Best Free Filmmaking Courses

Find the best online Free Filmmaking Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings.

From Story to Screen: Producing a Professional Short Film

Step-by-step guide to producing a professional short film you can be proud of.

Created by Vicki Lau - Multi-Hyphenate Artist, VFX Pro, TEDx Speaker, Author

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Students: 34005, Price: Free

How do you start from an idea and 1 you to 40+ crew members, and with more than 10,000 audience members and viewers of your short film?

If you aspire to make a short film that is not just going to be unseen, this course will reveal the steps, tips and tricks to making a professional short film that goes beyond the amateur film space and into the limelight of being seen.

Learn How to Create Your Short Story from Scratch, Avoid the Mistakes Made by Amateurs.

Learn through my very own directorial short debut sample The Painter (2014) on the extra steps and care that goes into creating a professional short production, as well as detailed production information you may need, to eventually work on bigger productions of your own.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by someone who used to be in your position, but has amassed 40 crew members out of nowhere, screened at multiple film festivals, all this, being just her first directorial debut short film
  • Step-by-step guide with actual production information and documents used
  • Detail insights and know-hows that would save you time and money when producing on a shoestring budget
  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students

 

Learn How to Become the Professional Short Filmmaker Everyone Wants to Work With.

You will Learn How:

  • To develop your own story idea
  • To plan for development and pre-production
  • Storyboards, budgeting and documentation come together
  • Find your cast and crew with little to no budget
  • Film insurances work
  • To shoot and wrap-up production
  • To plan for visual effects and sound in post-production
  • To plan for your short film release

Complete with additional resources, and a fun and engaging teaching style, students who complete the course will also be awarded with a bonus section - kind of like that bonus clip you sit through the entire credit roll at the end of a film.

If you participate in this course, you will walk away becoming more enlightened and empowered with these new insights and knowledge on how to professionally produce your own short story idea in your head to the silver screen.

The best part of it all - this course is utterly and ridiculously FREE.

Basic Video Editing by Premier Pro & Creating a Short Film

Short Film making course for Beginners

Created by MKCL India - Creating a Knowledge Lit World

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Students: 14141, Price: Free

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing app developed by Adobe Systems and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing program. Adobe Premiere Pro is a successor of Adobe Premiere. Adobe Premiere Pro CC is powerful, customizable, and high-performance nonlinear editing software for video professionals. In this course you will learn the basics of Premier pro ,its features, uses , its installation and activation process.

Anyone can make a movie with modern technology, but most people get  stuck in the process because it can be very complicated . In this course the students will learn about making a short film by using Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Here you will learn editing videos, merging videos , adding music to video etc.

360 Video Creation Fundamentals

Learn the foundations of creating professional 360º and cinematic VR video

Created by Josh Gibson - 360° Video & Immersive Media Creator

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Students: 12862, Price: Free

Hello and welcome to this course! I'm Josh, and I love immersive media.

Full disclosure: This course hasn't been updated for a while and contains some outdated information. It's been free for a while now, but I wanted to update the course description as well so everyone could understand the context of them going through these videos.

I created this course back in 2016, so it's not ancient or anything, but it definitely doesn't include the latest tools, techniques, and tricks that have evolved since then (which is a lot.)

There are still approaches and philosophies that I think are still applicable and valuable and I'll try to remove videos that contain zero useful information, but just keep all that in mind while you watch.

I'm still working in the Cinematic VR industry, but have shifted my focus from teaching over a little more to making. So, as always, feel free to leave questions and I'll be happy to answer them.

I'll leave this course up on Udemy, but will probably be more active on the 360º Video Academy YouTube channel so feel free to come find me there as well.

Thank you!

Smartphone VIDEO: DIY Super Easy videography storytelling

Mobile phone Videography: StoryVideo Production for beginner using WeVideo App (iOS & Android) Editing in one hour!!

Created by Yukiko Sato - Lean (ZeroWaste) Entrepreneur

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Students: 7926, Price: Free

Create your 'What I Overcame!' Theme Life Story Video and learning how to edit video using WeVideo App (iOS & Android)

Why StoryVideo? 

Storytelling (narrative) Video provide better result than video without story and give you more information in a short amount of time.

StoryVideo tells your personal story or behind the business and products.

Customers are attracted and feel more connected to your business by your voice and body languages.

Why Create Story Video entirely using SmartPhone / Tablet?

SmartPhone (Cell Phone) is very handy and flexible to film speedy, in small space with different angles. SmartPhone Video quality is now HD 1080p same as TV broadcast video format.

Story Video can make good connection with viewers and customers since social media get trend. When people watch the videos created by video camera, they automatically think it's a commercial video. 

Social Media friendly video is MUST now.

Let's start to create your story video in this course! See you inside of this course !!

Learn Screenwriting Basics from ‘The Avengers’

30 minutes is all it takes to learn the basics of writing movies.

Created by Ryan Estabrooks - Screenwriter

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Students: 7299, Price: Free

New to screenwriting? Want to know how big movies are written?

Enroll in this course and you'll  learn the basics of screenwriting using 'The Avengers' as a prime  example of how to write your first movie.

Learn how the writers behind 'The  Avengers' structured the movie, how they built fantastic characters and  used character goals to fuel the story.

Master Screenwriting Methods Utilized in 'The Avengers' and Use Them in Your Own Screenplays

  • Participate in writing activities based on lessons learned from 'The Avengers'.

  • The activities start small and gradually build up, never overwhelming you.

  • After completing all writing activities, you will have an outline for your next movie!

Beef Up Your Screenwriting Skills by Seeing How Big Movies are Written

'The Avengers' is one of the biggest films of all time and a  milestone achievement in modern movie storytelling. So what better movie  to learn the basics of screenwriting from than this one?

Even though there are many characters in 'The Avengers', the  story itself follows a solid, 3-act structure that is easy to grasp and  learn. There is a clear beginning, middle and end with easily  identifiable characters. In this course, we dive deep into the mechanics  of 'The Avengers', pulling back the curtain and breaking it down to the  core elements: act structure, characters goals, obstacles, and more.

Content and Overview

This course has 8 total lessons and 30+ minutes of video content,  geared towards beginning screenwriters. If you have 30 minutes to  spare, you can learn the basics of screenwriting! There is no filler  here, just the core concepts you need to know.

First, we will start with the beginning of each movie's genesis -  the story concept. Then, we will look at creating characters with goals  and weaknesses. Finally, we will break down the details of each of the  three acts that will make up your next screenplay.

After completing this course, you will understand the basic  foundation of how the biggest movies are written. Even better, after you  complete all activities in the included workbook, you will have an  outline written for your next movie!

Storyboarding for Beginners

Free, in-depth walk-through of the free, open-source tool Storyboarder for the pre-production storyboarding of any film.

Created by Vicki Lau - Multi-Hyphenate Artist, VFX Pro, TEDx Speaker, Author

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Students: 4559, Price: Free

Are you someone who cannot draw for nuts?

If you aspire to make a film but struggle to get your vision and shot ideas across with storyboards, this course will arm you with the needed know-how to using the latest tool in masterfully conveying that vision - without pain.

Learn How to Storyboard in an Instant, with Wonder Unit's Storyboarder.

Learn through this in-depth walk-through on the essential steps and features that come with Storyboarder in creating a professional and understandable storyboard, that you and anyone on your film crew can read, interpret and execute without questions asked about what that squiggly mess on the right is supposed to represent.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by someone who is technologically-savvy (visual effects specialist), produced a number of short films that screened at multiple film festivals, and understands the storyboarding process as an artist and producer

  • Step-by-step guide from start to completion of a sample sequence

  • Insights and know-hows that would save you time and money when storyboarding with Storyboarder

  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students

 

Forget Drawing your Shots, Let Technology do it for You.

You will Learn How:

  • Storyboarding works and its basic principles

  • To use key features of Wonder Unit's Storyboarder tool

  • To accommodate your existing design skills with the tool

  • To work with various storyboard export options that fit your filmmaking style

  • To plan for pre-production storyboarding

If you participate in this course, you will walk away empowered and equipped with the tool that will not only save you time and money in the film production process, but also, spare yourself the embarrassment of showcasing your drawing skills - or lack thereof.

The best part of it all - this course is utterly and ridiculously FREE, just as the tool itself, is free.

Iphone Videomaking Masterclass

Make professional looking videos with your iPhone

Created by Claire Curran - Freelance Filmmaker

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Students: 4194, Price: Free

Make great iPhone videos.  Master filming, framing, lighting, sound, content, scriptwriting, presenting and editing!  A great beginners introduction to creating quality iPhone movies.  Each Section will add a layer to your overall film and guide you step by step to creating a great video.  Overcome your on camera fears and build your own vlog, marketing video or capture your memories.

ACTION™ Masterclass: How To Become Hollywood’s #1 Must-Hire

The 'Secret Formula' I Used To Get Hired By Furious 7, The Voice, Daft Punk & 109 Major Films (Without ANY Experience)

Created by Derek Taylor - ACTION™ Expert

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Students: 2556, Price: Free

ACTION™ Masterclass was born through observing over 1,000 production assistants on set in Los Angeles — followed by an obsession to boil down exactly WHY losers lose and winners win. The results were shockingly cut-and-dry…

The winners with explosive success followed a predictable pattern.

After working for Universal, Warner Bros, Sony, Disney and many others, I put everything I learned about this pattern into a simple formula... the "cheat sheet" with my 10,000+ hours of experience condensed into 3 hours of powerful insider shortcuts, tips & tricks to help you get your foot in the door.

This masterclass is the proven formula that gives aspiring filmmakers immediate traction — blending strategic psychology with practical, battle-tested industry secrets — allowing you to build momentum and get hired on major studio blockbusters.

Cinematography in 100 Minutes

Learn Cinematography fast and easy

Created by Mitchell Bouchard - B.S, Host @RedCapeLearning 415,000 + Students

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Students: 2106, Price: Free

Do you want to learn Cinematography?

Do you want to make creative videos?

You will master all of the following techniques:

  • Cinematography

  • Camera Operation

  • Composition

  • Lenses

  • Creating Shallow Depth of Field

  • Filming in Low Light

  • Lighting

  • Set design

  • Capturing Broll

  • and so much more

You will receive a film school education for a fraction of the cost.

Lead instructor Mitchell Bouchard has created a practical Cinematography course.

You will get instant access to:

  • 1+ hours of video lessons

  • Downloadable workbook

  • Practice files for Color Grading

  • Premium support from instructors who care

  • Lifetime updates to course materials

Our goal for you:

The goal of this course is to add value to all potential filmmakers across the globe - whether you're a complete beginner or someone with a basic understanding of cinematography.

Make professional videos on any budget

No matter how fancy your camera is or what kind of gear you use, you can make great videos. By learning the principles of a good video (storytelling, shot composition, lighting, and editing) you will be making more engaging and higher quality videos, even with a smartphone.

If you want to make better videos, this is the course for you.

There is no reason to hesitate. Enroll now, see if you enjoy the course, and start making better videos today!

Cheers,

Mitchell Bouchard

Impact of 5G Technology on Filmmaking

How 5G will re-invent Film Industry & Filmmaking

Created by Gourav Ghosh - Film Producer and Filmmaking Teacher

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Students: 388, Price: Free

Filmmaking is combination of art, technique and business. Unlike other art forms of art, films depend more on technology. 5G is going to democratise filmmaking. It will transform location scouting, revolutionise chroma (green screen) shoots, transform motion capture and much more. You can go direct from camera to cloud with high resolution RAW files, and do much more. 5G has the ability to become the post office between the camera and a collaborative, connected creative ecosystem. It will save time, clutter and expenses. Instead of having to setup your game engine (for virtual productions) on set, you can just stream the cameras back to a supercomputer, and the supercomputer sends back the results. You could setup anywhere , with no special equipment.

Topics to be covered in this free online course:

  • What is 5G and different types?

  • Benefits of 5G technology

  • Impact on Pre-production due to 5G

  • Impact on production due to 5G

  • Impact on Post-production due to 5G

  • Impact on Film distribution due to 5G

  • World’s major tech players in 5G

  • How to stay update with new emerging trends in filmmaking

5G is the inflection point where the global wireless mobile network catches up to the rigourous capacity demands of leading-edge filmmaking workflow.

Join this free online course by Gourav Ghosh (FTII), to get technically updated about the big revolution which is coming to filmmaking.