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Filmmaking from the First Directors teaches the basics of filmmaking and early film history. It takes students through a unique journey starting in the late 19th century when film was invented, then guides them through the steps first directors took in creating the modern language of film. Each lesson includes watching a series of lectures on history and production basics then viewing original films. Assignments will include making a variety of short films which will be uploaded for class comments and review. The goal of the class is to teach students how to make films one step at a time.
This class is taught by Thomas Purifoy, Jr., producer, director and writer of Modern Parables, Seek Social Justice, and Economics for Everybody. He has produced a variety of dramatic and documentary shorts, and is a student of film history. He believes merging these two areas is the perfect way to learn how to make films.
A few things to note:
Once You Purchase:
We will send you a special invitation to the online class portal. This could take at least 24 hours (more if you purchase on a weekend). Don't be nervous if you don't get something automatically.
Students will have online access for one year or more to finish the class. They can progress through lessons at their own pace.
Format: The class is available via an online classroom and includes pre-recorded lectures, complete films online, and things to read. This class is not tied to a certain weekly day or time, but can be taken at the student's speed.
Equipment required: Digital Video Camera, Tripod, Computer with Editing Software, Internet Connection