Palm Beach Film School

For a number of years this was the website for the Palm Beach Film School.
At the Palm Beach Film School, the curriculum was designed specifically for individuals with little or no filmmaking experience.

Content is from the site's 2004 - 2011 archived pages.

The school has since permanently closed .


"Learn to Write, Shoot, Direct & Edit your own films"


Welcome to the Palm Beach Film School

The Palm Beach Film School located in West Palm Beach, Florida offers an intensive, "hands-on, learn-by-doing" training program that teaches students of all ages how to write, shoot, direct and edit their own short, character-driven drama, comedy or horror films at an affordable tuition in 8 or 16 weeks. The educational objective of our school is to teach our students how to write, shoot, direct and edit their own short character-driven drama, comedy or horror digital films in a "hands-on, learn-by-doing" method. Students learn the craft of moviemaking from industry professionals, use the latest High Definition, Digital Video & Editing Equipment, and make their own movie in 16 weeks. Each student makes his or her own film and each film is screened at a South Florida movie theater. The learning doesn't end once you graduate. Graduates are allowed to use the school's equipment and facilities for a nominal fee for their future films. Best of all, located in the heart of the Palm Beaches, the school offers many unique tropical locations.


Next Filmmaking Training Program Starts July 26, 2011!

Filmmaking Program

The Palm Beach Film School offers an intensive, "hands-on, learn-by-doing" training program that teaches students of all ages to write, shoot, direct and edit their own short, character-driven drama, comedy or horror films at an affordable tuition.

Students shoot on the latest HD cameras and edit on Final Cut Pro in an innovative facility. Each student makes his/her own film and each completed film is screened at a local movie theatre. The learning doesn't end once you graduate - for a nominal fee, graduates are allowed access to the school's gear, equipment and facilities for their future films.

Day and evening classes are offered on weekdays and student films are usually shot on selected weekends.

"Best of all, located in the heart of Palm Beach County, Florida, the school offers many unique tropical locations for shooting", says director, Jim York.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a free catalog?
Simply click here.....

I have no film experience, is this course for me?
Yes, the curriculum and the "hands-on, learn-by-doing" method taught at the Palm Beach Film School was designed specifically for students of all ages with little or no filmmaking experience.

What will I learn at the Palm Beach Film School?
The educational objective of the Palm Beach Film School is to teach our students how to write, shoot, direct and edit their own character-driven drama, comedy or horror films in a "hands-on, learn-by-doing" method in which each student makes their own film at an affordable tuition. Each completed film is screened at a local South Florida movie theatre.

How big are the classes?
They are small, usually no more than 8-12 students per class which allows us to focus on each students' individual goals.

How long does it take to complete the course at the Palm Beach Film School?
The Filmmaking Program is 344 hours.  The day class meets Monday - Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for 8 weeks. The evening class meets Monday/ Wednesday  or Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm for 16 weeks.

Do I actually make a film while attending the Palm Beach Film School, or do I just work on someone else's film?


Every student makes their own character-driven drama, comedy or horror film at the Palm Beach Film School. You will also work as a crew member on other students' films. Students learn how to take their movie ideas from concept to reality and graduate from the school with their own independent film on a DVD.


How are the classes set up?
At the Palm Beach Film School, the curriculum is designed to focus on screenwriting, pre-production (directing, cinematography, lighting, sound and casting), production (shooting your film) and post-production (Final Cut Pro editing).

How much is the tuition?
The tuition for the Filmmaking Program is $9,990.00.  Tuition includes all books, use of cameras, gear and equipment, fees, lab materials, insurance, permits, use of the facilities, and screening of the completed film.

Is there tuition financing available?
Yes, Palm Beach Film School partners with IBM Financial to offer affordable tuition financing with low monthly payments to qualified students.

What else do I get from attending the Palm Beach Film School?
You will receive a diploma/certificate and a DVD copy of your film. All completed films are screened at a local South Florida movie theatre.

Is the Palm Beach Film School licensed?
Yes, the Palm Beach Film School is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399, toll-free telephone number 888-224-6684. License number 3074.

This sounds great, but can I talk to recent Palm Beach Film School graduates?
Absolutely! We'll send you information and invite you for an interview. At that time, you can check out our facilities, talk to our teachers and recent graduates about your interest in independent filmmaking.

What are the requirements for admission to the Palm Beach Film School?
For the Filmmaking Program,

applicants must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the school director adequate skills, appropriate educational background, and sufficient career motivation to fully benefit from our training. Our objective is to find students whose talent and passion for filmmaking will allow them to succeed in our training program.

What kind of movies can I make?
At the Palm Beach Film School, we focus on character-driven drama, comedy or horror films. See a sampling of our student films online.

Who teaches the classes?
All teachers at the Palm Beach Film School are local independent filmmakers or industry professionals who specialize in specific areas, such as writing, sound production, directing, acting and much more. Visit our faculty page to learn more.

For more information, call Jim York, School Director at (561) 242-9190





Register now for the August 21st, 2007
Tuesday/Thursday Evening Class
6pm - 10 pm

Palm Beach Film School
901 Northpoint Parkway Suite 303
FL 33407 Florida
(561) 242-9190



Write, shoot, direct and edit your own short digital films!

- Learn screenwriting
- Create storyboards
- Cast & direct your actors
- Pre-production
- Study sound & lighting
- Cinematography
- Shoot on DV cameras
- Edit on Final Cut Pro & AVID
- Post-production
- Hands-on, Learn-by-doing
- Train in months, not years
- Learn from working filmmakers
- Placement assistance
- Tuition financing available
- Part-time classes
- Internships


Cutting Edge, State-Of-The-Art Facility
"Learn to do what you love for a career"




2006 -2007 PBFS NEWS

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007


Lake Worth resident Jeremy Nelson’s “Dying to Live” won Best Student Short at the Miami Underground Film Festival, which ran mid-March. “It was exciting just to be accepted, much less to win ‘Best Student Short’,” said Nelson. Just its second year in running, the independent-focused festival has already tripled in size, making it a serious competition.

Having grown up an hour outside Las Vegas, Nelson moved to Florida four years ago. His interests in film, however, originated with a VHS camcorder his dad bought when he was eleven years old. In high school he bought an 8mm camcorder and began making “spoof” films with his friends. “When I moved to Florida, I was in a corporate-business mindset.” Now twenty-seven, Nelson has returned to filmmaking with the Palm Beach Film School.

“Dying to Live,” a short comedy about a struggling musician who, upon a series of ill-fated events, attempts suicide, won Best Student Short. Nelson created the concept due to the school’s two-location suggestion and molded the script to the three-act structure taught in scriptwriting. Having cast for his next short film, “Check M8,” Nelson is now working on a short drama about a Haitian family that is framed by an immigration officer.



Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2006

Ft. Pierce Filmmaker Spreads His Wings

Steve Devlin Born just outside Philadelphia, Steve Devlin grew up on the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania until he was seven when his family moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida. After graduating from Ft. Pierce Central High School, he decided to pursue his dream of being in the film industry by entering a contest through the ABC Network’s “Good Morning America.” called “I See Scary Movies.” He had to produce a three-minute movie based on the theme for the contest.

Steve tells the story this way, “I created a seven minute horror/comic narrative which had to be slimmed down to just three minutes to qualify for the contest. It was a silly story about two friends who are invited to settle down to watch a good scary movie with two other friends. When the latter friends leave the room to get more popcorn, our two heros’ own fears send them running from room to room to escape the haunting evil that is only steps behind.” Although he did not win the contest, he was smitten and thus he began his pursuit of a film making career.

As he continued working in the industry, Steve realized his need for more training. He notes that while he was confident of his abilities as a story teller, he wasn’t sure how to gather the resources to make a movie. What brought him to Palm Beach Film School was his desire to learn about the resources and to make a vital connection with others in the industry.

Since graduating Palm Beach Film School, Steve has been on the crew of three short films as well as a part of the crew of a recent taping of ABC’s Extreme Makeover (People Edition). Steve has been working in the broadcast industry for nine years and operates his own video production company which produces commercials and corporate videos. But he adds the following caveat: “I am beginning to spread my wings and take on more freelance opportunities, focusing on film.”

Outside of his current job as a local television director, Steve is also providing video footage for a major medical/journalism company and instructional DVD’s for two construction companies. He has also compiled half a dozen scripts for his next film projects. He brags, “This year will be my busiest yet.” We hope so, too.

When asked about his future, Steve explains it this way: “My main focus right now is to make a footprint. I want to get people to notice me and my work, whatever it may be at that moment, from creative writing to DVD production. I feel that if you are not recognized for what you do, then you are just one of the many undefined faces that people see everyday which make little or no impression.” In other words, “Ultimately, I am striving to direct the big features. Be a household name like Speilberg and Lucas.”

When asked about advice he might give to new directors and producers, he states, “Don’t be pretentious. Learn. When you are done with that, learn some more. And when you are done with that, share what you have learned with others …and learn some more!”
“This industry has always been my greatest passion. I am excited to be a part of it. To me, there is nothing like the experience of being on set, watching your vision come alive. The flow of energy is amazing and infectious. I highly recommend it.”



Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

“Spark” Director, Sarah Abbott Talks of Life in Hollywood

By Herb Sennett

Sarah Abbot
If you have ever thought about pursuing a career in filmmaking but were afraid to do it, then read this quote from a recent graduate from the Palm Beach Film School.

Sarah had a comfortable job working for a major supplier of wholesale cleaning products and she probably knew more about dish soap, paper towels and trash bags than anyone. “I was spending my life distributing janitorial supplies through an online store and not really enjoying it or seeing a bright future for myself. One day while driving home from work, I began feeling really down about where my life seemed to be going - nowhere. I had heard the commercial [for the Palm Beach Film School] but missed the number. Then I heard it again at work. I wrote it down, but I was nervous to call. I listened to a song called ‘Broken Angel’ which talks about trying, even though you might fall. So I called, and the rest is history.”

Sarah is now working with the Tyra Banks Show in Los Angeles while co-producing a feature film and writing on her own feature film for production in the near future.

Sarah Abbott was born and raised in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and finished school at Suncoast High School. Her first short film was the project she did for the film school entitled “Spark.” After encouragement from the faculty, staff and students at the school, she submitted her movie to the Palm Beach Film Festival. The film was not only accepted for viewing at the festival, it won third place in the short drama category of the Showcase of Short Student Films.

After moving to Los Angeles, Sarah replied to ad on Craig’s List and met a lady who later she befriended. Later they ran into each other and had a great conversation. As a result, Sarah was called two weeks later by the audience producer of the Tyra Banks show. As great as the job is, the one thing she is really excited about is the fact that she get to eat lunch at the CBS Studios restaurant. Here she is able to make contacts and do some serious networking. Her goal for the short term is to become a producer for the show and work on her own film projects in her spare time.

When asked about advice to those wishing to break into the entertainment industry she replied, “Don’t give up. All my life I’ve wanted to move to LA and break into film. I was only here about 3 weeks when I got my PA job on Tyra. And now I have a full time job there. I was scared coming out here. I had a really good friend and my parents who pushed me. A few days before I left I almost didn’t come. But I did, and I’m extremely happy. It gets hard, but once you see results, it’s worth it. Also…NETWORK! Don’t lose any contacts you have made, even if you didn’t like them much. Also, you have to do a lot of stuff for free. It’s worth it.

Sarah insists that she is working toward making feature films. She noted recently, “Right now I am a Co-Producer on my friend’s feature. We are in the working stages of financing. We already have my best friend of 20 years, Erica Reams ( in a starring role. I’m also writing a feature script where she will have the Title role. The working title is “Madeline”. I also completed my 1st independent short, “Susannah” and I plan to submit to some festivals, including the Palm Beach International Film Festival. So, hopefully that will form some more contacts as ‘Spark’ did last year!”

SARAH ABBOTT (Graduate July 2004)



Posted on

Tulsa Filmmaker finds his “Vision”

By Herb Sennett,

Jared Head ShotBorn and raised in Bixby, Oklahoma (that’s near Tulsa), Jared Adams spent his college years at the University of Tulsa and moved to Florida soon after graduation. He had come to Florida to work with the Florida Panthers. Unfortunately, he arrived before the devastating strike which threw the National Hockey League into disarray. Disillusioned with the professional sports world, Jared enrolled in the Palm Beach Film School to fulfill a childhood dream of making movies.

Jared’s first film was the one he made for his final project for the Palm Beach Film School. His movie is title, Can I Get Some Bread, a short comedy about the frustration so many waiters feel waiting tables and the things they “wished” they could do to their customers. Jared plans to submit his film to several festivals in the coming year. He is also in preproduction for a new project planned for later in 2006.

Currently, Jared is putting his filmmaking skills learned at PBFS for Granite Digital Imaging in West Palm Beach, a small production company that delivers extremely high quality video products that are packaged for marketing purposes. Jared is currently doing most of the in-house capturing and editing and assisting in scriptwriting and story development for the videos that require that. Jared is especially excited about the fact that the company has switched to HD for their work which produces a much higher quality product. You can see samples of the company’s work by visiting the web site at

Jared offers some good advice to new and emerging filmmakers. He states, “First, you should to stick to your guns about your ideas. Many people will downplay them and tell your they’re no good; but if you have a vision, see it through. Second, you should always be open to collaboration with the goal to make the best film. If someone has an idea that fits and makes sense, use it. Third, always strive to do better with every project. Don’t expect your first to be perfect because it won’t, in fact, nothing will be perfect, we can always do better!”

JARED ADAMS (Graduate July 2004)