Boom
17:29
Boom Operating Techniques on Set
20:36
How to Record Audio on Location
23:02
Recording the Audio
35:09
Audio Configurations
20:00
Working with Cables and Adapters
19:18
Safety Training
The Attitude of Safety
20:27
Basic On Set Safety
34:55
On Location Safety
18:51
Studio Facilities Safety
19:42
Vehicle and Roadway Safety
16:37
Shooting Moving Vehicles
20:12
Lighting Equipment Safety
24:23
Grip and Rigging Safety
25:34
Electrical Safety I
32:19
Electrical Safety II
28:20
Lifts, Trucks, and Tools
18:49
Weapon Safety
25:13
Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
23:51
Environmental Safety
27:27
Editing
Introduction to Editing
Hiring an Editor
10:46
Working with an Editor
20:23
Concepts of Editing
37:39
Data Management and Workflow
26:39
The Assembly Cut
21:33
Stock Footage
20:58
How to Edit a Dialogue Scene
34:27
Editing Action
24:56
The Rough Cut
19:04
Test Screenings
21:34
The Fine Cut
14:44
Online and Offline Editing
8:28
Color Grading
15:40
Understanding Compression
Audio Post-Production
Intro to Audio Post Production
24:49
ADR
30:31
Directing Actors in ADR
28:19
Foley
33:33
Sound Effects
24:49
Mixing the Audio
31:18
Music Composition
Emotion Through Music
28:25
The Who and How of Music
31:29
Working with a Composer
47:33
Music Licensing
33:15
Film Marketing
Film Marketing
15:41
Reaching Your Audience
26:05
Designing the Key Art
16:11
Making a Movie Trailer
27:23
Building Your Website
5:43
Building a Press Kit
13:35
Working with the Media
17:56
Distribution
Introduction to Distribution
32:55
Film Ratings and the MPAA
14:09
Domestic Distribution
23:32
Foreign Distribution
37:19
Mistakes Filmmakers Make at Film Festivals
30:05
Film Festivals
26:46
Online Distribution
27:34

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