Required Reading For Filmmakers


Advanced Photography
Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting
American Cinematographer Manual 9th Ed. Vol. I
American Cinematographer Manual 9th Ed. Vol. II
Audio Postproduction for Film and Video
Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know
Cinematographer Style - The Complete Interviews, Vol. I
Cinematographer Style- The Complete Interviews, Vol. II
Cinematographer Style:  Vol 1
Cinematographer Style: Vol 2
Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors
Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema
Developing Digital Short Films (Voices that Matter)
DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video
Fellini On Fellini
Film Art: An Introduction
Grammar of the Edit, Second Edition
Grammar of the Shot, Second Edition
Hitchcock (Revised Edition)
How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist (Fifth Edition)
Making Movies
Master Shots Vol 1, 2nd edition
Motion Picture and Video Lighting, Second Edition
Moviemakers' Master Class: Private Lessons from the World's Foremost Directors
On Directing Film
Perspective as Symbolic Form
Producing Great Sound for Film and Video
Rebel without a Crew
The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Fourth Edition
Shot Psychology: The Filmmaker's Guide For Enhancing Emotion and Meaning
The Art Of The Cut
The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition
The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook
The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media

Crash Course


If you are interested in learning filmmaking, we can teach you the basics in three days right here in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. We have developed an amazing crash course on filmmaking and will take you all the way from your concept to the final DVD.

There is a lot to know, but we make it work by putting all the information you need to know within the context of creating a short project. The project can focus on a particular area of the island, a particular issue, or even serve as a publice service announcement.  We give you the key concepts and show you what you need to do. This is hands-on, one-on-one, real-world stuff, not cloud theory but practical information you can use immediately. You will benefit from our experience and knowledge and will learn where you can make short cuts and where you can't. For instance, we will teach you that if you don't have a great-looking set or anything interesting in the background, then you need to move in on your subject and get close-ups or use a shallow depth of field. We will make you think and challenge you, so you will remember these lessons for a lifetime. And once you are a graduate of the program, if you ever have a question or need advice in the future, we will always be available to help answer any questions you might have.

When it comes to learning filmmaking, we don't believe the cost of learning how to do it should cost more than the camera equipment itself. Or in other words, we don't believe that sailing lessons should cost more than the boat! If you are motivated and passionate about learning as much as you can, then we want you as a student. You should also know that our focus is and will always be on producing quality outcomes. As a student of ours, the work you create is also a partial reflection on us, so while we believe in having fun, we also demand attention to detail and doing the best work possible.

The course covers how to tell a story, how to find and work with talent, how to light and design your shots, how to record sound, how to adjust camera settings and shoot, how and when to move the camera, and basic editing and rendering. Our approach will save you thousands of dollars by teaching you the true essentials of what you really need to know. After the course, you should have the confidence to continue on your own, and at any time you feel uncertain, you can always refer back to the course material or simply contact us.

The cost of the individual program is $299 and includes two course manuals and full use of our equipment, and of course,  a certificate of completion upon completion of the final exam. It is important to remember that these are private lessons, so all the focus is on you and what you want to know. This is the smartest and most effective way to learn because the course is at your speed, not anyone else's.  This is the real deal, a chance to jump start your journey into filmmaking in an intimate and personal way. The first day covers pre-production and initial production;  the second class  we meet a week later to finish production (shooting as needed), then cover editing and color correction; and the last class we cover how to burn your project to a menu-based DVD suitable for mass production. The DVD-authoring class alone is worth the entire cost of tuition and has information you  will find difficult get anywhere else.

A cost-saving option for the 3-Day Crash Course.

If you have a friend, acquaintance, companion, or relative that would like to take the the course with you, then we allow both of you to take the course for the price of one. This is a great way to save money and also share the experience with anyone of your choosing.

Please call us at 808-371-8564 to confirm attendance. Our next available course dates are:

Sunday, July 15th, 2018 (day one)

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 (day two)

Sunday, July 29th, 2018 (day three)

Please give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions or need further information. Please be patient if you do not hear from us right away but know that we will get back to you as soon as we can. Mahalo!

3-Day Crash Course

Please note that payments are handled through our parent company, Kahala Press.

Learn By Watching!


One of the best ways to learn how to make great movies is by watching them. Here are three perfect examples. The first time you watch these, just enjoy them. The second time notice everything else: dialogue or lack of, pacing, camera movement and angles, depth of field and focus, framing, use of color, staging, shadows and lighting, edit points, music, and sound.

One thing these videos have in common is a minimal use of dialogue. If a story can be told visually, it should be. Dialogue, in that sense, should always be a last resort.

If you are interested in learning more about making videos, we highly recommend Vimeo Video School. No worries. It's free!

A Thousand Words from Ted Chung on Vimeo.

Mike's from Ted Chung on Vimeo.

water from Corrie Jones on Vimeo.

Robert McKee


Want to intern?


Anyone who has a passion for filmmaking can volunteer as an intern to work with us on a project. The key requirement is you must be reliable and commited to seeing the project through. The benefit to you is gaining valuable experience, networking with others who can help you on your film, and title credits for the work you do. In independent filmmaking, you have got to give to get. In other words, if you want someone to help you on your film, you've got to help others on theirs. If you are interested in interning, please contact us at  Please be patient in allowing time for a reponse. Thank you.