Your Ultimate Filmmaking Learning Guide: A List of Best Filmmaking Courses Online

When it comes to choosing a career path, filmmaking hasn't always been one of the first options that come to one's mind let alone in the 'Top 10' list. Naturally, not a lot of importance has been given to getting institutional education for filmmaking. However, our generation tends to get attracted more towards creative careers and today, every other person wants to make a career in filmmaking.

Sadly, those who wish to get educated in this field are stuck at home due to the pandemic, with very few learning options and even lesser work opportunities in the film field available to them. While it's true that a subject like filmmaking can be best understood and learned on-ground, with hands-on experience, it is always a great option to invest your free time (if a pandemic allows you to) in acquiring skills that may help escalate your career, especially when some online resources available are as good as an undergraduate, postgraduate or diploma course in filmmaking.

Some great people on the internet realise this and offer a pool of filmmaking courses online to choose from. Although these online courses have been surfacing around for long, with the number of options available today, the process of choosing the best ones out of them can be overwhelming.

To help you filter out the best from the rest, we have created a list of value-adding online filmmaking courses that can help you set foot in the industry like a pro! Let's begin scrolling.


1. NYFA Online Filmmaking Workshops

The New York Film Academy offers a number of online filmmaking courses, with both full-time and part-time options. The course module is centred around various aspects of filmmaking such as writing, direction, cinematography, short filmmaking and much more. The intensity, however, depends on which course you opt for. They offer options of 1-week course, 2-week, 4-week, 8-week and 15-week online filmmaking courses. Although, it is always a good option to learn from one of the best and most popular filmmaking schools in the world, the only drawback is that the cost of these courses may be too high for a lot of us.

Cost: $450 - $3600 (USD)

2. Sundance Online Courses

Sundance Institute offers a variety of self-paced as well as live online filmmaking courses through their website - Sundance Collab. These courses are modestly priced and are centred around anything and everything film-related, such as Film Direction, TV writing, Film Producing, etc. Taught by industry professionals and prestigious awards winners, courses offered by Sundance can prove to be very helpful in learning the basics and finding your way around in the film industry.

Cost: $295 onwards (USD)

3. Unibred Courses

The Indian Film Institute offers its very own set of creative online courses including an all-in-one filmmaking course, which is extremely budget-friendly and is definitely a great learning experience. This basic-level filmmaking course covers all the aspects from Screenplay to Direction, Cinematography to Editing, Short Film making to Festivals! Hosted by top professionals from the Indian Film Industry, the course offers a unique structure with a mix of live and recorded sessions, giving the students the convenience of completing the course at their own pace. Features like live interactions, real-time feedback, assignments, quizzes and tips make this course one of a kind. What's more? Students not only get a certificate upon completion, they also get IFI membership giving them access to industry updates, workshops, career guidance and support, and much more!

With discounts being offered every now and then, choosing this course can prove to be of great value to your filmmaking journey.

Cost: ₹9,999 (The course is currently offering a 50% discount on their upcoming batch and is priced at ₹4,999 only)

4. MasterClass

MasterClass is a great option for not just filmmaking courses but courses for various other fields too. Hosted by industry experts, MasterClass offers a range of filmmaking and other Arts and Entertainment courses such as Aaron Sorkin teaches Screenwriting, Ron Howard teaches Directing, Martin Scorsese teaches Filmmaking, Natalie Portman teaches Acting, among many others, and all by renowned names in their respective industries. Although a little pricey, you can subscribe to MasterClass if you wish to learn from some Hollywood biggies.

Cost: ₹1,295.83/month (billed annually)


5. Screenwriting: The Art of the First Draft

This course has been created to equip you with a roadmap for tackling your initial draft and guide you to the next steps on the scriptwriting journey. In this course, Hal Ackerman, a faculty member of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 1985 and currently the co-chair of the Screenwriting Program, teaches you how to organize your ideas into scenes and acts, approach character development and dialogue and take the next steps after the first draft is complete. With class content of over 5 hours, lifetime and easy access, this course is surely a good option for those wanting to start off as screenwriters.

Cost: $29 (USD)

6. NYFA Online Screenwriting Workshops

Much like its online filmmaking workshops, NYFA offers a range of options to learn screenwriting through its online workshops. With a flexible curriculum of seven 15-week online screenwriting courses/workshops, whether you are interested in feature-length film scripts, television, or comic book writing, each of the Online Screenwriting School’s 15-week workshops is structured to deliver intensely focused and challenging lessons to help students improve their arsenal of skills and develop projects of which they can be proud. The only drawback is the expensive aspect of the course which can be a major deciding factor for you if you have a limited budget.

Cost: $1870 (USD)


7. The Hurlbut Academy’s Cinematography Masterclass

Starting with breaking down your script and learning how to develop the film’s visual language and choose the right aspect ratio, this course is everything cinematography! Taught by Hollywood Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, this course includes over 7 hours of instructional videos divided into 39 lessons, detailed written Breakdowns, Top Down Lighting Schematics, Top Down Blocking Schematics, Top down Sun Paths and Power distribution maps and Side by Side Comparisons.

Cost: $599 (USD)

8. Shooting the Scene