Choose your course... or buy both together at a discount!
Learn the technical, creative, and organisational skills to make the best film you can on a budget
Learn how to create amazing VFX like on the @Steve Ramsden YouTube channel using a single program and no plugins
Buy both courses together at a discount. That's 94 videos and counting, with over 11 hours of content!
I've built this course for anyone who wants to learn how to make the best film they can on a budget, by teaching the technical, creative, and organisational skills to bring your passion project to life.
If you think you need a lot of money or equipment to make your own film, my goal with this course is to get you thinking about what you might already have, and instead use clever planning to make the best film you can while spending as little money as possible.
It is geared towards anyone from a beginner to someone more advanced, who is struggling to know where to begin with trying to make their own short film or feature film, whether as an amateur or a professional.
So if you’re someone who has always wanted to try making their own film but have no idea where to start, you’re in the right place!
Welcome and my story
How to get ideas for making your own films - top 5 tips
Getting motivated and staying inspired
Writing your film, story, plot, structure
Professional scriptwriting and formatting
Finding actors and casting
How to find a film crew or be your own
Camera Settings Part 1, Resolution, Frame Rate, NTSC vs PAL, White Balance
Camera Settings Part 2: Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, ND Filters
Lenses, focal lengths, sensor size, focus
Stabilisers, shoulder rigs, tripods, sliders, dollies
Film Grammar and cinematography tips to be your own DP
Lighting Case Study: parked car at night
Lighting Case Study: dramatic interior at night
Pre-production: Scheduling and location scouting
Pre-production: Read through, blocking and rehearsal with actors
Pre-production: Shot lists, storyboards, floor plans, look books
Pre-production: Crew meetings and preparation
Production Case Study: The Noise (short comedy)
Production Case Study: In Memoriam (short horror)
Production Case Study: Road Kill (short thriller)
SFX or VFX – what’s the difference and which to use
SFX Case study: Old age prosthetics
VFX Case study: Fake long take, jumping out of a moving car
Other kinds of moviemaking – animation, puppets, stop motion
Top ten tips for shooting miniatures
Post-production: which edit program to use
Post-production: How to be a great editor
Post-production: Sound Design Sound Mixing and Music
Post-production: Colour Correction and Grading
Visual Effects (After Effects Essentials course preview)
Distribution: Film Festival Submitting
Distribution: Film Festival Attending and following up
Distribution: Self or Online Release
Bonus: Savvy Filmmakers interview
As well as your course access, you will get:
I've built this course for anyone who wants to learn Adobe After Effects quickly to get VFX results like I do on my popular YouTube channel (@Steve Ramsden).
A complete beginner can join the course, download a selection of my footage to practice with, and use the free trial of After Effects to complete the lessons!
My aim with this course is to inspire you to create your own amazing VFX shots using just one program, no plugins and whatever resources you already have.
Ready to make amazing VFX with me?
Introduction and downloads
Importing clips and composition settings
Timeline, stacking layers, changing frame rates
Toggle switches, duplicating and renaming layers
Transform properties, basic 2D movements, keyframes
Basic 3D movements using keyframes
Keyframe assistant and motion blur
Parenting clips, null objects, precomposing clips
Masks and shape layers
Using masks to composite two shots
Using masks to create a hidden cut transition
Adding effects and adjustment layers
Reverse clips (time reverse layer) and alter speed (time remapping)
Color correction and grading with Lumetri Color
Green or blue screen removal
Green or blue screen background adding and shot improvements
Adding pre-keyed VFX to footage, blending modes, luma key
Adding fake handheld movement using wiggle expression
Warp Stabiliser and Stabilise Motion (locked on effect)
Track Motion in 2D
Track Motion in 3D (Track Camera)
Object removal using Content Aware Fill, Masks or Freeze Frame
Distort objects with puppet pin tool and mesh warp
Other common effects
Create a camera and move in 3D space
BONUS: My 7 steps for planning and filming my VFX shots
BONUS: Add yourself to movies - remove an actor using Photoshop
BONUS: All After Effects tutorials from YouTube
As well as your chosen course access, you will get:
This course is geared towards anyone from a beginner to someone more advanced, who is struggling to know where to begin with trying to make their own short film or feature film.
This includes people who might want to do this to try and kickstart a professional career, or those just wanting to make a successful project as a hobby alongside a different line of work.
So it’s basically anyone that is looking to improve their technical, creative, and organisational skills for an upcoming film project.
AFTER EFFECTS ESSENTIALS
This course is geared towards:
In general, all the lessons are around 10 minutes or under, as we've found this is the best length to take in information. Some are longer, but normally for a large topic this will be split into multiple videos to help make information easier to find.
There are 40 main video lessons and more will be added as and when they are made.
AFTER EFFECTS ESSENTIALS:
There are 30 main video lessons and bonus videos will be added as and when they are made (there are 2 already). There are also currently around 20 demo videos showing various effects used in real scenarios, so the course has around 50 videos altogether.
PRO BUNDLE (BOTH COURSES):
In total there are 94 videos and counting, and over 11 hours of content!
The courses are in English and at the moment they are not available in other languages.
If there is enough of a demand for subtitling for certain languages, we may introduce this in the future.
The courses are available to buy in both dollars and pounds for a single one-time payment.
Pro Bundle (both courses): $249 USD / £199 GBP
DIY Moviemaking course: $199 USD / £159 GBP
After Effects Essentials course: $99 USD / £79 GBP
Just select the link you want at the bottom of this page.
Membership is for life, you pay once and then you get access to all your purchased course content and any future added or updated content.
We hope you will feel you have made a great investment by buying your chosen course and improving your skills. As a general rule, we do not offer refunds for these courses, but instead on this page we share the full course contents list, the free first video, the free webinar and this FAQ section so you can see in advance what the course is like and make an informed decision about whether it is right for you prior to purchase.
Therefore by enrolling in the course, you agree to the no-refunds policy. We thank you in advance your understanding and cooperation.
We are not a school, university or Adobe-affiliated learning provider, so no, you don't get an official qualification.
These courses are designed to improve your personal skills with filmmaking methods similar to what you can see on the Steve Ramsden YouTube channel.
Remember: good results can get you paid work just as much as qualifications (often more so in the creative sector), so if you are here for personal development then you are in the right place!
Although some of the skills and methods I share are certainly transferable to get paid work in film and TV, do keep in mind that primarily the focus is on making your on passion projects and fictional stories, as that’s what most people are interested in starting with.
AFTER EFFECTS ESSENTIALS
This course's skills could certainly lead to you getting paid work, as it gives you a good understanding of how to use Adobe After Effects to create all kinds of amazing content .
As technology is changing all the time and advice on what specific kit to buy can become very outdated very quickly, I can’t tell you exactly what kit to shoot and edit with as I don’t know what story you are telling, what level you are at, or what budget you have - or even if you have a budget at all.
So instead, rather than teaching how to use specific cameras and edit programs in the course, I teach you universal tips that you can apply to any camera or edit program, and I list specific kit options in the description below these videos for various budgets, and that gets updated from time to time.
This course isn’t going to teach you every camera and edit program in the world one by one, but it is going to tell you how to make the best film you can using any of them, and for 90% of films, the camera and the edit program you choose really doesn’t matter.
Yes, you will need to download After Effects from Adobe.com to follow along with the lessons - but you can use the free trial while you complete the course. That way you can learn how to use the program before having to give Adobe any money to continue using the software.
(You will of course have to move onto Adobe's subscription model after their free trial ends).
If you are concerned about whether your computer is fast enough to handle After Effects, you can read up on the required tech specs on the Adobe website, or install the free trial and give it a try before buying this course.
One of the first things we suggest in the course is to lower the preview / playback quality in After Effects while working if you are using a slower computer. Remember to be patient if you are building a complex project with lots of layers!
Please note: we can't help with individual technical issues that are not related to the course.
If you want to watch Steve's free webinar (Top 10 tips to make your passion project on a budget) you can watch that via the link at the top of this page. It also gives a look at what is inside both courses and answers more FAQs.
Choose your course... or buy both together at a discount!