Mass Communications

We Make Movies. Seriously.

So we can help you learn to make yours.

When God said, "Let there be light", we took him seriously.  "We" being cinematographers, filmmakers, media specialists, and other mass-communicators who have a love for shaping light and sound into stories.

So when we set out to build a film school at NNU a couple decades ago, we vowed to make it a serious film school -- where we train young people in the serious art and serious business of telling stories through motion pictures.  All to help you change your world.

Based on decades of experience creating media in the real worlds of film, television, radio, magazines, books, and other media, nationally and around the world, we did just that.  We built a challenging curriculum, built a complete studio, procured the same equipment Hollywood uses, called on our professional friends still in the business to help, and gathered together some students with a passion and drive for becoming writers, producers, directors, cinematographers, sound mixers, editors, art directors, and other specialties.

And then we started making movies.

They may be shorter than a two-hour feature, but they're still serious movies. And we're serious about teaching you how to make them.

Today there's not much difference between movies, television, and a good missions film. Ten years ago we used different equipment and even different techniques to shoot each of those. Not any more.

But there's still a huge difference between amateur or poorly conveived "prosumer" videos, and the films that true filmmakers create. 

We call that difference "cinema."

Cinema. Cinematic. Knowing the artistic difference between a 24mm lens and an 85mm lens.  Knowing what "ratio" means and how to use it, what a "beat" is and how to define it for your story, what to say to an actor just before "action" to get that mind-blowing performance.

And hundreds, and hundreds, of other tools, techniques, procedures, theories, concepts, philosophies, and skills you'll learn here.

All of it so that, when you're the Director and your cast and crew of fifty students, professionals, and hired actors ask you those hundreds of questions, you know the answers. Inside out. Without hesitation.

All of it so you can tell your stories, and change your world.

This is film school. It's challenging, it's hard work, it's loads of fun.

It's about creating cinema, instead of making videos.

Welcome to The Film School @ NNU.

What can you do after Film School?

Parents and students often ask, "Where do graduates of the Film School go after graduation? Do they really get jobs?"

Well, yes!

Here's a sampling of where a few of our film school alums have been hired or are working:
  • ESPN
  • Dreamworks Studios
  • Producing or shooting news for local TV stations
  • Own production company in Seattle with major corporate clients
  • Working for the alum who has a production company in Seattle with major corporate clients
  • Producing a series for The History Channel
  • On the mission field in South America and Africa
  • Filmmakers for Mission Aviation Fellowship
  • As head of video production for another college
  • Teaching film production in public schools
  • Working freelance on national commercials and films
  • Filmmaker for World Vision
  • In-house corporate filmmaker for major company

A Set So Large It Required A Building Permit

We recently released our latest Film School film -- produced by students from the ground up under faculty supervision.  Besides developing the story, auditioning real actors, scheduling 30 crew and a couple dozen talent, and designing a few dozen special effects and stunt shots, students had to build a massive subway station set, complete with working subway car. The end result was our 28 minute film, 700 VOLTS.

A Submarine In Our Studio - "Articles of War"

Part of making a movie is building big sets. One of our students wanted to tell a WWII submarine movie, so we did.  We built a submarine in our studio and here's the result.

Dutch Bros Coffee highlights 2014 Film School graduate TJ Dooghan