Become a Solo Filmmaker This Year

You've had a filmmaking dream for a long time. But for thousands of reasons, you haven't been able to pursue it fully. If you don't have time to spend endless hours watching YouTube tutorials or dropping everything to go to film school, this program is for you. 

INTRODUCING ThE EPIC JOURNEY SOLO FILMMAKING COURSE

ENROLLMENT OPENS MARCH 2022

without spending $100k on Film School and fancy gear 

A filmmaking program for quirky, creative, and soulful people who want to make films that matter.

But let's stay in touch. Get free filmmaking tips a few times per month. Plus get on the wait list for the next time the Solo Filmmaking Program opens for enrollment.

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Learn the technical skillset and visual storytelling essentials that’ll take you from enthusiastic beginner to bona-fide solo filmmaker. 

Cultivate a Solo Filmmaking Skillset in 12 Weeks

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Tell Your Stories!

ENROLL TODAY

How It Works

Enroll in the online course. You'll get a login for the member space right away where you can get started on the Prep Week. 

ENROLL

There are 12 Lessons and a Prep Week. You'll get live support for 3.5 months and a live community experience. Get out all the dates below.

SCHEDULE IT

 You'll start building your body of work and create your first portfolio piece. Project-based learning means you'll gain a skillset as you go.

START FILMMAKING

You’re a busy professional with a secret dream of making films, but you don’t have time to drop everything and go to film school.

That’s a 2-4 year full-time commitment. Who has time for that? And of course there's also the cost of traditional films schools...

So instead you spend hours writing screenplays, or watching YouTube tutorials, or taking a bunch of random mini courses.

The problem is that you're not making anything. You're stuck thinking about filmmaking rather than actually creating films and learning in the process.

What to do?

Instead of trying to make a feature right out of the gate (or spending 6-months getting a short narrative film off the ground), you can learn solo filmmaking.

You'll learn how to shoot, edit, tell cohesive stories, become a better visual storyteller and producer, and gain confidence from practicing in the field. 

Solo filmmaking is the answer for anyone who doesn't want to keep pushing back the timeline on making films. It's a great primer for you no matter what your future filmmaking goals happen to be. 

However, it's best suited for creatives who love storytelling and are ready to take small consistent steps.

If you like the idea of creative freedom and not waiting for permission to make films, solo filmmaking is the right path.   

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Why This Filmmaking Program Works

LEARN A SKILLSET

Most programs just give you a bunch of info but no skillset. In this course, you’ll learn all the skills you need to make your first real short film. And you'll create your first portfolio piece.

TAKE YOUR TIME

You can take as long as you like. This course is yours for life. You'll get Office Hours and a live community for 4 months. But you can go as fast or as slow as you like with the course materials. 

STEp-BY-STEP lEARNING

You’ll learn the skills in a step-by-step way, slowly building your confidence and technical abilities. Each lesson builds on the previous. Each mini project builds off what you just learned.

Start small.
Start now.
Keep growing.

VISUAL STORYTELLING

If you combine certain shots you’ll be able to create shot sequences and actions sequences that tell a story. This is critical because shot sequences are the building blocks of all films. And yet, it's a foundational element that most online courses don't focus on.  But with my training method, you’ll start creating shot sequences right away. As the course progresses your visual storytelling skills will become second nature, which means you can focus on being creative. 

there's a grammAr to filmmaking.

What You Can Expect

If you’ve done some online learning in the past, you might be used to hearing big promises and seeing very little results. 

This program is different. It’s designed to get you making films right away. It replicates my filmmaking journey of going from enthusiastic beginner to pro. This course is focused on getting you results.

It will meet you where you’re at technically—with the gear that you have access to—and elevate your skills quickl

ENGAGING TUTORIALS

It’s tough to enjoy learning and finishing a course when the tutorials keep putting you to sleep.

I’ve worked hard to create up-beat tutorials that are also easy to follow. So you don’t have to down handfuls of chocolate-covered espresso beans just to stay awake. 

Bonus: you’ll actually enjoy the learning process.

ENJOY LEARNING. 

NO FANCY GEAR REQUIRED.

You’ll need a camera - any DSLR or mirrorless camera is fine. You can also do this entire course with an iPhone or other smart phone. You'll need a computer and a subscription to Premiere Pro editing software. ($20/mo)

You’ll also need a tripod and an audio recording device — which you’ll be guided on how to buy. You can start with a free audio recording option. 

You DO NOT need to spend $10,000 on gear to take this course. You’ll learn how to make films based on skill not fancy gear.

COMPUTER, PREMIERE PRO, CAMERA.

SOLO FILMMAKING

This course focuses exclusively on solo filmmaking skills.

As a solo filmmaker you need to know how to capture audio, plan a production, come up with a story, and edit your footage. With no outside help. 

Focusing on solo filmmaking means you won’t learn a bunch of skills that you’ll never use - this is a huge time saver.

YOU DON'T NEED A CREW.

CLEAR LESSONS

I spent over two years developing this course to make sure it would work. It’s based on proven teaching techniques.

This course has clear and detailed step-by-step lessons, so you won’t miss a step or get lost. 

By getting rid of confusion, you’re able to focus all your energy on the thing you do best: being creative.

BASED ON WHAT WORKS.

LEARN TO PRODUCE

Without a production system, you’ll probably never finish your filmmaking projects. Or if you do, it’ll take months longer than it should. In this course, you’ll learn a production system that’s fail-proof, scalable, and repeatable.

You’ll have the solo production skills necessary to bring any filmmaking project to life.

Plenty of people can use a video camera or shoot decent clips on their cell phone. But almost nobody knows how to take a solo filmmaking project from idea to completion. Because that’s not a technical skill - that’s a production skill.

BECOME A PRODUCER

Dates & Times

Enrollment is open from
MAY 3 at 10 am PST to
MAY 10 at 10 pm PST

ENROLLMENT

You'll gain instant to the full course materials. The course community will open on May 4th. Teacher support is M-F within the community from May 4 to Sept 1st, 2021.

START DATE

Live 1-hour Office Hours calls are every second Thursday at 2 pm PST.
Full dates below. 8 Office Hours calls in total. They are live and recorded.

OFFICE HOURS

AND START THINKING LIKE A FILMMAKER

GAIN THE TECHNICAL SKILLS

You can read about the technical aspects of filmmaking in a book. There’s ton of information out there. But most of it is directed towards crew-based filmmaking. Also, reading filmmaking books is hugely time-consuming.

Every single technical skill you’ll learn in the Epic Journey Solo Filmmaking Course is designed to help you make excellent story-driven micro films by yourself. It's designed to get you filmmaking right away. No more waiting!



✅ The Manual Exposure Cheat Sheet - your key to getting every last drop of goodness out of your camera

✅ How to capture skin tones and lifelike colours even if you’re dealing with weird lighting

✅ Buyer’s Guide for sound recording gear with options for all budgets (from $0 to $1000)

✅ The Stringout Method of video editing that will get even a beginner working quickly

✅ Double Timeline Editing: an advanced technique to speed up your editing

✅ How to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro for total video editing beginners

✅ The two rules of video editing and why you must NEVER break them

✅ The Magic Bin System of clip organization and why it’s so important to your long term success as a video editor

✅ The Five Star lighting technique and why it will never let you down

✅ Editing shortcuts that’ll cut your editing time in half

✅ How to create a basic shot list which you can work from on the fly

✅ The three basic camera settings you need to master if you want to build a strong foundation

✅ How to master the first ten seconds of a micro film

✅ How to record interview audio so it’s nice and crisp and clean even if you’re dealing with a noisy background

✅ How the frame rate and shutter speed you shoot in will affect the rhythm of your footage

✅ Why framing an interview the right way will draw your viewer into the story

✅ The two types of light and why shadows are actually more important than light

✅ Colour temperature settings and why this is a game changer for your footage

✅ Light sources, and why paying attention to light bulbs will save your ass

✅ How to light people so they look their best even if they're camera shy or having a terrible hair day

WHAT YOU'll GEt:

I wanted to learn how to do things on my own. 

"It was one of the best experiences ever!"

I had spent time googling and it was frustrating so it made sense to take a class that had everything jam packed from start to finish on how to make a mini film

The way you present information…it seems you and I think similarly and therefore I loved the details you use in your teaching. It was also so great that we could talk about struggles and you would take the time to create an editing tutorial video to get me past whatever the struggle I was facing.

You could honestly make each one of these sections in the course their own course taught over some time. There is literally so much material that you could extend this or make each thing its own course.

This course has given me the insight I need to be able to piece things together.

It has also really shown me this is what I want to be doing and keep going for it.

And you have been such a huge source of encouragement!

Recently a friend asked me to look over a script the other day and I was able to break some things a part and tell them what was needed to bring more life to the story!

Don't quit doing any of this. You are an amazing teacher. I am so thankful to have found someone to teach me this that literally understands how I function.

It was one of the best experiences ever!

-MONIQUE,
VOICE OVER ARTIST & MULTI-pASSIONATE CREATIVE

What STUDENTS ARE Saying:

BY LEARNING TO PRODUCE

MAKE FILMS THAT MATTER TO YOU

This course teaches you the production skills you need to be your own producer. 

A lot of creatives are great at idea generation but not so great at staying organized, keeping a project moving forward, and gathering all the elements needed to create a successful finished film. 

This course will teach you a simple production process that means you’ll be able to make anything you want without getting lost or stuck, or never finishing.

✅ The Foolproof Shoot Plan and how to use it make sure you get the story and the shots you need even if you only have a few days (or hours!) to prepare

✅ A production system that has been tested on over 100 film shoots without ever failing

✅ Printable checklists that simplify the filmmaking production process from start to finish and prevent you from missing anything or getting lost

✅ How to organize your gear so you use it, and don’t lose it, even if you’re a little scatterbrained

✅ Why planning is your main defence against bad footage

✅ A repeatable production system that can scale up for bigger projects but is simple enough to keep small projects moving forward quickly (no spreadsheets or complex docs!)

✅ Why shot lists will save you from yourself and ensure you’ve got enough footage to edit

✅ How to put your subjects at ease so they bring their best selves to the interview

✅ The Hour of Genius: Choosing the right time of day to do your interviews based on sound, lighting, and your subjects’ ideal schedule

✅ Why “everything matters” is the only framing rule you’ll ever need

✅ How to choose your filming location to maximize production values

WHAT YOU'll GEt:

Very easy to follow as a beginner student.

"FOR THE FIRST TIME A VIDEO EDITING PROGRAM IS MAKING SENSE"

I’m loving this course! 

I love the way you have broken the editing up into thirds, and the way you’re pacing the content through the lessons. 

It makes it so much easier to digest everything and learn how each piece fits together. I'm finding it a lot of fun to dig into Adobe Premiere. I'm literally just following your instructions step-by-step and finding for the first time ever that a video editing program is making sense.

I've been really into working with the manual settings and tried out a bunch of different videos over the past couple of weeks. Your explanation about the Exposure Triangle really made sense and for the first time in my life I think I'm finally grasping these concepts! So kudos to your teaching. :)

Awesome videos, btw. So helpful and very easy to follow as a beginner student. I'm just going to have to keep revisiting them until the process feels natural. It's also really helpful to have both the video and the pdf script.

And, I LOVE your sound guide. Seriously. It's funny, entertaining, helpful and informative all at the same time. And trust me, I've watched a lot of sound gear/what to buy guides over the years and "entertaining" is not a word I would use to describe these types of videos.

I appreciate how you broke everything down really clearly and also laid out different options for people with different budgets in the Sound Gear Buyer’s Guide.

I'll be coming back to this guide to continue to learn from it the more I feel ready to step up my game!

-FAYE,
MUSICIAN & MARKETING DIRECTOR 

What STUDENTS ARE Saying:

BY MASTERING VISUAL STORYTELLING

LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE

From using shot sequences to digging into character psychology, you’ll be guided on a journey that will deepen your storytelling skills. 

You might have a background in journalism or acting or creative writing, but how do you apply that knowledge to a micro film? Or you might have no storytelling experience at all. It doesn’t matter. 

This story journey will get you where you need to be so you can start telling stories that capture and keep attention.

✅ The Hero’s Journey story structure method for micro films

✅ How to keep your viewers’ attention through careful shot selection

✅ The Power Triangle of moving pictures and how to leverage it to make better micro films

✅ Why motion and emotion are the two most important aspects of powerful filmmaking and how to use them in your own online films

✅How to find interesting subjects all around you, easily and without stress

✅ The key elements of online filmmaking and why the way your audience consumes the story matters more than anything else

✅ How big-screen shooting and small-screen shooting styles differ

✅ The one thing actors can teach filmmakers about storytelling

✅ How to use the power of visual desire to create your shot list even if you leave it until the last minute

✅ The three main shots used in micro filmmaking and why they’re vital for online viewing

✅ Using your inner toddler to judge your footage and why this’ll make your edit tighter

✅ How to use lighting to create a mood and tell a story

✅ Why everything in your micro film has to be motivated by the story and how to apply that practically

WHAT YOU'll GEt:

I know that I would not have been able to just pick this stuff up just by watching some tutorials on Lynda.com or YouTube etc.


"This course saved me time"

What often stopped me from studying filmmaking was that it seemed like there were so many different tools and techniques that go into filmmaking, such as cameras, lighting, sound, and editing that I felt overwhelmed.

I decided to take this filmmaking program because I was beginning to make short films at my work, but really had no idea what I was doing. 

I was learning bits and pieces here and there on the internet, but I needed more structure to my learning. 

I didn't have the time or the money to enroll in film school. 

This program seemed like a good fit for me, the way it was structured. I could learn online at a reasonable pace. The course is full of common-sense approaches and taught in a language I could understand. The course is both personable and professional.

The entire filmmaking course is fantastic, but what was most useful for me was the insightful feedback and positive encouragement that would come after I was finished a project.

I also loved the tone of the teaching. It's funny and personable and at the same time practical and professional. I really like having both the text to read through alongside the video and audio instructions.

This course saved me time compared to what it would’ve taken to learn this on YouTube. 

Looking for the right tutorials on YouTube can be time-consuming and filled with distractions. YouTube can't teach you a course on filmmaking that is put together in a cohesive and comprehensive way and then follow it up with feedback specific to your learning needs.

Because of this course I was able to assist in the planning and shooting stages of some filmmaking projects where I work as well as fully edit some videos. I am beginning to create tutorials for a YouTube channel that I started as a side project for myself.

It’s hard to articulate this stuff, but I really appreciate your teaching and mentoring this last year. 

I know that I would not have been able to just pick this stuff up just by watching some tutorials on Lynda.com or YouTube etc.

I really appreciate how much thought you put into the course, how you structured it, and the mentoring feedback loop woven into the assignments.

-WADE,
MULTI-pASSIONATE CREATIVE & PAPER ARTIST

What STUDENTS ARE Saying:

Create A Portfolio Piece That You're Proud to Share

As part of this program, you’ll complete a full story-based online short film that will become the cornerstone of your portfolio. You’ll be able to use this piece to grow your filmmaking dreams and pursue further filmmaking opportunities. 

Faye decided to create a short documentary about a music studio that’s an important part of her community. While you can choose to do a narrative fictional short, I recommend starting with something that's based in real life as it's much easier to achieve for your first time round.


Colette Nichol

I’ve been making micro films since 2013. 

Technically I started learning filmmaking when I was in high school. I took a two year “Film and TV” class, which was basically an example of the blind leading the blind. Most of our projects never saw the light of day. 

But in 2013, I bought a DSLR and started teaching myself filmmaking. 

Going to film school wasn’t an option. I didn’t want to go back to school full time. Nor did I want to spend hours learning a bunch of theory. So I got to work teaching myself solo filmmaking.

I made 25 short videos in the span of a year, improving with each one. 

My goal was to start a business once my work was good enough. The going was rough. I made a lot of crappy videos. 

I spent a lot of time doing things wrong. I spent too many hours watching YouTube videos that made me feel like an idiot. 

But I stuck with it, and eventually my work improved. 

In 2015, I launched my business, Story Envelope Media, and started producing brand videos and promo videos.

Over the next few years I grew my skillset and my business. I went from charging $250 for a video to $15,000+ per project.

I LOVE the online filmmaking space, and my goal is to help you gain a solo filmmaking skill set that will help you achieve your goals and dreams in this online space. 

Whether you want to take this as a jumping off point to eventually become a big-screen director or you just have some personal projects you’re itching to make, this course is designed to help.

MEET YOUR TEACHER

Hi! I'm Colette

You’ll also see a lot of Jimmy inside this course. He’s my partner in all things that matter and number one subject. 

Every filmmaker ends up with someone in their life who gets filmed, well, all the time!

He’s also the behind-the-scenes genius who makes sure I keep moving ahead with everything.

He may even drop in for a cameo on production. He worked in production for large-scale concerts for over 10 years, so he knows a thing or two about artist-wrangling and cable management. 

SOLO FILMMAKER & STORY STRATEGIST
VANCOUVER, CANADA

Over 65 videos including editing tutorials, encouragement, teaching, and examples.

What's Inside?

12 Lessons and 12 Assignments. Plus a Prep Week that will help you plan for success.

65+

12

what you're going to get

Solo Filmmaking Community Member Space where you can ask questions and get feedback.

01

Audio lessons. One audio recording for each lesson plus prep week and the Sound Guide.

14

Live Office Hours calls where you can ask questions, get help, and discuss projects. (Recorded.)

08

Take the Tour

CHECK IT OUT INSIDE...

Since Facebook is an absolute circus of distractions, I've created a community space where you can share your work and get feedback. It's not a social media platform. It's a completely private community space hosted by a very cool company called Circle.io. 

You'll get answers to your questions M-F from course start to end which is May to the end of August.

Please note that this is an asynchronous platform—not live chat. You can write in anytime, and you'll get feedback within the day, Mon-Fri.

VALUE: $500 US

Premium Bonuses

SOLO FILMMAKING PRIVATE COMMUNITY

This Bonus 1-hour training will walk you through some little known ways to get to know your potential audiences. If you have big dreams about making a feature or building a niche audience for small scale works, this will be immensely helpful. You'll also get my Audience Building template and worksheet that will help you get started with strategy. This is an advanced training that you'll get at the end of the program. 

VALUE: $95 US

AUDIEnCE INSIGHTS & BUILDING

There are 8 Live Office Hours calls during the four month course. Remember, the course is yours for life. But, you get 8 group Office Hours calls during the 18-week Live Course period. 

You can ask questions, get support, and discuss complex and creative topics. 

1) Thurs, May 13th - 2 pm to 3 pm PST 
2) Thurs, May 27th - 2 pm to 3 pm PST
3) Thurs, June 10th - 2 pm to 3 pm PST
4) Thurs, June 24th - 2 pm to 3 pm PST
5) Thurs, July 8th - 2 pm to 3 pm PST
6) Thurs, July 22nd - 2 pm to 3 pm PST
7) Thurs, Aug 5th - 2 pm to 3 pm PST
8) Thurs, Sept 2nd - 2 pm to 3 pm PST 

Office Hours will be recorded and available within 72 hours of the live call. 

VALUE: $800 US

Regular Bonuses

LIVE & RECORDED OFFICE HOURS

Behind the Scenes of a Micro Film Edit
This training will show you exactly how I finish an edit from start to finish.

Colour Grading 101
This training video will break down colour grading for you in greater detail.

Histogram or Bust
This training will show you how to make sure you get your image exposure perfect every time.

Visual Storytelling Lecture
This visually illustrated lecture will break down visual storytelling themes commonly seen in movies. This will help you to develop your eye and think about images more critically. 

Value: $300 US

BONUS TRAININGS 

Live Schedule

COURSE ENROLLMENT CLOSES: May 10

Prep Week: May 10-16

First Office Hours: May 13

BREAK WeeK:June 28th

LIVE Community: May2-Sept 1

ADVANCEd TRAINING BONUSES: Sept 1

FINAL OFFICE HOURS: SEPT 2nd

The course is yours for life. So you can take as long as you like. But here are the live hours and the community open and close dates.

Upon program enrollment, you will receive access to the entire course except for the advanced bonuses. This course is yours for life. All pdfs and audio recordings are yours to download. Videos are permanently hosted online.

The live program community is a Premium Bonus. It will be available from May 3-Sept 1. 

What This Is All About

You’ll learn the production basics, visual storytelling, lighting, framing, sound recording, video editing, and storytelling skills necessary to make films by yourself.

LEARN SOlo FILMMAKING

Get LIVE (and recorded) Office Hours and community support from May-August. But the course is yours for life, so you can take as long as you like. 

LIVE & SElF-PACED

This course is totally focused on getting you out there, in the field, making videos, every single week. You shoot and then you edit. Rinse and repeat.

PRACTICE-BASED

What This Isn't About

You won't learn special effects in this course. Yes, you'll learn how to use some basic editing effects. But no green screens or fake blood. 

SpECiAL EFFECTS

This course isn't about how to go viral on YouTube. We're focusing on craft and classic techniques, which will help you make better films.

VIRAL VIDEOMAKING

This isn't about how to hire or put together a crew. Though you will end up being better equipped to put a crew together since you'll know how to do the basics of every job by the end of the course.

NOT CreW-BASED

THIS IS FOR YOU IF

YOU CARE ABOUT TELLING STORIES

YOU'RE A CREATIVE AND KIND HUMAN

YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF CREATIVE FREEDOM

YOU ARE COMMITTED TO LEARNING

THIS ISN'T FOR YOU IF

YOU ONLY WANT TO MAKE FEATURES

YOU ONLY WANT TO DO CREW-BASED FILMMAKING

YOU CAN'T STAND DOCUMENTARIES

YOU'RE NOT UP FOR A CHALLENGE

But...

WHO IS THIS FOR?

YOU LIKE A CHALLENGE (THIS AIN'T EASY!)

YOU ENJOY GETTING POSITIVE AND USEFUL FEEDBACK

YOUR main interest IS SPECIAL EFFECTS 

YOU DON'T WANT TO LEARN HOW TO EDIT FILMS

Not sure if this course is the right fit for you? Well, it isn't for everyone. But if you're a kind and curious multi-passionate creative, my bets are that you will love this learning experience and get a lot out of it. If you like encouragement and skill-focused education, then this is for you! :)

You don't like project-based learning

Still Not Sure?

Send any questions to me here:
colette@storyenvelopeacacademy.org

That's okay!

Happy Filmmaker Guarantee

This program works. As long as you do the work, it is impossible to fail. BUT, if you decide within 14-days of enrollment that you no longer want to learn filmmaking, you can get a full refund. No questions asked. 

SOLO FILMMAKING COURSE
12-week Program to Become a Filmmaker
(valued at $1000)

ONE-ON-ONE WRITTEN FEEDBACK
Accelerate your growth.
(valued at $1000)

PRIVATE COMMUNITY WITH SUPPORT
Ask your questions and share your work.
(valued at $500)

4 ADVANCED BONUS LESSONS
Boost your skillset with Lens Magic, Storytelling Secrets, Histogram or Bust, and Advanced Sound Recording
(valued at $300)

Audience Building Bonus
(valued at $47)

Visual Storytelling Bonus
(valued at $47)

PRICING

BUY PREMIUM

ENROLL IN REGULAR

Payment methods include all major credit cards and Pay Pal. 

BUY REGULAR

BUY PREMIUM

REGULAR

PREMIUM BONUS

BUY ReGULAR

8 GROUP COACHING CALLS
For mentorship and live Q&A.
(valued at $800)



I want to make sure that you're successful. That's why this course has a live component. If you’ve taken online courses before you know there’s usually minimal connection with the teacher and very little feedback. That’s not the case with this program. If you’re ready to accelerate your learning and start improving your filmmaking skills then this is the program for you. 

Your Success Guarantee

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ENROLL TODAY

You'll be sent to a membership sign up page with instant access to the course materials as soon as you complete the enrollment process.

The Course Officially Starts on May 10th. You'll have all the details about the Live Office Hours within the program home. 

If you sign up for Premium you'll receive an invitation to the Solo Filmmaking Community within 48 hours. 

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, please email me: colette@storyenvelopeacademy.org


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