Interview: Lisa Lambden, New York Video School

New York Video School

Many of you will remember Lisa Lambden from my prior interview with her – she’s the founder and director of the Travel Channel Academy.

Lisa has launched an exciting new project – one that every travel writer should pay close attention to – called the “New York Video School“, and she graciously took time out of her busy day yesterday to let me get the scoop on what it is, and what it means to you.

Why do I think you should pay attention? Because video content is rapidly becoming a requirement for submission to many online travel publications, especially those that are larger media outlets. In short, if you’re not producing your own quality travel video content, you’re going to get left eating the dust of those travel writers that are.

In the interview, Lisa explains that the New York Video School was launched to take the successful Travel Channel Academy program (face-to-face video production instruction in a classroom setting), bring it to an online environment, and make it accessible to anyone who is looking for a start-to-finish video training course.

A great feature is that NYVS is community-based and highly interactive, offering groups you can join, forums to participate in, and blogs to follow, giving you the opportunity to get (and give) feedback and network with other students and instructors.

In addition to the community aspect, I love the fact that it’s super-affordable, you can take only the courses you’re interested in, and you can learn at your own pace, on your own time.

Lisa has a great way of explaining it all, so be sure to listen!



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  1. Sounds good. It could probably help aspiring screenwriters (me) who want to produce short films in addition to travel videos.

  2. This is something I definitely need….I know that I need to start doing travel video, but I’ve been somewhat intimidated by most of the online sites for learning video techniques, and they’re also fairly expensive. This is the first one I’ve seen that is not only affordable, but really looks like it’s geared for a beginner like me. What a great find!

  3. I am planning on signing up when we return home for a couple of months from our travels.We incorporate video into our site, but I have found it difficult to edit quickly on the road and have fallen behind. I love the price and am very interested in learning new techniques.
    .-= Dave and Deb´s last blog post: Ella Rock, Sri Lanka’s Highlands =-.

  4. Taking up this course is a plus for people planning to incorporate them to their site. It’s nice to hear a video school that is affordable and at the same time you have the freedom to choose lessons that you need. Great stuff!

  5. Well, Is there any way for me to download it? I would love to play it on the tutorials that I am doing. I am sure my students would learn a lot from this.

  6. I have a question: Is this school just for those who want to make short films and videos or can the courses here be applied to feature-length filmmaking?

    • Hi Patrick……the NYVS online “learn at your leisure” course is designed to be a lower-cost alternative to their Travel Channel Academy for those who can’t afford the tuition, or can’t travel to their location.

      Given that it’s supposed to provide the same training, it does primarily focus on teaching the skills required for the making of short films, but my guess (having not taken the course myself) is that their are probably some skills that could be applied to making longer, or feature-length films. It seems to me that, for the cost, it might be a good way to get started and get a feel for film-making in general, and then could/should be supplemented with other courses, ideally at a film-making school.

      If you decide to try the NYVS I’d love to hear back from you with your opinions after you’ve spent some time with it.

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