Get Cleveland Film Certified Online!

We are excited to offer the exclusive online training program, FilmSkills!

With FilmSkills, you will learn what it takes to work in the film industry, from being a Production Assistant to finding the department you want to work in, with courses from over 150 leading Hollywood filmmakers.

Each course includes lessons which provide relevant, employer-driven curriculum and program certifications. The courses cover the creative, business, and crew aspects of production.

Beginners courses start at just $79.00 per course.

Trainees will receive certification in the GCFC Beginner Film Readiness Program upon successful completion of the first three courses: Breaking Into the Film IndustrySafety Training Course, and Working On Location.

Advanced certifications can also be earned within specializations like cinematography, directing, screenwriting and more.

Certifications can also be listed under registered profiles in the GCFC Crew & Vendor Database.

Click HERE to start learning today!


For questions about filmskills, please contact Production Coordinator Mike Wendt at [email protected] or 216-344-7401.

Black Film Space Virtual Screenwriting Workshops | Feb 29 & Mar 28

Black Film Space hosts regular virtual screenwriting workshops.
See the website for the latest workshop details.


Join Black Film Space (BFS) for the next signature screenwriting workshop!

During this Zoom meeting, BFS will read one 10 to 15 page script and offer constructive feedback in an open forum setting.

Script submissions are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You must RSVP before we can confirm that your script will be read. E-mail [email protected] to have your script read after you RSVP.

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: February 29th
Time: 7 to 8:30pm ET/4 to 5:30PM PT
Location: Virtual
Admission: $5 | Free for Members

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**LATE NIGHT**

Date: March 28th
Time: 10 to 11:30pm ET/7 to 8:30PM PT
Location: Virtual
Admission: $5 | Free for Members

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Drone Training with V1DroneMedia

V1DroneMedia is dedicated to training others to operate drones in a safe, reliable, and responsible manner. Our Chief Pilot, Jason Damman, is a certified flight instructor (CFI), holds FAA ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) certificate and FAA Part 107 drone license. He is a subject matter expert in national airspace and FAA regulations through his 20 years of experience in commercial airlines, and 7 years of V1DroneMedia commercial drone operations. He is also an instructor at the Tri-C Drone Academy For First Responders, provides classes and course work through Lorain County Community College (LCCC), and custom on-demand training to groups and individuals. We are also a founding member of the North Coast Drone Alliance, a non-profit drone professional association in the Northeast Ohio region, connecting and educating drone professionals in all industries and sectors.

We offer a variety of drone training classes geared toward your interest and skill level. If you would like to learn more about drone technology, its uses, and growth in applications in various industries, check out our pre-recorded Drones for Business Educational Webinar.


FAA Part 107 Drone License Prop ClassFAA Part 107 Drone License Prep Class - April 2023
Saturday, March 23 &  Sunday, March 24, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:30 pm both days
1 hour for lunch (lunch not included)

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), have many applications in the following business sectors: agriculture, architecture and construction, conservation, delivery, emergency services, engineering, environmental monitoring, homeland security, media, and real estate.

This 2-day prep course will prepare all participants to take the FAA Part 107 Certification exam. The cost of the exam is not included in the course fee.

Overview of Topics:

  • Principles of Flight
  • Weather
    • Reading Aviation Weather Reports and Weather Sources
  • Airspace Classification
  • Reading Aviation Maps
  • Airport Operations
    • Traffic patterns, signs and markings, and radio communications
  • Weight and Balance
  • Pre-flight procedures
  • UAS Operations, Specifications, Limitations, Maintenance, and Reporting
  • Operational Waivers and Airspace Authorizations
  • Human Factors and Decision-Making
  • FAA Part 107 Pilot Certification and Registration Requirements
  • Drone Regulation Changes and Practice Exams
  • Third-Party Software/Apps
  • DJI Software Set-up and Navigation
  • Access to Covered Materials and Additional Resources

Where: Ohio Drone Repair – 2236 N Cleveland Massillon Rd. (Suite A) Akron, OH 44333

Instructor: Jason Damman (owner and operator of V1DroneMedia)

Class limit: 10

Class Registration closes on 3/18/2024

REGISTER


Ready to take the 1st step?

If you are are looking to fly drones for fun (as a hobby), or are exploring drones for a business opportunity but are not sure if you want to get your Part 107 license, get your TRUST Certificate within an hour, and go fly your drone to explore that hobby or a business!

Watch our TRUST Test YouTube VLOG to learn what TRUST Test is and how to get the certificate (click on the button below). Spoiler: FAA requires you to have the TRUST Certificate even if you are flying your drone for fun.

WATCH TRUST TEST VLOG

Do you have questions or would like us to post a blog or a video on a certain drone topic you are interested in? Contact us at [email protected] to let us know! 

Tri-C Film Academy


Overview of the Academy
Tri-C’s Film Academy is an intensive program that offers a streamlined series of courses designed to maximize professional instruction in a fraction of the time. The goal is to train a workforce for hire in entry-level positions on broadcast, film, commercial, video game or industrial productions in Northeast Ohio and the surrounding region. Courses serve as the beginning of a student’s industry networking experience and the first step toward getting a foot in the door of the local motion picture production industry.

Highlights:

  • Understand the pre-production and production processes of filmmaking.
  • Taught by industry professionals who can hire or recommend participants for hire.
  • Network with film industry professionals and other trainees.
  • Access to educational opportunities in the moving image industries.
  • Scholarships are available. Workforce Training Scholarship Information

Meet Your Instructors

Partnerships

Tri-C’s Film Academy courses were developed with help from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, industry professionals and members of IATSE Local 209 with the goal of properly training and growing the media industry workforce in Northeast Ohio. The training is designed to give maximum professional instruction in a fraction of the time while providing networking opportunities with industry professionals and fellow trainees.

Studios shooting movies in Cleveland look to hire as many local crewmembers as possible. Those jobs go to people who can walk onto a set and know what to do, and producers know they can find skilled entry-level workers at the Tri-C Film Academy.

Paying for Non-Credit Classes

LEARN MORE:
216-987-4676
[email protected]

Have a question about the Film Academy and its courses? Fill out this form and someone will contact you!

CSU School of Film & Media Arts Odyssey Film Workshops & Camps, Age 13-18

Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts Odyssey Program offers Film Camps and Workshops for Young Filmmakers, Age 13-18


Want to be the next Wes Anderson, Ava DuVernay, or Greta Gerwig? Made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis, the Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts inspires a new generation of creative talent with a range of offerings for high school students interested in learning the art of filmmaking. From one-day Saturday workshops covering a variety of filmmaking topics to immersive in-person one and three-week summer camps, the Odyssey Program provides experiential learning opportunities for young film fanatics of all skill levels.

The Odyssey Program was made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

All workshops taught by CSU Faculty. For more information, visit http://www.csufilmodyssey.com.

Click here to sign up for the Odyssey emails

Do you attend school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District? Click here to learn more about a scholarship opportunity just for you!


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

REGISTER HERE 

Acting & Directing

  • Saturday, February 24, 2024
    • 10 am – 12 pm: Acting & Characters
    • 12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch
    • 1 pm – 4 pm: Directing the Camera

Language of Film

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024
    • 10 am – 12 pm: Storytelling & Acting
    • 12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch
    • 1 pm – 4 pm: The Language of Film

Workshop Fees:

  • All Day Program – $100
  • Morning Workshop Only – $50
  • Afternoon Workshop Only – $75

ODYSSEY FILM CAMPS
REGISTER HERE 

In-Person Camps Summer 2024

Odyssey Film Camps at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts offer a variety of immersive summer camps for high school students (age 13-18) interested in filmmaking. With access to the film school’s professional soundstages, Mac editing labs, and a vast inventory of film production equipment, CSU Faculty teach students the art and craft of filmmaking from start to finish — included is screenwriting, story structure, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, storyboards, pre-production, casting, location scouting, cinematography, lighting, editing, sound effects, and scoring.

Located in CSU Downtown Campus at Historic Playhouse Square, Odyssey Film Camps offer four different Residential or Day Camps options including the all new 5-Day Film Challenge! Residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University Residential Halls and all campers are invited to experience Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled weekend trips and activities.

All meals are provided for Residential students, and breakfast and lunch are provided for Day students. Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are invited to All Camp Weekend Activities.

Odyssey Three-Week Film Camp
Sunday, June 9 – Friday, June 28, 2024

In the Three-Week Film Camp Odyssey participants create their own original films in a fun and collaborative environment. Through interactive workshops and activities, CSU Faculty teach students the art and craft of filmmaking from start to finish — included is screenwriting, story structure, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, storyboards, pre-production, casting, location scouting, cinematography, lighting, editing, sound effects, and scoring.

In addition to writing and directing their own film, all students will assist other students with their projects as part of the cast or in production roles. At the conclusion of the program, students will be provided with a copy of their film short for their portfolios and submission into film festivals.

Residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University Residential Halls and all campers are invited to experience Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled weekend trips and activities.

All meals are provided for residential students, and breakfast and lunch are provided for day students. Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are invited to All Camp Weekend Activities.

Classes and workshops include:

  • Film Analysis: By watching films comedies, dramas, action, indies, and streamers (PG content) students analyze specific scenes and shots to see how they affect an audience and how they were constructed (lighting, color, graphics, editing, performance, directing, camera movement and lens choice).
  • Screenwriting 101: Learn the nuts and bolts of writing and formatting a script and developing characters and story structure. Each student will have access to their own account in the screenwriting program Celtx.
  • Act Up! An introduction to screen performance techniques – essential for actors, directors, editors, and cinematographers. Learn to be rather than act on the set – and to trust your transparency rather than indicating how you feel.
  • The Art of it All: Learn preproduction skills such as location selection and decorating sets, choosing wardrobe and props, dressing hair, makeup – even special effects makeup.
  • Settiquette: Learn how to behave on set, set safety, crew positions, and how to call and slate shots.
  • Directing on Set: Rehearse your actors in scenes, create storyboards, block the camera, and shoot the script! Everyone collaborates and supports each other’s projects.
  • The Cutting Room Floor: Learn or hone your editing skills, building scenes, creating energy and pacing to let the audience absorb the emotion with the film school’s Mac editing labs and using Adobe Premiere.
  • Sounds and Scores: Learn how to capture clean audio from your actors and tweak it in post. Learn how to build environmental sounds that brings your film to life and add musical themes to cue the audience’s emotions.
  • Screening the Film:  Complete your film for an open screening at the end of the program.

All meals are provided for Residential students, and breakfast and lunch are provided for Day students. Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are invited to All Camp Weekend Activities.

Residential: $4500 Sunday, June 9 – Friday, June 28, 2024
Day Camp: $3600 Sunday, June 9 – Friday, June 28, 2024

This program was made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

Odyssey Intensive: Stories & Scripts
Sunday, July 7 – Friday, July 12, 2024

Everyone has a story to tell – learn the skills to tell your story for the screen with this one-week intensive summer camp.

In Stories and Scripts campers participate in creative workshops to spark story ideas and scenarios, then write film scenes utilizing professional scriptwriting software.

Along with illustrative film screenings and special guest lectures, students will also learn about the different forms of screenwriting, plot arcs, and identifying genre. Workshops in improvisation and composition will launch a dramatic writing process highlighting story ideas, creating characters, dialogue, and learning scene structure.

Each student will have access to their own account in the industry-standard screenwriting program Celtx. After a week of thought-provoking creative activities and skill-building writing exercises, students will have completed a short script or scene which will be performed at a final table read on the last day of the program.

Residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University Residential Halls and all campers are invited to experience Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled weekend trips and activities.

All meals are provided for Residential students, and breakfast and lunch are provided for Day students. Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are invited to All Camp Weekend Activities.

Residential: $1500 Sunday, July 7 – Friday, July 12, 2024
Day Camp: $1200
Sunday, July 7 – Friday, July 12, 2024

This program was made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

Odyssey Intensive: Acting and Directing
Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19, 2024

Students focus on the art and craft of acting and directing through creative projects emphasizing the collaboration between actors and directors. All students learn performance techniques for actors and camera techniques for directors.

Workshops in Acting:

  • Improv Games: Through games and exercises, students develop the ability to react spontaneously, live in the moment, and bring intensity and joy in their performances.
  • Crafting Characters: Create believable characters and understand subtext, objectives, and dramatic context.
  • Scenes: Learn cold reading skills and the performance of believable dialogue through the technique of listening and action-reaction.

Workshops in Directing:

  • Script Analysis: Learn how to closely read material in order to define the objectives of the characters, understand arcs, beats, and make choices to heighten the drama or comedy of a scene.
  • Staging a Scene: Learn how to block a scene for the camera and shoot for coverage with effective staging that keeps continuity in wide, medium, and close-up shots.

Combined Workshops:

  • The Art of Rehearsals: Collaborate as actors and directors and create a film project. Rehearse blocking, camera movement, and develop the final performance. Rehearsals are the time to experiment and create the magic in the scene.
  • Shooting Day: Everyone will participate, collaborate, and shoot their scene!

Through these series of workshops, CSU Faculty instruct students in improvisation, monologues, scene work, camera technique, script analysis, and blocking. Each camper films a selected scene for the final showing demonstrating their class work and creative progress. At the conclusion of the program, students will be provided with a copy of their filmed scene studies for their portfolios.

Residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University Residential Halls and all campers are invited to experience Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled weekend trips and activities.

All meals are provided for Residential students, and breakfast and lunch are provided for Day students. Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are invited to All Camp Weekend Activities.

Residential: $1500 Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19, 2024
Day Camp: $1200 
Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19, 2024

This program was made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

Odyssey Intensive: 5-Day Film Challenge
Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2024

ALL NEW CAMP! Crew-up with friends new and old and take the 5-Day Film Challenge!

In this all new camp, Campers will produce an original short film from concept to final credits from a series of prompts and guidelines provided by CSU Faculty.

Through interactive workshops and activities, CSU Faculty will teach students how to develop a story structure, write a short screenplay, brainstorm pre-production, shoot scenes, edit, and make a sound score. All in 5-Days! With access to CSU film school’s professional soundstages and locations, camera and production equipment, props and costumes, editing and sound labs; the 5-Day Film Challenge is Odyssey’s version of a 48 Hour Film Project — plus more! At the conclusion of the program, students will be provided with a copy of their film short for their portfolios and submission into film festivals.

Residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University Residential Halls and all campers are invited to experience Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled weekend trips and activities.

All meals are provided for Residential students, and breakfast and lunch are provided for Day students. Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are invited to All Camp Weekend Activities.

Residential: $1500 Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2024
Day Camp: $1200
Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2024

This program was made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

1st Team Actors Studio

1st Team Actors Studio has weekly classes that run on 8-week sessions with the next session beginning in September. In addition to their weekly classes that include Auditioning, Scene Study, Improv Skills for the Actor, and Actors Arsenal they also have a monthly class where actors can gain valuable performance time and receive individualized support to help them attain their goals.
1st Team has incredibly talented guest teachers lined up to come in and teach weekend workshops, too! Their stellar line up includes John D’Aquino (Disney’s Corey in the House, Seinfeld, NCIS, Dexter) Sara Sevigny (Empire, South Side) Janet Ulrich Brooks (Fargo. Sense8, Divergent), Vince Pisani (Stranger Things, Office Christmas Party, Tag, Jumanji) and Jeffrey Grover (Dark Waters, I Feel Pretty, New Amsterdam).
1st Team Actors Studio is a place for local talent to receive the training to truly make them competitive in this market. They pride ourselves on supporting the actor every step of the way and provide a creative, educational and positive place for everyone to hone their skills and work their craft.
All of their classes and workshops can be found at https://angelaboehmcasting.com/1st-team/

ABOUT
1st Team Actors Studio is dedicated to bringing Hollywood-caliber training to Northeast Ohio. In addition to ongoing classes, the studio will bring in professionals to teach masterclasses and workshops. From directors to agents, managers and actors, their team is uniquely connected in the film industry.

Check their website for more information. Sign up for notifications to their Facebook page.

For questions, contact [email protected].

Houde School of Acting Classes

Learn the technique to nail auditions and land roles!

Offering Online and In-Person Acting Classes

Wondering what makes great actors so great? The secret is in their tried-and-true technique. A technique that will separate you from your competition in the audition room and on-set.

At Houde School of acting, we specialize in the Meisner Technique. In addition to our classes on Meisner, we also offer Improv, Script Analysis, Self Tape Coaching, On Camera, Scene Study, and a variety of specialty workshops.

Get yourself the training and confidence you need to separate yourself from the competition.

SIGN UP HERE

Imposters Theater – Comedy Writing, Improv, & Acting Classes/Workshops in Tremont

Imposters Theater is located in Tremont and offers a variety of improv, comedy writing, & acting workshops and classes which provide executable, practical guidance from experienced instructors with years of professional experience in the entertainment industry.


Imposters Theater’s goal is to foster a creative and inclusive space to support, showcase, educate, and grow Cleveland’s vibrant independent comedy & film community through a variety of workshops and classes which provide executable, practical guidance from experienced instructors with years of professional experience in the entertainment industry.

Our instructors include creative director Michael Busch (UCB, Conan, Comedy Central Digital) and guest instructors such as Cleveland natives Dana Quercioli (Second City Chicago) and author/comedian Dave Hill.

For more information on classes/workshops and more please visit: https://www.imposterstheater.com/classes

Script Supervisor CEO Workshop with Jennifer Carriere

Learn how to get your start with script supervisor Jennifer Carriere (Ruthless, Watchmen, Max)


This free 90-minute webinar will teach you how to be a successful Script Supervisor, an essential part of production that is also in high demand. This presentation will help you advance your career by working closely with Producers, Directors, Actors, and Screenwriters.

What does a Script Supervisor do?

Let’s bust some myths about this highly misunderstood and overlooked film role! Right out of the gate: the title “Script Supervisor” is a misnomer. It tells only a tiny fraction of the full story. A more accurate definition of this influential film boss position is a “mini-director” / “mini-producer” / “screenwriter representative” / “actor wingman” / “editor advocate”, all rolled into one amazing film job. The position ties together no fewer than five creative filmmaking disciplines! Because true understanding of this powerful position is so scant , the industry is desperate for more of them – there aren’t enough to go around. The Script Supervisor is the baddest boss on set! You’re a step ahead of the director, thinking like a producer, talking story and performance with actors, and hanging out all day with artists who also happen to be major action-takers.

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No Film School

No Film School is the world’s most popular filmmaking website, with over a million visitors every month. They publish the latest news, tutorials, interviews, and videos to help you become a better filmmaker. Their popular and highly-rated podcast places consistently at the top of the charts for Film & TV.

No Film School was founded in 2010 by award-winning filmmaker Ryan Koo, who went on to write and direct AMATEUR, a Sundance Screenwriters Lab selection and Netflix Original Film.

The site’s distinct voice has been “by filmmakers, for filmmakers” since the beginning, giving NFS unmatched credibility in the filmmaking community.

To become a part of the community, create your free profile, check out all the topics they cover, and grab their Free Screenwriting eBook.

While you’re at it, make sure to subscribe to the weekly podcast where they interview industry leaders and break the latest news on filmmaking technology and trends.

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