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Julian Melanson: Empowering Learners for the Future through Leap Year Learning

Julian Melanson’s remarkable journey is a testament to the power of following one’s passion and embracing the ever-evolving landscape of education and technology.

From humble beginnings, he left film school early to take what he was learning on YouTube and hit the ground running by producing as many client projects as possible. Julian’s relentless pursuit of knowledge and hands-on experience propelled him to become a celebrated filmmaker, renowned online course creator, and visionary entrepreneur.

Today, as the founder of Leap Year Learning, Julian is at the forefront of empowering learners with the skills needed to thrive in an AI-driven future.

In this article, we delve into Julian’s extraordinary career, his groundbreaking achievements, and the transformative impact he is making on the world of education and creativity. Join us as we explore the story of Julian Melanson, a true trailblazer in the digital era.

From Film School Dropout to Successful Filmmaker and Educator:

Julian Melanson, at the age of 32, has already carved a unique path in the world of film making, education, and technology. His journey from leaving film school early to renowned filmmaker and online course creator is a testament to his passion, perseverance, and entrepreneurial spirit. With his company, Leap Year Learning, Julian is revolutionizing the way people acquire essential skills and knowledge in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

A Journey of Trial and Error:

After realising that traditional film school wasn’t fulfilling his learning needs, Julian took matters into his own hands. He immersed himself in real-world projects, taking on any opportunity that came his way, whether it paid well or not.

Through this hands-on approach, he gained invaluable experience, fine-tuning his skills in videography, editing, directing, and producing. With each project, Julian’s talent and reputation grew, leading him to significant milestones in his career.

Transitioning from Filmmaking to Online Education:

Julian’s passion for teaching and sharing knowledge eventually led him to combine his film making expertise with his desire to educate others. Recognizing the power of online learning, he created a series of bestselling courses for aspiring filmmakers.

These courses, born out of Julian’s own experiences and lessons learned, resonated with students worldwide and garnered a dedicated following. His ability to simplify complex concepts and present them in an engaging manner became his trademark. These courses now have more than 230,000 students in over 100 countries around the world.

Leap Year Learning: Pioneering AI-Integrated Education:

Taking a leap forward, Julian founded Leap Year Learning, an online school dedicated to teaching essential skills and techniques for leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to improve personal and professional lives. Recognizing the transformative potential of AI, Julian immersed himself in studying cutting-edge AI tools and technologies.

Through Leap Year Learning, he aims to empower individuals with the skills needed to thrive in an AI-driven future and foster a positive impact on the masses with all of the world changing AI tools being released left and right.

Empowering Learners Worldwide:

Leap Year Learning’s flagship course, “ChatGPT Complete Guide,” has quickly gained traction, attracting over 70,000 students from around the world. This course offers comprehensive training on utilising AI tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, and DALL-E 2 to their full potential.

Julian’s dedication to delivering high-quality education is evident in the continuous growth of his student community, with over 70,000 minutes collectively watched by current students and more than 400 brand new students enrolling every day.

A Vision for the Future:

Julian’s accomplishments and entrepreneurial spirit are only the beginning. With Leap Year Learning, he envisions creating a diverse range of high-quality online courses that combine AI tools with coding languages such as Python, Java, Ruby, C++, and more. By bridging the gap between AI and programming, Julian aims to equip individuals with the skills necessary to navigate and excel in the ever-changing landscape of technology and education.


Julian Melanson’s journey from film school dropout to successful filmmaker, educator, and entrepreneur is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and adaptability. Through his company, Leap Year Learning, Julian is empowering learners worldwide by equipping them with essential AI, career, and programming skills. With his unwavering commitment to high-quality education, Julian is shaping the future of learning and preparing individuals for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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