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Advanced Cinema Production

Starts April 19

9 sessions: Mondays, April 19-June 21 (no class May 31), 7-9:30pm

Picking up where FilmNorth’s Cinema Production Basics class leaves off, this online course is for filmmakers who are looking for more in-depth, hands-on production experience, in which they will participate in every part of the production of an original short film devised, developed, shot, and posted by the class.

Adapting to the current global situation, the class will convene via weekly Zoom meetings, with each participant contributing their own self-produced segment to a class-developed omnibus film using tools at hand (DSLR, video camera, or smartphone). Editing software options will be addressed.

Among the areas of focus:

  • STORY – Conceiving a storyline and tailoring it to take the best advantage of available resources
  • CAST & CREW – How to find the right team for your film
  • PRE-PRODUCTION – Scheduling, budgeting, scouting, and rehearsing to ensure a successful production
  • SHOOTING – How to effectively operate equipment and work with cast and crew
  • EDITING – Approaching your footage, assembling a rough cut, and polishing up your final edit
  • POST-PRODUCTION – Color correction, sound mixing, music, and titles
  • FINISHING TOUCHES – Getting your film out there via independent distribution or film festivals!

This class will provide a top-to-bottom production experience for filmmakers who have completed the introductory class or have equivalent experience. Participants are encouraged to bring their own story ideas—or even short scripts—for consideration during the first two class story sessions. We’ll plan to hold an online screening during the final session to celebrate our work.

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We’ll e-mail you a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Tuition: $190 / $145 low-income

Matthew G. Anderson is a screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has included spec scripts for Hollywood producers, no-budget independent short films, and most things in between. He is probably best known for creating Theater People, one of the most acclaimed and longest running independent web series in the country. An Official Selection at more than two dozen international film festivals, Theater People has received numerous awards including, most recently, Best Screenplay at Russia’s Realist Web Fest. Matthew is the director of former FilmNorth Web 101 student Alan W. Porter’s web series Fallin’ Off, which has been selected for numerous festivals from New Jersey to New Zealand. He is currently in post-production on the pilot for a fifth season of Theater People.  

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.




April 19 @ 7:00 pm
June 21 @ 9:30 pm
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9 sessions: Mondays, April 19-June 21 (no class May 31), 7-9:30pm