LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

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Class 17396: Let's Make Movie
Course fee: $150 + $10 registration fee
Four Saturdays: 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11
First 2 meetings are from 3 pm-5:30 pm
Last 2 meetings are from 3:30 pm-9:30pm
Location: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 4


In this class, we’ll create and film a short movie, working together as a group. You can take LET’S MAKE A MOVIE just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals.

Day-4-Meredith,-Michael-&-NilsHow it works:

  1. We’ll meet on the first day and talk a bit about how movies are made; do some improv and sight reading to get an idea of each student’s abilities as an actor; and find out how each of the students wants to participate (i.e., acting in the movie? Helping out behind the scenes?).
  2. The instructor will then go home and write a script designed to give every student who wants to be in the movie, a role in it. 
  3. In the remaining meeting(s), we’ll film the movie, using a high def prosumer camcorder, pro tripod, and professional lighting and audio equipment.
  4. After filming is completed, the movie will be edited and have an original musical score created.  Then, we’ll have a wrap party and screen the movie  (Feel free to invite family and friends to the wrap party!) (The wrap party will be scheduled after filming is completed.)
  5. This class is taught by Seattle filmmaker Nils Osmar.  Nils’s films have played in international film festivals. To visit the instructor’s IMDB (professional film credits) page, click here.

Who should take this class?

Two groups of students tend to sign up for this class:

  1. Actors hoping to learn more about film acting technique by actually being in a film, and  get footage they can use in their reels. 
  2. People wanting to learn more about filmmaking, because they’re interested in making their own movies.

If you’re in the first group, you may want to take this class along with our ACTING FOR THE CAMERA class.

If you’re in the second group, you may want to take this class along with our CRASH COURSE IN FILMMAKING class.

“I’d like to thank you. After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs. One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production… and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production. The reel we made (in the Let’s Make a Movie class) was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact (that I was) comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs.  

Tell everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it. It was a slow start, but now I’m living in L.A. and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. – K. S. (Hollywood)

About the instructor

Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, working as a visual artist, writer, director and independent filmmaker. He has taught acting classes, film classes, and other classes and workshops for over twenty years.  His films have played at major international film festivals.

 


Frequently asked questions

Are students required to act in the movie? No. Some people sign up just to learn about filmmaking, and decide they would rather focus on behind-the-scene things like operating the camcorder, setting up lights, or recording audio. You’ll need to decide whether you want to be in the movie by the end of the first class.

I notice it meets on the U.W. campus. Are most of the people who take the class, University of Washington students? Our enrollment is usually about 1/3 U.W. students, and 2/3 members of the general public. The folks who sign up end to be of all different ages and backgrounds.

What if I don’t like the script we end up with, and don’t want to be in the movie?  This is rarely an issue, but if, after reading the script, you decide you don’t want to be in the movie, and let us know within 48 hours of the script being mailed out, you can either get back half of your course fee, or apply the entire tuition paid toward other class(es) on the Rekindle School website.

What sorts of movies do you usually film in the class? In the past, we’ve done everything from film noire detective movies, to mockumentaries, horror flicks, zombie movies, action movies, science fiction and fantasy, satire, humor, and romance. We’ll film whatever the students as a group decide to make.

What will happen to the movie when it’s finished? We’ll upload it to online, so you can send links to your friends to see it. We’ll give actors a link where they can download it if they would like to use a clip from it for their reels.

Student comments

I’d actually like to thank you. After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs. One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production… and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production. The reel we made was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact the directors thought I was funny and comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs. So your class I did pick up some pointers and payed attention. Tell everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it. It was a slow start, but now I’m living in la and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. -K. S., Hollywood

I was looking for a filmmaking class, then decided it would be fun to try acting too. I ended up taking the class twice, once to get some experience behind the camera, and the second time to try my hand at acting. Both experiences were interesting and very challenging. I’m also taking the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, which fills in a lot of the more technical information there wasn’t time to cover in Let’s Make a Movie.  I recommend all of the instructor’s classes. – Barb B.

I saw a class similar to this at _____ but they wanted $8,000.00 for it! Thank you for a fun learning experience and for keeping it affordable! – Sharon B., Seattle

Thanks for teaching the class! The wrap party was a blast. It was fun seeing our class movie on a big screen…- S.G., Seattle

I was hoping to learn some basics about filmmaking and see how it was all done. That’s exactly what I got. I will recommend the class to my friends. – J.G., Seattle

Just a note to say that I loved the class. Thanks Nils! – V.M. (Seattle)

I was impressed with the professionalism of the movie we ended up with. Everything about it was great. The class was far more than I expected. – Joe G. (Kent)

The instructor was very patient and supportive. We are completing the course project, making a film, as promised. Nils has, and will continue to devote many additional hours working on the editing. I’ll probably take this class again. – M.F., Seattle

It was nice being able to choose, we could be in the film, or be on the crew, or just watch. I did crew this time around but I’ll be taking it again and try acting. – Brad R., Bellevue

Okay, I’ll tell you the truth. I was scared to death. But I really enjoyed the class, and liked the show. It’s fun to have done it. – Mary L. (Bellevue)

Thanks so much for the class. I had a great time, and learned what I was hoping to. – Mike G., Seattle

I was impressed with the professionalism of the movie we ended up with. Everything about it was great. The class was far more than I expected. – Joe G. (Kent)


Some short films made in the Let’s Make a Movie class










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