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BELIEVE IN YOUR STORY. 

If you’re a filmmaker, you’re a storyteller. And if we had to guess, we’d say you’re pretty passionate about it.

But growing in your craft is hard. Often, it feels like the road is full of nothing but obstacles. There’s always something new to learn, and it’s tough to know where to even begin.

As filmmakers ourselves, we've known what it’s like to be stuck, or to feel lost in the gap between where you are, and where you want to be. That’s why we created the Academy of Storytellers – a community where we all improve our filmmaking together, so that we can build sustainable, lifelong careers in the craft we love.

 

 

TOGETHER, WE GROW.

Over the past several years, we’ve built a war chest of knowledge in the filmmaking world. It covers nearly every aspect of the filmmaking process, on both the technical and career-building sides. And as we built it, we learned something very simple, yet easy to miss: growth happens best in community.

The Academy of Storytellers isn’t just a place where you can go to learn all the things you need to know about making amazing films. It’s a place where you can go to find a like-minded network of filmmakers driven by story, dedicated to being the best artists they can be. A place to share our wins, along with our failures. A place to build real community, and share some truly remarkable stories along the way.

When you join the Academy, you get hundreds of tutorials & courses designed to help you make quick, much-needed advancements in your filmmaking skills.

But most importantly, you get our total commitment to help you achieve your goals as a filmmaker. We want you to share the stories that only you can tell, and help the world become a little bit better because of your unique perspective.

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE ACADEMY CORE MEMBERSHIP

This is our Core set of filmmaking resources, and it's a great introduction to the Academy.

Whether you’re just starting out, or have been in the business for years, these tutorials and videos are central to any filmmaker's journey. 

 

The Academy Core Membership is FREE and Includes:

The Academy's TOGETHER Filmmaking Workshop Series brings everything we're about together for an unmatched learning experience. It's our passion and what defines us.

But what are these workshops, exactly?

In short, they're master classes from filmmakers at the top of their game, from many different disciplines. To create these workshops, we find filmmakers who truly excel at their craft, and ask them to teach you everything they know. These are experts with an actionable, proven approach and a desire to share lessons learned.

No single educator can be the best in every area. That's why we dig deep to find and work with the very best authority in each discipline, so you get field-tested knowledge about the exact skill and process you want to learn.

Our team spends months helping each workshop leader to deliver their messaging and content in a way that's guaranteed to help you grow. This is our mission and passion.

We do this for a simple reason: we care about YOU – your aspirations, your goals, your future as a filmmaker.

So look through what we've got, and see if there's something that could help you take the next step in your filmmaking journey.

Click below for a summary of what's inside!

NICHING DOWN TO SCALE UP

Presented By Levi Allen

How to build a 6-figure production company, even as a team of one. 28 Lessons 

        INTRO VIDEO

        MODULE 1: FINDING YOUR NICHE | 5 Videos

        MODULE 2: TURN YOUR NICHE INTO A BUSINESS | 6 Videos

        MODULE 3: BUILDING A BUSINESS | 7 Videos

        MODULE 4: THE LONG GAME | 6 Videos

        RECORDED COACHING CALLS | 3 Videos

DOMINATE IN-HOUSE VIDEO

Presented By Scott David Martin

Learn how to become unstuck from operational restraints and move toward building the team of your dreams, all while creating passion-fueled films that drive exponential value for your company. 33 Lessons 

        INTRO VIDEO

        MODULE 1: SPEAK THE BUSINESS OF VIDEO, TALK STRAIGHT | 5 Videos

        MODULE 2: BUILD A BRAND, DISRUPT CORPORATE CULTURE | 5 Videos

        MODULE 3: RECRUIT THE BEST TEAM/FREELANCERS | 6 Videos

        MODULE 4: SPEND LESS/DELIVER MORE | 3 Videos

        MODULE 5: INVEST IN YOURSELF, DON'T CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK, BE A FRONTLINE SOLDIER, BE HUMAN | 5 Videos

        RECORDED COACHING CALLS | 4 Videos

        Q&A | 4 Videos

COMMERCIAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOP

Presented By The Delivery Men and Stillmotion

Everything you need to attract great clients, win the pitch, and deliver work that keeps them coming back for more. 33 Lessons 

        INTRO VIDEO

        MODULE 1: HOW TO BUDGET FOR COMMERCIAL FILMS | 6 Videos

        MODULE 2: REAL PROJECT BREAKDOWNS | 8 Videos

        MODULE 3: LIGHTING DEMONSTRATION | 5 Videos

        MODULE 4: STORYTELLING PART 1 | 4 Videos

        MODULE 5: STORYTELLING PART 2 | 9 Videos

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

        Q&A | 4 Videos

THE ART AND BUSINESS OF COMMERCIAL FILMMAKING

Presented By Norry Niven

Known for luminous film, dynamic visual effects and directing celebrity talent, Norry Niven’s ability to curate beauty and navigate the intricacies of performance shine through his work. 19 Lessons 

        INTRO | 2 Videos

        MODULE 1: THE ART OF COMMERCIAL FILMMAKING | 4 Videos

        MODULE 2: GETTING ON THE AGENCY RADAR | 5 Videos

        MODULE 3: MAKING THE PITCH | 4 Videos

        MODULE 4: GOT THE GIG? CREATE! | 4 Videos

CRAFTING EMOTIONALLY MOVING FILMS
 

Presented By Patrick Moreau

Patrick is quite literally obsessed with story. He spends his days telling stories and helping others be empowered by story through his Muse storytelling process. 12 Lessons 

        INTRO VIDEO

        MODULE 1: BUILDING BLOCK 1: DESIRE | 2 Videos

        MODULE 2: BUILDING BLOCK 2: CONFLICT | 3 Videos

        MODULE 3: BUILDING BLOCK 3: STORY STRUCTURE | 4 Videos

        MODULE 4: BUILDING BLOCK 4: VISON | 2 Videos 

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

SONY CAMERAS 

Presented By 31Films

Sony cameras are some of the most feature-packed and affordably priced cameras out there for filmmakers. But, getting the best possible image out of them can be a bit of a process. 31Films has mastered this process and will be sharing their secrets with you in this workshop. 17 Lessons

        INTRO | 3 Videos

        MODULE 1: RIGGING YOUR CAMERA | 6 Videos

        MODULE 2: SETTING CUSTOM FUNCTIONS | 2 Videos

        MODULE 3: PICTURE PROFILES | 5 Videos

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

        Q&A | 1 Video

WEDDING FILMMAKING

Presented By 31Films

With more than 500 weddings filmed over the last 15 years, 31Films has narrowed in on the wedding stories they love to tell, and how to set up their business to tell them in a profitable way – all without sacrificing their vision. In this workshop they pull back the curtain and show you exactly how they did it.  31 Lessons 

        INTRO VIDEO

        MODULE 1: FINDING IDEAL CLIENTS | 7 Videos

        MODULE 2: GEAR AND SHOOTING TIPS | 4 Videos

        MODULE 3: WEDDING DAY STRATEGIES | 7 Videos

        MODULE 4: POST WORKFLOW | 4 Videos

        MODULE 5: SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS FOR SUCCESS | 8 Videos

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

ON-SET WITH RYAN BOOTH

Follow along with Director Ryan Booth during the filming of The Heights and get candid, behind-the-scene, access into the inspiration and challenges that came with directing this – his first – narrative short. 18 Lessons

        INTRO Video

        MODULE 1: THE STORY | 4 Videos

        MODULE 2: PRE PRODUCTION | 7 Videos

        MODULE 3: PRODUCTION DAY 1 | 5 Videos

        MODULE 4: PRODUCTION DAY 2 | 4 Videos

        MODULE 5: POST PRODUCTION | 3 Videos

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

        Q&A | 1 Video

ON-SET WITH JOE SIMON AND THE DELIVERY MEN

Go behind the scenes on a narrative film shoot! In “On Set with Joe Simon and The Delivery Men’, learn how the team brought LOW TIDE, their new narrative short, to life - from pre-production right through to post-production. Get ready! 17 Lessons

        INTRO | 2 Videos

        MODULE 1: PRE PRODUCTION | 4 Videos

        MODULE 2: PRODUCTION | 6 Videos

        MODULE 3: POST PRODUCTION | 5 Videos

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

CASE STUDY FILMMAKING

Presented By Patrick Moreau

Learn how to craft case study videos that get results and attract clients – even if you've got a tiny budget and no crew. 24 Lessons

        INTRO | 2 Videos

        MODULE 1: BUSINESS & PROCESS | 4 Videos

        MODULE 2: STORY & INTERVIEWS | 6 Videos

        MODULE 3: LIGHTING | 3 Videos

        MODULE 4: EYE LINES, LENS CHOICE, AND CAMERA HEIGHT | 2 Videos

        MODULE 5: MASTERING CHALLENGING LOCATIONS | 5 Videos

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

        Q&A | 2 Videos

CINEMATOGRAPHY AND LIGHTING 

Presented By Ryan Booth

Ryan Booth is a filmmaker by way of photography, by way of audio engineering, by way of college, by way of college, by way of Texas. 22 Lessons

        INTRO Video

        MODULE 1: DEFINING THE CONVERSATION | 10 Videos

        MODULE 2: OK, TIME TO MOVE SOME LIGHTS AROUND | 5 Videos

        MODULE 3: GEAR TALK | 2 Videos

        MODULE 4: NEXT STEPS | 4 Videos

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

NARRATIVE FILMMAKING 

Presented By Seth Worley

Seth Worley writes and directs for TV and the internet. In this workshop, Seth teaches how he approaches narrative filmmaking & writes stories that people will want to watch. 22 Lessons

        INTRO | 1 Video

        MODULE 1: FINDING YOUR VOICE | 2 Videos

        MODULE 2: WRITING | 6 Videos

        MODULE 3: PREP | 5 Videos

        MODULE 4: SET | 4 Videos

        DOWNLOADABLE SLIDES AND RESOURCES

        Q&A | 2 Videos

        BONUS: STUDENT SCRIPT BREAKDOWN

POST AUDIO AND SOUND

Presented By Dallas Taylor

Dallas Taylor of Defacto Sound gives you an in-depth look at post audio and sound. 12 Lessons

        INTRO | 2 Videos

        MODULE 1: EDITING DIALOGUE | 4 Videos

        MODULE 2: LEVELS, MONITORING, AND MIXING | 1 Video

        MODULE 3: AUDIO SPLITS | 1 Video

        MODULE 4: POST AUDIO IN A NUTSHELL | 1 Video

        MODULE 5: SOUND DESIGN | 2 Videos

        MODULE 6: WORKING WITH A TEAM | 1 Video

STARTING AND GROWING A PODCAST

Presented By Dallas Taylor

Dallas Taylor of Defacto Sound gives you his account for how to start and grow your podcast. 10 Lessons

        INTRO | 1 Video

        MODULE 1: TOOLS, PROGRAMS, AND INTERVIEWS | 3 Videos

        MODULE 2: TELLING GREAT STORIES | 3 Videos

        MODULE 3: THE BUSINESS OF PODCASTING | 1 Video

        MODULE 4: Q&A | 1 Video

7 COUNTRIES, 7 FILMS, 15 DAYS

Presented By Story & Heart and Joe Simon

Seven films shot in seven countries in fifteen days. Seriously! Story & Heart and Joe Simon travelled the globe to create a series of branded content. 11 Lessons 

        INTRO | 1 VIDEO

        MODULE 1: GETTING READY FOR ADVENTURE | 2 Videos

        MODULE 2: 7 COUNTRIES, 7 FILMS, 15 DAYS | 8 Videos

 

PRE-PRODUCTION

  • Tools for Collaborating Remotely
  • How to Write Amazing Voice Overs
  • How to Chop That Creative Block 
  • Let's Chat: Story 
  • Secrets of Frequently Flying Filmmakers 
  • The Magic of the Call Sheet 
  • Never Leave Home Without a Fixer 
  • When Less Gear is More Story 
  • Storyboarding Tips and Tricks 
  • What Makes a Great Story 
  • What To Look For In Your First Camera
  • Introduction to Mood Boards 
  • How Hitchcock's Rule Can Improve Your Story 
  • How to Find Unique Stories Around the World 
  • How To Develop An Amazing Concept For Your Next Project Project 
  • Getting Access to People, Places and Things 
  • Our Travel Filmmaking Kit What Comes With Us 
  • Storyboarding for Non Artists 
  • Your Single Biggest Tool In Being Prepared For A Shoot
  • How to create an irresistible pitch for your clients

 

PRODUCTION

  • Camera Settings Clarified Shutter Speed vs Frame Rate
  • Basics for Nailing Focus Every Time - Part 1
  • Deconstructing Nick Roberts Global Rally 
  • Let's Chat: Gear 
  • Easy Makeup and Hair Tricks Every Filmmaker Needs to Know Know 
  • 4 Tools To Help Dial in a Perfect Exposure
  • Understanding the Basics of Log Picture Profiles 
  • Getting Started with Motion Controlled Timelapses 
  • Safely Working with LiPo Batteries 
  • 2 Critical Features for Extreme High Speed Shooting
  • When Something Goes Wrong on Set 
  • 5 Tips for Being a Great D.P.
  • Simple Solutions for Reducing Wind Noise 
  • 6 Filters We Never Leave Home Without
  • A Comprehensive Guide to Capturing Interview Audio 
  • Part 1: Mic Pickup Patterns 
  • Part 2: Mic Pickup Patterns 
  • Recording Great Sounding Voice Overs 
  • 10 Tips & Tricks for the Traveling Storyteller
  • 4 Light Modifiers to Befriend 
  • 5 Tips for Shooting Live Action Sports
  • Getting the Most Out of Drone Footage
  • Choosing the Right Lens for Your Interview
  • Getting Started with Drone Filmmaking 
  • 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Shooting Two Camera Interviews
  • 4 Timelapse Best Practices
  • 5 Things To Consider When Filming Slow Motion
  • How to Alter Behavior Naturally 
  • Light for Slow Motion and Avoid Flicker 
  • An Amazing Trick to Help You Memorize Interview Questions 
  • Basic Camera Settings for Slow Motion 
  • Get Your Interviewee to Look Into Camera
  • How Camera Movement Relates to Story
  • How To Shoot An Interview
  • Lighting an Interview
  • Lighting an Interview Direction 
  • Lighting an Interview: Intensity
  • Lighting an Interview Color 
  • Lighting an Interview Softness 
  • The Perfect Settings for Timelapses 
  • Understanding Interview Eyelines
  • 5 Killer Drone Shots and How To Pull Them Off
  • Shooting with Story in Mind 3-1 Rule Part 1
  • Shooting with Story in Mind 3-1 Rule Part 2
  • 6 Things I Learned About Filming Underwater 

 

POST PRODUCTION

  • How to Maintain Perspective 
  • 5 Time Saving Tips to Tackle a Commercial Same Day Day Edit
  • 4 Tips for Color Grading on a Tight Deadline 
  • 6 Tips for Efficient Editing 
  • Silence as a Soundtrack 
  • Creating an Optimal Sound Mixing Space on a Budget
  • Music Licensing Basics
  • The Biggest Mistake in Sound Design 
  • 3 Tips to Staying Focused in Post
  • 6 Mistakes Every Beginner Makes in Post 
  • 8 Tips for Stronger Sound Design
  • The How To Guide to Speed Ramping 
  • Finishing Color Part 1: How to Color Grade for Realism
  • Finishing Color Part 2: Coloring for Creative Emotional Impact

 

BUSINESS

  • Building a Strong Team: 7 Qualities to Look For For
  • The Art of the Vimeo Staff Pick 
  • Biggest Mistakes New Filmmakers Make 
  • 5 Reasons to Try Before You Buy
  • How to Budget for a Profitable Project 
  • The Importance of Passion Projects 
  • 5 Tips for Making the Jump from Weddings to Commercial Commercial Work
  • From Hiring Freelance to Hiring Full Time
  • Landing and Keeping Great Clients 
  • 5 Things We Wish We’d Known Sooner 
  • 5 Tips on Working with Family 
  • 4 Important Types of Insurance 
  • The Biggest Business Mistakes We’ve Made 
  • How to Ask Your Network for Help 
  • Managing the Client Relationship on Any Project 
  • Building a Culture Where Artists Thrive 

 

COMPELLING COMPOSITIONS

  • If It Doesn’t Add, Its Got To Go
  • It's in the Eyes
  • The Dynamics of Camera Height
  • The World You Create
  • It Doesn’t Always Have to Be Pleasing

 

CAMERA FUNDAMENTALS

  • Introduction
  • Getting a Sense of Sensors
  • Getting a Sense of Sensors (cont'd)
  • Sensor Sizes
  • Sensor Sizes (cont'd)
  • Camcorders
  • Cinema Cameras
  • DSLR & Mirrorless
  • Mobile Devices & Action Cameras
  • Intro to Lenses
  • Focal Lengths
  • Lens Types
  • Video Compression
  • Recording Formats
  • RAW
  • Color Subsampling Ratio
  • Color Bit Depth
  • Intro to Framerates
  • All Those Little Numbers
  • Which Framerate Is for You?
  • Intro to Resolution
  • Resolution Standards
  • Sensor vs Recording Resolutions
  • Intro to Picture Settings
  • Dynamic Range and Latitude
  • Rolling with Log
  • Exposing Yourself to...Exposure
  • Basic Measuring Tools
  • The Exposure Triangle: ISO
  • The Exposure Triangle: ISO and Dynamic Range
  • The Exposure Triangle: Aperture
  • The Exposure Triangle: Aperture Caveats

 

FILMMAKER GLOSSARY

  • Gaffer
  • Boom Pole
  • Gel
  • C-Stand
  • Assistant Cameraman
  • Haze
  • Grip
  • Silk
  • Flag
  • Slate
  • DIT
  • Dailies
  • C47
  • Motion Tracking
  • Color Checker
  • Gimbal
  • Diffusion
  • Editing
  • Call Sheet
  • Dolly
  • Bounce
  • Camera Department
  • DOF
  • Net
  • Gaff Tape
  • Hair Light
  • Light Meter
  • Lav
  • Dead Cat
  • Soft Box
  • Cookie
  • Art Department
  • Keying
  • Sound Department
  • XLR
  • Combo Stand
  • Joker
  • Storyboard
  • Blimp
  • RAID
  • Solid
  • Rolling Shutter
  • SDI
  • Negative Fill
  • Fill Light
  • Soft Light
  • Hard Light
  • Video Village
  • Apple Box
  • HDMI
  • Director
  • Director of Photography
  • DSLR
  • Mirrorless Camera
  • UHD
  • APS-C
  • CMOS
  • Full Frame
  • Micro Four Thirds
  • Super 35
  • Field of View
  • Focal Length
  • Fixed Lens
  • Key Light

Here's What People Are Saying About the

Academy Of Storytellers

Corinne Maunder

Melbourne, Australia

The Academy is an amazing resource, where we're learning from other people, from different companies coming together in a real community...it's getting the experience of working with other people but still being able to work for myself. The Academy has been really good for stepping up, getting out of my comfort zone, and taking on new challenges.

Matt Dringenberg

Edmonton, AB

The Academy is exactly what I have been waiting for! A place where I can learn new skills from pros and discuss topics with other community members. I'm no longer alone in the vast world of storytelling!

Justin Holtzen

Los Angeles, CA

Our company started training with Story and Heart in 2016 and I was blow away with the possibilities and everything they had to offer. The information is comprehensive and you learn from the some of the best in the industry. Not to mention the amazing support from their community of like minded filmmakers. 

WILL YOU JOIN US?

This is a home for filmmakers who want to make radical improvements in their craft, together.

It’s a community for people who value collaboration over competition.

A place to go with questions, and leave with answers.

A destination for shifting the way you tell stories, and move your audience.

It's time to capture your future as a filmmaker.

GET STARTED TODAY

WE DESIGNED THE ACADEMY TO SURPASS YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

And in fact, we guarantee it will. If we weren't able to help you learn something new, or get you closer to achieving one of the breakthroughs you need in your career, we’ll happily send back your money. Just let us know within 7 days of your purchase.