2-Day Film School – Web Film School

Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, you may be interested in Dov S-S Simens’ Web Film School or 2-Day Film School. Instead of spending four years (or more) in college and spending thousands of dollars on classes like chemistry and algebra, these courses claim to offer practical information and advice to help you succeed in Hollywood. The emphasis here is on the business side of filmmaking, however, so those looking for complex analysis of tracking shots and mise-en-scene should look elsewhere.

Dov claims a great amount of success as a teacher, with the students of his course reportedly earning over $6 billion in box office revenue. With former students ranging from Quentin Tarantino to Will Smith, those claims might not be as outlandish as they initially sound.

WEB FILM SCHOOL

Also known as the Streaming Film School, this online film school recreates the 2-Day live seminar in 16 one-hour streaming lessons, and a 400+ page downloadable workbook is also included. The cost if $395, but, as far as I can tell, that gives you unlimited access to the lessons.

Now let’s take a look at what you receive when you order the Web Film School. Keep in mind that lessons are broken up into “years,” which are meant to represent the increasing complexity of your studies.

Freshman Year (Write and Prepare Your Movie Package)

Sophomore Year (Direct & Shoot Your Feature Film)

Junior Year (Market & Sell Your Movie)

Senior Year (Finance & Distribute Your Feature Film)

DVD FILM SCHOOL

If you’re still stuck on dial-up or just like having something you can hold in your hands, you can also purchase the DVD Film School. Presented on 16 1-hour DVDs, you get the exact same information presented in the online film school. The cost is also the same ($395), but as a bonus you’ll receive a graduation certificate and a producer’s diploma.

2-DAY FILM SCHOOL

If you would prefer to receive your education in a face-to-face setting, you always have the option of attending Dov S-S Simens’ 2-Day Film School. As the name would imply, it’s broken into two days of learning, and lessons are divided up like college courses (freshman, sophomore, etc.). Just with the Web Film School, the total cost is $395. Glancing at their website, I noticed upcoming classes will be held in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. Dov presents these classes 25 times per year, and I’m assuming that there’s something of an annual circuit. That means if you’ve missed him this year, you’ll probably be able to catch him the next time around.

Here’s what you can expect if you attend the 2-Day Film School.

Day 1

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year:

Day 2

Junior Year:

Senior Year:

FROM REEL TO DEAL

In addition to the Web Film School, 2-Day Film School, and DVD Film School, Dov is also the author of From Reel to Deal. It’s purpose is to serve as a roadmap towards your first feature film, and it’s filled with tips on how to produce and direct your project. His website recommends this book for those who’ve yet to attend his class. It sells for $18.95 on Dov’s website.

WHO IS DOV S-S SIMENS?

About this time, I’m sure some of you are wondering, “Who the hell is Dov S-S Simens?” I managed to track down enough information to write a brief bio, and I even have an explanation for his seemingly bizarre name. It turns out that “Dov” isn’t odd at all if you live in Israel. It’s Hebrew for “bear,” and it’s actually quite common there. As for the “S-S” part, I have no idea.

Dov S-S Simens graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA in 1965 with a BA in Economics. Afterwards, he spent three years in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant in the Special Forces. With his obligation to his country fulfilled, he moved to Carmel, California and opened a successful bookstore.

He sold the store in 1980 and moved to Hollywood. There, he immersed himself in the art of the deal, pitching execs, rubbing elbows with stars, and making a feature-length film that won awards at various festivals. From there, he worked the next five years as a Line Producer and Production Manager, refining his understanding of the movie business.

This knowledge was shared with students in 1986, when Dov presented a class at UCLA called “How to Get High Quality with Low-Budgets.” He then taught an entire course at USC, and NYU came calling a few years later.

It was around this time that Dov S-S Simens decided to take his show on the road and create the 2-Day Film School. Presented 25 times per year, Dov claims that three out of every 100 students make a feature film within six months of attending the class.

CELEBRITY AND CRITICAL ENDORSEMENTS

Both the Web Film School and 2-Day Film School from Dov S-S Simens have received a number of celebrity and critical endorsements. I thought I would list a number of them here and allow you to judge for yourself.

CUSTOMER COMMENTS

Of course, we all know that celebrities can be paid to make endorsements, and blurbs from critics can often be taken out of context. I’m not saying that’s the case with the section above, but the true test is in the unfiltered customer comments taken from across the Internet. Here’s what some of Dov’s former students had to say about the 2-Day Film School and the Web Film School.

So there you have it. The majority of the comments were positive, although a few people did complain about Dov’s tendency to shout and be in-you-face. Still, I had a hard time finding too much negative criticism from people who had actually attended his classes or ordered his online film school. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether that warrants a purchase or not.

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