Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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. When you purchase the course you gain life-time access to all the material, but 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)
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.
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.
How much time does Motion University require?
On average, our students spend 6-7 hours per week. There’s a one hour lecture, an 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 6-7 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.