April 29, 2011

Free Online Courses for Aspiring Filmmakers

This is a guest post by freelance writer Donna Reish.

You don't have to have a bachelor's or graduate degree in film in order to become a successful film maker—but you do need to have talent and knowledge of the industry. Open courseware are online classes that are offered entirely for free. The catch? You can't claim college credit or ask for a professor's assistance. But you do have access to an abundance of educational resources with which you can teach yourself. Resources typically include recorded video lectures, course readings, project outlines and old exams with keys.  So no matter if you need to learn the basics or what to freshen up your knowledge, consider taking the open courseware featured below.

Video Production and Creation

These courses are designed to teach students the in and outs of actually putting their vision on screen and putting their filmmaking skills to the test. Students will learn a variety of concepts from basic video capturing and editing to more advanced techniques like creating holographic images and 3-D designs.

Industry

A great film maker is also highly aware of his or her target audience and the industry as a whole. With that said, these courses may also prove to be beneficial for an aspiring film maker.

Philosophy of Film

These courses should help one understand the history and philosophy behind film in order to truly understand and appreciate this art form. The following courses are designed to educate students on everything from the thematic issues of philosophical importance, how to appreciate aesthetics, and will teach you how to cultivate your goals as an artist.


Donna Reish, a freelancer who blogs about best universities, contributed this guest post.  She loves to write education, career, frugal living, finance, health, parenting relating articles. She can be reached via email at: donna.reish13@gmail.com.

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Excellent! Thank you for getting all this info together!

April 29, 2011 at 1:21PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Wow. This is the exact opposite of my college degree. I paid $40,000 for useless information. This is free useful info. Thanks!

April 29, 2011 at 2:38PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Alec Sprinkle

That must've been one horrible college...

April 29, 2011 at 4:37PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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MadP

Not horrible, but what I do for a living has nothing to do with my degree.

April 29, 2011 at 5:12PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Alec Sprinkle

Anyone else read the description for "Filmmaker’s Master Class with Milos Forman"? Granted I doubt Milos wrote the description himself, but I wasn't exactly filled with confidence upon seeing "Jack Nicholas." Did you mean Nicholson? He's only one of the most famous actors in Hollywood history.

April 29, 2011 at 6:26PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Mark

Obviously you're not a golfer

April 29, 2011 at 9:35PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Max

April 29, 2011 at 9:36PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Max

So how does this really work? I clicked on "Digital Video: An Introduction [Columbia]" and apparently you have to have an account with them. What is there I can do?

April 30, 2011 at 12:10AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Omega Pro

Am I missing something here? Why can't I seem to find any of the videos of lectures?

April 30, 2011 at 8:09AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ricky

I cant access these tutorials.. asking to enter ID and Pass..May i need to be a university student to get these tutorials..please some one clarify this...

May 1, 2011 at 7:06AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Bilu

well ... they don´t seem to be free ... if we can´t acess them !!!!

May 1, 2011 at 1:14PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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blurp

Sorry guys -- it seems the Columbia links require a Columbia ID. The rest of them should be working, though -- am I wrong? I'll remove the Columbia courses since they're not exactly "open."

May 1, 2011 at 1:52PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ryan Koo
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can't wait to read some of the free stuff over the summer. thanks!

May 5, 2011 at 3:06PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Koo, muchas gracias por esta valiosa información. Un abrazo de Pedro Camilo.

May 5, 2011 at 7:33PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Pedro Camilo

im not really sure what to do with the MIT?..theres no lectures, its just shwoin me info abou tthe class,..can u help me please?

May 6, 2011 at 1:39AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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hazem abdulrab

I could also use little explaination how to access them... Just now I only see a description of the course.

May 9, 2011 at 10:44AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Juhani

Check the left sidebar -- that's usually where the syllabus and materials are.

May 9, 2011 at 12:36PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ryan Koo
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Great links! Many thanks for the info!

May 6, 2011 at 12:33PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Aleks

I am greatful for such a help you have provided in such a challenging field.

September 20, 2012 at 12:50AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Mathew

thanks for the info, i really learn alot

March 28, 2013 at 3:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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bright makina

here you can an almost free course from udemy price is 49 dollars but got it for you at only 15 dollars, good luck.

November 7, 2013 at 9:59PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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then your doing it wrong. no worries i am doing it wrong too, but now i have resigned myself to do it right.. best of luck

July 10, 2014 at 10:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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richard

Ryan,

Did you vet this article? Maybe things have changed since it was published, but the MIT OpenCourseWare site explains it clearly in the footer on its site:

"MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,200 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge."

So they basically openly publish the syllabus, etc and provide links to Amazon for the textbooks used in the course, but the things linked in the article are not actual courses that someone can take for free.

Cheers!

April 29, 2015 at 9:39AM

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Keith
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