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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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: October 27 - December 1 // Mondays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Tuition: $325/310 members

Limit: 14 students

Inscructor: Julie Englander

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This course will cover basic elements of directing and acting 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: November 5 – December 17 (no class November 26) | Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuition: $365/350 Members

Instructor: Stephen Cone

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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.

5 weeks: November 6 - December 11 (no class November 27) // Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm

Tuition: $245/230 members

Limit: 14 students.

Instructors: Ed Koziarski

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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: Novemver 13 - December 18 (no class November 27) | Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Tuition: $395/380 members

Limit: 6 students

Instructor: Jillian Hansen-Lewis

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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. 

November 22 | Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Tuition: $145/130 Members

Limit: 6 students

Instructor: Adrian Anguiano 

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This one day seminar will explore the art of recording professional picture and sound in a documentary interview setting, and interviewing techniques.  Topics will include: Preparing for the interview, Equipment,  Lighting the interview, Audio, Camera placement and Backgrounds. Also, how to put subjects at ease. We will also practice these techniques with multiple styles indoors and out (weather permitting) using current professional HD equipment.   

December 13 | Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Tuition: $145/130 Members

Limit: 10 students

Instructor: Chris Peppey

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