What type of video camera and editing software do I need before enrolling?

Don't Worry. We Meet You Where You Are.

In Other Words, You Can Use the Gear You Already Have!

Okay, setup the ARRI Alexa and roll out the Fisher dolly, rig the HMIs and - NO. 

It's great if you have access to such high-caliber filmmaking equipment, but it's by no means a requirement for joining Lights Film School. In fact,  it doesn’t matter what type of video camera and editing software you have when you enroll!

From an equipment standpoint, the bar to entry into the film industry has never been lower. Certainly, you're welcome to use a high-end camera, but DSLMs, DSLRs, and even iPhone cameras are common today. Here at Lights Film School, we teach our students how to embrace, not resist, the technical constraints they face. You'll learn how constraints are oftentimes the key to creativity.

While we do recommend that you work toward finding a camera and software that afford you as much manual control as possible, we meet you where you are - our goal is to teach you how to add production value and narrative integrity to your projects regardless of the tools you're using. 

So ARRI Alexa or iPhone, Avid Media Composer or Apple iMovie, you can complete your studies without a problem. We'll show you how to get the most out of the tools you have available.

Still need help? We'd love to hear from you! We'd love to hear from you!