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Filmmaking classes explore conceptual, technical skills

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Sedona Arts Center offers a special opportunity this summer-Guerilla Filmmaking, July 27-August 21. This four-week intensive certificate program in filmmaking will meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is taught by Bryan Reinhart.

Bryan has fifteen years of experience teaching filmmaking for students of all ages. The program is structured around the production of three short scenes of increasing complexity. Students will be introduced to the traditional concepts of shooting a motion picture on film and will apply this foundational knowledge to contemporary practices of shooting with digital technology.

All projects will be shot in high-definition digital video. After the experience of the short scenes, each student writes, directs, shoots and edits a short film project of his or her own using high-definition digital video, film lighting packages and digital editing software. Computers, cameras and editing software are provided for use during the course. Classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography and production cover the creative and technical demands of telling a story with moving images.

Each week during the program the students' short films are screened and critiqued in class with the instructor. Classes and hands-on workshops are held throughout the week and some weekends are reserved for additional classes or shooting. Time will be required outside of class for writing, location scouting, casting and editing. The fourth week is devoted to editing the final short film, culminating in the final screening for fellow students and the public.

This course is a perfect fit for adults who want to experience a crash course in filmmaking that can be applied to any number of purposes from promotional videos to narrative or documentary filmmaking. The course is also a great primer for a college-bound student who may be interested in exploring filmmaking as a career. In this environment students have a chance to explore all aspects of the process, learning conceptual, technical and hand-on skills.

Tuition is $2,400. Half-tuition scholarships are available to those who will benefit and have financial need. Visit to explore the site and the scholarship opportunities.

Go to for more information and to register, or call the Sedona Arts Center at 928-282-3809.


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