We’re excited to announce the release of the all new instructor home page. Complete with a dynamic new interface and under-the-hood enhancements to improve page load times and responsiveness, the new home page is easier to use than ever.
New Tab Organization
The Dashboard tab displays all of your active, pending, and upcoming in-person classes and online courses. You can access any expired classes or suspended courses by clicking on “Classes” or “Courses” in the top menu bar, then choosing “View All Classes,” or “View all Courses.”
We moved all system alerts into their own tab, which will display an alert badge when there is an event that requires your attention. You can review student enrollment requests, manage shared content, receive help ticket notifications, and much more.
The all-new Announcements tab allows instructors to post an announcement to all the students and staff members in your organization. It’s the easy way to send out a notification to everyone.
The new Account Set-Up tab includes links to all the key configuration settings you need to set-up, brand, and get your AccuSkills academy up and running.
New Certification Section
All of your certification programs are now easily accessible from your home page. Simply click a certification to open and manage it.
New Quick-Link Menu
Access all main tools by clicking on the action button to the right of each class, course, or certification. See an overview of the class, e-mail all students at once, view enrollment, access the grade book, and much more.
New Status and Alert Pop-Up
Access all of your alerts and to-dos for each class and course by clicking on the red alert badge to the left of each class or course. From here, you can see an overview, plus any tasks that require your attention, including:
Student applications pending approval
Tests that need to be graded
Students who may have had a problem taking a test
New student project submissions
New posts in class discussion forums
New direct messages from students
More responsive than ever
The new instructor home page loads faster than ever with new page optimization. That means getting more done in less time.
The new instructor home page is already live, so you can enjoy it next time you log in to your account.
We are excited to announce a suite of 20 all new lessons -our best yet!! Each lesson is jam-packed with on-set video tutorials, written companion guides, downloadable files and quick-reference guides, and much more.
You can access these new lessons in a number of ways:
If you are a film school instructor, all the new lessons are automatically included in your FilmSkills license. You can begin using them in your classes immediately.
If you are looking for your own personal training, these lessons are available in
From traditional focusing techniques of setting marks and measuring distances, to using digital focus assist tools, students learn how to set focus, overcome focus challenges, and proper on-set procedures.
Students are introduced to the nature of light, how it’s measured, and the foundations of exposure. Complex techniques of the inverse square law, dynamic range, latitude, and contrast ratios are made simple.
This lesson provides a comprehensive look at frame rates, interlaced vs progressive, time code, drop frame, 3:2 pull down, slow motion and time lapse, and how to calculate exposure with different frame rates.
Students learn exposure techniques including zebra stripes, false color, waveform monitors, histograms, and light meters, plus how to expose skin tones, and work within the camera’s latitude and contrast ratio.
In this lesson, students learn how to control the depth of field and its technical and creative effects. This lesson includes three scenes of differing depths of field to illustrate the change in emotional impact.
How to Direct a Scene
Students experience how a scene is blocked, rehearsed, lit, and shot. This lesson includes a downloadable script, final cut, and rough footage of the sample scene.
Hello, I’m Jason Tomaric, and welcome to FilmSkills. I’m a working director and cinematographer in Los Angeles, California and the founder of FilmSkills.
I can imagine we have a lot in common. I grew up in a small Ohio town and started a production company shooting local commercials for bike shops, restaurants, and attorneys. While I dreamt of shooting bigger projects in LA, I had no idea where to start. My family was a typical middle-income family with absolutely no industry connections, and film school wasn’t for me. But as fate would have it, our neighbors in the house behind us had a daughter, Johanna Jenson, who worked in the film industry in LA. Our neighbor would send Johanna newspaper clippings covering my film shoots, and after a while, Johanna and I became pen pals. I would ask her questions about her life working in Hollywood, then anxiously await her reply. She was a lifeline between me and my career dreams in LA. Her advice and kindness were instrumental in helping me move my career to the next level.
Eventually I moved to LA, where I built a successful career directing and shooting feature films, television commercials, and documentaries. If it wasn’t for Johanna’s kindness in helping an ambitious kid in Ohio, I may have never taken the plunge, and for that I am forever grateful.
As I continued to grow professionally, I was disappointed at the opportunities to learn– film schools were outrageously priced and had inexperienced – often bitter – instructors, books seemed too academic, and self-proclaimed experts on youTube were sharing what limited knowledge they had… from their bedroom studios and a webcam. I didn’t want any of that; I wanted to learn from the pros. And with that thought, FilmSkills was born.
Say Hello to FilmSkills
Johanna had a huge impact on my life and career. Afterall, it’s not every day that you can connect with a working Hollywood filmmaker. There isn’t a career day where you can follow around a director, producer, cinematographer, or editor like you can a police officer, doctor, or architect. Hollywood seems like a good old boys club where you have to know someone to get in, and once you’re in, no one on the outside matters. But I found the opposite to be true.
Hundreds of successful and talented filmmakers from all parts of the business partnered with me on FilmSkills to share their knowledge and experience with you. We take you step-by-step through the hard-learned lessons on how to build a career from scratch. FilmSkills is about real world knowledge from real world filmmakers.
“Film professors do not teach the real world. That’s why our instructors are working Hollywood filmmakers.”
FilmSkills has quickly grown into the film industry’s largest film training site. Tens of thousands of students have learned from over 150 leading filmmakers. FilmSkills has also been widely adopted by over 70 film schools, including UCLA, Yale, NYU, Columbia College Chicago, and Full Sail. Why? Because at FilmSkills, you learn from the best people in the industry.
James Cameron’s Assistant director team teaches you how to schedule and budget a film shoot
Steven Spielberg’s producers teach you how to produce a film
The directors of Castle, Star Trek, The X-Files, and The Fugitive teach you how to direct actors and the director’s craft
Judd Apatow’s audio post-product team teaches you about ADR, sound effects editing, and Foley
Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld teaches you how to write a script
…and we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. Our 150 instructors have won, or been nominated for, over 70 Emmy, Academy Awards, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes. I bet you can’t find a film school with that caliber of instructors, and at FilmSkills, they are all here for you.
Get the Jobs and Day Rate You Deserve
By the end of the day, you want one thing– to get the jobs you want and earn the paycheck you deserve. That is the core goal of FilmSkills. You will learn the process and techniques in the safety of your own home so when you get on set, you’ll have the edge. We are here to dramatically shorten your learning curve so you can accelerate your career. You may be wondering who am I to teach this?
I went from a film school drop out to earning $10,000/day as a director and cinematographer in Hollywood.
I went from directing local bike shop commercials in Ohio to an Emmy-winning career in LA earning a $10,000 day rate. I’ve shot documentaries that span 20 countries and TV commercial campaigns for major companies like Toyota, McDonald’s, and Microsoft. While my passion has always been filmmaking, a close second is teaching. I’ve seen a handful of people succeed in this business and hundreds fail. The ones who succeed all have some of the same traits– as do the people who fail. FilmSkills is about guiding you through the career minefield so you can improve your chances of being one of the success stories.
At FilmSkills, we’re not here to teach you the art. That’s your talent and gift. We are here to show you the tools, process, and industry techniques to harness and shape your creative vision into a career.
We’re so excited to have you with us and are ready to help you take your career to the next level. Let’s get started!
Need help? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-886-FILM
We provide a real-world education of motion picture and television production through a series of easy-to-understand, yet comprehensive videos, workbooks and resources. By partnering with industry leaders in the creative and technological fields, we strive to teach real, cutting edge techniques to filmmakers around the globe.