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July 2021

Advanced Screenwriting – Independent Features [ONLINE]

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - September 20 @ 9:30 pm

10 sessions: Mondays, July 12-September 20 (no class September 6), 7-9:30pm CDT Writing independent feature films is no easy task. Balancing character, pacing, plot, and audience expectations with the real-world struggles of making independent films is a balancing act. Adding to all of this, are questions of how to navigate the industry while staying true to your original voice. Focused on helping students strengthen their own skills in the art and craft of independent feature film screenwriting, this workshop-based, ten-week…

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Advanced Screenwriting – TV Pilots [ONLINE]

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - September 1 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Wednesdays, July 14-September 1, 7-9:30pm CDT The blueprint to any TV show or limited series, pilots are a challenging and unique form of screenwriting. Not only does the writer have to establish a complex cast of characters and multiseason story arcs, but they must also do so while simultaneously telling a compelling, single story. Focusing on strengthening skills in the art and craft of writing pilots, this workshop-based course gives students the opportunity to write and refine a pilot…

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Directing Independent Films [IN-PERSON]

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - August 10 @ 9:30 pm

4 sessions: Tuesdays, July 20-August 10, 6:30-9:30pm What do we mean when we say someone is a director? It takes a lot of different hats to make a film, and the director of an independent film will likely wear all of them at one time or another. This course explores the entire process of directing, from discovering that initial idea to production to navigating distribution options to walking the red carpet at festival screenings. The primary focus is on the…

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Cinema Production Basics [ONLINE]

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - September 14 @ 8:30 pm

8 sessions: Tuesdays, July 20-September 14 (no class September 7), 6:30-8:30pm CDT Learn how to make a short narrative film from script to screen in this virtual adaptation of FilmNorth's popular introductory cinema production course with Pam Colby. Students will write a short 3- to 4-page script and film their projects with tools at hand (DSLR, video camera, or smartphone). We’ll cover best practices for storyboarding, shooting on location, set etiquette, lighting and audio, and editing principles. Particular emphasis will be placed on…

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Introduction to Final Cut Pro [ONLINE]

July 24 @ 9:00 am - July 31 @ 12:00 pm

2 sessions: Saturdays, July 24-31, 9am-12pm CDT Get up to speed with Final Cut Pro quickly! If you’ve outgrown iMovie, gotten frustrated with other legacy non-linear editing software, or you simply want to expand your editing repertoire, this compact course gets you comfortable with FCP. From importing mixed media types, learning about metadata, using the magnetic timeline, to exporting for final delivery, you’ll learn all the basics in this intro class. Discover for yourself why the BBC, Oscar-nominated indie filmmakers, YouTube stars, and educators swear by the…

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