Northwest Film Forum classes and workshops are designed to instruct filmmakers on both the mechanical skills required in current filmmaking technology and the artistic application of tools to explore the critical and emotional range of the cinematic experience. Classes and workshops are taught by working artists: filmmakers, writers, producers and editors. 

Explore filmmaking by doing it. We do not want you to make a commitment you are uncomfortable with; we offer a wide range of classes and workshops that can be taken at whatever pace you prefer. Whether you are new to the art and plan to plunge into filmmaking as a career or you have purchased your own equipment and wish to drop in on a few certifications to learn more, our classes are for you. NWFF's curriculum offers a complete education in nearly all aspects of filmmaking. Multi-session classes meet weekly and offer in-depth, hands-on experience with filmmaking tools, while one-day workshops offer both insightful lectures and practical techniques on current filmmaking topics.

This schedule is updated regularly. Please check back for new classes, or email [email protected] to ask about our annual class offerings. 


Arri and LED Lighting Kits

February 23rd (Thursday) 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Jonah Kozlowski
Tuition: $45 ($35 NW Film Forum Members)

This workshop covers the fundamentals of lighting with our Arri and LED lighting kits. The Arri light kit is an industry standard kit used on many professional shoots. LED lights are versitile and efficient. Students will learn the basics of setting up these lights along with common terminology and options for shaping light. After attending this workshop, students will be familiar with and ready to work with the Film Forum's lighting equipment.

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Intro to Time-lapse

March 1st, 8th, & 15th (Wednesdays) 6:30-9:30pm

Instructor: Filiz Efe McKinney
Tuition: $175 ($145 NW Film Forum Members)

This hands-on workshop will teach you the essentials of time-lapse photography by creating one from scratch. The course will be split into 3 sessions. In session 1, you will learn the fundamentals for setting up your shot, including framing your scene and choosing proper settings. During session 2, you’ll put the theory into action by going outside and capturing footage on the street. For session 3, you’ll learn how to assemble your photos into a time-lapse video following a simplified workflow using Lightroom and After Effects. In addition to a finished time-lapse of your own, you will walk away from this workshop with a simple, yet powerful workflow to create stunning visual effects with time-lapse photography. 

Gear: Northwest Film Forum will provide 2 timelapse kits to share during the class, but students are encouraged to bring their own gear so they will be ready to continue practicing after the class. 

Required Gear for Timelapse:
• DLSR (or Mirrorless) camera which allows for manual settings of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, with fully charged batteries
• Intervalometer, if your camera does not include this functionality natively ($50 recommendation for Canon cameras)
• A steady tripod
• A memory card with a minimum of 32GB free space
• Weather gear (plastic sheets, umbrella…) - in case there’s light rain on the 2nd night

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Script to Production

March 8th - April 12th (March 8th is the start meeting with a mentor, following meetings can be determined by the team.) 

Apply for a position on the team here. Please read about the class organization and application process below. Payment can be made after you are accepted to the production.

Tuition: $80 ($60 for Film Forum Members)

This is not an intro class.  This class is for filmmakers who have already had a little experience with audio, camera, lighting, and/or editing.  With the class’ film crew, students will develop and finish a short film during the class.  Students will apply for and fill specific crew responsibilities for this project.  Selected students will hone their skills of pre-production, actual film production and post production. Over the span of 6 weeks, under the guidance of an instructor, this class will follow the process of completing a narrative short. Film Fundamentals 1 is not required for this class. But, a basic understanding of filmmaking is recommended.

The first step will be accepting a director and producer. The following step would be that the selected director and team would select the script for this round. Submitted short scripts should not be longer than 5 pages. After the script, the director and producer select the crew from the pool of applicants. Listed below are the roles that students can apply for to join this class. If applying for different roles, students can attend this class for multiple sessions.

  • Writer (may apply for another role but not director)
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Assistant director
  • Editor
  • Camera
  • Audio
  • Gaffer/Grip


Application sequence for class

Director, Producer,                         

                      Selected applicants are presented submitted scripts.           

                      Selected by Producer and Director.

Editor, Camera, Audio, AD, Grip/Gaffer

                      Selected by Director and Producer




Cine Lenses for DSLR Cinematography

March 15th (Wednesday) 6:30-9:30pm

Instructor: Craig Downing
Tuition: $45 ($35 for Film Forum members)
This class will introduce you to the Rokinon Lens kit and train you on how to choose and use cine lenses with a follow focus system effectively. The Rokinon Cine Lens line are professional, affordable lenses with industry standard declicked and gearing for focus and aperture rings that allow for smooth adjustment. The workshop is recommended as a follow up for DSLR Videography, but can also be taken alone.

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Recording Audio For Film

March 20th & 22nd (Monday & Wednesday) 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Craig Downing
Tuition: $90 ($75 for Film Forum members)

This two-day workshop will cover the essentials of audio, microphones, recorder technology and recording techniques to enable your production, no matter the budget, to sound professional. The first evening will be an in-depth presentation of the concepts. The second class will include three hours of hands-on learning with a field test and an evaluation. Students will leave knowing how to listen to, evaluate and capture better audio for film production.

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Introduction to PA Work and Set Etiquette

March 23rd (Thursday) 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Mischa Jakupcak
Tuition: $35 ($25 NW Film Forum Members)

In this one-night workshop, students will learn how to be an effective production assistant. Learn about the different responsibilities of set, production and office PAs, and vital etiquette for working on film sets. After completing this workshop, students can sign up to be on Northwest Film Forum's PA call list for local productions and companies. 


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Producing Fundamentals for Indie Filmmakers

March 27th & 29th (Monday & Wednesday) 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Lindy Boustedt
Tuition: $120 ($95 for Film Forum members)

Participants will gain an understanding of the creative producer’s
process, timelines and the many idiosyncrasies around an independent film’s life cycle from development through initial deliverables. Lindy Boustedt will share how, through her award-winning company First Sight Productions, she has produced 18 short films and 3 feature films with budgets of all shapes and sizes. She will use her most recent short film and feature film as case studies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects to the class for specific advice. This two day workshop will cover budgeting/financing/audience on day one and pre- through post-production on day two. 

Filmmaking Fundamentals: Documentary

** Due to the weather, class will be starting Feb 13th. 

February 6th-April 3rd (Mondays - skipping Feb 20th) 6:30-9:30pm

Instructors: Jonah Kozlowski, Catherine Schultz, Filiz Efe McKinney, Elliat Graney-Saucke

Tuition: $595 ($550 for Film Forum members)

Limited to 6 students

For 8 weeks, learn the fundamentals for digital filmmaking, with a focus on documentary film. During class, students will have hands-on training as they are introduced to camera, audio, light and editing equipment. Students will acquire the actionable skills and understanding to independently make professional documentary films. In class practice will include interviewing, b-roll gathering technique, and editing. All basic film equipment will be provided in class. Students can also bring their own equipment to class if they want too.

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Filmmaking Fundamentals: Narrative

February 7th-April 4th (Tuesdays - skipping Feb 14th) 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Craig Downing, Bernard Mann
Tuition: $595 ($550 for Film Forum members)

Limited to 6 students

For 8 weeks, learn the fundamentals for digital filmmaking. During class, students will have hands-on training as they are introduced to camera, audio, light and editing equipment. Students will acquire the actionable skills and understanding to independently make professional films. This class is filmmaking by practical application. All basic film equipment will be provided in class. Students can also bring their own equipment to class if they want too.

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To be put on a waitlist, email [email protected]




DSLR Videography

April 12th (Wednesday) 6:30-9:30pm

Instructor: Craig Downing
Tuition: $35 ($25 for Film Forum Members)

Come explore and learn the basic skills of DSLR video filmmaking. Using our Canon 60D, this class covers standard camera functions and the artistic possibilities of DSLR cameras. Students will learn how to manually control the necessary exposure functions to create professional video content. 

While we use Canon cameras in class, the concepts will apply to most any camera. Feel free to bring your own DSLR if you'd like.

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iPhone & iPad Filmmaking with FiLMiC Pro

April 18th & 20th (Tueday & Thursday) 6:30-9:30pm

Instructor: Jonah Kozlowski
Tuition: $90 ($70 for Film Forum members)

Find out about an array of apps and accessories to turn your apple device into a powerful filmmaking tool. In the first session students will learn how to shoot high quality footage with FiLMiC Pro, what lens and stabilization options are available, and workflows for editing in device or on a computer. In the second session, we will learn about audio recording solutions and practice editing a small project in iMovie. Educators and professionals looking to bring their costs down and video quality up can benefit from hands on practice and case studies. iPads with software are provided, but students are encourged to bring their own devices as well.

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Beginning Adobe Premiere Pro CC

January 25th-Feb 15th (Wednesdays) 6:30-9:30pm

Instructor: Daniel Truog
Tuition: $275 ($250 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

This workshop will cover the essentials for learning to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud, a leading platform used by many professional filmmakers for editing digital media. The class will provide the training so students will have the skills to confidently, efficiently and effectively edit films with the most up to date version of this software. We will focus on the basics about the interface, the timeline, and the workflow. 

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Intro to Final Cut Pro X

February 9th-March 2nd (Thursdays) 6:30-9:30pm

Instructor: Bernard Mann 

Tuition: $275 ($250 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

The re-designed Final Cut Pro X has become popular among editors for its speed and intuitive interface. Learn how to use this affordable and powerful software over this four-week class with certified instructor and local editor Bernard Mann. This class will be using the latest version of the software, which provides new color correction abilities, 360 video integration, faster 4K and graphic rendering and time-saving file management tools. Check out all the new features here! This is an introductory class to the software, non-linear editing and editing technique. It is great for those new to editing, and for anyone looking to pick up this high-speed software quickly and thoroughly.



Work in Progress Screenwriting Group

Previously offered
Instructor: Emily Zulauf 

Tuition: $195 ($160 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

In this group, we’ll share works in progress, from outlines to pages, and give support and feedback to our fellow writers. Each participant will get to hear their words read aloud (by non-actors, so there’s nowhere to hide!) and we’ll have an honest conversation about what’s confusing, what’s working, what to blow up… and we’ll help each other brainstorm solutions.


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Intro to Cinematic VR with the Ricoh Theta S

Coming Soon
Instructor: Jonah Kozlowski
Tuition: $75 ($60 for Film Forum members)

The Ricoh Theta S is a consumer-level camera capable of producing high resolution stills (and grainy 8mm-like video).  We’ll cover 360 photography and time-based editing of that photography in Adobe Creative Cloud to produce a short VR experience. Experience in Premiere and/or After Effects recommended.


Shooting with Anamorphic Lenses

February 7th & 9th (Tuesday & Thursday) 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Jody Cole
Tuition: $40 ($30 for Film Forum members)

Even with DSLR cameras, you can be shooting with anamorphic lenses for your next project. From Wes Anderson to Tarantino, learn how easy it can be to shoot with this iconic format. In this class, we'll explore the history and characteristics as we jump in and try some lenses out in the classroom. Shooting anamorphic is traditionally expensive but we'll explore all your options, ranging from pro rentals all the way to faking it for under $20. Bring a camera and a lens you are familiar with to see the effects for your preferred system during the hands-on section. On completion, you'll be certified to rent the Film Forum's official Anamorphic Kit and take your dreams to the Widescreen



Image from the influential and acclaimed documentary "Stories We Tell" by Sarah Polley

Documentary Film + Heritage/Memory Theory

Previously offered
Instructor:  Elliat Graney-Saucke
Tuition: $20 ($15 for Film Forum members)

Documentary film is nonfiction - but how is this style of filmmaking a construction of memory or 'the past' based on the view of the filmmaker(s)? Through heritage and memory theory text we will discuss and apply the philosophical aspects of  how artistic and creative lens bias constructs memory/history/heritage within documentary film - the pros and cons, and why it matters.