This is a review of 90 Day Filmmaker by the Tomorrow’s Filmmaker team and Justus McCranie.
If someone were to tell me that you could go from zero to full-time as a filmmaker in just 90 days, I would be skeptical. I would be more than skeptical. I mean, there’s so much to learn. The camera knowledge, lighting, audio, marketing, business operations, people skills, sales – there’s a lot to learn in order to be able to go full-time as a filmmaker.
I enrolled in 90 Day Filmmaker because my readers asked me my opinion about it. The main question is, though: will 90 Day Filmmaker actually help you go full time in just 90 days?
90 Day Filmmaker is the most structured offering for filmmakers looking to go full-time. With clear weekly action items, proactive tips to get new clients, an extremely valuable website design included, and the entire Tomorrow’s Filmmakers course library bundled, this is an amazing choice for filmmakers ready to go full-time.
This is a no-brainer for those that love Tomorrow’s Filmmakers and a great solution for those that have even enrolled in Full Time Filmmaker but need more guidance on the steps they need to take to go full time.
Honestly, I was even super impressed with 90 Day Filmmaker’s free online training. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a free training that was this good. If you are wanting to test the waters, the free training on how they will take you from zero to full time is the best way to see if it will be a good fit for you. You can check that out here.
90 Day Filmmaker Review Summary
90 Day Filmmaker is the step-by-step guide you need to go full time in just 12 weeks. You will learn everything from branding your business, securing your first clients, creating your online marketing presence, and proactively generating new leads for your business. This course surprised me by how detailed each week is and I’m confident students will see great results taking this course.
Pros of 90 Day Filmmaker
Cons of 90 Day Filmmaker
Let’s take a deeper look at 90 Day Filmmaker and see if it’s a good fit for you.
- 90 Day Filmmaker: Zero to Full-Time
- What is 90 Day Filmmaker?
- Topics Covered by 90 Day Filmmaker
- 90 Day Filmmaker Course Content Style
- Finally, a Great Filmmaker Website
- Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Course Is Included!
- 90 Day Filmmaker VS Full Time Filmmaker VS The Real Deal Video Strategist Club
- The Verdict for 90 Day Filmmaker
What is 90 Day Filmmaker?
90 Day Filmmaker is an online course that promises to take you from zero to full-time in just 90 days. Taught by Justus McCranie, the same person who brought you Tomorrow’s Filmmakers, he is aiming to help filmmakers go full time with the clearest path possible.
Here are the benefits you can expect by joining the 90 Day Filmmaker:
Topics Covered by 90 Day Filmmaker
90 Day Filmmaker is a 12-week program that covers a lot of ground in a relatively short period of time. In these 90 days, you’ll learn tactics to build your foundation, start your demo reel, build an incredible website, and establish a system to get a consistent stream of new leads.
Here is a breakdown of what you’ll learn:
- Business Foundations
- Landing Your First Clients
- Building Your Online Presence & Reel
- Learn and Book Wedding Films
- Learn and Book Real Estate Films
- Learn and Book a Local Business
- Create Your Website
- Prepare Emails To Send to Potential Clients
- In-Depth Look at Booking Clients
- Book Even More Clients
- Learn How to Secure Higher-Paying Clients
- Learn How to Grow Your Business to $5000+ a Month
When I first started going through this course, I was immediately surprised by just how well put together it was. Justus starts off by establishing some strong mindset tips and productivity habits that will serve anyone doing freelance full-time well. He later goes on to showcase the value of the website with a design that is optimized for conversions. And, he covers in-depth how to speak with different types of leads in different industries to secure jobs.
Overall, my point here is he has really jampacked these 90 days with actionable information in a very clear structure that will help you go full time. This is a very well-rounded curriculum that will shortcut your path to becoming a full time filmmaker while giving you an amazing education.
With this course, you don’t have to worry about strategically what you need to do to go full-time. All you need to do is watch the videos and execute. If you do that, you’ll see results.
90 Day Filmmaker Course Content Style
Justus is the primary instructor of 90 Day Filmmaker, though you will see another member of his team cameo for a few videos. Justus does a great job covering the topics in a clear & engaging way. If you aren’t sure if you connect with his style, check him out on YouTube.
Each week comes with a handful of videos you need to watch. Justus recommends you watch all the videos, in sequence, without skipping around. After going through the course, I can definitely see why. There are certain action items and tasks that need to happen first before you are able to do the tactics in the later lessons.
The content is great for beginners and intermediates alike. If you haven’t run a business on your own or haven’t had much experience talking to clients, you’ll benefit greatly from many of the lessons. You’ll feel more confident with the scripts you can use and be given many tips to make the meetings go smoothly. For veterans who know how to talk to clients, you’ll pick up some nice time-saving scripts and tips to make future meetings even better.
Finally, a Great Filmmaker Website
As a web designer myself, I was curious to see how Justus approached the web design portion of 90 Day Filmmaker. Websites, especially nowadays, can make or break a number of deals and how it is setup and run can be a key component to one’s success, especially as you are trying to get your footing down and becoming known as “the video guy or gal”.
In this course, you actually get a complete website bundled in it. Yes, they will actually send you a full website that you just need to change the filler text out for and they will teach you how to do this. The website is built in Wix and it is optimized for conversions, specifically for when you send out emails to leads.
Did He Say Wix??
I wanted to address this real quick. I see many filmmakers asking for tips on what website platform they should use and, as someone who has used everything from WordPress to Squarespace, Wix to Webflow, I wanted to add my two cents, especially since I see Wix getting a lot of flak.
At the end of the day, you should choose the platform that is going to get you results. For many, Wix is actually a great fit and I can see why it’s used in this program. It’s easy to update and beginner friendly. There are many arguments against Wix that are valid, like not performing as well as other platforms or not being very responsive on all devices. But, the key here is this: if you follow 90 Day Filmmaker step-by-step, this Wix website isn’t going to hold you back. It will help you make progress. If you get to the point where this Wix website no longer serves you as well as it needs to, then you are ready to consult with a web professional to help you put together a site that drives an even higher ROI.
Until that day, I promise you, as a picky web designer myself, that this Wix site is perfect for the stage of business you are in and is an incredible value and honestly worth the price of admission to the course alone.
Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Course Is Included!
When you purchase 90 Day Filmmakers, you get access to Justus’s other online course, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers, which teaches you all the technical and creative aspects to filmmaking. And, if you are already a member of Tomorrow’s Filmmakers, you get an exclusive discount to enroll in 90 Day FIlmmakers.
If you are looking for a one-stop-shop to learn how to go full time in 90 days and also learn how to film and get the necessary skills, they have you covered. You can read more about my (positive) review of Tomorrow’s Filmmakers here.
90 Day Filmmaker VS Full Time Filmmaker VS The Real Deal Video Strategist Club
90 Day Filmmaker + Tomorrow’s Filmmaker and Full Time Filmmaker are two sets of courses that are best-in-class for those looking to go full time with their filmmaking. Which one should you go with, if you had to choose?
Honestly, both of them are going to get you to full-time if you put the effort in. They both have strong instructors, a strong curriculum, and high-quality videos.
The main question I would ask yourself is which instructor do you enjoy learning from the most and which one will energize you. Everyone learns differently and choosing an instructor that resonates with you is very important.
The Argument for 90 Day Filmmaker
I will say, a strong argument to enroll in 90 Day Filmmaker is how well-structured it is. The idea that you have week-by-week action items is incredibly powerful for any filmmaker looking to go full time. It’s easy to wonder “what do I do now?” when trying to go full time and oftentimes it can feel like a guessing game. But, with 90 Day Filmmaker, all you need to do is take it a week at a time.
Also, 90 Day Filmmaker does include a full website design as well as a marketing strategy to proactively go get new leads. These are two big ingredients that will help many that are trying to get their name out and become known as the videographer in the area.
If you have tried going full time but felt lost, this will get you on track.
The Argument for Full Time Filmmaker
Full Time Filmmaker has one of the best communities around and you’ll feel great being able to bounce ideas off of their community. Their videos are clean and to the point and, although it doesn’t benefit from the same structure 90 Day Filmmaker has, you can bounce around to different videos to learn what you need to learn. For those very aware of their own skill gaps, with strong knowledge of business, and those that just need continuing filmmaking education, Full Time Filmmaker is a strong choice.
The Verdict for 90 Day Filmmaker
For filmmakers looking to go full time, 90 Day Filmmaker provides the clear framework and process to make that happen. For those that have felt lost or didn’t feel like they have a clear direction on what they need to do to go full time, this is the course you have been waiting for. It is everything the course promises to be and more. The included website is amazing, the curriculum structure is spot on, and the lead-generating tactics are impressive.
With their 7-day money back guarantee, there is no reason not to give it a try for a week to see if it will change your life.
All you need to do now is ask yourself: What would life be like if you could make a full time living as a filmmaker?
Happy learning and I hope this review was helpful for you!