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Filmmaking with Your Smartphone [In-Person]

Starts November 13

1 session: Saturday, November 13, 10am-4pm

Your smartphone can shoot amazing high-definition footage. Learn how to harness your phone’s potential using the FiLMiC Pro mobile HD video app, shoot and edit footage, and upload it to social media sites. FiLMiC Pro (for iPhone or Android) is the gold standard app for mobile HD video used to shoot the award-winning feature film Tangerine. Students will conduct interviews, capture great sound, and practice shooting steady, sequenced video. After shooting a short film, you’ll learn how to edit your video using iMovie (or a similar app such as Premiere Rush for Android users) and upload your video to various social media sites. Other topics discussed are livestreaming, handheld considerations, and optimizing lighting conditions. Students should bring their iPhone or Android phone (AND CHARGER) with at least 3GB of space available and FiLMiC Pro already installed (click here to purchase). iPad users are welcome. There is a short lunch break.

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: $175 regular | $130 member | $100 low-income

Nick Clausen lugged around a 23-pound camera for many years covering television news from Chattanooga to Minneapolis. He was a finalist for Photographer of the Year for the National Press Photographers Association, as well as winning four regional Emmys and a regional Edward R. Murrow award. Nick films and edits documentaries, including Women Outward Bound, which screened at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival and won Best Feature Documentary at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. Recently, Nick has covered mobile livestreaming events for AJ+, Fusion, and the Weather Channel.

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.




November 13
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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1 session: Saturday, November 13, 10am-4pm