In today’s world education pays, but not just formal education. By the time universities have classes in real world market skills, those skills are already downgraded due to newer skills which are in higher demand. I am wondering for example how many schools are teaching Final Cut Pro 7 when shops are either moving ahead with Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro.
It is incredible what you can do with the tools available now for filmmakers. Last year the movie Monsters was shot guerilla style with 2 actors 3 crew and a budget of $15,000. It was edited on Premiere with Director Gareth Edwards doing all the special effects in Adobe After Effects. If you watched it you wouldn’t believe it possible.
Now a year later Final Cut Pro X is out with Motion 5. I wonder what will be possible with these new tools. Folks wishing to become certified FCPX experts can consult the Apple Final Cut Pro X Certification prep guide available online at Apple here. According to the guide:
The Apple Training and Certification program is designed to keep you at the forefront of Apple technology. Certification creates a benchmark to demonstrate your proficiency in specific Apple technologies and gives you a competitive edge in today’s evolving job market.
Apple offers three levels of certification on Final Cut Pro X: Apple Certified Associate, Apple Certified Pro – Level One, and Apple Certified Pro – Level Two. Certification exams do not require attendance at a class. Students who prefer to learn on their own or who already have the necessary skill set in Final Cut Pro X may take an exam for a fee.