Adult

Stephen Holliger is an award winning sound designer and engineer from Chicago, IL with a BA from Columbia College Chicago. Stephen is a longtime lover of sound and has done work for 3net, Fusion, The Onion, Clickhole, and The AV Club with additional sound work being selected at the Chicago International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. Stephen's versatile skill set extends to production audio, podcasting, and music production as the sole sound mixer for AV Club, Clickhole, and Onion Labs content. Additionally, Stephen was the post production sound mixer for the first season of Fusion’s, The AV Club with John Teti in 2017. In addition to teaching at Chicago Filmmakers, and working at The Onion,  Stephen continues to freelance with independent filmmakers in the Chicagoland area and both coasts as a sound designer and mixer and has recently finished post production audio on two feature films: Three Worlds and MAN (winner of CICFF’s “Golden Fox Award”) in which he also scored original music to MAN.

Description: 

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 organizing footage to uploading to the web.

Tuition (Members): 
$380
Tuition (Non-members): 
$395
Class Duration: 
This course meets once a week for three hours over a five week term.
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In this introduction to the Adobe Premiere Pro CC editing platform, we'll take students from the very beginning of opening Premiere Pro CC and learning the various panel windows to editing clips together

Tuition (Members): 
$380
Tuition (Non-members): 
$395
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Class Duration: 
This course meets once a week for three hours over a five week term.

Charles Borg is an award-winning writer/producer, with an MFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University, who’ recently co-produced two feature films: Three Worlds and MAN, (winner of CICFF’s “Golden Fox Award”), which he co-wrote/co-edited.  He runs his own script consulting company, Smash To: Script Consulting, working with filmmakers affiliated with the likes of CAANasdaq StudiosFUSE, and Circle of Confusion. Charles writes and ghostwrites feature scripts and pilots, as well as develops feature film treatments and reality show pitch-packages.  His skill set also extends to writing VO for TV-series’ promos, such as the Emmy Award-nominated, Never Settle Show, and the boxing docu-series, Knockout, for which he co-produced/story-produced 3 seasons.  Charles has been a professional script analyst for Stage 32 as well as The Writer’s Store and now sits on the board as the content developer for Chicago’s own, Creative Cypher. In addition to developing coursework web tutorials for Screenwriters University, Charles teaches 4-courses at Chicago FilmmakersScreenwriting I & II, Perfect Pitch, and Master Screenwriting Techniques.

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Our basic production course is 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.

 

 

Tuition (Members): 
$580
Tuition (Non-members): 
$595
Class Duration: 
This course meets once a week for three hours over a ten week term.
Description: 

This class will give students a foundation in creating and embodying believable performances on camera. Through exercises in listening, emotional awareness and improvisation you will learn to think and feel as the character you are portraying. Through detailed script analysis, you will understand the use of intentions, beats and verbs to put meaning in the lines you are saying.

Tuition (Members): 
$310
Tuition (Non-members): 
$325
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Class Duration: 
This course meets once a week for three hours over an six-week term.

 

Holly is a freelance casting director, acting coach, and actor based in Chicago. She was the in-house casting director for the production company, Film House, in Nashville for 13 years before relocating to Chicago in 2012. She has auditioned and cast thousands of actors over the past 18 years for commercials, industrials, and feature films. Her indie feature film casting credits include: When Icarus Fell, Chasing GhostsDeadline, and No Regrets. Her acting credits include: The BayTwo Weeks, and Nashville, as well as over 30 stage plays and many voiceovers. www.hollyallenonline.com

 

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Documentary editors distill dozens – sometimes hundreds – of hours of raw foota

Tuition (Members): 
$380
Tuition (Non-members): 
$395
Instructor: 
Class Duration: 
This course meets once per week for three hours over a six-week term.

Matt Lauterbach is an associate of Kartemquin Films, where he has contributed to over a dozen documentary films, including Unbroken GlassThe Trials of Muhammad AliAmerican Arab, and Saving Mes Aynak. He is currently editing a film called Embattled South, about the controversy in Mississippi over their state flag, the last in the USA to contain a symbol of the Confederacy. Before becoming a filmmaker, he taught high school history and psychology; created interactive maps for use in classrooms; and helped develop exhibitions at the Chicago History Museum. Matt is also co-director of the Chicago ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival, and an advocate for media that is accessible to the widest possible audience, including those who are blind or deaf. 

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In this one-day master class, students will be introduced to and thoroughly examine 25 writing techniques such as, Dramatic Irony

Tuition (Members): 
$175
Tuition (Non-members): 
$190
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Class Duration: 
This workshop meets for six hours over the course of one day.