Take this class – polish and improve your acting skills – then act in a 48 Hour Movie!

This class is open to everyone who has taken Acting 101 or another acting class from Rekindle School. The Thursday night class in June is full. But there are still openings in the Monday night class (and in the fall class).

  • In this class, we’ll run through a bunch of fun, fast-paced ACTING EXERCISES, focused on revving up students’ acting skills.
  • Then after the class ends, everyone who was in the class will be invited to join us on SATURDAY JULY 13 to make a movie together for the 48 Hour Film competition.  (Everyone who takes the class, who wants to be in the movie, will have a speaking role in the Rekindle School team’s film.)
  • There is a fee for the class, but is no fee for participating in the 48.
  • Our movie will play at a the SIFF Uptown Theater along with other films made for the 48 hour competition, when it’s done.

How it works

Making a 48 Hour Film is a blast. We get our assignment on a Friday night; film the movie on Saturday; it will be edited on a Sunday; then a week later, we get to watch it on a big movie screen. Fun times!!

Teams are not allowed to write, edit or film their 48 hour movies in advance. So we will not be doing that in the class. But we can meet and run drills to sharpen up our acting skills and build team cohesiveness in preparation for the event. 


  • QUESTION: What will we be doing in the class?
    We’ll do improv exercises, scripted exercises, and “quick filming” exercises to fine-tune and hone our acting skills, and get the group working together as a team. Then when the class is over, everyone who was in the class who wants to, is welcome to join the Rekindle School team and film a movie on July 13th.
  • QUESTION: Do we all write the movie as a group?
    ANSWER: No, The instructor will write the script and send it out to the cast (those who took the class) on Friday night. (Filming will take place all-day Saturday) We’ve found this works best, because it’s actually harder to write a film under intense deadline pressure, with a bunch of different people working on it.
  • QUESTION: What will our genre be? (What will the film be about?)
    ANSWER: There’s no way to know our genre, or what the movie will be about, till we receive our assignment on Friday night. We could be assigned any genre. (This is to keep scripts from being written in advance.) In previous fests, we’ve filmed action movies; romances; road trip movies; zombie movies; thrillers; science fiction movies; black comedies; and fantasies.
  • QUESTION: What theater will the movie play in?
    ANSWER: All of the movies made in the festival will play in the SIFF Uptown Theater on Queen Anne Hill.
  • QUESTION: Will we all edit the movie together?
    ANSWER: No, that would be impossible. (Most editing for 48 hour films ends up being done in the middle of the night!) The focus of the class is on training and upgrading students’ acting skills, as preparation to give a great acting performance in a 48 hour film.
  • QUESTION: Do I have to take a class like this, in order to participate in the 48 hour project?
    ANSWER: No, not at all. The 48 Hour Project is open to anyone who pays the entry fee, sets up a team, and can write and film and edit a movie and get it turned in by the deadline.
  • This class is for folks who would like to: (1) hone and improve their acting skills in a class, then (2) join the students from the class to make a unique and fun movie together.

About Nils Osmar

Nils Osmar was born in Alaska, and grew up in a wilderness area on the southern coast. He now lives in Seattle. He has made his living in the arts for over thirty years, working as a writer, visual artist, teacher, and filmmaker. He currently teaches through the University of Washington's ASUW Experimental College. He is the Director of an independent educational program, Classesandworkshops.com, which offers courses in visual, written and performing arts in Seattle, Washington.