FAVA’s workshops and classes range from hands-on training to lecture-style education and are delivered by experienced and supportive experts. Topics range from screenwriting, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing, film studies and more.
FAVA contracts experts who have proven experience both in subject and in instruction so that participants gain real-world, applicable skills and knowledge.
While all courses are available to everyone, FAVA members enjoy membership rates.
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What FAVA Members Say
The course has gone above and beyond what I expected in many way, and I’m extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from the two of you [Instructor’s Holly and Myles]. I was really hoping for this class to get to know my fellow students so we might be able to form more meaningful and long-lasting connections, but I completely acknowledge that it’s a side effect of the times, and not the direction of the class. You two have done very well, especially for what you’ve had to work through. Thank you very much.
You guys [Instructor’s Holly and Myles] have done an amazing job with this course! Especially with it being online during a pandemic. I love the Google classroom set up and that each class is recorded to watch again later or to catch up if I couldn’t make it online that morning. The in-person classes were great and felt very safe. I think you’ve covered so many important parts of film that I hadn’t even thought of learning before. I’ve never made a film but have always been interested in filmmaking, so this was the perfect place for me to start. Thanks for putting so much thought and effort into every part of this course!
[The instructors Holly and Myles] passion for the subject is clear and along with your experience its very inspiring as we newcomers get our feet wet in this industry. Thank you very much for continuing to empower us with the tools and skills to make our own masterpieces.
There are always new workshops and learning opportunities being offered at FAVA. These are our core video and film courses that are regularly available. Check out our current listings to see what’s coming up next!
Intro to Digital Filmmaking
Intro to Digital Filmmaking is our prerequisite to Video Lab, and the perfect course for people who are new to filmmaking and want to learn the fundamentals through lecture-based classes. In this course, participants will learn about the life cycle of a film, from Concept & Development to Pre-Production, to Production, to Post-Production. By the end of this course, students will know everything that goes into making a movie and will have excellent insight into producing. This course includes an optional final project in which students may create a mock production timeline for a film and submit it for individualized feedback.
This is our intermediate-level course which follows Intro to Digital Filmmaking. Students enter this course with a script (does not have to be a fully polished script) and an idea for a digital film. Participants will learn everything that goes into cinematography, directing, and making a digital short film from start to finish. Topics covered will include: screenwriting, budgeting, scheduling, casting, camera technique, shot lists, storyboards, lighting, sound, and editing. Over the course of the 10 weeks, students will receive hands-on mentorship from industry professionals and will complete the course with a 4-6 minute digital short- at no extra cost to the class!!
Introduction to Screenwriting
Got a screenplay you’re itching to write?
This is the prerequisite course for Script Lab. In this online introductory course, participants will learn the basics of industry-standard script formatting, how to organically structure a story and pull inspiration, and finally, how to begin writing your first draft.
This course will cover formatting for both short and feature-length films, as well as TV script formatting and the differences between each.
This course will also cover how to plot out a story arch, industry-standard script programs, and helpful writing exercises to start the very first draft of your script.
Script Lab is our intermediate course which follows Intro to Screenwriting. In this six week screenwriting course, writers are able to bring their scripts in to be read and workshopped with other writers and actors. During your time in Script Lab, you will get plenty of opportunities to stress-test your script’s story and dialogue, and learn to analyze scripts from various perspectives, including that of an actor, director, and audience member. Script Lab is a collaborative course; you and your peers will be helping each other to produce the best possible version of your scripts in an environment that sets everyone up for success.
The FAVA Free For All is an ongoing series of one-off workshops that are FREE for our membership. Workshops are topical and range from beginner to professional levels. They could introduce you to new gear, best practices, aesthetics and techniques, or just about anything.
Super 8mm Challenge
Shoot some film! We dare you! Included in this workshop you’ll get: a three-hour workshop on shooting Super 8, one roll of super8 film (one only! It’s a challenge!), a weekend rental of a super8 camera (or use your own if you have one). FAVA pays for shipping to the lab, film development, and transfer of all the films to a digital file.
See your masterpiece for the very first time alongside the other challenge participants at FAVA’s summer BBQ. Crank up your nerve and come have some fun shooting film.
Access to Artists: One-on-one Mentorship
Having one-on-one training is invaluable when you need first-hand, real-world experience. Our senior members have the knowledge and experience you might need to create, market and promote your works.
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