General Production

Ever sit through the ending credits of your favorite movie? Ever wonder what all those people do? In modern filmmaking, the average film set has 40-60 behind-the-scenes positions that help the director make his or her movie. You don’t have to be Steven Spielberg to make a nice living in the film business. In fact, thousands of people are making a great living working behind the scenes in what are called “below the line” positions.

Thousands of hardworking individuals make between $40,000 and $200,000 a year, and you can be next. All it takes is a lot of hard work, a little bit of experience and lots of connections. And that’s exactly what you get with the Film Connection’s General Production Course.

With this course, you will get your foot in the door at a film production company and take a structured course curriculum, so as to position yourself for future employment as any one of the following:

  • First and Second Assistant Director
  • Camera Operator
  • First AC, Second AC
  • Camera Production Assistant
  • Gaffer
  • Grip and Electric
  • Best Boy
  • Production Designer
  • Art Director
  • Set Decorator
  • Location Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Production Secretary
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Production Coordinator
  • Art Department Coordinator
  • Production Assistant
  • Script Supervisor
  • Post-Production Supervisor
  • Makeup
  • Stylist
  • Special Effects Supervisor

Please note you will learn at a pace of one lesson per week for six months, inside a working film company.


This is your curriculum:

Lesson 1
Intro to Genre
Lesson 2
History of Film
Lesson 3
Developing a Pitch
Lesson 4
The Script
Lesson 5
The AD
Lesson 6
Act One
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
The Script Pt 2
Lesson 9
The Camera Crew
Lesson 10
Act Two
Lesson 11
Line Producing
Lesson 12
The Finish Line
Lesson 13
Lesson 14
Breaking Down Your Script
Lesson 15
Directing One – Pre-Production

Lesson 16
Directing Two – Casting
Lesson 17
Directing Three – The Shoot
Lesson 18
Lesson 19
Making Sizzle Reels
Lesson 20
Lesson 21
Epilogue – Raising Cash

Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Externship locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The externship mentor will work with each student on structuring a specific schedule, the student agrees that he/she will be available to meet with the mentor for a minimum of two sessions per week.”

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