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Cinema Production Basics

Starts January 16

9 sessions: Tuesdays, January 16–March 13, 6:30–9:30 pm

This course is designed for students with little or no previous production experience and a keen interest in developing their skills in moving image arts. In addition to providing hands-on experience through production exercises and projects, the course places considerable emphasis on visual literacy and the application of film language. This includes the basics of storytelling, cinematography, lighting techniques, directing, and audio recording. Students work together to create cinematic scenes, covering the basic crew positions and having the option of acting on-camera. Basic non-linear editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC is demonstrated and practiced to complete class projects. For the final four sessions bring a hard drive or 32GB USB flash drive, plus headphones or earbuds.

Tuition: $370 regular/$280 member/$210 low-income

Pam C_Light_Web ProfilePam Colby is a filmmaker and storyteller working in the Twin Cities. She recently completed her first project as a Final Cut X editor. Angels Alleluia premiered on Rocky Mountain PBS in December 2014. Pam is currently producing and directing a documentary on GLBT elders and marriage equality, a project for which she launched her first Indiegogo campaign in the summer of 2014. Her credits include narrative and documentary work: Writer/Director, Freedom’s Price (1984); Writer/Director, Speak Truth to Power, A Portrait of Polly Mann (1994); Producer, The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall (2002); Producer, Wellstone! (2004); Producer/Director, Fertile Ashes (2011); Producer/Director, Secrets for Mom (2013). Recently, Pam took first place at the Moth storytelling slam in Saint Paul.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 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 by PayPal or charge card credit (for phone or in person credit card registrations) within 5 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 course if 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 a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
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January 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
March 13, 2018 @ 9:30 pm
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Pam Colby
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January 11, 2018
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9 sessions: Tuesdays, January 16–March 13, 6:30–9:30 pm