Academy - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding Online Courses

How do I access the Intro to Smartphone Filmmaking Class?

Upon enrollment, you will receive instant access to our user-friendly online learning platform. Log in with your credentials and dive into the exciting world of smartphone filmmaking.

Is the class self-paced?

Absolutely! The Intro to Smartphone Filmmaking Class is designed for your convenience. Work through the 13 modules at your own pace, allowing you to balance your learning with your existing commitments.

What equipment do I need for the course?

All you need is your smartphone! This course is tailored to empower you to create captivating films without the need for expensive camera gear. Ensure your smartphone has enough storage space for creative ventures.

How will I receive feedback on my work?

Your assignments will be graded by real industry professionals who understand the art of filmmaking. Expect constructive feedback to help you refine your skills and enhance the quality of your films.

Can I access the course on multiple devices?

Certainly! Our platform is designed to be accessible across various devices. Whether you're learning on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can seamlessly transition between them.

What will I learn in the class?

The class covers a broad spectrum of topics, including an introduction to smartphone filmmaking, captivating storytelling techniques, visual and audio essentials, and mobile editing skills. Check out the full curriculum for a detailed breakdown.

Can I interact with other students or ask questions during the course?

Absolutely! Engage with fellow learners through discussion forums and share your experiences. Our platform fosters a sense of community where you can ask questions, share insights, and connect with like-minded individuals.

Are there any prerequisites for the course?

No prior filmmaking experience is required. The Intro to Smartphone Filmmaking Class is designed for beginners and enthusiasts alike, providing a comprehensive foundation for all skill levels.

Regarding Mentorship Program

Why is it important to get mentored on a live set?

Getting mentored on a live set is essential for acquiring industry skills, gaining hands-on experience, and building invaluable connections. At Reel Fleet Academy, we believe in starting your career from within the business. Our leadership, with over 25 years of experience, ensures our mentorship program equips you with the exact skills needed to thrive in the film industry.

Interacting with professional film engineers, producers, and clients in a live, interactive environment is a unique opportunity to learn within the setting you aspire to work in. It's not just about acquiring technical skills; it's about showcasing your abilities and determination to those who make hiring decisions. The immersive experience at Reel Fleet Academy allows you to grow usable skills and make a lasting impression on industry professionals.

What makes your mentorship program different from the programs at other schools?

Our Mentorship Program at Reel Fleet Academy stands apart from traditional film schools. Unlike crowded classrooms, we provide one-on-one & small group mentorship in real film sets and commercial productions. Your learning environment is the dynamic world of filmmaking, not a lecture hall.

We prioritize practical experience over hefty tuition fees. While traditional schools may charge $20,000 to $50,000, our mission is to keep you clear of massive student loan debts. We are proud to be significantly more affordable. Our mentorship method is inspired by the extern-apprentice model—tried, tested, and proven effective. Join us for a unique, hands-on approach to learning that works. At Reel Fleet Academy, mentorship is not just about education; it's about transformation. 

What's the difference between a mentor and a teacher?

The distinction between a mentor and a teacher is nuanced yet impactful. At Reel Fleet Academy, we emphasize a mentorship approach that goes beyond traditional teaching methods. While a teacher imparts knowledge in a structured manner, a mentor, especially in our context, becomes a guide and ally in your creative journey.

Our mentors at Reel Fleet Academy don't just deliver information; they offer personalized insights, share real-world experiences from live film sets, and provide hands-on learning that extends beyond the classroom. The mentor-student relationship is cultivated to be collaborative, emphasizing a deeper connection and a shared passion for the art of filmmaking. Mentorship is an integral part of a transformative and personalized learning experience in the world of cinema. 

Do I need experience to be accepted?

Absolutely not! At Reel Fleet Academy, we welcome aspiring filmmakers from all walks of life, regardless of prior experience. What we value most is your attitude, a sense of responsibility, and a hard work ethic. These qualities, along with your passion for storytelling, are the foundation for success in our programs.

Our mentorship programs are designed to cater to individuals with diverse backgrounds and aspirations. What matters most is your eagerness to learn, collaborate, and bring your creative visions to life. At Reel Fleet Academy, we believe in cultivating talent and potential, making our programs accessible to anyone with a passion for filmmaking. 

Can I have another job and work while doing my mentorship?

Certainly! Yes, many of our students successfully balance their mentorship with other jobs, thanks to our flexible hybrid program. While we encourage flexibility, spending ample time in the studio is strongly advised. It's where you observe, assist, and deeply engage in the filmmaking process, enhancing your learning experience. At Reel Fleet Academy, we prioritize both your schedule and the hands-on aspects of your creative journey. 

When do your semesters start?

Great news! At Reel Fleet Academy, we offer open enrollment year-round to all students. The beauty of our system is that you can kickstart your mentorship journey in as little as two weeks from the moment you sign up. No need to wait for a specific semester — we're ready when you are! Your cinematic adventure awaits whenever you're ready to dive in.