“Video Mantis is the school that should have existed when I was young, but didn’t. So I created it. ”

Thomas Popp, Creator

Who We Are

Video Mantis is a Video Learning Platform that can help individuals start careers in production. Our courses are different than other sites and videos on YouTube that seem to regurgitate the same information over and over. At Video Mantis, we put out education when we feel it is right. Because we know what it is like to be in your shoots and to just want a different perspective on how to tackle your new career.

Stop feeling overwhelmed or guessing whether or not you are ready. Become Ready with a mentor at Video Mantis!

We look for mentors that have incredible experience in the industry as well as a knack for teaching. We believe a positive mentorship before you get on set makes all the difference.

Our courses are collegiate level in length and geared towards getting individuals thinking from a different perspective. Purchasing our courses means you are connected to that mentor for your career. You can come back and ask questions in any of the lessons on our site to get direct feedback from your course’s mentor. We will always be here for you and will only grow and get better as you advance in your career as well!

Why the Bug?

Praying mantises, by their own namesake, naturally, exhibit a traditional “prayer-like” pose with their front legs.  The very feeling that this image conjures up is one of comfort, patience, and relaxation.

We believe the more knowledge you can gain before you enter the set, the better your confidence will be. This allows you to do the best possible work you can do while inspiring others to do the same.

The mantis (no matter what its surroundings) is always poised and ready to seize any moment. We encourage students to be diligent in the learning of their profession and to become adept at handling the gear as well as the techniques involved in applying it. Production is about growing rapidly with a positive mindset.

Be the Mantis!