• 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



FILMMAKING 101 ⟾ meets Saturday June 17

Want to learn the basics of independent filmmaking, so you can go out and start making your own movies with confidence? Want to learn the basics of lighting, and how to record high quality audio, so your film will seem more professional? 

This Seattle filmmaking class will teach you the essentials, at a tuition you can afford.  You’ll learn about cameras and camcorders, DSLRs, lights, audio, shot lists, storyboards, lighting setups, and more. Many people take this class along with Let’s Make a  Movie

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Class #17506: Filmmaking 101
"Crash Course in Filmmaking"
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Please note corrected date:
Saturday June 16, 10am-5pm
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left:10


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE ⟾ starts on July 21 – meets on Saturdays *

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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Class 17396:
Let's Make Movie
Course fee: $150 + $10 registration fee
Four meetings: 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: 9

SCREENWRITING 101 ⟾ starts 8/1 (Wednesdays)

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

Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee

Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm

8/1, 8/8, 8/15 and 8/22

Where: University of Washington campus

Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10



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!