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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.
  • Students taking this class often also sign up for Let’s Make a Movie, to give them a place to practice filming. 
  • All levels are welcome.

In this Seattle filmmaking class:

  • You’ll learn about CAMERAS, CAMCORDERS and DSLRS: what the choices are, which is best for your project, and how to spend the least amount of money to get something that will work for the movies you’re planning on making
  • You’ll learn about LIGHTING –– how film lights are used, how they can create the mood you’re looking for, and how to buy high quality lights that will last for years and give you good results, without spending a fortune.
  • Plus, we’ll look at common LIGHTING PROBLEMS, and how to avoid them –– and how to fix some of the ones that do occur using editing software. 
  • You’ll learn about AUDIO, i.e., how to record actors’ voices and other sounds clearly and distinctly
  • You’ll learn about the MAIN TYPES OF MICROPHONES, how they work, what they’re used for, and how to choose the best one for your project.
  • You’ll learn to use a SHOTGUN MIC to record high quality audio while screening out unwanted background sounds
  • You’ll learn about CAMERA ANGLES, such as close-ups, medium shots, long shots, reverse shots, dutch angles, and more, and how to use the angles effectively to tell your story
  • Plus, you’ll get some good tips about FILM FESTIVALS AND DISTRIBUTION, fundraising for independent filmmakers, making movies for Youtube and social media, and figuring out ways to share your movie or documentary with the world. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students taking this class often also sign up for Let’s Make a Movie, to give them a place to practice filming. 


What’s the difference between this class and Let’s Make a Movie?

  • This class is informational. There’s a lot the people need to learn before they run out and start filming movies. 
  • In this class, you learn HOW to make movies. It’s an information-based class, aimed at giving you the key basic information you need to start going out and making your own films.
  • Our other Seattle film class, Let’s Make a Movie, is a place where we actually film a short movie in class.


Student comments about our film classes

…I didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to the other students and to thank you. I just want to thank you for the (crash course in filmmaking) classes. I never learned so much over a short period of time and remembered it. You wasted no time on the non-essentials. I greatly appreciate the fact that you were very receptive to everyone’s questions. Your experience, dedication, and passion for film making made this a fantastic learning experience for me. I want you to know that taking this class has truly made a difference for me. I lost the fear to shoot and produce films. It has given me the knowledge and skills I was seeking and the confidence I need to step into film making.  I have to tell you — you are an incredible teacher! I cannot thank you ENOUGH!    I’ll definitely recommend this class to all my friends. Thanks so much for the highly engaging and inspiring class.- J. Vega

The instructor is professional and well organized and had patience for questions from beginners. I will recommend the class to my friends. – R.W., Seattle

I learned exactly what I have been wanting (and needing) to. – Chris L., Seattle

slate2Thanks for showing us how to make a low budget movie look great. – H.T., Seattle

You took me from doing amateurish films to making the kind of movies I had been trying to. Thank you for all of your help. – Jerry W. Kent

I liked that we covered so many elements of filmmaking, including visual storytelling, camera angles, lighting, and audio.  I recommend your class for people who are looking for excellent introductory filmmaking classes. Your film classes and acting classes are a real resource to the community. – S. Frey, Seattle

… just to say thank you for the class Nils. I feel like I’m on track now to make more professional movies and actually start getting them into film festivals. – Alan D., Bellevue

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