The Digital Filmmaking and Video Production IDL program is designed to teach students all aspects of high-definition cinema, video development, color correction, and audio post production. From basic introductory classes to advanced, students will receive hands-on education using up-to-date technology found in the field and used by professionals for any type of production. Each stage of production is covered in blocks where students progress through more advanced projects and processes in each. Students will be given grounded real-world projects to develop their skills as they would apply them in eventual employment.
What is Interactive Distance Learning?
Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) is not your typical online education. Students in our IDL programs get the full classroom experience from the comfort of their homes. This is not a “watch a video and answer some questions,” e-learning program. This is a fully-engaged, 11-month diploma program that gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on with all the industry-standard gear, equipment, and software provided in their Creative P.A.K. Each IDL class is a 5-hour block that includes live lectures with instructors, time to work on projects, video conferencing, student-to-student interaction, individual demos, and more.
- Program: Digital Filmmaking & Video Production IDL
- Total Clock Hours: 900
- Hours – Instruction: 665
- Hours – Lab: 235
- Your Creative P.A.K.
- Equipment Requirements
- DFVP 101IDL - Storytelling
- DFVP 102IDL - Video Technology
- CD 101IDL2 - Career Development 1
- DFVP 103IDL - Digital Video Editing
- DFVP 104IDL - Digital Video Effects
- DFVP 105IDL - New Media Production 1
- DFVP 106IDL - New Media Production 2
- CD 201IDL2 - Career Development 2
- DFVP 107IDL - Digital Video Color Correction 1
- DFVP 108IDL - Digital Audio Post Production 1
- DFVP 109IDL - Digital Video Color Correction 2
- DFVP 110IDL - Digital Audio Post Production 2
Students in our IDL program are required to purchase a Creative P.A.K. to use during the course of their program and beyond. The digital media industry and its relevant technology are ever-changing, so specific items in your Creative P.A.K. may be updated from time to time. Specific items are not guaranteed. Contact the school for more information.
You can find an up-to-date list here. Total: $2,400
- Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera with Accessory Kit
- GVM LED Studio 3-Video Light Kit
- Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
- Zoom F1-LP 2-Input 2-Track Portable Recorder with Lavalier Microphone
- PreSonus Professional Over-Ear Monitoring Headphones
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- DaVinci Resolve Studio
- Microsoft Office 365
- Zoom X/Y Microphone Capsule for Zoom Recorders
- Arco Video Dr. Bag
- IOGEAR USB Type-C Duio Card Reader/Writer
- Sony Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
- Sony BCTRX Battery Charger
- SanDisk 32GB Ultra UHS-I microSDHC Memory Card
- Pearstone Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Male Cable
You will need to provide your own personal computer and associated equipment in order to enroll in one of IDL programs at F.I.R.S.T. Institute. Please click the button below to view these requirements. If you don’t have the necessary requirements, we have provided our recommendation to be successful in the program.
*NOTE: If you do not comply with our requirements, your experience in the IDL program will be significantly diminished. Options such as Chrome Books and tablets are not accepted.
Students will learn that no matter what role a person plays in the development of a movie or television broadcast, every crew member is responsible for enhancing the script. This is done through the use of specific storytelling techniques that manipulate an audience’s mood and understanding of the conceptual world of film and television. By focusing on the art and science of visual storytelling, and using specific examples from movies past and present, classes will uncover a multitude of techniques that can be applied to any cinematic or television project in every aspect of the entertainment business. Students will discover the various jobs and requirements in the digital cinema industry, learn to write scripts using standard Hollywood guidelines, create budgets and schedules, and most importantly learn the art of the pitch to present project ideas to clients.
Projects completed in DFVP 101IDL:
- Short Film Script
Students will become familiar with the technical aspects of digital video production including the language and grammar used by professional technicians. They will learn fundamental camera techniques including building camera rigs, lens selection, and proper camera maintenance. Lighting concepts like 3-point lighting, chroma lighting, luma lighting, as well as alternative lighting for specific genres are covered. Sound for production and post-production is discussed including the proper techniques for using wireless systems, lavaliers, and shotgun microphones. A basic understanding of power and electrics is also covered helping students with safety and proper usage of electricity on set or stage. HD and UHD camera systems including 2K and 4K cameras are exposed to classes including their specific workflows and considerations for editing in the future.
Projects completed in DFVP 102IDL:
- Short Film Scene
Students are first introduced to the concept of Career Development, what it means, and its monumental purpose in helping them find a job in their field of study. They will focus on the design of their own personal portfolio which will include a cover letter, resume, business card, and self-marketing social media outlets like SoundCloud, Behance, and Vimeo. This week is deeply focused on helping students get the skills necessary to obtain an internship. The week is wrapped up by covering interviewing skills with an instructor-led mock interview session.
Projects completed in CD 101IDL2:
- Resume and Cover Letter (1st Draft)
- Social Media
- Mock Interview
Students will cover the fundamental techniques and concepts of digital video, editing principles, and visual storytelling. The concept of visual storytelling will be explored and analyzed within various media projects to demonstrate the importance of constructing a fully developed idea using moving images. The course will instruct the process of video editing through development of several media projects and footage assets. There is an emphasis on footage sequencing with story continuity, media management, narration, and industry terminology. More time will also be dedicated to the importance of sound in the post environment and its subtlety in keeping the viewer grounded in the images onscreen.
Projects completed in DFVP 103IDL:
- Premiere Final Project
Classes will explore simple animation techniques, and overall, the basics of motion graphic design. Learning to animate, alter, and composite media using various tools including the use of optional plug-ins is paramount in the process and workflow for every motion graphic professional. There will be an emphasis on how the text works in Adobe After Effects through multiple in-class exercises starting with a logo design project. Footage captured from greenscreen productions will come to life with scene compositing. Customizing particle effects and other more advanced concepts will also be covered through additional exercises and projects.
Projects completed in DFVP 104IDL:
- After Effects Final Project
In New Media Production 1, students will break from the conventions of traditional modes of visual storytelling to explore short-form, interactive, and digital media creation methods. The primary focus will be on the formats of commercials and documentaries. Students will learn the principles of interviewing talent and shooting supporting footage as a team. As post-production unfolds, students will begin editing each of the projects that were shot during this course. They will utilize the post-production concepts that they have learned to date such as dialogue editing, scene transitions, time and space perception, tempo, sound effects, and editing with music and mood changes to enhance their final projects.
Projects completed in DFVP 105IDL:
- Testimonial Video
In New Media Production 2, students will develop and produce two additional advanced projects with a focus on a music video and short film. A music video project will help students understand the principles of shooting uncontrolled action and how to work with real clients. During the short film, students will apply their knowledge of pre-production by breaking down a script, creating a budget, developing a schedule, casting talent, scouting locations, and much more. Students will also apply advanced production techniques of camera and lighting. At this level, classes also have a working knowledge of advanced editing techniques including color correction, dialogue editing, storytelling techniques, sound effects, and applying musical compositions.
Projects completed in DFVP 106IDL:
- Music Video
- Short Film
The second week of Career Development will center in on what it takes to be an entrepreneur and get students ready to begin applying for jobs. Students will learn how to update the job portfolios created in the first week of Career Development, with a fine-tuned focus on entry-level employment in their career field. This week will also go over proper networking skills and creating an elevator pitch. Students finish off the week by making sure all of their requirements are met for graduation.
Projects completed in CD 201IDL2:
- Resume and Cover Letter (2nd Draft)
- Career Planning Session
In Digital Video Color Correction 1, Students will learn the essentials of color theory and apply these concepts in the professional colorist program, DaVinci Resolve. Practical filmmaking techniques like color balancing, correction, grading, and continuity will all be learned through hands-on work in the program’s node-based editing system.
Projects completed in DFVP 107IDL:
- Color Correction and the Commercial
In Digital Audio Post Production 1, students will also use Davinci Resolve to complete audio post-production on their projects, diving into the aspects of voiceover, ADR, Foley arts, sound effects, and sound design.
Projects completed in DFVP 108IDL:
- Audio Post and the Commercial
In Digital Video Color Correction 2, students will take what they learned in the first color correction course to implement on their previous projects of the documentary, music video, short film, and other final portfolio elements.
Projects completed in DFVP 109IDL:
- Color Correction and the Documentary
- Color Correction and the Music Video
- Color Correction and the Short Film
In Digital Audio Post Production 2, students will take what they learn in the first audio post course to implement on their previous projects of the documentary, music video, short film, and other final portfolio elements.
Projects completed in DFVP 110IDL:
- Audio Post and the Documentary
- Audio Post and the Music Video
- Audio Post and the Short Film