Film classes open for enrollment

✰ = One Day Workshop (6 to 8 hours long)
☽ = One Night Wonder (2 or 3 hours long)
★ = Class with multiple meetings

  • Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle
  • Others meet at Seattle community centers in Greenwood, Lake City or Phinney Ridge
  • Courses include crash course in filmmaking, let’s make a movie, video editing in premiere pro, start writing your screenplay, and lighting for filmmakers
  • To see course titles, dates, and times, scroll down
  • For more info or to sign up, click the course title

  1. Crash Course in Filmmaking  

    ✰ Crash Course in Filmmaking
    Sunday, 10am-5pm
    4/12 only (one meeting)
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  2. Let’s Make a Movie  

    Let's Make a Movie
    Sunday, 9am-10pm
    3/26 only (one meeting)
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  3. Video Editing in Premiere Pro  

    Video Editing in Premiere Pro
    ✰ Course 17508
    Saturday 10am-3:30pm
    11/5 only (1-day workshop)
    University of Washington campus

  4. Start Writing Your Screenplay  

    Start Writing Your Screenplay
    Screenwriting Fundamentals
    Thursdays, 7pm-9pm
    1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9 (4 meetings)
    Greenwood Center (Seattle)
    525 N 85th St, Seattle WA 98103

  5. Lighting for Filmmakers (will be scheduled soon – please check back)

Classes of related interest – also useful to filmmakers:

  1. Pro Make-Up: Make a Life Mask    

    Make a Life Mask workshop
    Date to be announced

  2. Pro Make-Up: Sculpting and Molding a Prosthetic 

    Dates to be announced.

  3. Pro-Make-Up: Cuts, Burns, and Bruises 

    Cuts, Burns, Bruises and Bullet Holes (Pro Make-Up)
    Dates to be announced.

  4. Basic Makeup for Actors: Looking Good    

    ✰ This class will be back soon! But the dates have not yet been scheduled. Please check back.

  • Looking for filmmaking classes in Seattle? Our Seattle film classes are non-credit, meaning that the focus is on having fun and learning, not tests and grades.
  • If you’re new at making movies, Crash Course in Filmmaking and Let’s Make a Movie are a great place to start. They meet on the same day and in the same location most quarters with a half hour break in between them.
  • Taken together, they’ll give you an excellent intro to independent filmmaking.


Today’s featured classes

We offer several classes of interest to filmmakers:



Want to learn the basics of filmmaking? This Seattle filmmaking class will teach you the essentials, at a tuition you can afford.

Many people take this class along with Let’s Make  Movie, which meets a half hour later in the same location. This class, Crash Course in Filmmaking, teaches how movies are made (the theory behind lighting, audio, camera angles, finding actors, etc.; Let’s Make  Movie gives students the practical experience of actually helping make a short film.)

Course 17506: “Crash Course in Filmmaking” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE

Documentary Filmmaking: Making Meaningful Movies

Seattle film classes - documentary filmmaking - picture 1: Man holding camcorder

You don’t need a fancy camera or a lot of money to make a documentary. You just need a camcorder, a microphone, a computer with some editing software, and knowledge of how to go about it. In this class we’ll focus on how to plan and organize your documentary; how to set up and film interviews; how to light interviews using both natural light and studio lighting; and more

Course 89902: “Documentary Filmmaking” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE




Ever dreamed about acting in a movie, or making a movie of your own?  In this fun, hands-on course, we’ll create and film a short independent movie from scratch.

You can participate as an actor, member of the crew, or both.  It’s an acting class, a filmmaking class, and an involving immersive experience. (Most students take this class along with Crash Course in Filmmaking, which meets in the same location earlier in the day.)  Fun times!

Course 17396: “Let’s Make a Movie” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE

Frequently asked questions!

slate2People often ask what the differences are between our Seattle film classes. Some have similar titles (because they’re all about filmmaking), but the content is very different.

In a nutshell: Let’s Make a Movie is a hands-on class in which the students make a movie as a group. They write or choose a script, learn how to set up lights, operate the slate, record audio, and operate the camcorder, and can also act in the movie if they want to. The instructor brings in a professional (prosumer high def) camcorder, pro lights, a pro microphone, etc., which are used in filming the movie.  Students are taught how to use the equipment, and take turns using it.  They are also welcome to “film along,” filming their own versions of the different shots, if they have their own camcorders.

Because we’re rushing to complete a movie by the deadline, we don’t have time in  Let’s Make a Movie to cover a lot of technical information, such as, all of different types of camcorders… the different kinds of microphones and how they work… the theory of lighting… and detailed, in-depth information about storyboarding and shot lists, etc. For that reason, we added the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, which covers all of these things in great detail. Let’s Make a Movie is an experiential class in which students learn by doing; Crash Course in Filmmaking is where we cover all of the THEORY behind what we’re doing.

Documentary Filmmaking (offered some quarters) is specifically geared toward people who want to make their own documentaries. It addresses questions like how to set up interviews, and how to record high quality audio and video under field conditions.

Start Writing Your Screenplay is a very solid introduction to screenwriting. Students who complete all four classes will receive a certificate of completion.

Note: Another class that can be helpful to filmmakers is Beginning Acting.  (It’ll give you a place to meet some good actors, and “scout” talent for your movie while participating in the class and learning how actors approach their work.)

Student comments:

“I found your classes on the web when I was looking for Seattle film schools.  I was looking for a school that was affordable because I didn’t want to get into a student loan situation.  I don’t know yet if this will be a career. I was just wanting to learn how to make movies for fun.  The classes are good and I did learn a lot.  I took Let’s Make a Movie and the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, and will be taking the video editing class next.   Your classes are a resource to the community and I recommend the classes to people who would like to learn more about filmmaking and want the end product to look professional. Thank you.” – Lee R., Seattle

Looking for affordable FILM CLASSES in Seattle?  Looking for a Seattle film school where you can learn the basics of digital filmmaking without spending a fortune? Ready to move beyond Youtube, and start make movies that are good enough to get into the major film festivals?  There is still time to sign up for our upcoming Seattle Film Classes!