Out of town students welcome! Low cost lodging nearby. Students have travelled long distances to train with me...... 3 from New York, 2 from Edmonton, 3 from Abbotsford, one from Ontario, and two from Nelson BC.
Here are some testimonials
To whom it may concern:
"The personalized instruction I received from Steve was no doubt the most effective and useful professional development I have ever done. Steve is very knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience to draw from. The one on one attention allowed me to get right to the things I wanted to learn about. Steve is a patient person by nature yet moves things along at a pace which allows for rapid improvement. As a professional instructor, one of the things I appreciated most about Steve's training was the laid back and easy going flexibility in which his course is offered. Thanks Steve, for a great training session."
Visual Communications Teacher, 25 years experience,
He had several years of editing experience, and his own editing system.
'I'm a college professor visiting Vancouver from New York City who sought Steve Cosmic out after seeing his website, in order to learn the rudiments of filmmaking. In 20 hours over the course of a week I went from having absolutely no knowledge re: how to use a hi-tech video camera, a tripod and editing footage, to a reasonable level of competence. I ultimately shot a short documentary, helped edit it, and put it up on youtube.
Obviously there is much more to be learned and mastery will require much homework on my own. But Steve is a great person to show you the way. He is affable, knowledgable and patient."
Milton Mankoff, NYC
"It was a challenge to find someone who would take the time one-on-one to train our crew as well as share his expertise so openly. Steve was very knowledgeable. He was able to come up with brilliant ideas and little tricks about how to make our project look very professional.
We all gleaned some really great “nuggets” from our time with you. It was also satisfying to know we were on track with what we started here. I wouldn’t hesitate to rely on you again for direction and I will refer you in the future."
Larry J. Clark
Allpro Building Systems
"I am writing this testimonial in support of Steve Cosmic and his video training program. As a complete beginner with video cameras and editing software, I enrolled for a training session with Steve, along with my brother. In just a few short hours, Steve covered A LOT of valuable (and more importantly, PRACTICAL) information related to operating a video camera and editing the footage. Steve made the most of every minute of our session, moving in a logical and sequential order. He offered many tricks/tips and devices that a student wouldn't likely get elsewhere. The instruction is personalized and Steve is a very friendly, helpful and knowledable instructor. The value of Steve's training was excellent. The cost is very fair considering that you will walk away feeling confident to get started on your own. Not only that, but Steve goes above and beyond, by offering additional tips by email, days or weeks after your session. That is customer service!
In sum, I have no reservations in highly recommending Steve's video training. You will walk away feeling confident and way more knowledable than when you walked in, all in a matter of a few hours. Thanks Steve."
(He took my my 4 hour crash course)
Comments about the one day intensive workshop
"Steve Cosmic's one day intensive filmmaking workshop gave me all the information I needed - in a single day - to make my first film! By the ends of this "hands on" workshop I had not only learned all the basics of equipment, lighting, set up, shooting, getting the most from your actors, editing and even marketing my film, I had actually done a lot of it. Steve showed me how to make a film without investing in expensive equipment, locations or a large crew. Steve Cosmic is an award winning filmmaker who is not only a kind, enthusiastic and wonderful mentor, but also extremely knowledgeable about filmmaking. He shared this knowledge with his students and helped us get a start on our own films.
To all budding filmmakers out there, I suggest you not waste your money on film schools. Instead, take Steve's one day intensive, and spend your film-school money on making your film! I cannot recommend his course highly enough."
Deborah Levy Barnett, Ph.D
"This is to offer testimonial to Steve’s teaching skills and creativity in film production methods from his one day intensive workshop.
Steve started off the workshop by giving us an introduction to his writing philosophy and by preparing us for thinking outside the box, using gizmos for producing shorts, features and docs. Steve explained how his methods and gizmos really cut down on production costs, and he stressed the importance of the quick set-up.
In the first demo of the workshop, Steve showed us how to perfectly shoot a 3 to 5-part sequence of actions, with some gizmos costsing about $20, instead of heavy equipment costing thousands of dollars. Steve let us practice using parts of his gizmo collection and showed us how to plan and time the action. We didn’t have to worry about angling the camera or panning too far. We didn't even need to look through the viewfinder when actually shooting.
We went on to use Steve’s other gizmos for setting up of camera, audio and lighting. Steve had actors come by and do a scene which we taped. We finished by capturing the footage in his computer, viewing it and quickly editing it into a watchable scene. Quite a day.
Thank you, Steve, for your generosity of spirit and imagination! And for raising the possibilities of our success as filmmakers! Best wishes on your current feature film project."
"I plan to write a feature-length screenplay and create a short film
with which to seek full-scale production. To help me get there, Steve's
one-day intensive workshop was a terrific experience. Steve's
innovative and passionate approach to the efficient production of a
short film will undoubtedly prove invaluable when the time comes to put
it into practice myself. I'm very glad I attended Steve's workshop and
I recommend it to other aspiring film-makers."
THE COST. $280 to about $5000.
I call this my Vancouver 7 Day Film School. But for most people, 7, 8 hour days in a row is too much. The training is intensive. For most people, 4 or 5 hours at a time is plenty. And we usually skip a day here and there. We adjust the schedule to fit your schedule. Also, having a day off here and there will let you learn more for free. On your days off from training, you can practice shooting on your own if you have a camera. Or, the time can be spent finding actors for you to shoot as part of your training. (You will be learning how to be a casting director and producer while you do this. I will show you how to find actors and do other pre production jobs on your own time. It will serve you well when you make your own projects later.)
I teach one on one. My rate is $70 per hour, which is more per hour than Vancouver Film School. But because we don't waste time waiting for slow students, you learn MUCH more in less time, making this training much cheaper than film schools.
Four hours costs $280. 56 hours costs $5000.
If you already have some experience, you may only need 10 or 20 hours of training.
Call me and tell me what your goals are, and how much you know already, and I will give you a quote on how much you will be paying. 604-731-0090. Email me here.
PS: You can bring a buddy and share the cost. You can take turns being on camera.