• 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. They meet on the same day and in the same location most quarters with a half hour break in between them. (NOTE: They will be back on the “SAME DAY” schedule in fall 2017)
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FILM CLASSES – open for enrollment



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.) Nils Osmar, instructror  

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Class #17506: Filmmaking 101
"Crash Course in Filmmaking"
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Thursdays, 8 PM-10 PM

4/12-5/3 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 11


Ever dreamed about acting in a movie, or making a movie of your own?  In this fun, hands-on Seattle film acting class, 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. Fun times! Nils Osmar, instructor 

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Tuition: $175 + $10 reg. fee
(Tuition will be increasing next quarter)
Tuition covers three meetings:
Sat. Feb. 17, 3pm-5:30pm
Sat. Feb. 24, 3pm-10pm
Sat. March 3, 3 pm-10pm
Seattle: University of Washington


In this Seattle screenwriting class, you’ll learn how screenplays are written, and have opportunities to write some short scenes and scripts, workshop them in class, and get feedback on your writings. We’ll focus on plot and structure, script formatting, dialogue and action, and how to write an effective and marketable script. Nils Osmar, instructor 

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Class #17534: Screenwriting 101
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Mondays 6pm-8pm
4/9-4/30 (four meetings)
Where: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 5

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!