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Legendary Film Educator Dov Simens Brings

Dov Simens has helped Quentin Tarantino, Will Smith, Guy Ritchie and countless others launch their careers in film.

On September 22 and 23, 2018, he’ll be bringing his acclaimed 2-DAY FILM SCHOOL™ program to Seattle Film Institute.  

This two-day program helps aspiring filmmakers learn the skills they need to produce and sell their films.   

Fundamentals of Filmmaking

Fall Session

Fundamentals of Filmmaking is a hands-on introduction to digital film production and the basic tools: camera, composition, scripting, lighting editing, crew roles and how to work as a team. Although the scope is introductory and basic, the approach is professional and the goal is to learn filmmaking the way it is done in the industry.


The documentary is the original form of filmmaking. It is an informative, evocative art form that is alive and well today, from the feature films of Michael Moore to Youtube shorts.

This class will be focused on developing your documentary project, from finding a topic to polishing the edit to distribution. Some basic technique in audio and camera as it applies to documentary will be covered but for more extensive coverage on those techniques, you should look to our filmmaking classes. 

Fundamentals of Filmmaking

This class provides students with a practical and comprehensive grounding in film production including lighting, camera, composition, audio, and editing. Students are provided with the crucial foundation for an understanding of the entire production process. Students also receive a hands-on overview of digital editing basics in our editing lab -- including audio