WHAT'S THIS COURSE ABOUT?
Whether you’re a beginner making your first short, a photographer or journalist venturing into video, or a videographer looking to make documentaries, this course is for you.
Make your documentary from start to finish whether it's a short, feature film or series
Build your connections, crew and confidence through our online community
Master storytelling with our full module on how to tell compelling stories
Achieve more with less using agile kit, small crews and smart
Advance your skills and day rate so you can earn a living making films you love
Learn at your own pace with lifetime membership so you can keep coming back
LEARN HOW TO MAKE DOCUMENTARIES
Meet your mentor
Created by award-winning director and cinematographer Sebastian Solberg, Next Generation Filmmaker combines everything Seb has learned over the last ten years of his career with extensive additional research into the latest digital technology and documentary techniques.
THE FULL CURRICULUM
> Intro To Storytelling
> Finding Your Idea
> Choosing Your Narration Style
> Visual Storytelling Techniques
> Character Arc
> Three Act Structure
> Balancing Storytelling With Truth
> Writing Interview Questions
> Quiz: Story
> Intro To Producing
> How To Put Together A Film Crew
> How To Create A Treatment
> How To Put Together A Schedule
> How To Create A Budget
> How To Fund Your Project
> How To Create A Production Binder
> How To Create A Call Sheet
> Quiz: Producing
> Intro To Camera Basics
> Camera Resolution
> Frame Rates
> Aspect Ratio
> Picture Style
> White Balance
> Depth Of Field & Focal Length
> Quiz: Camera Basics
DIRECTING & FILMING
> Intro To Filming
> Camera Angles
> Camera Movement
> Cinematic Gimbal Movements
> Essential Drone Movements
> Cinematic Slider Movements
> How To Film Slow Motion
> How To Film An Interview
> Keeping Your Subject In Focus
> Shooting Timelapses
> Natural Lighting
> How To Record Sound On Location
> Quiz: Directing & Filming
> Intro To Editing
> Keyboard Shortcuts
> DIT: Importing & Backing Up Footage
> Transcribing Your Footage
> Writing A Paper Edit
> Editing Your Film - Part 1
> Editing Your Film - Part 2
> Recording & Using Voice Over
> Sound Design
> Colour Grading
> Composer vs. Royalty Free Music
> Quiz: Editing
> Intro To Marketing
> Press Kit & Making A Movie Poster
> Creating A Website
> Tips To Successful Social Media Marketing
> Quiz: Marketing
> Intro To Business
> How To Sell Your Film
> How To Make A Living As A Filmmaker
> Quiz: Business
YOU'LL ALSO GET...
exclusive discounts on filmmaking software, gear and music.
"Life-changing. Seb gave me the confidence to make my film, and the motivation to keep going. The modules being in bite-size chunks means I can dip in and out alongside my full-time job."
“More detail than my film degree, summed up better, taught in a more engaging way, for a fraction of the cost. The story section gave me so many light bulb moments of things I hadn't grasped at uni."
"Learning from Seb's experience and feedback is worth more than any price tag. I can relate it to my work, take on more responsibility, and grow in an industry I'm truly passionate about."
WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS SAY?
Join a Supportive Community
We have a private Facebook group where you can engage with other students and ask any questions you might have throughout the making of your documentary and beyond.
You don't need expensive equipment
Don't worry, you don’t need lots of filmmaking gear to learn the skills taught in the course. We promise. But to put them into action, you will need a camera. It doesn’t need to cost you lots of money, you could just use a smartphone or borrow a friend's DSLR. Whatever you go for, it's how you use it and the quality of your story that matters most.
You can choose which skillsets to focus on
The course teaches you every stage of filmmaking, but you don't need to master every skillset. If you love storytelling and producing, say, but filming isn’t your thing, you can bring a cinematographer on board. And our online community will help you do that. We suggest you do all the modules though, as the more you understand each stage, the more confident you’ll be and the better your film will be too.
You get lifetime membership
You buy the course as one upfront payment. It's a lifetime membership, which means you can access all the current and future content for life. Your membership will never expire. This means you're free to go at your own pace, watch the videos as many times as you like, and revisit modules whenever you need a refresher.