How to Become a Christian Filmmaker – from A to Z

 

Let’s Turn Your Dream of Christian Filmmaking into a Reality

What Do These Directors Have in Common?

Steven Spielberg

 

Peter Jackson

 

Christopher Nolan

 

James Cameron

 

Alfred Hitchcock

 

Alex Kendrick

They Never Went to Film School

And Neither Do You!

Have you ever felt the desire, the calling, to be a filmmaker but just didn’t know where to turn to get the training you needed to fulfill your calling?

 

Have you ever thought about going to film school but couldn’t justify the time or expense? And if you did go to film school, where would you go? What film school would you go to without being exposed to the culture of Hollywood that would compromise your faith?

 

Or, have you ever wondered where guys like the Kendrick brothers got their filmmaking training and wondered how you could do the same?

We Can Help.

Welcome to Tomorrow’s  Filmmakers

Tomorrow’s  Filmmakers is an interactive, online Film Academy designed to further you as you further God’s Kingdom through film.

Our mission is to provide a one-stop, Christ-honoring place for you to learn about film and filmmaking and also how to immediately put into practice what you’ve learned— and to laugh and have some fun along the way.

We want to help turn your dreams of being a filmmaker into a reality.

Everything You Need to Know— and More!

We offer over 165 lessons on everything you need to know to become the filmmaker you were called to be.  Here are just a few of the subjects we cover:

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Lessons On the Field - Online Christian Film School
Lessons on Audio - Online Christian Film School
Lessons on Editing - Online Christian Film School
Lessons on Tricks and Shortcuts - Online Christian Film School
Lessons on Lighting - Online Christian Film School
Lessons on Gear - Online Christian Film School
Lessons on Much More - Online Christian Film School

What Others Are Saying

“I want to let you know that Tomorrow’s Filmmaker’s is an awesome website and what you are doing is fantastic. I have been looking for a long time for something like this where our children could learn without the fear that something inappropriate for a Christian will be shown. I encourage you to continue with this ministry reaching souls for Christ.” Jose

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“I am a homeschooling mom of 9. We were very excited to come across this opportunity. Thank you for providing this generation with a clean, Christian foundation for creating content that will affect many.” Cynthia

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Homeschool Dad

“I have actually signed up for the classes for my son Tyler who is 9 years old. Ever since I can remember, as early as 4 years old watching Disney movies with him, he’s always been a sort of movie critic calling out the special effects and exclaiming how “unrealistic” something is or isn’t. He’s definitely young but I can see a spark in him when he’s video taping something or watching a movie. I’m going to do my best to help him along but I’m hopeful it just clicks with him! He is homeschooled too. We are over the top excited about discovering Tomorrow’s Filmmakers! It’s an answer to prayer actually.” Julia

Homeschool Mom

“I just started the free trial today and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve already started working on some videos to test the things I’ve learned in the few videos that I have watched. I’m so thankful that I found out about Tomorrow’s Filmmakers. I was looking for film camps to go to, but then I saw this and I decided to give it a try. I have a feeling that I will be using this for a long time. Thanks so much for making this website and God bless!” Luke

14 Year Old Student

“Our family just wanted to tell you thanks for creating your site! We’re a family of 7, with five boys ages 5-15. My husband and I had been trying to encourage filmmaking for a few years, but I hadn’t found a site that seemed to provide what we needed. My boys are learning so much – even the younger ones.” Kelly

Homeschool Mom

“Tomorrow’s Filmmakers is helping me launch my own film business.  It has so much information that is essential to filmmaking, especially for events like weddings and promos.  And one of the best things about it is that the courses are all right there at my fingertips.  The Next Step Challenges at the end of each course have really helped me because they challenge and encourage me to go out and film something and that has helped me get a lot of experience.  Tomorrow’s Filmmakers has also given me a different perspective on why we even make movies and how we can glorify God through film.” John

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Here’s What You Get!

When you sign up for Tomorrow’s Filmmakers, you’ll get Instant Access to the following:

Instant Access to Over 165 Lessons and Materials

Access to All New Weekly HD Video Lessons

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Exclusive Online Community

Member Calls + Webinars, Podcasts and Q & A

Take a Test Drive

These sample lessons should give you an idea of what all waits for you on the inside.

Keep watching for new lessons to be posted each week (or twice a week).
 

In this lesson we will learn about the Basic Structure of Scriptwriting and that almost every film follows the same timeline.

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In this lesson we’ll learn all about basic Cuts and Transitions and how they can add realism to your film.

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In this lesson we’ll learn How to Shoot a Fight Scene and bring even more realism to your film project.

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In this lesson we’ll look at how to Blend Your Subject and enhance the realism in your film project when using a Green Screen.

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In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create a Storyboard for your film and why that’s so important.

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In this lesson we’ll learn how to make a DIY Slate Board from some items we picked up at Lowes.

Take a Test  Drive and Enjoy a Free Month on Us!

Instant Access to Over 165 HD Video Lessons • Access to Our Private Member Community

Access to Our Member Calls, Podcasts and Webinars • Access to Personal Q & A Sessions

And your first month is on us.  Why don’t you give us a try?

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Some Recent Video Lessons

These are just a few of the many video lessons you’ll find on the inside. Come and take a Free Test Drive with us and see for yourself what Tomorrow’s Filmmakers is all about.

The Importance of Christian Filmmaking - Online Christian Film School

The Importance of Christian Filmmaking

In this lesson we’ll discuss the Importance of Christian Filmmaking, especially in the times in which we live.

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Cinematic Transitions

In this lesson we’ll learn about Advanced Cinematic Transitions and how to use them in your film.

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Cuts and Transitions

In this lesson we’ll learn all about basic Cuts and Transitions and how they can add realism to your film.

How to Use a Slate Board - Online Christian Film School

How to Use a Slate Board

In this lesson we’ll learn how to properly use a Slate Board, Hollywood style.

Creating Villains - Online Christian Film School

Creating Villains

In this lesson we’ll learn all about how to create compelling villains in your film projects.

Setting Up Your Picture Style - an Online Christian Film School for Homeschoolers

Setting Up Your Picture Style

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Setting Up Your Picture Style in your DSLR camera.

Advanced Fight Scene Editing - Online Christian Film School

Advanced Fight Scene Editing

In this lesson we’ll learn some of the Advanced Fight Scene Editing Tips and Tricks that will amaze your audience.

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What is a Slate Board?

In this lesson we’ll answer the question: What is a Slate Board and Why are they so Important?

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Slow Motion

In this lesson we’re going to learn how to film in Slow Motion by using the proper Frame Rates.

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Writing 101

In this lesson we’ll look at the importance of writing, which is the very foundation of a good film.

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Tripod Hacks

In this lesson we’ll learn some creative ways to hack your tripod and get some awesome shots that look like you used fancy equipment.

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Slate Board Apps

In this lesson we’ll learn all about the best Android and Ipad Slate Boards Apps available today.

All About Memory Cards - Online Christian Film Schools

Frame Rates

In this lesson we’re going to learn about Frame Rates and why they are so important to your video.

Piecing Your Ideas Together - Online Christian Film School

Piecing Your Ideas Together

In this lesson we will be learning how to piece all your ideas together into one complete, coherent story.

White Balance 101 - Online Christian Film Schools

White Balance 101

In this lesson we’re going to learn about White Balance and why your camera is not as accurate as your eye.

Understanding After Effects - Online Christian Film Schools

Keying Your Green Screen

In this lesson we’re going to learn how to take the “green” out of your Green Screen background.

Understanding After Effects - Online Christian Film Schools

Understanding After Effects

In this lesson we’ll take a look at Adobe After Effects and begin to learn how to add incredible special effects to our film projects.

How to Shoot a Fight Scene - Online Christian Film Schools

How to Shoot a Fight Scene

In this lesson we’ll learn How to Shoot a Fight Scene and bring even more realism to your film project.

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DIY Captain America Shield

In this lesson we’ll learn how to make a DIY Captain America Shield as a movie prop.

Understanding After Effects - Online Christian Film Schools

Lighting Your Green Screen

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to Light Your Green Screen to make sure your subject looks natural in your scene.

Brainstorming - Online Christian Film School / Academy

Brainstorming

In this lesson we will learn about how to find your starting point and get your ideas together for your film.

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DSLR vs. HandyCam

In this lesson we’ll compare the DSLR and the Handycam in a head-to-head competition to discover their strengths and weaknesses.

Best Free Editing Software - Online Christian Film Schools

Best Free Editing Software

In this lesson we’ll look at a new free editing software that is truly incredible: HitFilm 3 Express.

What Does a Screenwriter Do?

In this lesson we’ll take a look at what a Screenwriter actually does and how important they are to a film project.

Understanding After Effects - Online Christian Film Schools

Understanding Green Screen

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Green Screens and how to use them to greatly enhance your shots.

How to Write Lost People - Online Christian Film School

How to Write Lost People

In this lesson, we learn how to write a lost person in your Christian movie.

How to Sell a Fight Scene

In this lesson we’ll learn How to Sell a Fight Scene by using camera angles and movement to make it seem almost lifelike.

How to Film a Wedding, Part 5

In this lesson we’ll look at the fifth stage of properly filming a wedding:  Editing the Wedding Video.

Tracking Your Footage

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Tracking Your Footage to make your effects look realistic in your film project.

Where to Find Stock Footage

In this lesson we’ll show you Where to Find Stock Footage for your Special Effects tool box.

DIY Lightsaber Prop

In this lesson we’ll learn how to make a Lightsaber prop from a toy handle and a quick trip to Lowes.

Fight Sound Effects

In this lesson we’ll learn all about the importance of using Fight Sound Effects to enhance your fight scene.

The Problem With Christian Movies - an Online Christian Film School

The Problem With Christian Movies

In this lesson we’ll look at the common problems and mistakes with Christian movies today.

How to Create Bullet Shells

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create the Bullet Shells special effects in After Effects.

How to Film a Wedding, Part 3

In this lesson we’ll look at the third stage of properly filming a wedding:  Filming the Ceremony.

How to Film a Wedding, Part 1

In this lesson we’ll look at the first stage of properly filming a wedding:  Planning and Relationships.

The Juggling Act

In this lesson we’ll look at how to juggle all three, the ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture, to get the right exposure every time.

The Importance of Music

In this lesson we’ll learn how important music is to your film by looking at several scenes with, and without, music.

Filmstro Overview - Online Christian Film School

Filmstro Overview

In this lesson we’ll look at how to use Filmstro to compose your own music.

How to Make Your Gun Props Look Realistic

In this lesson we’ll learn how to take inexpensive AirSoft guns and make them look realistic for your action scenes.

DIY Lighting (on the Cheap)

In this lesson we’ll show you some inexpensive, DIY lighting tricks that will save you time and money.

How to Create a Lightsaber Clash Effect

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create a Lightsaber Clash Effect in After Effects.

Basic Color Correction

In this lesson we’ll learn about basic color correction to ensure our color is uniform throughout our entire project.

How to Create a Lightsaber Effect

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create incredible Lightsaber Effects in After Effects.

How to Film a Real Estate Video

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to film a Real Estate video and put your filmmaking skills into action.

How to Use Keyframes

In this lesson we’ll learn how to create the effect of moving checkers on a checkerboard using nothing but Keyframes.

DIY Portable Voice Booth

In this lesson we’ll learn how to make a Portable Voice Recording Studio for less than $20.  Yes, I’m serious.

Aperture

In this lesson we’ll learn about the “eyeball” or “pupil” of your camera:  the Aperture or F-Stop.

The Adobe Dynamic Link - Online Film School for Christians

The Adobe Dynamic Link

In this lesson we’ll learn about the Adobe Dynamic Link and how to seamlessly link your Premiere Pro and After Effects projects.

Audio Recording Tips - Online Film School for Christians

Audio Recording Tips

In this lesson we’ll show you some tips and tricks that will save you time and heartache with your audio recording.

What Lens Should I Buy? - Online Film School for Christians

What Lens Should I Buy?

In this lesson we’ll try to cut through the confusion and give you a list of lenses to buy based on your budget and expertise.

Tripods - Online Film School for Christians

Tripods

In this lesson we’ll look at the various types of camera tripods and their strengths and weaknesses.

Camera Angles - Online Film School for Christians

Camera Angles

In this lesson we’ll learn about camera angles and how to creatively use them to enhance your film.

Types of Camera Shots

In this lesson we’ll examine the various types of camera shots and then put them all together in a scene.

Interview Lighting

In this lesson we’ll learn all about how to light an interview to be used in a documentary or a commercial.

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How to Create Bullet Hits

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create the Bullet Hits special effects in After Effects.

The Three-Point Lighting System

In this lesson we’ll learn about the Three-Point Lighting System that is foundational for every filmmaker.

Syncing Audio in Posts

In this lesson we’ll discover how to correctly sync your external audio to your film footage, seamlessly.

Filmmaking Apps 101 - Online Christian Film Schools

Filmmaking Apps 101

In this lesson we’re going to learn what apps to purchase to give your cell phone camera settings like on your DSLR.

ISO or Light that isn't Real Light - Online Christian Film School

ISO or Light that isn't Real Light

In this lesson we’ll discuss the ISO or Exposure settings on your camera and their benefits and drawbacks.

Prime Lenses - Online Christian Film School

Prime Lenses

In this lesson we’ll learn about prime lenses and why they’re so fantastic and the go-to lens for most filmmakers.

Keyboard Shortcuts - Online Christian Film School

Keyboard Shortcuts

In this lesson we’ll learn about the various keyboard shortcuts that will save us a boatload of editing time.

Fixing Clips in Posts - Online Christian Film School for Homeschoolers

Fixing Clips in Posts

In this lesson we’ll learn all about how to fix or correct our film clips in the midst of our project.

The Power of Cinema - Online Christian Film School

The Power of Cinema

In this lesson we’re going to learn some reasons why cinema is such a powerful medium.

Rule of Thirds - Online Christian Film School

The Rule of Thirds

In this lesson we’ll learn about the Rule of Thirds and how to position the objects in your film effectively.

Visual Emotion - Online Christian Film Schools

Visual Emotion

In this lesson we’ll learn the cinematography techniques on how to create feelings and emotions visually, without using words.

Compose Your Own Music - Online Christian Film School

Compose Your Own Music

In this lesson we look at composing your own music for your film.

Basic Menu Creation - Online Christian Film School

Basic Menu Creation

In this lesson we’ll spend some time to learn all about the do’s and dont’s of Basic Menu Creation in Adobe Encore.

Adjusting Your White Balance - Online Christian Film Schools

Adjusting Your White Balance

In this lesson we’re going to learn how to Adjust Your White Balance by telling your camera what is really white.

Color in Storytelling - an Online Christian Film School

Color in Storytelling

In this lesson we’ll talk about how filmmakers use color to convey emotion in their films.

Inspiration - Online Christian Film School

Inspiration

In this lesson we’ll learn all about how to first get, and then maintain, inspiration for your writing.

All About Memory Cards - Online Christian Film Schools

All About Memory Cards

In this lesson we’ll clear up all the confusion about Memory Cards and show you the ones you need and the ones you don’t.

What Camera Should I Buy? - Online Christian Film Schools

What Camera Should I Buy?

In this lesson we’re going to cut through the confusion and answer the question:   What Camera Should I Buy?

Picture Styles - Online Christian Film School

Picture Styles

In this lesson we will learn about the do’s and don’t’s of the Picture Style settings on your DSLR camera.

What to Write on a Slate Board - Online Christian Film School

What to Write on a Slate Board

In this lesson we’ll learn what all the lines and boxes on a slate board mean and what to write in each one.

What Camera Should I Buy? - Online Christian Film Schools

Blending Your Subject

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Blending Your Subject to make them fit naturally in your scene.

Man Getting Hit by a Car Effect - Online Christian Film School

Man Getting Hit by a Car Effect

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create a Man Getting Hit by a Car special effect in After Effects.

Basic Character Archetypes - Online Christian Film School

Basic Character Archetypes

In this lesson we talk about something that most of you have probably seen: Joseph Campbell’s “Basic Character Archetypes”.

Coming Up with an Idea - Online Christian Film School

Coming Up with an Idea

Every video starts with an idea. In this Lesson, we will learn how to come up with an idea for your script.

Discouragement - Online Christian Film School

Discouragement

In this lesson we’ll talk about how to overcome discouragement in filmmaking.

What Camera Should I Buy? - Online Christian Film Schools

How to Make a DIY Boom Pole

In this lesson we’ll learn how to make a DIY Boom Pole from some ordinary items we picked up at Lowe’s.

Fight Scene Tips and Tricks - Online Christian Film School

Fight Scene Editing: Tips and Tricks

In this lesson we’ll learn all about some Fight Scene Editing Tips and Tricks that will make your punches look powerful and realistic.

Location Scouting - Online Christian Film Schools

Location Scouting

In this lesson we’ll take a look at Location Scouting and learn how to find the perfect location for the perfect scene in our film.

Editing Your Fight Scene - Online Christian Film Schools

Editing Your Fight Scene

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Editing Your Fight Scene and going from Good to Great to Fantastic.

Recording a Grunt Pass - Online Christian Film Schools

Recording a Grunt Pass

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Recording a Grunt Pass and how it helps make your fight scene sound realistic.

How to Make a DIY Slate Board - Online Christian Film School

How to Make a DIY Slate Board

In this lesson we’ll learn how to make an incredible DIY Slate Board from some items we picked up at Lowes.

What Camera Should I Buy? - Online Christian Film Schools

Green Screen 101

In this lesson we’ll learn about the basic fundamentals of using a Green Screen and what to do, and not do with them.

Negative Criticism - Online Christian Film School

Negative Criticism

In this lesson we’ll talk about how to deal with negative criticism of your films.

How to Storyboard Your Film

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create a Storyboard for your film project and why that is so important.

How to Create Muzzle Flashes

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create the Muzzle Flashes special effects in After Effects.

Advanced Tracking Using Mocha

In this lesson we’ll learn about Advanced Tracking using a program built into After Effects called Mocha.

Advanced Bullet Shell Effects

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create more Advanced Bullet Shells special effects in After Effects.

Choreographing a Fight Scene

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Choreographing a Fight Scene for your film project to make it look real.

Overview of HitFilm 3

In this lesson we’ll take a look at HitFilm 3 Express to try to help familiarize ourselves with this free editing software.

Cloning

In this lesson we’re going to learn how to put Masking and Keyframing into practice by Cloning ourselves.

How to Film With a Cell Phone

In this lesson we’ll learn all about how to shoot a film in HD with nothing but a cell phone.

Recording Foley

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Recording Foley and how to add the little sounds to your film that will take it to the next level.

Why a DSLR Camera

In this lesson we’ll learn about the DSLR and how you can shoot incredible videos with a camera designed for still photos.

Editing a Real Estate Video - Online Christian Film School

Editing a Real Estate Video

In this lesson we’ll learn how to take our real estate footage and edit it into a professional video.

How to Film a Wedding, Part 4

In this lesson we’ll look at the fourth stage of properly filming a wedding:  The Reception.

How to Create a Lightsaber Effect the Easy Way

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create Lightsaber Effects in After Effects the Easy Way.

How to Film a Wedding, Part 2

In this lesson we’ll look at the second stage of properly filming a wedding:  The Pre-Wedding Ceremony Shots.

Advanced Lightsaber Masking Effects

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to use Advanced Lightsaber Masking Effects in After Effects.

All About Lenses, Part 1

In this lesson we’ll look at the various types of camera lenses and their strengths and weaknesses.

How to Light a Scene

In this lesson we’ll learn how to light three different scenes for three completely different lighting effects.

What Editing Software Should I Buy?

In this lesson we’ll take a look at both free and subscription based professional editing software and which one we recommend.

How to Film an Event Promo

In this lesson we’ll learn how to go out and film an event promo that will captivate your audience.

Bouncing (Reflecting) Light

In this lesson we’ll learn how to bounce, or reflect, light.  So let your creativity soar with the endless effects you can create.

Gun Props

In this lesson we’ll learn how to use AirSoft guns as props in your action scenes and how to make them look like the real thing.

All About Microphones

In this lesson we’ll learn about microphones (shotgun mics, lapel mics, on-board mics, etc.) and how to properly use them.

All About Field Recorders

In this lesson we’ll look at the importance of field recorders (portable audio recorders) and how to use them.

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Sliders

In this lesson we’ll learn about the importance of sliders and how incredible they can make your scene look and feel.

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Taking a Tour of After Effects

In this lesson we’ll take an overview of After Effects to help familiarize ourselves with the software.

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Watching Edited Movies

In this lesson we’ll learn about ClearPlay and VidAngel and the importance of watching edited movies.

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The 180 Degree Rule

In this lesson we’ll learn about the 180 Degree Rule and how it works and why it’s so important to understand and apply.

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Keyframing

In this lesson we’ll learn about Keyframing and how essential it is to creating movement in your effects.

How to Create Bullet Holes - Online Christian Film Schools

How to Create Bullet Holes

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to create the Bullet Holes special effects in After Effects.

Camera Movement

In this lesson we’ll learn about the different types of camera movements and how “motion conveys emotion.”

How to Light a White Background

In this lesson we’ll discover what is necessary to properly light a subject using a white background.

Where to Find Music

In this lesson we’ll learn where to go to find great Royalty Free music and sound effects for your film projects.

All About Lenses, Part 2

In this lesson we’ll learn about some things you’ll need to consider before purchasing your next lens.

Masking - Online Christian Film Schools

Masking

In this lesson we’re going to learn about the most important tool in After Effects for creating incredible effects: Masking.

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Zoom Lenses

In this lesson we’ll learn all about zoom lenses and their advantages and disadvantages, or their pros and cons.

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Shutter Speed

In this lesson we’ll learn all about Shutter Speed and what it can, and can’t do, to enhance your film.

Basic Timeline Editing - Online Film School for Christians

Basic Timeline Editing

In this lesson we’ll learn about the basic fundamentals of timeline editing to help create a fluid flowing final project.

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Looping Music

In this lesson we’ll learn about how to loop music seamlessly so it fits the duration of our project.

And So Much More!

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