With a myriad of film festivals and abundance of like-minded professionals, Austin is a great city to make movies. The city offers plenty of educational options for budding filmmakers of all ages. If you are interested in learning more about video production, check out some of these Austin video production and film schools:
The Austin School of Film @ Motion Media Arts Center is a 501c(3) non-profit independent film, art, and technology center that supports every aspect of production from idea to distribution. Our goal is to educate, train, and develop emerging artists of all ages to be active participants in shaping our 21st century culture. Learn more.
The Austin Film Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative media production by teaching kids & adults about filmmaking. For more than two decades, The Austin Film Society has served as the hub of Austin’s vibrant film community. Summer @ Austin Studios offers a unique opportunity to work with local filmmakers and experience the magic of film and filmmaking. Learn more.
Any Austin resident is eligible to obtain a Producer ID, enroll in low-cost training workshops, become certified to check out equipment and produce programs for television. People living outside of Austin are also eligible, but pay an additional out-of-area fee. channelAustin offers digital camera, video editing, and TV studio courses, as well as a range of workshops. Learn more.
ACC’s department of Radio, Television and Film envisions setting the standard for educating students in the film and digital arts in Central Texas. The goal of its training program is to enhance and inspire students to achieve their goals by the department’s use of current and emerging technology, and training. Learn more.
The Digital Filmmaking & Video Production program is intended for students who are committed to creative visual storytelling, effective communication, mastery of video production equipment and computer software, and who enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment. While in filmmaking school, students learn hands on, using industry-related technology and equipment. Learn more.
Since fall of 1993, Austin FilmWorks has offered college level filmmaking courses with the aim of providing solid information and experience that students may use to create their own film and video projects. Our students are diverse in background, practical experience, and age. They come largely from the city’s universities, corporations, and arts communities. Learn more.
The Screenplay Workshop was founded by Austin screenwriting coach, story consultant and instructor Jill Chamberlain. It offers ongoing group workshops, one- and two-day weekend intensives, and short courses, as well as individual consulting services including story consultation, screenwriting services, script doctoring, and private instruction and tutorials. All these programs are available both in-person and online via Skype videoconferencing. Learn more.
Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Program introduces the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking to young people, ages 9-18, and provides them with venues for developing their storytelling talents. The program offers kids opportunities to share their creative work with peers, the public, and professional filmmakers and screenwriters. By introducing young people to the film industry, the program hopes to provide them new mediums to express their creativity, improve their communication skills, and benefit the entire arts community.Learn more.
The Digital Film & Video Arts program is offered at the MediaTech Institute Austin campus. The program aims to to train you to produce music videos, commercials, documentaries, television shows, corporate industrial videos and feature films. From script to screen you will be immersed in the production process every step of the way with the script, budget, locations, casting, lighting, directing, shooting, producing, audio, gripping, editing and graphics. Learn More
Online Video Training Resources:
Although the group setting is a great way to learn, there are plenty of online resources to take advantage of as well.
Vimeo Video School is a fun place for anyone to learn how to make better videos. This is an excellent resource for DSLR video makers.
FilmFu features a collection of lectures from filmmaking veterans. Cognitive Films manages this website.
Media College is a free educational website containing tutorials, reference and other resource material in all areas of electronic media production.
StudioDaily is built on a foundation of video, rich media tutorials and daily news. It keeps readers up-to-date on critical workflow developments, product releases and emerging projects.
Lynda offers great online screen casts covering editing, color correction, sound mixing and more. Membership is $25/mo.
Canon Digital Learning Center offers instructional video to help you shoot better video with Canon EOS DSLR Cameras, shot on location and hosted by Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield with special guest instructors.
Final Cut King offers a wealth of video tutorials, specifically related to editing and motion graphics. FCK has tutorials on Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects, Soundtrack Pro, Apple Color, and DVD Studio Pro.
Video Production Tips is a site dedicated to helping you get your video project done by discovering more about the art and science of video production.
Film Riot is a how-to trip through filmmaking from the hyper-active mind of Ryan Connolly. From how to make great effects to following Films through production, Film Riot explores the art of filmmaking in a way you’ve never seen.
Reel SEO Video Production Channel is all about creating online video and publishing video specifically for the internet. Tips on video production for internet video publishing as well as coverage of many video production companies and filmmaker networks.
If you know of any other Austin area film and video production schools or training programs you think we should include in this list, please email [email protected]