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Filmmaking with Your Smartphone

Starts May 20

2 sessions: Thursday-Friday, May 20-21, 9am-12pm

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 learn remotely how to conduct interviews, capture great sound, and practice 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 have their iPhone or Android phone (and charger) with at least 3GB of space available and FiLMiC Pro already installed. iPad users are welcome.

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: $105 / $80 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.




May 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am
May 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
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2 sessions: Thursday-Friday, May 20-21, 9am-12pm