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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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.
Session 2 - 5 weeks: September 3 – October 8 (no class Sept. 24) | Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tuition: $395/380 members
Limit: 6 students
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The secret's out: producers are the ones who make it all happen. Pre-production and proper planning are essential to successful filmmaking. Lectures and seminars will use real production case studies to cover budgeting, scheduling, casting, releases, permits, soliciting investors, script breakdowns, hiring crew, coordinating post-production, festivals and distribution. These topics are the most critical issues every filmmaker should address before beginning a production.
Session 2 – 5 weeks: September 8 – October 13 (no class Sept. 22) | Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tuition: $245/230 members
Limit: 14 students
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The HD revolution is upon us! Come learn the cameras used by industry professionals and independent filmmakers alike. The workshop will discuss different cameras and compare shooting formats, including DSLRs, HDV, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM HD, 2K, 4K, and AVCHD. Topics include lenses, compression, power, mobility, lighting issues and new post-production problems. Camera options for narrative, documentary, and commercial applications will also be covered.
 Instructor: Chris Peppey
Session 2 – September 13 | Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Tuition: $95/80 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.

Session 2 – September 27 | Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Tuition: $145/130 Members
Limit: 6 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 DV 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: September 30 – December 2 | Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tuition: $595/580 members
Limit: 12 students
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