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.

There's 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 Bit Of What We've Done

Here's a short video "Trailer" of some of the projects we've done in the last few years.
Except for the first one, which was shot on location, each of these were shot in our studio on sets the faculty and students designed and built together.
Everyone in the Film School worked on these, from first-semester freshmen on up.
It's what we do.