Classes


Chicago Filmmakers offers college-level classes in film and video production. For newcomers, we recommend starting with Digital Moviemaking for a broad overview of the production process, then taking classes in various disciplines that interest you. Persons with experience in filmmaking may further their training with specialized courses and workshops. In either case, you will find a quality education similar to those found at accredited schools and universities, but for a fraction of the time and cost. Plus, you can become part of a filmmaking community that can support and sustain you for many projects to come. 

 

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Upcoming Classes

 

Achieve a million-dollar glow without a big budget! Creating great moving images is an art by itself. Learn how to use cameras and lights for a variety of applications. Digital camera operations will be examined in detail with an emphasis on imaging devices, lens options, shooting techniques, 16mm comparisons, and technical and aesthetic differences. Lighting fundamentals will incorporate camera strategies with the 3-point lighting philosophy and classic lighting styles. Students will gain proficiency on digital video cameras, complete several lighting exercises in class, and learn how to set up shots with a minimum of equipment and time. Prerequisite: None, but Digital Filmmaking or HD Camera Seminar are recommended.

6 weeks: June 1 – July 6 // Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuition: $325/310 members

Limit: 12 students

Instructor: Casey Puccini

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Ages 13-17

This one week primer will cover the basics of screenwriting: structure, exposition, scene propulsion, character building, and dialogue. Students will write and workshop two short pieces each, one prompted and one original. The goal of the workshop is for each student to complete at lease one short, shootable script, and the skills to continue writing on their own.

June 22 - 26 // Weekdays 10AM – 3PM // $200

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This comprehensive, 2-week camp will cover all aspects of digital video production, from initial concept to finished movie. Students will learn about pre-production planning, storyboarding, cameras, lighting, sound, shot composition, and computer editing, and will work collaboratively on group projects. The camp closes with a public screening to showcase the work for friends and family, and each student receives a DVD copy of all projects completed in the workshop.

 
Ages 10 – 13 // Weekdays 10AM – 3PM // $450 
Session 1: June 29 - July 10, 2015
Extended Care: Pre and post-camp care is available for our Moviemaking Camp Students during the hours of 9-10AM and 3-5PM for an additional fee of $10/hr. You can sign up for extended care in our registration form email.
 
Please note: You will receive an email packet with a comprehensive registration form and student waivers upon purchase.  The registration is not complete until we have received all of these completed forms. 

By completing this purchase, you confirm that you have read and  agree to our Registration, Refund and Cancellation policies as outlined here: http://chicagofilmmakers.org/cf/content/class-registration

 

It's time to roll up your sleeves: this clinic will provide the individual attention, mentorship and support needed to complete your feature film script. Students will present writing to the class for feedback and critique, and are expected to work on their script regularly outside of class. Discussions about developing character, plot and structure will help students effectively utilize story models for their own scripts. Students should already have a basic knowledge of the screenwriting format, the elements of structure, plot, action, and character, and have a screenplay underway in order to take the class. 

8 weeks: July 9 – August 27 // Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tuition: $395/380 members
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Dale Chapman

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Apple's digital nonlinear editing software has long been used by professional editors around the world. This course will provide students instruction on the complete process of digital editing on Final Cut Pro X, from logging footage to mastering onto DVD. Topics covered include basic editing, transitions, titling, sound, filter usage, and aesthetics. Students may sign up for 10 hours outside of class to practice during regular business hours. No previous editing experience is required.

Prerequisite: Basic Macintosh computer literacy.

5 weeks: July 9 – August 6 // Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tuition:

$395/380 members

Limit: 6 students

Instructor: Jillian Hansen-Lewis

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This comprehensive, 2-week camp will cover all aspects of digital video production, from initial concept to finished movie. Students will learn about pre-production planning, storyboarding, cameras, lighting, sound, shot composition, and computer editing, and will work collaboratively on group projects. The camp closes with a public screening to showcase the work for friends and family, and each student receives a DVD copy of all projects completed in the workshop. 

Ages 13 - 17 // Weekdays 10AM - 3PM // $475
Session 1: July 13 - 24, 2015

Please note: You will receive an email packet with a comprehensive registration form and student waivers upon purchase.  The registration is not complete until we have received all of these completed forms. 

By completing this purchase, you confirm that you have read and  agree to our Registration, Refund and Cancellation policies as outlined here: http://chicagofilmmakers.org/cf/content/class-registration

This course will cover basic elements of directing actors for the camera, including aesthetics, tone, text analysis, and controlling dramatic aspects of film through acting. The relationship between the director and the actor will be emphasized: building effective communication, evaluating performance, and understanding the rehearsal process from both ends. Students will work in groups to audition and cast actors, rehearse and plan the execution of a scene with scripts, floor plans, and blocking; and shoot scenes for evaluation.

6 weeks: July 14 – August  18 // Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tuition: $365/350 Members
Limit: 8 students

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This is our basic production course designed to cover key concepts and practices for making a film or video project. Topics include a thorough introduction to the professional HD camera, important aspects of lighting, sound, shot composition, camera movement, visual storytelling devices, working as a filmmaking crew, and editing. In-class demonstrations and exercises will allow students to work collaboratively on group projects as a digital cinema team.

Prerequisite: Basic Macintosh computer literacy.
10 weeks: July 15 - September 16 // Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Tuition: $595/580 members
Limit: 12 students

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Recording clean audio on location is a tricky job and often the Achilles' heel to many low budget productions. This workshop will cover audio recording and microphone techniques using professional microphones and state of the art flash memory audio recorders. Learn various recording techniques such as recording solo and group musical performances, interviews, sound effects and background room-tone, as well as sync and non-sync dialog for film and video. Topics such as microphone choice, booming, level adjustment, monitoring, sound physics, and alternative creative tools will be covered. Students will create an audio project using multi-track, timeline based editing software. This workshop is designed to bring professional production values audio/visual work and is perfect for film and video makers, musicians, journalists, and artists.


July 18 | Saturday10am – 4pm

Tuition: $145/130 Members


Limit: 6 students

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Truth is often stranger than fiction, and there seems to be no better time than the present to become a documentary filmmaker. Discover the techniques and styles best suited for your documentary idea and then shape that idea into a work that can be funded and completed. This course will give you an overview of documentary forms and teach you how to research your project, write a treatment and synopsis, target interested funders, write a proposal, make a budget and prepare a shooting schedule. Students are encouraged to come to class with a specific documentary idea they wish to develop.


6 weeks: July 20–August 31 (no class 8/17) // Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuition: $325/310 members


Limit: 14 students

Instructor: Julie Englander

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