Essential Filmmaking Terminology

In this class – the first in our Introduction to Filmmaking course – Karl introduces the key terms and concepts you need to understand before you can begin your filmmaking journey.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by all the unusual and confusing technical terms used by experienced filmmakers, this class will bring you up to speed – fast.

In this class:

  • Video codecs, formats and resolutions
  • Progressive vs interlaced scans
  • Broadcast standards
  • Display ratios
  • Camera profiles and colour space
  • Gamma
  • Bit depth and chroma subsampling
  • ISO and gain

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. Hi Karl – looking thorough and well produced, as usual. Keen to get into the rest of the course. Just looking through all the classes they all seem to be around the technical side of filmmaking.

    Are there future courses planned around storytelling, storyboarding (for beginners), and workflows?

    And for example, as a travel or event videographer (so not scripted or storyboarded), about having the mindset to conceptualise a story then shooting enough footage to create a story. Or shooting for transitions to connect one shot to the next etc.

    And post workflow theory – like putting it all together – not the technical so much – but more on, put the timeline together, then do heavy edits, then color grading, then audio, or however it works.

    Am really hoping something in the pipeline for this as the technical is such a small percentage of what’s involved. Thank you, John

    1. Hi John, thanks. Yes that is in the pipeline but I’m afraid it won’t be until the second half of next year as we are working on a couple of projects that will fill that space. The first is making short films, scripts, concepts, storyboards and the final film and then the other is we’re working on a full documentary on something else for TV that’s not anything to do with this platform but once it’s complete we will probably take a deep dive into how it was done.

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