Welcome to a film course, designed for you
We remember what it was like to be young filmmakers, trying to put the pieces together. Instead of building another online video library or a checklist of assignments, we created the course we needed when we were getting started.
With Motion University you learn the step-by-step process of creating a promo film, with professional filmmakers coaching you every step of the way.
If you are self-motivated, eager to learn, and want film to be more than a hobby…this course is for you!
Inside Motion University!
Motion University is a guided online course to help filmmakers build more than a hobby.
8-Week Online Course
The MU Course is structured like a college course, with quizzes following each lecture and filmmaking assignments due each week. We want you to retain and apply each part of this process.
Assignments are reviewed by film professionals plus there are weekly group calls where we answer student’s questions. We’re cheering you on every step of the way.
Learn the Process
We emphasize the process, teaching not just what to do, but when to do it. From storyboards to final color grade, you’ll learn the steps to make your project a success.
Make a Project
At MU, you will create a promotional film from start to finish, so you can learn from actual experience. This will include working with a client, crafting a story, all the way through post-production.
Start a Career
You’ll also learn basic business knowledge needed to launch your own career. 50% of our graduates are making money within 6 months after finishing MU.
Finding something that is clean (and not full of zombies and cuss words) is next to impossible. As Christians, we have a strong conviction that the things we teach also be edifying.
Our Core Values
Inner beliefs drive outward actions. Our foundation is the Bible, and our mission is to provide the resources
to help train you to be a serious filmmaker who intends to make high-quality work for the glory of God.
We strive for high quality technical and aesthetic values. At MU, every student gives their best!
The stories we tell and the things we say are always consistent with a Christian worldview.
People are more important than the end project. We value care and compassion.
To make money as a promo filmmaker, you have to nail your turnaround time. You can’t get stuck in the process.
We believe 8 weeks is just right to keep the course moving without being overwhelming.
Week 1: Orientation
Consider the motivation for wanting to make films and learn the basic process of making a promotional film.
Week 2: Storytelling
Understand the elements that create a compelling story and develop storytelling skills.
Week 3: Camerawork
Understand camera framing, shots, techniques, and settings and discuss when and why to use various techniques.
Week 4: Directing
Understand keys to capturing a successful interview and discuss how to develop and cast a vision as a director.
Week 5: Lighting & Filming
Learn how to light and film an interview and discuss how to create lighting that enhances your story.
Week 6: Editing
Discuss editing techniques and understand the process of editing.
Week 7: Color
Learn the tools and process of color correction and discuss examples of the color grading process.
Week 8: Finishing
Discuss fonts and music and demonstrate competency in finishing a promo.
We contacted some of our favorite vendors and negotiated special discount codes and downloads for the Motion University students!
Enrollment is only open for a limited time to keep the group small so we can give each student the individual attention they need.
Each level gives you the same access to everything. You can save money by signing up sooner!
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2017 FALL COURSE
About The Instructors
There is no “perfect way,” but learning a structure is a good place to get started. We’re here to teach you the way we do it.
Our goal is for you to take the things we’ve learned and apply them in a way that works best for you.
Andrew Bartlett is a cofounder of Bartlett Productions, a small media company based out of North Dakota. Displaying a passion for serving Christ through the visual arts, and storytelling with excellence, Andrew works on films, and produces marketing materials for businesses and organizations across the nation. Currently the Director of the Midwest Christian Filmmakers Academy, Andrew loves coaching aspiring filmmakers on how to hone their craft in a hands-on way.
A veteran of video production for over a decade, John-Clay Burnett is the founder of ReelCast Productions, an award-winning media company committed to presenting truth through high-quality visual media! Over the years, he has been significantly involved with a number of Christian films including Pendragon, The Penny, Captivated, Beyond the Mask, Polycarp, Awakened, and Wait Till It’s Free. A key teacher at Christian film workshops across the nation, John-Clay is passionate about partnering with people to pursue greater excellence in their communication. Past teaching opportunities have included lecturing at the Lamplighter Guild and the Christian Worldview Film Festival.
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Answers to commonly asked questions
How much time does Motion University require?
On average, our students spend 8-10 hours per week. There’s a one hour lecture (average), a one hour group call, and then the rest of the time is spent on assignments. The midweek assignment is fairly small, while the assignment due at the end of the week is more in-depth. The assignments get more time consuming as the course progresses, but 8-10 hours is the average. You do not have to work on it every day – assignments are due on Tuesday and Saturday and the group call is on Wednesday.
We realize that not everyone can be available for the group calls, so we record the calls and post them each week.
Is MU a replacement for film school?
We provide personal coaching….Film School is a classroom.
We provide a concentrated 8-week course….Film School is 2-4 years.
We allow you to make YOUR project…Film School is a group student project.
If you’ve decided that film & video is what you want to do for a career, we teach the skills needed to succeed in the industry.
We have a great online course, an interactive community, and most of our students are getting paid work within 6 months of completing the MU course.
Do I have to own equipment to take this course?
Yes. Click Here for a list of recommended gear that will allow you to practice the art of filmmaking without breaking the bank.
REMEMBER – Beg, Borrow, Rent. Renting the gear needed for filming your project is also an option.
What if I’m not decided on filmmaking as a career?
MU is designed for those pursuing film & video as a career. You can be a beginner…no prior experience is needed, but be prepared to invest time and financial resources as you get set up along the way. With MU we guide you through creating your own short promotional project from start to finish and provide personal review and coaching of your work each week.
I want to work on feature films, why learn how to make promo videos?
You will learn skills through MU that will make you more valuable on bigger projects. More importantly, you can use your skills between the big projects. Most people who are successful in the film industry are also working on commercial projects.
TV, short films, promotional media, and feature films all have differences. However, telling a good story and the technical way those stories are told aren’t so different.
Feature films are made up individual scenes that are like mini-stories. Learning how to tell a compelling story in short amount of time will help you stand out!
We know how difficult it can be to get a job on feature films, and it’s even harder to get a paid position.
Learning how to succeed at smaller projects gives you a safer place to grow and try new ideas, while also making an income.
Do I have to follow the course schedule?
Yes – You get the most value by following the “live” course schedule. This allows our instructors to review your work and offer feedback. Plus, it helps YOU complete your project in a timely manner! We believe in the process of the course so much, we only offer it in a “live” format. (If you have minor scheduling issues during the course, please let us know and we can work with you around those).
Can I just watch the lectures without doing the assignments?
No. You must follow the course and complete each quiz to unlock the next week of content.
Motion University is all about comprehending and retaining. We are confident that through following all the assignments, you will come out with skills that can make money.
You get the most value by following the “live” course schedule. This allows our instructors to review your work and offer feedback. Plus, it helps YOU complete your project in a timely manner! (If you have minor scheduling issues during the course, please let us know and we can work with you around those)
Where is the course held?
YOU DECIDE. Using an online learning platform, the instructors are able to teach lectures, communicate with students, and critique their work. This allows you to create a promo project in your home area, learning the skills that will build a career in filmmaking.