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

3D Computer Graphics Training (9-month program)


If you are interested in learning 3D graphics and want to expand your creative horizons, we are now offering a 9-month training course using LightWave 2019. This course will cover everything you need to know to become a 3D visual artist and filmmaker.  Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive a certificate from the school. The program requires a 9-month commitment, but we have tried to make it as affordable and convenient as possible.  Our lab size is from 1-5 students at any given time, so your program of study can be truly individualized to what you are most interested in learning within a topic. We have developed a program that we wish had been available to us when we started out.  The focus of the course is primarily on practical applicaton. For example, designing 3D logos, creating an animated character, making a car commercial, and building interior scenes.


The course is a comprehensive introduction to 3D computer graphics using LightWave 2019. You will learn how to master a professional 3D program, build and create models and characters, create 3D scenes, light and stage a scene using 3D cameras, rig and animate characters and objects, surface and texture objects, understand and use dynamics, and render and edit your work. By the time you complete the course, you will have all the foundational skills you need to get started as a 3D visual artist and filmmaker.


The entire course requires nine consecutive months. Classes are held every Sunday* from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at our Kaneohe classroom. Each class includes lectures and closely supervised lab experience---that's more than 35 classes with over 100 hours of training.  And please note that for every hour of class, students are expected to study for 2 hours outside class. This means 12 hours of study per week, 3 in the lab, and 9 outside. To learn 3D, that is, really learn it, you need to make a commitment to studying and practicing it daily, and we will do everything we can to support you in keeping that commitment.

*For currently enrolled students, if a month has five Sundays (i.e., March, June, September, & December 2020), no classes are held on the fifth Sunday.


Due to the modular nature of the course, there are four enrollment sessions for new students per year. The first class session is four hours instead of the usual three and provides a general introduction to LightWave and the overall structure of the course. 



Suspended until further notice.



Paid in advance, the cost for the complete 9-month program is $849 , not including the software. 

It is also possible to pay every three months for $325 ($325 x 3 or $975); however, all installment payments must  be made at least 3 days in advance of the first class.

No refunds are given after more than half of the purchased classes have been taken. Prorated refunds are granted if requested before then. If your are unable to make a class, make-up classes are allowed. 


LIGHTWAVE 3D (the software)

You will also need to purchase a copy of the software, so that you can continue to use it outside of lab hours.  During lab hours, you are able to use our educational version of the program. You can get an educational license for the software if you submit the required documentation to New Tek.  The full retail price of the program is $995; the educational version is $195.  LightWave runs on both MAC and PC computers.


Possibly you can, but it will take much longer, will be more disorganized and less comprehensive, and not necessarily result with you knowing the essentials of what you really need to know. The primary value this program provides is a comprehensive, focused, structured, and practical curriculum taught by a knowledgable instructor in a comfortable environment. By commiting to the program, you will have a set time and place to study each and every week, free from distractions, for hands-on training. You will receive immediate support and answers to your questions, and you will be getting the latest and greatest information. And unlike most online instruction, if the software or something else changes you learn about it immediately.

The bottom line is this: Yes, you can try to learn to be a 3D artist on your own, but it will be unncessarily more difficult and frustrating than it needs to be. With this program, you are getting the right information at the right time and can rest assured that you are learning what you really need to know. Simply put, if you are serious about getting started as a 3D artist, you will not be able to find a better training opportunity than this. Learning 3D is not easy. There is a lot to know and master, but this program will get you where you need to be as fast as possible.


There are several reasons actually, but the main reason is LightWave is production-proven, well-established and technically supported, and can do anything you need it to do. You can actually think of LightWave as a base platform on top of which you can add plug-ins or modules that allow you to do anything the vastly more expensive programs can do. So, in a way, LightWave is whatever you configure it to be. It is not just one thing but a collection of things. In summary, we use LightWave because it is a time-tested and reliable tool for CGI work and as a commercial program, it has a clearly defined line for technical support if and when it might be needed.  It is worth mentioning that LightWave was used for visual effects in the Green Book, the film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture for 2018. And LightWave was instrumental in the actual production of Avatar, the highest grossing CGI film in history, so yes, it is fair to say that LightWave is "production-proven."


This program is an incredible bargain at $1,044, which is the total cost including the training at $849 and the software at $195. Not only will you be receiving quality, one-on-one instruction and learning how to master a complex and sophisticated 3D program, but you will own a permanent educational license to LightWave 2019. And when you consider that a one-year subscription to Maya (a competitor to LightWave) is over $1,500 and includes absolutely no training, you will not be able to find a better deal or a better way to get into the world of 3D than this program. In fact, you should not be saying you can't afford this program; you should be saying you can't afford not to take the program. And that's not just marketing hype. That's the truth.  There is also the option of paying $80,000 in tuition at a private school, and only having a 10% chance of finding a job in the field; however, we don't recommend that.


Another benefit of our program is that once you graduate, we consider you a student for life, which means that if you ever want to sit in on or retake a class or have questions going forward or anything else, there is no additional cost to you. It is not like you finish the program and will have no further contact with us. Once a student, you are always a student in our eyes and anything we can do to continue to support you after completing the course, we will do our best to help you succeed. You won't found that kind of commitment anywhere else. What you will find is that our primary motivation is a passion for 3D filmmaking and helping others to master it. 


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!

Crash Course


Course dates are currently suspended until further notice.

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 usually covers pre-production and initial production;  the second class is usually devoted to filming and the last class covers editing, rendering, and distribution strategies such as getting your work on Amazon Prime Video or producing a DVD as time permits. 

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 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

Full payment is required in advance. A deposit of $100 can be made to reserve the course dates, but the remaining balance must be paid before the first class begins. If payment is not received three days before instruction begins, you will receive a notification and after that, there is a 48-hour window to make payment, or the reservation will be cancelled and any deposit received will be refunded. After the first day of instruction, there are no refunds.

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.

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.