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This course and community has helped filmmakers around the world elevate their visual storytelling skills and given them the tools and techniques to make their documentary.
“I would never have started making my documentary short without Next Gen. I had no idea where to begin and no one to ask for advice and felt totally out of my depth. The course has been so empowering. It taught me everything I needed to know, broken down into bite size chunks that I can dip in and out of, at my own pace, alongside my full time job. I’m halfway through editing my first short film now and am so excited to share it with the community for feedback.”
“Seb’s course has even more detail and information than my university degree did on the same subject and better yet, this course summarises information to be as understandable as possible without being over simplified. Something like that. It’s basically everything I learnt in uni, just summed up much more efficiently and in a much more appropriate format for learning.”
“Next Gen has even more detail than my filmmaking degree, but summed up much more efficiently, taught in a much more engaging way, for a fraction of the cost. The story section is fantastic! I had so many lightbulb moments where things I hadn’t grasped at uni suddenly made sense. Seb perfectly summarises the content so it’s really easy to understand, but without oversimplifying it. And he doesn’t just teach you, he shares his journey with you so it feels less overwhelming as you know he’s faced the same challenges too.”
“Next Gen has even more detail than my filmmaking degree, but summed up much more efficiently, taught in a much more engaging way, for a fraction of the cost. The story section is fantastic! I had so many lightbulb moments where things I hadn’t grasped at uni suddenly made sense. And he doesn’t just teach you, he shares his journey with you so it feels less overwhelming as you know he’s faced the same challenges too.”
“Such a fantastic experience! This has been a smooth and clear step-by-step guide through making a documentary. I was able to learn at my own pace and go back to sections I wanted to repeat with ease. The stunning visuals kept me engaged while also serving as examples for each lesson. Above all, the ability to learn from Seb's own experience and feedback is worth more than any price tag.”
“Next Gen has been invaluable for my career. I'm fairly new to this side of the industry and was blessed with an entry level job in a production company but wanted to learn more so I could progress. I'm able to relate the lessons to my work, take on more responsibility and grow in an industry that I am truly passionate about. The ability to learn from Seb's own experience and feedback is worth more than any price tag. Thank you so much Seb, can’t wait to learn more!”
“I’m thoroughly impressed! The course is well structured and easy to navigate, with clear indicators of what you’ll be learning at each stage. Seb’s a brilliant teacher and manages to share knowledge in an engaging and accessible way. I really like the downloadable templates that you can use and tweak to work for you; they’re such a valuable resource. I made a career change a few years ago, moving into production without any prior experience. Next Gen would have been absolutely brilliant for me then, but even now, several years down the line, I’ve learnt a huge amount from the course.”
"Next Generation Filmmaker has been such a great resource and community for learning the principles of filmmaking for me. The instructor, Seb, is very knowledgeable, clear and approachable. I’ve been making films for years and there are several things I wish I had known before that I have learned on this course! Great community and no stone unturned. I highly recommend it at any skill level! "
“Entering the Next Gen course, I was pleasantly surprised by how the programme was packaged. Sebastian's concise and practical lessons in documentary filmmaking are steeped in personal experience, something my university film course lacked. Learning about Seb's creative journey helped me to connect to each lesson more completely; and hearing how he has overcome issues during his film-making career is the kind of invaluable information that a new-comer to the industry, like myself, is needing to hear. The way in which each course component showcases the skills he is talking about is done so in an intuitive and approachable way. It was impressively easy to manoeuvre from topic to topic and to hone in on the aspects of production that my tertiary education glossed over. I will definitely be coming back to certain sections whenever I am in need of a refresher.”
"Excellent course for any filmmaker in any stage of their career! NextGen provides you with a solid ground in all areas of film-making. It covers a lot of information, delivered in concise chunks that are easy to absorb. The structure is clear, logical and effective, and you have access to download templates and other assets which are incredibly helpful. But it isn’t just about that, Seb is a wonderful teacher, obviously an expert in his field, and the fact that he shares his own experience as a filmmaker in every lesson is helping me so much battle nervousness and address certain fears I have. I can’t praise Seb enough - It’s been an absolutely amazing experience!"
“There are so many things to praise about Next Gen! Seb is a fantastic teacher and his bite-sized lessons are not only easy to fit into your day, they’re something to look forward to! I studied documentary directing for 4 years at university and have worked in factual entertainment since, so doing the Next Gen course has been such a brilliant refresher and also brought to light so many things that’d never fully ‘clicked’ until now.
Something I’ve found most powerful in the Next Gen’s lessons are Seb’s personal, real, raw filmmaking experiences. These make each lesson engaging and empowering and is something that so many other courses lack! Normalising some of the harder tasks or scenarios when filmmaking really struck a chord with me as it can be so hard to see a way forward when you’re in these positions, yet no one ever talks about them or how to work through these. Until now!
Seb has such a wonderfully personable nature and his passion is infectious. I challenge you to do this course and not come out feeling inspired and fully equipped to crack on with your own project!!”