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Top Filmmaking Classes And Workshops In Denver

March 17, 2014 7:00 AM

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If you love film, chances are that you have spent some time wondering what it would take to write and create your own movies. With the availability of film equipment and editing software, filmmaking is getting more and more accessible, however, there is still a lot to learn. If you are just looking to learn a bit more about editing as a hobby or if you are serious about film and want to start looking at it for your career, there are several places in Denver to begin that search. Here are some great places offering film classes in Denver, so take a look, take a class and then get those cameras rolling.
Acting for the Camera
The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 276-9922
www.bugtheatre.org

Taught by Patrick Sheridan, the Acting for the Camera classes offered at The Bug Theatre are a great way to learn the techniques required for film acting. Anyone who has ever had the acting bug is encouraged to take a few classes to learn more about on-camera work. Classes are usually held every Tuesday night with new four-week sessions beginning each month. You’ll learn all about screen techniques, connecting with your partner, auditioning for film and much more. Plus, you’ll be learning from one of the local authorities in filmmaking, and you’ll be on your way to meeting all of the people in the Denver filmmaking community.

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SIE Film Center
2510 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 595-3456
www.denverfilm.org

The SIE Film Center is a great place to discover independent and local film in Denver and it is also a great spot to learn a bit more about the craft. There are always a variety of classes and lectures offered at the SIE Film Center on everything from Film Criticism to marketing and distributing your film or even film history and different genres of filmmaking. Classes change monthly so you’ll want to check the website often to see the variety of lectures and workshops that are being offered. Or you can just head down to this wonderful local theater to discover some great new films on your own.

Colorado Film School
9075 E. Lowry Blvd. Suite 965
Denver, CO 80230
(303) 340-7321
www.coloradofilmschool.net

For those looking for something a bit more in-depth, you may want to consider looking at the Colorado Film School, the only school in town dedicated to awarding Associates of Arts degrees with an emphasis in writing and producing, writing and directing, post production, writing for the screen, acting for the screen or cinematography. You’ll learn all of the important elements to your chosen degree field with lots of hands-on film classes plus you’ll have access to a huge library of equipment and experienced professionals in the field.

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Introduction to Screenwriting
Colorado Free University
7653 E. 1st Place
Denver, CO 80230
(303) 399-0093
www.freeu.com

If you have a script idea that’s been swirling around in your head but you aren’t sure how to get started in actually transferring that idea to a screenplay, this the class for you. You’ll learn all about the different tools screenwriters use to help make their ideas work on paper. You’ll explore structure, methods and elements and you’ll leave the class with everything you need to create your traditional three-act script. Plus, the classes at Colorado Free University are a wonderful way to learn a bit about a new area without having to dedicate thousands of dollars to huge programs.

Denver Open Media
700 Kalamath St.
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 222-0159
www.denveropenmedia.org

Denver Open Media is an organization dedicated to getting the power of media into the hands of the community. It does so through its own public access television stations as well as a variety of classes designed to teach anyone everything they need to know to make media in their chosen genre. At Denver Open Media, you can take classes on editing software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier, or you can learn about other aspects of film like Studio Production or even how to do live streaming. There are a lot of different classes offered for every skill level, and this is a great place to start for anyone looking to get in on the film buzz in Denver.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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