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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How many hours a week will it take to satisfactorily complete the filmmaking program?

While this varies from student to student, you should comfortably complete all coursework dedicating 20-25 hours per week.

2. What special equipment do I need to compete successfully in the filmmaking program?

You will need access to a computer with Internet access capable of making SKYPE calls. For production work you will need access to a video camera of your choosing. It is recommended that you secure an external microphone and boom pole in order to record the best sound possible. You will also need editing software for your computer. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use any of this equipment yet. Our Technical Tutorial Instructor will teach you all the equipment and software. You will also learn how to upload all of your work to our channel for peer and instructor review.

3. How much previous film experience is necessary to successfully complete the filmmaking program?

None, really.  You need a passion for storytelling and a keen interest in film.  We’ll help you do the rest.  We think our perfect student is one who manages their time well, can work to a schedule and is open to constructive criticism.

4. Do I have to complete an AA degree or 60 transferable credit hours before I enter the BFA filmmaking program?

No, you can enter the filmmaking program first.  After successful completion you will receive our Diploma.  After you complete your AA or 60 transferable credit hours, your Diploma will be exchanged for our BFA in Filmmaking.

5. Can I really learn to direct, write and produce online? 

Yes, absolutely.  In fact, we think our approach offers students some learning advantages because all of our courses are linked and designed to introduce, reinforce and then practice skills across all courses.  Also, because of our small classes, we have the ability to tailor projects to a student’s particular interests.

6. How is instruction delivered?

Most film classes use video lectures and PowerPoint presentations.  These can be reviewed as often as a student wishes and when it’s most convenient for your schedule.

7. Is this program only for American students?

Absolutely not. We’re striving for a student body that represents cultures from all over the world.

8. I’m not the most technical person. Will I get help if I need it?

Not only will you get help, you’ll also get training on camera operation, editing software, budgeting software, screenwriting software, and uploading your content. Our Technical Instructor has 15 years of experience, and she is very patient. By the end of your first year (with a little practice) you will have confidence in your technical skills.

9. What’s different about this online film program?

Firstly, there aren’t many online film programs. So I think we can even ask a broader question—how is the Horizons Film Program different from most all film programs—whether online or on campus? Well, we’re different in a variety of ways. 1. We’re affordable. 2. We don’t train specialists. We train complete filmmakers to write, direct and produce. All of your skills are integrated so you become empowered to create your own opportunities. 3. The program is focused on story and story structure and all of out courses are cross-linked. For example, we introduce a concept in your directing class, reinforce that concept while analyzing a film in producing, practice that concept in screenwriting and perform it in your productions. 4. And maybe most importantly, Program Director Wayne Crawford, an experienced writer/director/producer is taking you through the entire process. Wayne has made more than 20 feature films and created three TV series—almost 100 episodes. 5. Since this is a hands-on program, our class sizes are small. This means your creative work receives maximum attention. 6. Our 10 day residency is held on our campus outside of Paris and includes art excursions into Paris—a cultural oasis like no other.

Have more questions?  Contact our program director Wayne Crawford at:  waynecrawford@horizonsuniversity.org

Wayne Crawford, Program Director

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