Seattle Filmmaking Classes – Open for Enrollment


  • Our film classes are non-credit, meaning that the focus is on having fun and learning, not tests and grades.
  • If you’re new at making movies, Crash Course in Filmmaking and Let’s Make a Movie are the best classes to start with. 
  • Crash Course meets from 1 till 3, then after a short break, Let’s Make a Movie meets in the same room, 30 minutes later.
  • Taken together, they’ll give you an excellent intro to independent filmmaking.

  1. Crash Course in Filmmaking  

    Saturdays 1 PM-3 PM . 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21
 (5 meetings) UW campus (Seattle)

  2. Let’s Make a Movie  

    Saturdays, 3:30 PM-5:30 PM. 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21
. (5 meetings)
 Last two meetings will run late. UW campus (Seattle)

  3. Video Editing in Premiere Pro  

    Tuesdays, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 
 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 (3 meetings) UW campus (Seattle)

  4. Start Writing Your Screenplay  

    Wed. 7-9:15 PM (4 meetings)
 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4. UW campus (Seattle)

  5. Screenwriting 102  

    Sunday 10 A.M.-5 P.M.
 (One meeting) 12/6 only. UW campus (Seattle)

  6. Lighting for Filmmakers (not yet scheduled – please check back)

Frequently asked questions!

People often ask what the differences are between our Seattle film classes. Some have similar titles (because they’re all about filmmaking), but the content is very different.

In a nutshell: Let’s Make a Movie is a hands-on class in which the students make a movie as a group. They write or choose a script, learn how to set up lights, operate the slate, record audio, and operate the camcorder, and can also act in the movie if they want to. The instructor brings in a professional (prosumer high def) camcorder, pro lights, a pro microphone, etc., which are used in filming the movie.  Students are taught how to use the equipment, and take turns using it.  They are also welcome to “film along,” filming their own versions of the different shots, if they have their own camcorders.

Because we’re rushing to complete a movie by the deadline, we don’t have time in  Let’s Make a Movie to cover a lot of technical information, such as, all of different types of camcorders… the different kinds of microphones and how they work… the theory of lighting… and detailed, in-depth information about storyboarding and shot lists, etc. For that reason, we added the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, which covers all of these things in great detail. Let’s Make a Movie is an experiential class in which students learn by doing; Crash Course in Filmmaking is where we cover all of the THEORY behind what we’re doing.

Documentary Filmmaking (offered some quarters) is specifically geared toward people who want to make their own documentaries. It addresses questions like how to set up interviews, and how to record high quality audio and video under field conditions.

Start Writing Your Screenplay is a very solid introduction to screenwriting. Students who complete all four classes will receive a certificate of completion.

Note: Another class that can be helpful to filmmakers is Beginning Acting.  (It’ll give you a place to meet some good actors, and “scout” talent for your movie while participating in the class and learning how actors approach their work.)

Student comments:

“I found your classes on the web when I was looking for Seattle film schools.  I was looking for a school that was affordable because I didn’t want to get into a student loan situation.  I don’t know yet if this will be a career. I was just wanting to learn how to make movies for fun.  The classes are good and I did learn a lot.  I took Let’s Make a Movie and the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, and will be taking the video editing class next.   Your classes are a resource to the community and I recommend the classes to people who would like to learn more about filmmaking and want the end product to look professional. Thank you.” – Lee R., Seattle

Looking for affordable FILM CLASSES in Seattle?  Looking for a Seattle film school where you can learn the basics of digital filmmaking without spending a fortune? Ready to move beyond Youtube, and start make movies that are good enough to get into the major film festivals?  There is still time to sign up for our upcoming Seattle Film Classes! 

Our classes are held on the University of Washington campus, and are sponsored by, Wonder Productions, and the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College They are open to everyone.

Screenwriting 101: Start Writing Your Screenplay

Seattle screenplay classes

In this Seattle screenwriting class, you’ll learn how screenplays are written, and have opportunities to write some short scenes and scripts, workshop them in class, and get feedback on your writings.  We’ll focus on plot and structure, script formatting, dialogue and action, and how to write an effective and marketable script.

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Screenwriting 102: The Hero’s Journey


In this intensive four-week class, students will plot out an entire full length screenplay, using the Hero’s Journey story template, which is used in the great majority of Hollywood films, to sharpen the story structure. The Hero’s Journey It is NOT just used in heroic adventure movies; it also underlies the plot structure of subtle emotional works of art like the movie American Beauty.

  • Screenwriting 102  

    Sunday 10 A.M.-5 P.M.
 (One meeting) 12/6 only. UW campus (Seattle)


Video Editing: Premiere Pro


In this class, you’ll learn how to edit videos effectively. Plus: visual FX & transitions; color correction; adding music & sound effects; how to export and digitally distribute your movie. ➩ MORE INFO ➩ SIGN UP NOW

  • When and where:  

    Tuesdays, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 
 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 (3 meetings) UW campus (Seattle)