February 13, 2020

Instructor Spotlight: Tim Owens | Film & Video

Tim Owens is one of the most celebrated instructors at F.I.R.S.T. Institute – watch the video below to see how he got his start in the film industry, and how his students inspire him!


It Runs in the Family

Tim comes from a family of artists – his father was a DJ and radio personality, and his sister also works in a creative industry. He was surrounded by music and movies in his childhood, and took inspiration from sci-fi classics like Alien and Star Wars. Everything clicked when he picked up a video camera for the first time.


Humble Beginnings

Tim decided to study Radio & TV Communications in school. He learned the inner workings of television production, and the possibilities of working in a controlled environment designed for shooting video. From there, he transitioned into music video production and filming live sports like college basketball and lacrosse.

Tim moved to Orlando looking for steady work. He found F.I.R.S.T. Institute, and discovered his love for teaching.


Creating the Learning Environment

“The curriculum is just the starting point.” Tim asserts that there’s only so much you can learn in the classroom – at some point you have to work on a set to understand what it takes to produce films. Part of that is learning how to work as a team. Tim states that from day one, F.I.R.S.T. teaches students how to work together and gives them opportunities to shine.

At larger schools, students are oftentimes expected to learn things on their own. But at F.I.R.S.T. Institute, the smaller class sizes mean more time with the instructors, and more chances for others to help you find your path.


Taking Inspiration

“These students inspire me… They are the reason I do what I do.” Tim has a meaningful connection with the students he works with – and seeing them take the concepts he teaches and improve on them fills him with inspiration.

Tim keeps in contact with students after they graduate, sometimes even recommending them for jobs – he truly believes in their abilities as graduates of F.I.R.S.T.  “They’ve learned enough to get their foot in the door… There’s no words to describe it. It’s pretty amazing.”