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How much do the courses cost and what is included in course tuition?

How much filmmaking experience is required to enroll in our courses?

What filmmaking topics are covered in an Outside Adventure Film School course?

What does “Pre-Production” entail?

What happens on expedition?

What does “Post-Production” entail?

How do I ensure that I get the “early bird” tuition rate?

What sort of shape should I be in for an expedition?

How should I train for my expedition?

What happens if different people on an expedition have different ability levels?

What is the student to instructor ratio?

What are students responsible for?

Should I bring my own camera?

Are scholarships available?

Are sponsorship opportunites available?

Do I need a visa to participate in courses abroad?

Who owns the footage I shoot?

Can I get college credit for these courses?

What is your refund policy if I cannot attend after signing up?

What outdoor equipment will I need for the schools?

Do I have to carry my own gear?

How large will the expedition team be?

Who attends the Outside Adventure Film School?

If I am traveling solo, will I have a private room or will I have roommates?

How far in advance do I have to reserve my spot in the Adventure Film School?

Can I make my own travel arrangements?

What is your Liability Release policy?

How can I contact Outside Adventure Film School?


Q. How much do the courses cost and what is included in course tuition?

Domestic week-long courses cost an average of $2,500 and generally entail seven days on location shooting and editing. Tuition includes:

  • Pre-production consulting
  • Orientation dinner
  • Filmmaking instruction
  • All course materials including the Adventure Film School Production Manual
  • Use of Apple editing computer equipped with Apple Final Cut Pro software
  • All editing and post-production instruction
  • Student film festival celebration

International expeditions cost an average of $7,000 and generally entail two weeks in the field and one week of editing in Boulder, Colorado. Tuition includes:

  • Pre-production consulting
  • Filmmaking instruction
  • Professional guiding service
  • All food and lodging while abroad
  • All course materials including the Adventure Film School Production Manual
  • Orientation dinner for Boulder editing session
  • Use of Apple editing computer equipped with Apple Final Cut Pro software
  • All editing and post-production instruction
  • Student film festival celebration.

Q. How much filmmaking experience is required to enroll in our courses?

You don’t need any previous experience. We are delighted to help our students even if they are starting at square one. However, for these students we do require that you take our pre-production exercises seriously so you are well-prepared to shoot and edit your film on the course. We also have many highly experienced students on our courses, and for these students we provide advanced-level instruction to build on their existing skill sets.

Q. What filmmaking topics are covered in an Outside Adventure Film School course?

       How to create treatments and storyboards and plan your shoot
       How to shoot professional-quality video and audio
       How to conduct interviews
       How to work in adventurous conditions (wind, rain, snow, dust, etc.)
       How to write and use narration when necessary
       How to structure a compelling story
       How to edit quickly and effectively using Final Cut Pro
       How to add music to your video
       How to create graphics and titles in the edit room
       How to create a professional-quality audio mix
       How to compress your video for various outlets (web, DVD, etc)
       How to upload your video to various web outlets
       How to distribute your video
       How to handle the legal, copyright and music licensing aspects of the business
       How to create films that will be accepted into film festivals and, with hard
          work and dedication, WIN AWARDS!

Q. What does “Pre-Production” entail?

In the weeks leading up to your course, we work with you to develop the storytelling and writing aspects of your filmmaking skills. We send you our Adventure Film School Production Manual full of valuable tips, tricks and examples of outstanding filmmaking. We have you start practicing all of the steps that lead to the production phase, including writing a treatment and creating a story board. Even if you don’t have much free time, the exercises are intuitive and self-motivating. We also have an extensive list of resources, books, websites, video tutorials, and people who will give you the knowledge you need in a way that is easy and fun to digest.

Q. What happens on expedition?

Once we travel to our location you will hit the ground running, getting footage, interviews and other important story pieces together. Michael and the team will be on hand to instruct on everything from shot composition and sound recording to capturing important pieces of your story. We will help those who are just learning to use their cameras, and will lend higher level advice to those who already have experience shooting.

Q. What does “Post-Production” entail?

Back at our editing headquarters, Michael and our editors show you a system for organizing your footage in Final Cut Pro. We are able to cater to students with varying levels of experience in Final Cut Pro, though we strongly encourage true beginners to get experience with the program using on-line tutorials prior to the course. No matter your experience, every student will have a completed film, directed, shot, and edited by you, to show at our student film festival to conclude the course.

Q. How do I ensure that I get the “early bird” tuition rate?

To get the early bird rate, students must pay their course deposit of $500.00 by the early bird end date.

Q. What sort of shape should I be in for an expedition?

Each expedition is different, but you will get the most enjoyment and education out of the Adventure Film School if you are reasonably fit and have a willingness to spend extended periods in the outdoors. Schools like the Teva Mountain Games do not require a high level of physical fitness, but others like the Colorado Backcountry require students to be in good physical condition.

Q. How should I train for my expedition?

Each expedition member will create a different training plan, but a good start is a plan based on cardiovascular fitness throughout the week. Increase the duration of your workouts as you progress.

For more information or help with a training plan, please contact us.

Q. What happens if different people on an expedition have different ability levels?

The team is only as strong as its weakest member! There will be multiple guides on the expedition, and depending on varying ability levels, the guides may split into different groups to accommodate everyone's fitness level.

Q. What is the student to instructor ratio?

We strive for a ratio of one instructor for every four students. This allows for one-to-one training at many times during the course and ensures that all students receive excellent mentoring throughout each stage of the filmmaking process.

Q. What are students responsible for?

For week-long domestic courses:

  • Travel to and from the school's location
  • Discounted hotel rooms (while not out in the field)
  • Personal outdoor gear (when applicable)
  • Video camera and accessories
  • External hard drive (for media storage)
  • All meals (except for orientation dinner)

For international expeditions:

  • Travel to and from the school's location
  • Personal outdoor gear
  • Video camera and accessories
  • External hard drive (for media storage)
  • Discounted hotel rooms for Boulder editing session
  • All meals during Boulder editing session (except for orientation dinner)

Q. Should I bring my own camera?

Yes. The camera should have a FireWire output and be compatible with Apple editing systems. Contact us for more info on specifications.

Q. Are scholarships available?

We are currently pursuing opportunities with different sponsors that may create scholarships in the near future. We do offer discounted adventures to friends and family members who come along as subjects for students' films. We also offer tuition discounts for returning students.

Q. Are sponsorship opportunites available?

Yes, we provide students with a sponsorship kit that will guide you in pursuing sponsorship to help fund your Outside Adventure Film School experience. Please contact us for more info.

Q. Do I need a visa to participate in courses abroad?

The need for visas depends on the course and we will notify you if visas are necessary. You will need a current passport for all international courses.

Q. Who owns the footage I shoot?

Students share the rights to the footage with the Outside Adventure Film School. This agreement legally allows us to promote the Adventure Film School while furthering student opportunities by posting the footage and films across the internet, submitting to film festivals, and airing them on television. Students are able to use the material they shoot for their reels and other films as well.

Q. Can I get college credit for these courses?

At this time we do not offer college credit. However, our Adventure Film School prides itself on hands-on learning and the training you receive is immediately applicable. The primary goal of each course is for its' students to walk away from the school with the confidence and skills to continue making their own films well into the future.

Q. What is your refund policy if I cannot attend after signing up?

If you must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to the costs we have incurred to reserve your place in the school. In the event of severe weather, terrorism, civil unrest or personal, family or medical reasons we will refund the unspent portion of tuition at our discretion. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early. Read our Required Deposit and Cancellation Policy.

Q. What outdoor equipment will I need for the schools?

We provide a comprehensive list of suggested items when you sign up for a film school. We will assist students in finding the gear they need.

Our most gear intensive course is the Colorado Backcountry Film School. For this course we have a special partnership with Bent Gate Mountaineering, who gives us student discounts on rental equipment including avalanche beacons, shovels, probes, skis, boots, poles and more.

Q. Do I have to carry my own gear?

On trips requiring gear transportation, each student is responsible for carrying daypacks with necessary camera equipment, extra clothing, snacks, and water. The rest of the gear will be carried by porters, sherpas, pack animal, or other means.

Q. How large will the expedition team be?

In order to keep the class size small, expedition teams consist of no more than 12 students.

Q. Who attends the Outside Adventure Film School?

All ages, demographics, and nationalities with an interest in filming and the outdoors attend the Outside Adventure Film School.

Q. If I am traveling solo, will I have a private room or will I have roommates?


We like to room solo travelers together to promote camaraderie, but if you desire a private room we will make those arrangements.

Q. How far in advance do I have to reserve my spot in the Adventure Film School?

The sooner the better. We recommend reserving at least 2 months in advance. There is limited availability since expeditions are limited to 12 students.

Q. Can I make my own travel arrangements?

You may make your own flight arrangements and itinerary if you wish; otherwise, we recommend Sally Berg Adventures (Sally Berg, 303 880 8072) or The Travel Society (Dana Welch, 303 563 6225).

Q. What is your Liability Release policy?

For more information, click here.

Q. How can I contact Outside Adventure Film School?

Outside Adventure Film School
1135 Pearl Street #201
Boulder, CO 80302
p: (425) 224-6449
adventure@seracfilms.com

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