A True Film School Alternative
All of the Experience, None of the 🐂💩
SHARP FOCUS CREATIVE ACADEMY specializes in training students how to effectively write, produce, shoot, edit, and deliver high-quality results to real-world clients. The SFCA teaching staff is comprised of a rotating group of industry professionals who remain up-to-date by consistently working in the field. Future guidance, support, and potential employment opportunities are readily available to SFCA’s extensive graduate network.
SFCA Plot Points
ACT 1. The Set Up
There’s an old saying, “a jack-of-all-trades is a master of none…” That phrase has been around for centuries, but thanks to the Digital Revolution that continues to blossom with each passing year, many professionals are finding it necessary to become qualified in more than one area of expertise.
It’s no big secret that modern technology has a very unpredictable shelf life, and workplace responsibilities are on the rise like never before. To sum it up, if you’re not willing to remain relevant by learning new techniques and expanding your skillset, then pursuing a career in today’s entertainment industry is going to be even more of an uphill battle than it already is.
ACT 2. The Conflict
Unlike most other occupations, the entertainment industry does not care about what degree you have or what “prestigious” university you attended. Aside from having a killer demo reel built up over years of trial and error, it honestly comes down to who you know that can get your foot in the door, and what you know that can keep you there.
Traditional film schools have earned a negative reputation of wasting valuable time and money under the false premise that “you get what you pay for.” The truth is, you’re no closer to landing a real job just because you have an expensive piece of paper hanging on your wall. Gaining professional experience is the absolute best way to make a lasting impression on your peers and potential employers. That’s where we come in…
ACT 3. The Resolution
At SHARP FOCUS CREATIVE ACADEMY, our mission is to provide affordable hands-on training for individuals who desire to become successful filmmakers, and encourage them to build a valuable skillset that can help acquire sustained employment. We don’t recommend that anyone attempt to utilize every single one of their skills on every single project. Instead, we teach a solid understanding of how each department works together to create all types of digital media, along with the importance of being versatile in all types of work environments.
Our students can strive to be resourceful entrepreneurs by starting their own production company, or they may choose to pursue an interesting new talent that they never knew existed. One way or another, our graduates will be prepared to start navigating the industry without the hot stench of crippling debt breathing down their necks for decades to come.
The SFCA business model was originally created by working industry professionals who were once hypnotized by misleading advice from admissions reps at expensive “degree mills”. After paying back over $700 a month in student loans for well over a decade (and many more years to come), our sole motivation is to foster a professional learning environment that doesn’t take advantage of people who are simply looking to better themselves. If you (or your parents) happen to have a ton of money sitting around waiting to be spent, then by all means don’t let us talk you out of the big campus lifestyle. Just prepare yourself for it to be over in the blink of an eye, with not much more than a fancy piece of paper to show for it. But if you’re ready to learn the ropes in a real production company environment and start your career ASAP, then please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself! We’re genuinely here to help you succeed in life, and our satisfied students are more than happy to vouch for us. 😉
If you’re currently reading this sentence on our website, then the immediate answer is no. Unfortunately, most accreditation boards require long-term programs to qualify, which isn’t really on-brand with Sharp Focus. However, we are in the process of qualifying to accept M1 Visa Status, Unemployment Workforce Benefits, and academic funding for Veterans, so stay tuned!
Absolutely not! It’s difficult to explain this concept to prospective students that don’t fully understand how this industry works yet, especially taking into consideration that our society has been indoctrinated by references to past generations. In hindsight, those same students eventually understand how it really works after they’ve attained some professional experience out in the field. If you don’t believe us, just ask anyone who’s already doing the job that you want to pursue. Seriously, you can ask about topics like this in our FREE industry Q&A events!
Most film schools want you to sign up for a long term commitment because the more time you spend there, the more money they rake in. Our longest program is 2-days per week for 10-weeks (Filmmakers Bootcamp), and our shortest class is 1-day. Not that we don’t enjoy seeing your pretty/handsome faces every single day, but it serves no real purpose wasting your time and ours any longer than necessary. Most of our students want to get in, get experience, and start working ASAP.
If we happen to have several clients on deck during a program launch, we sometimes allow a democratic vote on which one we’ll end up working with. More often though, our instructor’s experience provides the ability to gauge which project is best suited for each crew dynamic, so they get final say in the decision. Just like in the real world, you don’t always have the luxury of choosing the projects you get hired to work on. Don’t worry, you’ll have a blast either way!
Well, that really depends on your definition of a “filmmaker”. There are so many potential career paths that lead into the entertainment industry, we don’t want to lump everyone into the same category. But if you’re referring to crew positions that are generally “behind the camera”, then the answer is no. We also offer acting classes, voice over lessons, screenwriting workshops, etc, some of which don’t even involve a camera.
Quite often, yes! But like any educational institute, nothing is guaranteed. It literally depends on each individual student’s attitude and punctuality. Please don’t be fooled by other film schools and their exaggerated “job placement” statistics. Many accredited film schools have been busted by the Department of Education over the years for fudging their numbers by getting their graduates entry-level jobs at places like the Apple Store, Guitar Center, and Hollywood Studio gift shops (we won’t name any names here, but that info can be easily found online). SFCA works closely with industry recruiters, and we only recommend top-tier graduates because our stellar reputation is always at stake.