Digital Cinema Filmmaker’s Training Course

  • The Command Course, 24 hours of training, is $439, OR $395 with the Indie Slate magazine subscriber discount.*
  • The Step-up version; 30 hours of training is $529. OR $476 for subscribers; Hamden’s “complete” course adds 6 hours of intermediate audio and compositing instruction (see below for more info).

Ships in 2-3 business days. Order online now to get started, and get the Indie Slate magazine subscriber discount or call 832-593-0405.

*The 10% Subscriber Discount will more than pay for your subscription if you aren’t already a subscriber. Such a deal!


DCT-MP Movie Production Set

DCT-BP Basic Production Set

DCT-LS Lighting Production Set

DCT-PCD Pre-Production CD

DCT-PCL Production Checklist

DCT-FM1 Field Manual

DCT-GG07 Gear Guide ‘07

DCT-NP Notepad and Pen

20 DVDs That teach Filmmaking from Writing to Post.

Order the $529 complete set, and get the Indie Slate subscriber discount of 10% here.  [Ships in 2-3 business days]  Call us at 832-593-0405 to order by phone.

All DVDs feature:

Motion Menus and Instant-Access Chapter buttons. The most revolutionary training course you will ever own. Over 30 hours of filmmaking savvy, wisdom, examples, demonstrations, tips and tricks, presented on 20 DVDs by people who work in Hollywood day in, day out. Learn Scriptwriting, Formatting, Editing, Camera Operation, Lighting, Exposure, Audio, and Directing, all focused on Digital Movies.

DCT-BP (Basic Production): 10-Point lighting, the jargon and motive behind each light source, as well as balancing them together with Quality, Quantity, Direction, and Color. Composition concepts: Law of Thirds, Screen Mass, Triangular Dominance, Color Harmony, and Planar Separation, as well as the psychological impact of each. Also, Lenses, Depth of Field, Shots, Axes of Motion, Makeup, and Steadicam.

DCT-MP (Movie Production): Screenwriting, Directing, Acting. Add foreground detail and make a dolly move really count, block your actors to match their eyelines, compose your shots to set the audience at ease (or not), and light the set with a minimum of fixtures.

DCT-LS (Lighting Set): 10 complete sections devoted to Pro lighting. Matching your lighting to fire-light, Christmas lights, uncorrected fluorescents, flashlights, candles, lighting chrome weapons, and groups of actors at a card table scene. When you finish the last DVD of this series, your mind will be overloaded. You will never watch movies the same way again, knowing that the “Natural Sunset” light inside an apartment is actually tungsten light off a gold reflector, and that there is a reason why directors move the actors in specific axes.

The Digital Cinema Course begins by detailed instructions on building a screenplay with proper structure and solid characters. Many screen writing textbooks have also done this, but the course is the first to do it by use of a dramatic short film teaching writers the basics of overcoming obstacles and disasters. This is then furthered by second more concise section outlining how to write in clear instructions. It categorizes specific methods and tools, and inspires writers who may have given up on dramatic storytelling.

The following section describes how to physically construct a screenplay, what paper to use, how to bind it, and how to format the content. This is done with the use of computer graphics. Once the storytelling sections are complete, the course moves on to teach film editing. Starting with the history of editing and progressing to current digital nonlinear editing, the section prepares the filmmaker for the field. It abides by the rule that the best cinematographer or director is first a competent editor. After the editing section, the course moves on to discuss filmmaking equipment and gear, from the basic C-stand to the intricate use of color gels and corrective filtration. It prepares filmmakers for the technical aspect of making movies with HMI, tungsten, and fluorescent lighting. After the equipment section, it explores basic production in a controlled studio environment. Lighting, lenses, shots, depth of field, composition, and axes of movement.

The course then applies all the concepts learned in the movie production section. By far the longest of the sections, at about 12 hours, it puts all the principles to the test on a real movie set. It carries with it all the variables that can assault filmmakers while trying to make a digital film. After the movie production section has been completed, the course moves on to the advanced lighting section. This is the most detailed of the sections, concentrating for hours on the art of lighting a film set with faith to the script’s intention. Whether lighting to mimic candlelight, firelight, or fluorescent warehouse lighting, this section discusses the most difficult situations that a cinematographer may confront. The Digital Cinema Course is also accompanied by a color technical manual for the field, a checklist, and a preparation CD.

• Digital Cinema Filmmaker’s Training Course — Note the two versions available.

24 hours — the Command Course, is $439, OR $395 for subscribers (available here), or call 832-593-0405.

30 hours — the Step-up version; $529. OR $476 for subscribers; Hamden’s “complete” course that adds 6 hours of intermediate audio and compositing instruction (available at a special Indie Slate subscriber discount.  Order now, and get the Indie Slate magazine subscriber discounthere, or call 832-593-0405

Ships in 2-3 business days.

*The 10% Subscriber Discount will more than pay for your subscription if you aren’t already a subscriber.

The COMPLETE COURSE includes 25 DVDs:

Containing 30 hours on 25 DVDs, versus 24 in the regular program, The Complete Digital Cinema Filmmaker’s Step-up version adds an Intermediate Audio Guide, with a special focus on using Mics and Mixers, (helpful for shooting separate audio requried when using DSLRs) plus a four-Disc Digital Keying Guide will teach you how to create believable Compositing images.

Order the $529 complete set, and get the Indie Slate subscriber discount* of 10% here, or call 832-593-0405, we’d be glad to hear from you.