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Advanced Cinema Production

Starts January 26

In-person. 9 sessions: Thursdays, January 26-March 23, 6:30-9pm

FilmNorth’s Advanced Cinema Production course is the next step for filmmakers looking to continue their education from Cinema Production Basics. Students will take a deeper dive into aspects of crafting a story, plotting out production, and how to bring a project together through post-production. Participants will each produce an original short film project alongside other filmmakers as they hone different skills along the way. Students are encouraged to come to the class with a short script ready or an idea that they’d like to develop.

Early in the course students will focus on developing their story through character development and dialogue exercises. You’ll then be introduced to the pre-production phase of filmmaking: casting; assembling a crew; budget and scheduling; and rehearsal scheduling for projects. Students will be encouraged to participate in one another’s projects, as filmmaking is a collaborative endeavor!

The second part of the course will focus mainly on production. Students will spend the middle portion of this course actively shooting their films and receiving feedback from their peers on their works-in-progress. Towards the last few weeks of the course, participants will have time to edit their projects and showcase them to one another and learn about the different aspects of editing to amplify their film.

Prerequisite: FilmNorth’s Cinema Production Basics course or equivalent basic production experience.

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 variant guidance for Ramsey County:

  • People may choose to mask at any time. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19 variants.
  • People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.
  • Masks are available for students who need them (one per student per class).

Tuition: $335 regular | $250 member | $190 low-income

Abdirahman Mohamed is a screenwriter, director, producer, and journalist from St. Paul, MN. He’s written for several local publications including the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Sahan Journal, MPR, and MinnPost. Mohamed was a producer with TPT’s Racism Unveiled and has worked on many documentary projects such as Accept the Call and Trusted Messenger. In 2022, Mohamed worked with Apple TV+, NBCUniversal, and Vox Media in their production of Little America Season 2 as a technical consultant. He received a regional Student Emmy nomination for his TV Pilot Temp while studying at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where he earned a BA in Communication and Digital Media studies. Mohamed participated in FilmNorth’s inaugural Socially Conscious and Inclusive Filmmaking Lab and is a former New Angle Fellow with SPNN and the Jerome Foundation. He is the Head of Content at maro parents, a digital health and education technology startup.

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.




January 26 @ 6:30 pm
March 23 @ 9:00 pm
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Thursdays, January 26-March 23, 6:30-9pm