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16mm Film Techniques [In-Person]

Starts October 5

10 sessions: Tuesdays, October 5-December 21 (no class November 16), 6:30-9:30pm

Open to beginners as well as experienced digital media makers interested in learning 16mm, this immersive course provides an introduction to technical and aesthetic aspects of 16mm motion picture film production. Through demonstrations, readings, lectures, and hands-on practice, students learn the fundamentals required to make a short 16mm film. Each student will write, shoot, and edit their own short film. During this process, students gain a basic understanding of analog film technology, production techniques, short narrative screenwriting, and editing. Students will film with a Bolex 16mm film camera and edit on an iMac computer with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Four Bolex cameras will be provided by the instructor. Participants will be placed into small groups to help one another complete films. Students will be held financially responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen equipment. The final session will be a screening of student films, which can be rescheduled if it poses a conflict with the holiday week.

NOTE: this in-person course will be held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. In order to participate, participants (students and instructors) will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination at the start of the first class session and wear masks at all times inside the FilmNorth facility. We thank you for helping keep FilmNorth and our community safe! Be advised that this course may switch to online should Covid circumstances warrant it.

Tuition: $420 regular | $315 member | $235 low-income
Lab fee: $180 (includes three 100-foot rolls of Kodak black and white 16mm negative film stock, film developing, and 2K scans of your footage)

Chris Lange is a freelance cinematographer of feature films, shorts, and documentaries. He is also a writer and director of narrative and experimental films that have screened around the world. His work has received awards, including Best Romantic Short at Chicago Underground Film Festival (2014), Vision Award at Boston Science Fiction Film Festival (2017), and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant (2017). He has taught analog and digital filmmaking at colleges and nonprofit arts organizations.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




October 5 @ 8:00 am
December 21 @ 5:00 pm
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10 sessions: Tuesday, October 5-December 21 (no class November 16), 6:30-9:30pm