SEATTLE FILMMAKING CLASSES

  • Our program was established in 2002.
  • Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle
  • If you’re new at making movies, Filmmaking 101 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

FILM CLASSES

  1. MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET
  2. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
  3. START WRITING YOUR SCREENPLAY

MAKING KILLER MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET


  • 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.

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SCREENWRITING 101

In this class, students will learn how screenplays are written, then get some practice in writing them. You’ll have a chance to write “minute movies” (just a page long), short screenplays (a few pages long), and scenes from full length movies. There will also be opportunities (for those who want to) to share your writing with the class and get some feedback.

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LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

Want to star in a movie, while learning how films are made? Here’s your chance! In this class, we’ll create and film a short movie, working together as a group. Everyone in the class who wants to, will be in the film. Important: If you are new to acting, take ACTING 101 before taking this course. You can take LET’S MAKE A MOVIE just for fun, or as part of our Acting for the Camera certificate program. Seattle: UW campus 

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JUNE CLASSES ⟶ AT A GLANCE

  • ALL JUNE CLASSES ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • LISTED BELOW BY START DATE

FIND BY COLOR:

  • 🟨 ACTING CLASSES
  • 🟥 COMEDY AND IMPROV
  • 🟦 VOICEOVER CLASSES
  • 🟩 ART CLASSES
  • ⭕ WRITING CLASSES
  • 🟣 FILMMAKING CLASSES

🟨 ACTING 101
Wednesdays – June 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 7pm-9pm


🟨 ACTING 103
Wednesdays June 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 5pm-7pm


🟦 VOICEOVER 102 
Wednesdays – 6:30pm-8:30 pm – 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26


🟥 STAND UP COMEDY
Wednesdays – June 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 5pm-7pm


🟨 ACTING INTENSIVE: TEAM BUILDING FOR THE 48
Class times: Thursdays 6 pm-8:30 pm.
Class dates: June 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Film date: Sat. July 13, from 8 am-7 pm


🟨 AUDITIONING WORKSHOP
Saturday June 8 only, 10 am-4 pm


🟦 VOICEOVER 101
Saturdays 10am-12pm: 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29


🟦 🟨 ACCENTS FOR ACTORS
Saturdays 1pm-3pm: 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29


🟩 ACRYLIC PAINTING
Sundays 6/9, 6/16 and 6/23, 10am-12:30pm


🟩 WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Sundays 6/9, 6/16 and 6/23, 1:30pm-3:30pm


🟨 ACTING 101 
Sundays 12:30pm-2:30 pm – 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30


🟨 ACTING 102
Sundays 3 pm-5 pm – 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30


🟨 ACTING 103 
Sundays 6pm-8pm – 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30


🟨 ACTING WITH EMOTION
Sundays 10am-12pm – 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30


🟦 VOICEOVER 103
Sundays, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30. 10am-12 pm


WRITING SCIENCE FICTION
Tuesdays 4:15pm-6:15pm. June 11, 18, 25 and July 2


🟩 DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS 
Tuesdays 6/11, 6/18, 6/26, 6:30pm-8:30pm


🟨 ACTING FOR CAMERA 102
Saturdays June 15, June 22, June 29 – 10-1pm


🟨 ACTING INTENSIVE: 3 SCENES
Sat. 12pm-3pm 6/15, 6/22, 6/29


🟩 DRAWING FACES & PORTRAITS
Saturday 6/15 and 6/22, 10 am-12 pm


🟩 FIGURE DRAWING 
Saturdays 6/15 and 6/22 – 12:30-2:30 pm


🟩 DRAWING COMIC BOOKS
Sat. June 29 only: 10 am-3pm

JULY CLASSES  ⟶  AT A GLANCE

  • ALL JULY CLASSES ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • LISTED BELOW BY START DATE

FIND BY COLOR:

  • 🟨 ACTING CLASSES
  • 🟥 COMEDY AND IMPROV
  • 🟦 VOICEOVER CLASSES
  • 🟩 ART CLASSES
  • ⭕ WRITING CLASSES
  • 🟣 FILMMAKING CLASSES

🟨 ACTING 102
Wednesdays, 7 pm-9 pm. July 10, 17, 24, 31


🟨 ACTING 104
Wednesdays, 5 pm-7 pm. July 10, 17, 24, 31


🟦 VOICEOVER 102
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm – 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/2


🟦 VOICEOVER 101
Sundays 10 am-12 pm – 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/3


🟦🟨 ACCENTS FOR ACTORS
Sundays 10 am-12 pm – 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/3


🟩 DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm – 7/20, 7/27, 8/3


🟩 CARTOONING
Saturdays 12:30 pm-2:30 pm – 7/20, 7/27, 8/3


🟩 COLORED PENCIL
Sunday July 21 only, 10:30 am-4 pm


🟨🟣 LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
3 pm-5 pm. Last 3 meetings last till 8 pm.
Saturdays 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17


🟨 ACTING 101
Sundays 10 am-12 pm – 7/21, 7/28, 8/3, 8/10


🟨 ACTING 102
Sundays 12:30 pm-2:30 pm – 7/21, 7/28, 8/3, 8/10


🟨 ACTING 103
Sundays 3 pm-5 pm – 7/21, 7/28, 8/3, 8/10


🟨 ACTING 104
Sundays 6 pm-8 pm – 7/21, 7/28, 8/3, 8/10


🟨 IMPROV 101
Sunday 7/14 only – 11 am-3:30 pm


🟨 IMPROV 102
Sunday 7/21 only – 11 am-3:30 pm


⭕ SCREENWRITING 101
Mondays 6 pm-8 pm – 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19

AUGUST CLASSES ⟶ AT A GLANCE

  • AUGUST CLASSES WITH LIVE LINKS ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • THE OTHERS WILL OPEN SOON
  • LISTED BELOW BY START DATE

FIND BY COLOR:

  • 🟨 ACTING CLASSES
  • 🟥 COMEDY AND IMPROV
  • 🟦 VOICEOVER CLASSES
  • 🟩 ART CLASSES
  • ⭕ WRITING CLASSES
  • 🟣 FILMMAKING CLASSES

🟩 MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
Sunday August 4 only, 10:30am-4 pm


🟨 ACTING 101
Wednesdays August 7, 14, 21 and 28 – 7 pm-9 pm


🟨 ACTING 103
Wednesdays August 7, 14, 21 and 28 – 5 pm-7 pm


🟥 STAND UP COMEDY
August 7, 14, 21, and 28 – 7 pm-10 pm


🟦 VOICEOVER 101
August 7, 14, 21, and 28 – 6:30 pm-8:30 pm


🟩 DRAWING FACES AND PORTRAITS
Saturday August 10 and 17, 10 am-12 pm


🟩 FIGURE DRAWING
Saturday August 10 and 17, 12:30 pm-2:30 pm


🟣 MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET
Sunday August 18 and 25, 6 pm-8:30 pm


🟩 LEARN TO DRAW IN A DAY
Sunday August 18 only (1-day workshop) – 10 am-2 pm


🟨 AUDITIONING
Sundays, August 18 and 25 – 2
pm-5:30 pm


🟩 COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATION
Sunday August 25 only (1-day workshop) – 10 am-2 pm


🟩 OIL PAINTING
Saturday August 24 only, 10 am-3 pm

 

CLASSES STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

  • CLASSES WITH LIVE LINKS ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT
  • OTHERS WILL OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT SOON

FIND BY COLOR:

  • 🟨 ACTING CLASSES
  • 🟥 COMEDY AND IMPROV
  • 🟦 VOICEOVER CLASSES
  • 🟩 ART CLASSES
  • ⭕ WRITING CLASSES
  • 🟣 FILMMAKING CLASSES

🟨 ACTING 102
Wednesdays, 7 pm-9 pm. 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2


🟨 ACTING 104
Wednesdays, 5 pm-7 pm. 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2


🟩 DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS
SATURDAYS – 10 AM-12 PM – 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12


🟨 AUDITIONING 101
SATURDAYS – 12:30 PM-2:30 PM – 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12


🟨 LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
SATURDAYS – 3 PM-5 PM – 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12


🟨 ACTING 101
SUNDAYS – 10 AM-12 PM – 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13


🟨 ACTING 102
SUNDAYS – 12:30-2:30 PM – 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13


🟨 ACTING 102
SUNDAYS – 3PM-5PM – 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13


🟨 ACTING 104
SUNDAYS – 6 PM-8 PM – 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13


🟨🟣 ACTING INTENSIVE: TEAM BUILDING FOR THE 48
THURSDAYS – 6 PM-8:30 PM – 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17


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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!