• Our program was established in 2002.
  • 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
  • If you’re new at making movies, Crash Course in Filmmaking and Let’s Make a Movie are a great place to start. 
  • To see course titles, dates, and times, scroll down
  • For more info or to sign up, click the course title




  • Interested in making your own documentaries, commercials, independent shorts or feature films, and wanting them to be as good as possible, but have a limited budget?
  • Have questions about lighting, audio, camcorders, or how to choose the best editing software?
  • This Seattle filmmaking class will answer your questions, clear up the confusion, and get you off to a good start.
  • You’ll learn how to make high-quality movies without the mistakes that are common to beginners.
  • You’ll learn money-saving methods that will move you forward toward your goals, without spending a penny more than you need to.
  • All levels are welcome.
  • Many people take this class along with Let’s Make a  Movie
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Class #17506: Seattle Film Classes:
Filmmaking on a Budget
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
3 meetings: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 10. Spaces left: 9



In this class, designed to give actors film acting experience and help them to get good materials for their reels, we’ll learn a few key things about filmmaking, then film an actual short movie in class. Every student who wants to be in the class film will be in it. In previous quarters, genres have included mysteries, vampire movies, science fiction, fantasy, detective, drama and comedy.  You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting.

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17396: LET'S MAKE A MOVIE - Starts Saturday 9/15 at 12:30 pm
Course fee: $150 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 and 10/6
First 2 meetings are from 12:30pm-2:30pm
Last 2 meetings are from 12:30pm-8:30pm
Location: University of Washington campus
Age range: Adults 18 and older.
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 11
Prerequisite: Acting 101 and Acting 102


Looking for a screenwriting class that covers the fundamentals, and gives you an opportunity to write and workshop some actual scenes and short scripts? In this Seattle screenwriting class, open to both beginners and experienced writers, you’ll learn how screenplays are written, do exercises to develop your screenwriting skills, and get helpful feedback on your writings.


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Class 17534: Screenwriting 101:
Mondays 6pm-8pm, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5

Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee

Where: University of Washington campus

Max. enrollment: 10. Spaces left: 4



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!