School of Filmmaking and Photography

This fall, Pittsburgh Filmmakers is offering Producing Motion Pictures, a 42-hour course starting October 9. 


Do you have an idea for a short film?  This class is the bridge that takes that idea to a production-ready state.  Conducting the class like a workshop, with minimal lecture and extensive interaction, the instructors will focus on the script: revising, tightening, and enhancing drafts until it’s solid, economical, and strongly cinematic.  Non-fiction projects are supported as well, with guidance into research and creating a structure.  To get you closer to shooting, we will help work through budgets and funding, casting and assembling crew, and taking care of all the little things that contribute to a great, short film.

The class meets twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00p – 9:15p, from Tuesday, October 9 to Tuesday, November 27 (no class during Thanksgiving week).

Location:  Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue.

Regular Tuition is $615, or $575 if you register before October 4.  To register, call 412-681-5449 or click here to register.

NOTE:  We plan to relaunch a slate of filmmaking and photography classes in Spring 2019.

PF/PCA has and will always be committed to artists and the advancement of artistic excellence in the Pittsburgh community. As the world of visual arts is evolving, we recognize the needs of our community have changed and we must change with it to continue to be relevant. Our goal is to continue to be a valuable resource for artists and a staple in the Pittsburgh arts community. 

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The Pittsburgh Filmmakers School offers courses in filmmaking, photography, video production, digital media, and the history and theory of all of those forms.  The School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The school is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Private License Schools. Classes, workshops, and seminars are taught at our building at 477 Melwood Avenue, in North Oakland, near the corner of Baum Boulevard and North Craig Street. 

For any and all questions, call Will Zavala at 412-681-5449 x219 or send an email to