TV, Film & Digital Production

The production program is about empowering content creators with the knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the TV and Film industries. The classes in this program focus on screenwriting, film production, and editing and distribution. To reflect the true collaborative nature of film, this program is open to people at completely different levels of writing, improv, or acting experience.

Please note that some of these classes will be delivered online.

Film Production

Comedic Directing - Defining Your Directorial Voice

Whether you are making a Tik Tok video or a feature film, the mechanics of comedic filmmaking remain the same. This course allows participants to progress at their own speed and choose form exercises that range from beginner friendly to professionally challenging. The ultimate goal is to allow filmmakers at…

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Second City Film School Online: Filmmaking Through the Phone Lens

In four consecutive weekly workshops, students will be immersed into the world of filmmaking via the lens on their phone. They will be given the essential tools and tips to develop their scripts and competently shoot a movie using only a phone and basic items found around the house. With…

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Second City Film School Online: Filming and Talking TikTok

In four consecutive weekly workshops, students will be familiarized with various TikTok trends and genres, become acclimated to TikTok’s analytics functions, and shoot and publish TikToks of their own. With an emphasis on one of The Second City’s core philosophies of “creating from abundance,” students will learn how to effectively…

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Web Series

Creating a Web Series

Join us in a 7-week class on creating your very own web series. With the success of web series like Brown Girls or Broad City, creating your own can jump start your career. We will learn about storyline, character development and dialogue, as well as focus on the logistics of shooting. Tell your…

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TV, Film & Digital

Writing Comedy News

The Daily Show proved that comedy can be entertaining, informative, occasionally disruptive. It birthed a genre that comedian-commentators like Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore, and Bassem Youssef spun into their own weird forms. In this class, we’ll study how to write comedy news from a comedic and…

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Intro to Writing for TV & Film

Intro to Writing for TV & Film is for anyone who wants to learn the crucial basics of writing for film and television or anyone with a great idea of a movie who needs help putting it into (properly formatted) words. It gives you a strong foundation for TV and…

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Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows Levels 1 & 2

Level 1 – Write desk bits, remote segments, guest pieces, sketch and a variety of segments for shows like Fallon, Conan, Kimmel, Seth Myers, Colbert, Ellen and more. Pitch monologue jokes, brainstorm, explore and heighten material in this collaborative Writer’s Room environment. Create original material to strengthen your writing samples,…

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The Sitcom Writers Room

The Sitcom Writers Room is for improvisers who want to get a feel of what it’s like to work in a professional writers room. It is good for anybody who is considering moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing. This class provides life experience working in an…

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Comedy TV Pilots Program

Level 101 – Do you have an idea for a TV show but don’t know where to start? Comedy TV Pilots 101 is designed to give you the tools for converting your idea into an outline of your very own TV pilot. From character to relationship to story, each week…

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Writing for Animation

Interested in writing cartoons? This class will introduce you to the wonderful world of writing for animation. Learn about the animation production pipeline, how to break down episodic structure, and study show bibles to understand the unique opportunities and demands of the medium of animated tv and films. You will…

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TV & Film Online

Writing Lab: Content Creation (Online)

In this small size 4 week class students will learn, plan and create content. By the end of the class every student will have at least one project of their choice finished and shared online with the world.We’re all in this together. We’ll learn from each other and encourage each…

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Writing Short-Humor and Telling Big Jokes (Online)

In this small size 4-week class students will write short-humor pieces using stand-up comedy jokes. In each class students will spend time on writing exercises and telling stand-up jokes in an extremely supportive open-mic like environment. Students will (outside the class) expand ideas from these jokes into 500-800 words long…

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Hosting 101 (Online)

A class to get more improvisers comfortable hosting improv shows – setting up improv games, keeping the show moving forward and keeping the energy up. Hosting: the ultimate way to make your partners look good!

Prerequisite: Improv 3/C or equivalent education

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