slate2Seattle Filmmaking Classes

  • Looking for filmmaking classes in Seattle? Our Seattle 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 a great place to start. They meet on the same day and in the same location, with a half hour break in between them.
  • Taken together, they’ll give you an excellent intro to independent filmmaking.

Classes open for enrollment

  1. Crash Course in Filmmaking  

    Crash Course in Filmmaking
    Saturday, 10am-5pm
    August 27 only (one-day workshop)
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  2. Let’s Make a Movie  

    Let's Make a Movie
    Saturdays 3pm-5:30pm (5 meetings)
    Five meetings: July 9-August 6
    Last two meetings will run till 9 pm to give us time to finish filming the movie.
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  3. Video Editing in Premiere Pro  

    Video Editing in Premiere Pro
    Mondays 7 pm-9:15pm
    August 15, 22 and 29 (three meetings)
    Lake City Community center

  4. Start Writing Your Screenplay  

    Start Writing Your Screenplay
    Sundays 3pm-5pm
    Five meetings: July 17-August 14
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  5. Lighting for Filmmakers (will be scheduled soon – please check back!)

NOTE:  Our FX Make-Up classes are also intended for filmmakers:

  1. Pro Make-Up: Make a Life Mask    

    Make a Life Mask workshop
    Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Jan. 31 only (1 meeting)
    This class meets on the University of Washington campus in Seattle

  2. Pro Make-Up: Sculpting and Molding a Prosthetic 

    PRO MAKEUP: Sculpting
    and Molding a Prosthetic
    3 full days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
    Feb. 7, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21
    This class meets on the University
    of Washington campus in Seattle

  3. Pro-Make-Up: Cuts, Burns, and Bruises 

    Cuts, Burns, Bruises and Bullet Holes (Pro Make-Up)
    Sunday January 24 only
    9 A.M.-5 P.M. (1 meeting)
    This class meets on the University
    of Washington campus in Seattle

  4. Basic Makeup for Actors: Looking Good    

    Sunday Nov. 22 only, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (1 meeting) UW campus (Seattle)



Want to learn the basics of filmmaking? This Seattle filmmaking class will teach you the essentials, at a tuition you can afford. How movies are made; shots and camera angles; camcorders and DSLRs; lighting tips, audio and more. (Note: Many people take this class along with Let’s Make  Movie, which meets a half hour later in the same location. Crash Course in Filmmaking teaches how movies are made (the theory behind lighting, audio, camera angles, etc.; Let’s Make  Movie gives students the practical experience of actually helping make a short film.)  More information ➩ DATES AND TIMES – SIGN UP NOW



Ever dreamed about acting in a movie, or making a movie of your own?  In this fun, hands-on course, we’ll create and film a short independent movie from scratch. You can participate as an actor, member of the crew, or both.  It’s an acting class, a filmmaking class, and an involving immersive experience. (Most students take this class along with Crash Course in Filmmaking, which meets in the same location earlier in the day.) Fun times!  More information ➩ DATES AND TIMES – SIGN UP NOW

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!