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July 2021

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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Short Documentary Production [ONLINE]

July 29 @ 6:30 pm - September 2 @ 9:00 pm

6 sessions: Thursdays, July 29-September 2, 6:30-9pm CDT In this hands-on, online production course, each student will produce and direct a short documentary film (6 minutes or less) using whatever equipment and materials you have on hand. Because we are slowly finding our way out of social distancing, your project may be a traditional documentary using footage you shoot. It may also include found footage and photographs, interviews via Zoom, and interviewees recording themselves. While we’ll be studying professional practices…

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August 2021

Collage Animation with Adobe After Effects [ONLINE]

August 7 @ 9:00 am - August 8 @ 12:00 pm

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, August 7-8, 9am-12pm CDT Unleash your inner Terry Gilliam or Martha Colburn and learn tools and techniques to animate with mixed media in Adobe After Effects! We’ll explore masks, keying, puppet tools, 2.5D sets, and much more. You'll try out a wide variety of techniques to bring your found media and photographs to life in After Effects. Students need a computer with Adobe After Effects CC installed. The workshop is open to all levels. Session One Introductions…

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