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. 

 

Please read our Class Registration Policies for more information.  

 

Upcoming Classes

 

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: March 5 – April 9 // Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tuition: $365/350 Members
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Stephen Cone
 

 

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.
March 22 // Sunday, 11am - 5pm 
Tuition: $145/130 Members
Limit: 6 students
Instructor: Adrian Anguiano
 
SIGN UP HERE!
 

Come learn new format used by industry professionals and independent filmmakers alike. This technology is now becoming available at the Prosumer and consumer level. Demand for 4K content is on the rise. We will cover all the aspects of 4K video: Development, Pre-production, Production, Post and Exhibition. Topics include purchase/rental of cameras, software, and displays. The workshop will discuss different cameras and compare shooting formats, including UHD, DCI, and RAW. Topics include lenses, compression, lighting and production design issues and new post-production problems and solutions. We will demonstrate 4K acquisition for Documentaries, corporate and Narrative.  

March 28 // Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuition: $145/130 members
Limit: 12 students
Instructor: Chris Peppey

SIGN UP HERE!

SIGN UP HERE!

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

 

SIGN UP HERE!

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

SIGN UP HERE!

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 2: July 27 - August 7, 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

 

SIGN UP HERE!

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 2: August 10 - 21, 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

STAY CONNECTED

     

SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER

Email:

MAKE A DONATION





Upcoming Shows

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 8:00pm
-
Fri, 03/13/2015 - 8:00pm
-
Sat, 03/14/2015 - 7:00pm
-
Wed, 03/18/2015 - 6:30pm
-
Sat, 03/21/2015 - 4:00pm
-
Sat, 03/21/2015 - 8:00pm
-
Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:30pm
-
Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:00pm
-
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:30pm
-