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MatadorU Travel Filmmaking Program

MatadorU specializes in teaching the craft of creating travel media through writing, photography, and filmmaking. MatadorU is the most comprehensive online travel journalism school in the world, covering diverse topics from building skills in your chosen medium, to creating and marketing your personal brand.
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What is the MatadorU Travel Filmmaking Program?

The MatadorU Travel Filmmaking course is a school for filmmakers, videographers, and cinematographers, as well as people who simply want to learn how to shoot and edit better travel videos. The program moves from filmmaking equipment, camera and editing software basics, and post production techniques, through how to build a successful web presence and start living your passion as a full-time travel filmmaker. You’ll get one-on-one feedback on your travel films and videos and shooting tips to help you make the best travel documentaries and movies. In addition to benefiting from our curriculum, you’ll be part of a growing community of thousands of travel journalists, and you’ll get access to paid travel filmmaking jobs and gigs from all over the world.

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Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for only $10
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
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Complete MatadorU Travel Filmmaking Curriculum Online

Chapter 1: Travel film history to today’s opportunities

  • A brief history and the evolution of travel filmmaking
  • Distribution channels old and new: Video sites, film festivals, stock libraries, competitions

Chapter 2: Equipment

  • Camera types and formats
  • Lenses
  • Types of filters
  • Camera stabilizers: Tripods, dollies, and jibs
  • Storage
  • Other accessories
  • Laptops and editing computers
  • Software

Chapter 3: Camera basics

  • Getting your numbers straight: Resolution, frame rate, and aspect ratio
  • General camera settings

Chapter 4: Image and sound composition

  • Framing shots: Long, medium, and close-up
  • Framing shots: Creative framing
  • The rule of thirds
  • Motion: Dolly, tracking, panning, zooming, and stabilizing
  • 180 degree rule
  • Lens selection
  • Natural vs artificial light and the Golden Hour
  • Shooting at night
  • White balance: Some considerations on color temperature
  • Key concept: 3-point lighting for interviews
  • Sound

Chapter 5: Types of travel films and shooting tips

  • It’s about storytelling: An overview
  • Types of travel films
  • Made for the Internet: Actuality, experimental, transmedia, and just “plane” fun
  • Shooting 101: Tips

Chapter 6: Post production

  • Importing footage and backing up footage
  • Organizing, transcoding, digitizing
  • Rough cut: Trimming and cutting
  • Editing sound and music
  • Adding transitions, effects, and titles
  • Outputting to the web, DVD, and broadcast

Chapter 7: On the road

  • Planning and research
  • Packing and transporting your gear
  • On the ground

Chapter 8: Getting and making work

  • Are there really opportunities out there?
  • Developing and funding your project idea
  • Distribution channels for your work
  • Pitching and presenting your work
  • The next steps

Chapter 9: Building and keeping an audience online

  • Your web presence and social media
  • What is social media?
  • The social graph vs the interest graph
  • Tackling Twitter and attracting followers
  • Analytics, Alexa rankings, and number crunching
  • YouTube vs Vimeo vs the rest of ‘em

Chapter 10: How to monetize your blog

  • Monetizing your blog
  • Working with premium ad networks and how to negotiate contracts
  • How to sell your own ads
  • 8 steps to building a profitable blog that funds your travels
  • 9 tips for creating a media kit you’re proud to send out
  • 7 tips for creating an “Advertise” page you can link to and create warm leads
  • Bonus tips for working with advertisers

Chapter 11: Straight talk: The myths and reality of travel filmmaking

  • What’s your motivation?
  • Reality: It’s about who you know
  • Reality: An alternative source of income
  • Reality: Dealing with burn out
  • Staff position vs. freelancing
  • Learn to estimate time and the value of your work
  • MatadorU success story

Chapter 12: Living the dream: Making your side gig your main gig

  • Making a living as a full-time filmmaker
  • Should I go to film school?
  • Working for a company vs. working for yourself

Testimonials

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Lily Girma

When I received an email announcing the launch of MatadorU, I just knew this was the course I had been waiting for.

Aloha Lavina

Aloha Lavina

MatadorU gave me a focus for a yearning to get back into journalism, but this time from the travel perspective.

Coen Wubbels

Coen Wubbels

Being on the road 24/7 since 2003, MatadorU proved to be my best learning experience.

Laura Cook

Laura Cook

MatadorU has connected me with talented people all over the world and has given me the motivation to keep challenging myself.

Join our online education community today!

Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for only $10
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
$0
You saved $0.00 by enrolling in 0 courses

What you get with every course

Curriculum

MatadorU offers college level courses that have all been made by industry leaders.

Feedback

Receive one on one feedback from MatadorU's faculty on select assignments, exercises, and labs.

Labs

Participate in our weekly labs and gain opportunities for more personal feedback.

Pro Modules

Gain access to one of a kind tutorials only available to U students.

Community

Join a network of thousands of other travel journalists - connect and collaborate.

Market Leads

A list of leads, press trips, contests and paid gigs.

Press Trips

Gain access to press opportunities for free trips across the globe.

Partner Offers

Discounts and offers MatadorU has negotiated on behalf of the student body.

Writing

Travel writing course outline.

Photography

Travel photography course outline.

Film

Travel filmmaking course outline.

Recognition from National Geographic Traveler Magazine

National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, is looking to Matador to help us find new talent–writers, photographers, videographers and multimedia reporters. MatadorU has created a unique interactive program for those who wish to become travel writers that is very thorough. By learning the many and varied aspects involved in becoming a travel writer for both the online and print worlds, those new to travel writing will have a leg up.

Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Matador is more than just a high-quality online travel site. It is a great community of travel enthusiasts who mix expert advice and local knowledge through blogs, forums and destination pages.

Society of American Travel Writers

MatadorU has created a unique interactive program for those who wish to become travel writers that is very thorough. By learning the many and varied aspects involved in becoming a travel writer for both the online and print worlds, those new to travel writing will have a leg up.

Transitions Abroad

Join our online education community today!

Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for only $10
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
$0
You saved $0.00 by enrolling in 0 courses