A comprehensive quick-start guide for aspiring film and video creators. LEARN professional techniques from script to screen and ELEVATE your production values like never before.


Do you want to produce professional quality video that looks superb and gets results?
I’m excited to announce that my new book – Mastering Video Production – is now available. It will teach you everything you need to plan, shoot and edit professional video.
The book covers all the basics of film making, from developing an idea and choosing the right equipment, through to setting up your shots and making sure you have the right coverage for a great edit.
Then we delve deeper into more advanced techniques, like how to shoot time-lapse, slow-motion and produce broadcast quality interviews.
PLUS I’ll be offering email tutoring, 1-1 Skype training, a 60% discount on Adobe Creative Cloud (saving you over £400 a year), and the document templates you need to orchestrate the perfect video production, all through the Five Day Film School community.
In this book I’m literally giving away all my accumulated knowledge from over 15 years of professional experience that enables me to work with top brands like National Geographic, Discovery Channel, AirBnB and Bacardi. This is a perfect platform to efficiently springboard your skills as a film maker to professional standards without years of trail and error!
Have a look at the FREE sample chapter for a sneak peek inside the book and feel free to email me with any questions: Jackson@fivedayfilm.com.


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  • Writing Your Mission Statement
  • The Directors Vision
  • Essential Pre-Production Documents
  • Treatment
  • Script
  • Shot List
  • Schedule
  • Choosing the Right Duration
  • Location, Location, Location


  • Building a Shot List
  • Shot Sizes
  • Using Equipment to Achieve Your Shots
  • Pans and Tilts
  • Tracking Shots
  • Jib Shots
  • Aerial Shots
  • Gimbal Shots
  • Building a Sequence
  • Examples and Storyboards


  • The Technical Basics and Terminology
  • Containers, Codecs, and Compression
  • Putting Together a Camera Kit
  • Cameras
  • Lenses and Adapters
  • Tripods
  • What Gear is on The Market?
  • Audio Equipment
  • Accessories


  • Understanding Your Camera
  • Advanced Camera Functions
  • Slow Motion
  • My 5 Steps for Achieving Cinematic Shots
  • Exposure
  • Light Meters
  • Composition Techniques and Tips
  • Interviews
  • Lighting
  • Timelapse


  • Should I Edit My Own Work?
  • What Editing Software Is Best?
  • The Essential Editing Setup
  • The Best Editing Workflow
  • Colour Grading
  • Exporting
  • Music
  • Audio Levels
  • Editing Tips and Tricks


✔ Adobe CC Discount for Students  – Save over 65% (that’s $396.00 a year!)
✔ Personal Email Tutoring – Direct access to a professional filmmaker
✔ One-on-one Skype – Your own private mentoring sessions
✔ Book and mini guides – Access to a growing library of books and guides
✔ Audio book – Learn on the train or in the gym
✔ Partner discounts – From a growing list of partners for tools and equipment


An easy to read, easy to understand field manual – for anyone who needs to better understand the principles of filmmaking.

As a photographer, bridging the gap to make effective footage for clients was my greatest challenge, until I read this!

I’ve picked up plenty of tricks and advice on composition, story creation, and even running a business that’s applicable across my photography.

Tom Glendinning, Professional Photographer

Even after thirty years in the business – I have learnt a lot!  As well as being packed full of useful, current information about the business of Video Production, the book is well written, and therefore it’s an easy, reassuring read! I thoroughly recommend it.

Jacqui Doughty, Senior Producer and Owner of Walk Tall Media Ltd.

About The Five Day Film School

Hi, I’m Jackson Kingsley. I'm here to help you create better videos, reach more people and make more money.
Since 2008 I’ve had an epic journey to get to where I am today. I feel privileged to have travelled the world making films for many of the biggest names in the industry, including Animal Planet, National Geographic, and Discovery. I’ve also been to film school and taken countless courses online and offline to refine my skills.
However, when I first started out it was a different story. Overwhelmed with information and no clue where to start, my first films were embarrassing at best. It took years of trial and error, blood, sweat, and tears to get to where I am today. It was a long ride, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Through this website I hope to share my experiences, mistakes, and lessons to help you become the filmmaker you were born to be.
I hope you find the content useful and I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions. Answers will be used to grow and expand the project – to the benefit of the whole community.


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Mastering Video Production condenses 15 years of professional experience into one book, saving you years of trial and error. It’s the guide I always wanted in film school but at a fraction of the cost!


Who is this book for?
If you’ve been creating videos for a while now and want to step it up a notch.

If you’ve never created a video before but are serious about giving it a go.

If you’re thinking about film school but want to try a more hands-on approach first.

If you are a photographer wanting to add video to your portfolio.

If you create video content online and really want to stand out.

Do you have a refund policy?
Absolutely, if you’re not satisfied then just reply to your purchase email within 30 days for a full refund.
How does email tutoring work?
To make sure no questions are left unanswered, I offer a personal email tutoring service. Not only does this help you, but it helps ensure that future content at Five Day Film School is ultra relevant and of the highest quality.
What if my question isn't here?
If you still have any questions after reading this page then please get in touch and I will do my best to answer them.

The Most Comprehensive,
VALUE-PACKED Resource For Filmmakers

Having exhausted many of the books and online courses available today, I can confidently say that Mastering Video Production is the most comprehensive and practical guide on the market. Where other courses beat around the bush, Mastering Video Production gets straight to the point with up-to-date, actionable advise that will see your filmmaking improve immediately. To top it all off, you’ll have email tutoring and feedback from a working professional filmmaker to ensure no questions are left unanswered.

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