Make Films Your Clients Will Love
An online film course + personal coaching to help you
get started, grow your skills, and build a career
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Welcome to a film course, designed for you!
If you are struggling to build a video business and put the pieces together…we get it, we’ve been there.
This is the course we needed when we were getting started.
Motion University gives you the step-by-step process of creating a promotional film, with professional filmmakers coaching you along the way.
If you are you 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
Your experience will be similar to an online college course, with video lectures, lesson quizzes, and project assignments due each week.
Each assignment is reviewed by a film professional, and every week we answer student’s questions on a group call. We are cheering you on every step of the way!
Learn the Process
You will learn the production process. Not just what to do, but when to do it. From storyboards to final color grade, you’ll learn the steps to make your projects a success.
Make a Project
You get practical experience as we guide you through creating a promotional film from start to finish. This will include working with a client and crafting a story, all the way through filming and post-production.
Start a Career
You will learn basic business knowledge needed to launch your own career. 50% of our graduates are making money within a few months after finishing MU.
Finding training that isn’t full of zombies or cuss words is next to impossible. As Christians, we want the things we teach to be helpful but also edifying.
Our Core Values
Our foundation is the Bible, and our mission is to help you make high-quality films 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 humility and compassion.
Week 1: Orientation
Learn the basic process of making a promotional film and begin deciding on your project for the course.
Week 2: Storytelling
Learn the elements that create a compelling story and start develop the story for your project.
Week 3: Camerawork
Learn camera framing, shots, techniques, and settings for your story.
Week 4: Directing
Learn keys to capturing a successful interview and discuss how to communicate your vision as a director.
Week 5: Lighting & Filming
Learn how to create lighting that enhances your story and begin filming your project.
Week 6: Editing
Learn editing techniques and how it can be used to form your story. Also learn how to work through the review process.
Week 7: Color
Learn the tools and process of proper color correction and grading.
Week 8: Finishing
Learn how to choose the right fonts and music as you finish your project, and complete the course!
About The Instructors
Andrew Bartlett is a cofounder of Bartlett Idea Co., an independent creative agency. Displaying a passion for serving Christ through the visual arts, Andrew works on films and produces marketing materials for businesses and organizations across the nation. He love storytelling with excellence and has garnered multiple awards including the “$10,000 Grand Prize” for the “AT&T Real Stories” competition. Andrew has produced behind-the-scenes content for several Owl City music videos and his video for the Fargo Police Department has been well received with over 300,000 views! 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 sharing stories that inspire and engage audiences! From the beginning he has been focused on creating quality promo films and has produced or participated in projects winning “Best Promo” for 5 years in a row. He has conducted hundreds of interviews and clients include The Kendrick Brothers, Arkansas Baptist State Convention, ALERT Academy, WIT Ministries, and Lamplighter Guild. Over the years he has also worked on 7 feature films and 4 documentaries, including I Can Only Imagine, Beyond the Mask, Polycarp, Wait Till It’s Free, and Captivated. 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?
You can expect to spend an average of 8-10 hours per week.
Monday: 1 hour training video
Tuesday: Midweek assignment is due.
Wednesday: 1 hour group call (Project updates with Q&A!)
Thursday-Friday: Work on your project as needed.
Saturday: Main project assignment is due.
Midweek assignments are fairly small, and assignments due at the end of the week are more in-depth.
Attending the live group call on Wednesdays are a big part of the course, but recordings of the call are also available to students.
In the first half of the course you will focus on pre-production and planning for your project. In the second half you are filming and editing, so more time may be needed, but 8-10 hours is still the average.
Is MU a replacement for film school?
That depends on your reason for attending film school. We believe that film school is old school.
With Motion University you will have access to a great online course, and an interactive community. In 8-weeks you will learn the skills needed to launch your career!
Our graduates know how to create projects, not just work on projects, and most are getting paid work within a few months of completing the MU course!
When you take the Motion University online course, you get to make YOUR project for a client with personal coaching along the way!
Do I have to own equipment to take this course?
Yes. Click Here for a list of recommended gear that will allow you to get started without breaking the bank.
REMEMBER – Beg, Borrow, Rent. Renting the gear needed for filming your project is an option.
What if I’m not decided on filmmaking as a career?
MU is designed for anyone pursuing film & video as a career. You can be a beginner, but be prepared to invest time and financial resources as you get set up along the way. We guide you through creating your short promotional project for a client from start to finish and provide coaching and personal review 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 supplement working on feature films by also working on shorter 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.
Learning how to tell a compelling story in a 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 provide 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 will do our best to help you work around them.
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 about comprehending and retaining. Through following all the assignments, you will be better prepared with the skills you need.
You get the most value by following the “live” course schedule. This allows our instructors to review your work and provide 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 will do our best to help you work around them.
Where is the course held?
You can take the course wherever you are!
Motion University is an online course. You can view the lectures, communicate with instructors, and submit assignments from anywhere. This allows you to create a promo project for a local client and build relationships in your area!