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

 

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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

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

Ages 8-12

Adventure Sandwich is a local video production team that collaborates with kids and uses DIY methods to produce fun, family-friendly live-action cartoons. They publish a new online video every Saturday morning! This comprehensive, 1-week camp will cover all aspects of D-I-Y production design, from concept to construction. Using everyday materials (including a whole lot of cardboard), groups will collaborate on the concept, design, construction, and production of a variety of the scenic, costume, prop, and other elements to be incorporated into an Adventure Sandwich-style D-I-Y video production. 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. In addition, selected projects from this week may be incorporated into Adventure Sandwich's weekly video series.

August 24 - 28 // Weekdays 10AM - 3PM // $250

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