Film Academy
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A personalized approach to learning filmmaking

  • Flexible meeting times
  • Customized curriculum
  • Personal attention

Want to record that birthday party or wedding memory? Make a music video or documentary? Write an original script and produce it? Learn to edit like a pro? MyFilmtech is a one-on-one tutoring program tailor-made to fit your schedule and filmmaking interests. Just you and our instructor. We work with you to develop a course of study to teach you specifically what you want to learn.

Whether it’s screenwriting, documentary filmmaking, camera operation, sound gathering, directing, acting, editing or a combination that includes all aspects of video production from script to finished video, MyFilmtech will give you the hands-on, practical training to learn what you want when you want. Together we develop your personalized curriculum – whether or not you have prior experience, training or education - and an instruction calendar to fit your schedule.

Here are examples of some sample programs, based on instruction at our studio in South Philadelphia. The number of hours and content of your program will vary depending on your needs.

Video Production or Documentary Program - 48 Hours
Learn how to write an original narrative short or documentary script, plan your production, shoot the video, operate the camera, gather sound and edit your completed work using Final Cut Pro. This program is a great way to learn the fundamentals of all aspects of a production – from script to screen.

The Short Script Screenwriting Program - 24 Hours
Learn the fundamentals of story structure, plot, character and story arc. Begin generating story ideas and gain experience with scriptwriting software. Complete a rough and final draft of your short script.  

Complete Feature-length Screenwriting Program - 48+ Hours
This in-depth instruction will take you through the steps necessary to outline and develop a feature-length script and complete rough and final drafts. You’ll learn elements such as 3-part story theory, character and plot development, visual storytelling and proper industry script format.

Camera Operation - 24 Hours
Learn with our camera or yours.  How to use the basic camera functions to best effect. How to set up a shot, use different camera movements and angles to tell your story, learn exposure, focal length and iris controls , hand-held vs. tripod, etc.

Editing - 24 Hours
Using Final Cut Pro, the industry standard editing software, we’ll teach you how to import and log footage, edit using the timeline, cut and paste shots and add audio. Or we can provide more advanced instruction if you have some editing experience.

Rates for your MyFilmtech program will be based on factors such as number of instruction hours, type and level of instruction and location of instruction. There is a 15-hour minimum for MyFilmtech courses.
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Registration and Payment
Full payment is due upon registration, before instruction begins. No tuition refunds or credits will be given once payment is made.
Instruction must be completed within 8 calendar weeks of the start of instruction. No refunds or credits for unused hours.  
At least 24 hours notice must be given to reschedule or cancel a session. Please be on time for your session.