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.


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Intermediate Final Cut Pro

October 6th - November 3rd, (Thursdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm, No Class October 27th
Instructor: Bernard Mann 

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

In this class, students will delve into a deeper level of the program interface.  Designed for the student who has mastered the basics of FCP X, this class offers a hands-on, project-oriented approach to editing, learning how to work with advanced audio, multi-camera editing, advanced compositing with green screen, and color correction.

Sign up for both our Intro and Intermediate Final Cut Pro class and receive a 15% discount. Please contact us to sign up for this offer ([email protected]).

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Working with Color Correction

October 17th and 19th, 24th and 26th (Mondays & Wednesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Kollin O'Dannel
Tuition: $225 ($200 for Film Forum members)

Intro to color correction. In this class you will learn the basics of balancing and correcting your footage then applying LUT’s or Look Up Tables to give your footage a cinematic look. We will be using both Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve to achieve this process. Both pieces of software are capable of delivering professional results, it’s your choice in what tool to use. Students are encouraged to bring in their own media, there will be Red raw files, Cinema DNG and Pro Res files provided for the class to play with also. The final project for the class will be grading a 4 minute short film. This class is designed to be a light environment in the hopes of making color correction interesting and fun. 


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Arri Light Kit

*** Date Change*** October 26th, (Wednesday) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Jonah Kozlowski
Tuition: $25 ($20 NW Film Forum Members)

This workshop covers the fundamentals of lighting for video with our Arri lighting kit. The Arri light kit is an industry standard kit used on many professional shoots. Students will learn the basics of setting up these lights along with common terminology and options. After attending this certification, students will have access to rent the Film Forum's Arri light kit.

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“They Will Not Tell You This” Masterclass in Directing

October 25th (Tuesday) 6:30pm - 9pm
Instructor: Johan Liedgren
Tuition: $10 ($5 for Film Forum members)

3rd time back by popular demand - Johan Liedgren will share real-world, non-obvious lessons from years of writing and directing both inside and outside the system for film, television and commercials. On the agenda:

Is your script actually done? How to test and hire editors? Pre-pro discussions with DP, budgets based on calendar not money,  cinematic confidence, pitching television in LA, useless storyboards, very useful storyboards, day one on set, what to really look for in casting, unions, deal-structures for financing independent film, better notes to composers, Jungian preparation for the bigger feature shoot - all for the creatively ambitious film.  

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Seattle Cinematographer Series

November 14th - Monday - 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Instructors: Professional Seattle Cinematographers (See Below)
Tuition: **Members Only** Free

In this 6-month series, spend an evening each month with a working Seattle cinematographer as they share their craft.

Lectures will include cinematographers breaking down their favorite scenes, reverse-engineering the aesthetics for a scene of their own, discussing the the tools they use to achieve their film looks, exploring their process and work flow, reviewing their own history from an emerging filmmaker to a professional and spending time answering your questions about cinematography.

Members can sign up in advance or just show up with their membership card for this exciting event.

June 20th - June Zandona    
July 18th - Ryan Purcell
August 15th - Sebastian Scandiuzzi
Sept 19th - Jacob Rosen
November 14th - Jonathan Houser

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Having Union Actors with your Film

November 9th (Wednesday) 6:30pm - 8pm   ***Date Change - Now Nov. 9th
Instructor: Chris Comte
Tuition: Free

Have you ever wanted to hire SAG-AFTRA performers for a project, but were frightened away by the prospect of filling out “All that union paperwork”? Get the “inside scoop” on how you can actually hire union talent for your next production! 

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Intro to Final Cut Pro X

November 7th,14th, 21st (Mondays), 29th (Tuesday)  6:30pm - 9:30pm

Instructor: Bernard Mann 

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

Final Cut Pro X is an ideal non-linear digital editing program for anyone with little or no background in editing. The software's interface and ease of use allows aspiring filmmakers to produce polished and well-told stories in no time.  In this class, students will learn to make better story decisions while learning the software from the ground up. You will learn how to import footage and organize your media while mastering editing techniques for digital video and sound. Students will also learn how to effectively use transitions, text and color techniques while understanding how to export to one of the many formats available. Prior experience in non-linear editing is not required, but basic computer skills are necessary.

Sign up for both our Intro and Intermediate Final Cut Pro class and receive a 15% discount. Please contact us to sign up for this offer ([email protected]).

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Working with Green Screen

November 13th, 12pm - 4pm, November 20th, 12pm - 4pm (Sundays)
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $120 ($100 for Film Forum members)

During this workshop, you will learn all the industry methods for lighting and shooting your subject using a green screen. Afterwards, you will learn how to composite your footage using an advanced keyer over a background. In post, you will learn how to effectively position the subject over the new background resulting in movie-making awesomeness. Bring your own camera if you have one, but it is not required. Cost of class if for both dates. 

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Producing Fundamentals for Indie Filmmaking

November 14th and 16th, (Monday & Wednesday) 6:30pm - 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.

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Shooting with Anamorphic Lenses

November 15th and 22nd (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 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

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Work in Progress Screenwriting Group

November 29th - December 20th (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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 the Red Digital Camera

November 28th and 30th (Monday & Wednesday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Brody Willis
Tuition: $120 ($90 for Film Forum members)

An introductory course which helps familiarize the student with the Red Epic digital cinema camera. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of set-up and operation, with the objective of shooting a properly composed and lit subject. 

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Writing For Hollywood: The High Concept Idea

December 7th and 14th (Wednesdays) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Jonathan Keasey
Tuition: $99 ($80 for Film Forum members)

Writing for Hollywood today is about much more than understanding the 3 Act Structure and developing strong characters.  It’s about generating high-concept ideas that generate ticket sales.   Believe it or not, this is a learned art form.  When I was admitted into the Writers Guild five years ago, the odds of selling a script to a major studio were lower than making it into Major League Baseball.   This is Hollywood, and the competition is stiff.  Indeed, Los Angeles is full of people who can craft well-structured stories, artful dialogue and compelling characters – but what separates aspiring writers from working writers is an ability to create and execute new and fresh concepts.   Simply put, it’s all about the idea! This workshop will provide a forum for students to present fresh, high-concept ideas in a discussion format while receiving feedback.  Students should come prepared to pitch and present their ideas to the class.  After receiving critical feedback, students will have the opportunity to draft treatments for further review. By the end of the workshop, each student will have two fully-developed high concept ideas from which to create a screenplay or teleplay.  

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Filmmaking Fundamentals

October 4th - November 22nd, (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Jonah Kozlowski, Bernard Mann
Tuition: $595 ($550 for Film Forum members)

Limited to 8 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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*** Past Workshops Offered


Pre-production for Docs

Oct 10th (Monday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Gisella Bustillos
Tuition: $50 ($40 for Film Forum members)
Do you have a documentary idea but don't really know where to go from there?  This 3 hour crash course into documentary pre production covers the resources you need to help you out: from hashing out your story to budgeting templates, research processes to legal paperwork. 

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Sundance Artist Services Workshop

On the closing day of this year's Local Sightings Festival (October 1), Northwest Film Forum will host the first-ever Sundance Institute Artist Services workshop in Seattle. The Artist Services program empowers filmmakers navigating the changing business of independent film. Through online resources, live workshops, and a network of allied organizations, the program provides support and insights on creative funding, marketing, and distribution. The Artist Services workshop is a day-long event for filmmakers focusing on the most important topics in creative distribution and funding and will take place at the Forum from 10 am - 4:30 pm on October 1st, followed by a reception.

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Opening Salvo and Icebreakers | 10:00 am
Courtney Sheehan, Northwest Film Forum
Chris Horton and Liz Manashil, Sundance Institute
Creative Funding Discussion with Local Creators | 10:30 am
Clyde Petersen, Kickstarter Creator and Filmmaker
Evan Briggs, Kickstarter Creator and Filmmaker
Liz Manashil, Moderator

The State of Distribution: A Panel Discussion | 11:30 am
Sudeep Sharma, Festival Programmer
Jonathan Marlow, Kanopy
Chris Horton, Sundance Institute
Courtney Sheehan, Moderator

LUNCH BREAK | 12:30 pm

Digital Distribution Deliverables: All You Need to Know | 1:30 pm
Amanda Kleibusch, Quiver Digital
Chris Horton, Moderator

Direct To Fan Distribution: Case Studies that Matter with BitTorrent, Vimeo, and VHX | 2:30 pm
Peter Gerard, Vimeo/VHX
Missy Laney, BitTorrent
Chris Horton, Moderator

The Producorialists: Emerald City Edition | 3:30 pm
Khalik Allah
Tracy Rector
Jennifer Roth
Liz Manashil, Moderator

Workshop Takeaways | Reception | 4:30 pm
NWFF Lobby

* * * *

Tickets are available here!
$65 general
$45 NWFF/Sundance Institute members

After the workshop, come back for the closing night awards ceremony and participate in the cakewalk for festival filmmakers! Tickets here.


Intro to Cinematic VR with the Ricoh Theta S


August 25th (Thursday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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.




Intro to the Sony A7s DSLR Camera

Coming Soon! Weeknights 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Brody Willis
Tuition: $100 ($90 for Film Forum members)

The Sony A7s is a revolutionary DSLR video camera that delivers high dynamic visual range and astonishingly clear, crisp images, even in extremely low light. Join Brody WIllis in exploring how to tame a technological beast whose native ISO is 3200, and how to shoot both during the day and the night. Enjoy a lively examination of SLOG2, polarisers, the deep and sometimes confusing Sony menu system, and even dabble in using the A7s on the Letus Helix Jr. Walk away with footage shot using available light. The A7s is the camera indie filmmakers have been waiting for!

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Seattle: Nature vs. Nurture — Animation with Joanna Polak!

October 15th (Saturday) & October 16th (Sunday), 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Instructor: Joanna Polak
Tuition: $50 per day  —  Includes admission to two Seattle Polish Film Festival screenings on Oct. 18 and Oct. 22
Level: Ages 10+  —  Beginning to advanced animation students
Limited to 12 students each day

Class will take place at the 12th Avenue Arts building on Capitol Hill at 1620 12th Ave.

Join together with acclaimed Polish animator Joanna Polak to hand-craft new short animations about the city we love, and explore how even in the midst of our bustling, human-made metropolis, we are all still influenced and shaped by the natural world that surrounds us.  Polak’s stop-motion techniques including animating with materials including clay, grass, mud, rocks and fabric. 

 Polak is an award-winning animator whose work has been presented at more than 300 festivals and exhibitions worldwide. Her 104 films have won 25 awards and distinctions. In Seattle, Polak’s work has appeared in three consecutive editions of Children’s Film Festival Seattle, produced by Northwest Film Forum, and distributed throughout the USA as part of the festival’s “Best of the Fest” touring programs.

 This workshop is purposely multi-generational, as much of Polak’s current work focuses on animations created with adults and children. Notable among her projects is a series of fairy tale films created with children and the elderly in the “Tales from the Borderland” project, which preserved Lithuanian, Gypsy, Jewish, Russian and Polish tales.  

 A trailer that shows the creative process behind “Tales from the Borderland” can be viewed here. Another film by Polak and a group of Polish children can be viewed here. "Sensible Senses," one of Polak's most recent films to play in Children's Film Festival Seattle and subsequent festival tours, is here.

 As part of the Seattle Polish Film Festival (Oct. 14 — 22), a program of Polak’s short films will be screened on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Polish Home, Seattle’s Polish cultural center, at 1714 18th Avenue. Workshop students will be admitted free, and also invited to the world premiere of the films made in the workshop, as part of a special screening of the Polish Film Festival, at the Uptown Theatre, on Oct. 22.

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Blocking & Staging For Camera

September 12th - October 3rd, (Mondays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Oliver Tuthill
Tuition: $260 ($240 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 8 students

Now is your chance to learn the high end production skill of blocking and staging for camera with award winning director/producer Oliver Tuthill. Many independent filmmakers are not trained in these highly technical and sophisticated techniques. A well placed camera and actor/and or actors creates much of the emotion of a scene, and a DP or director with these skills knows how to bring a three dimensional depth to a two dimensional medium.  In this class, you learn how to effectively andd efficiently construct and create a scene. You will learn about stationary blocking, the moving camera, the value of parallax, pivots, a notation system for blocking, the seven essential steps of blocking and staging, open and closed framing and more. Once you have completed this course you will be ready to go tackle your next project with the confidence and skill set of a seasoned professional. This course is also recommended for producers, actors and crew.

Sold Out!




Intro to DJI Ronin M

September 27th (Tuesday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Tylor Jones
Tuition: $60 ($50 for Film Forum members)

Developed for the filmmaking professional, the DJI Ronin marks a generational leap in camera stabilization technology. Its custom sensors, powerful motors and advanced algorithms put world-class precision in your hands. Come learn how to set up, use and store this exciting film tool.



Recording Audio For Film

September - Cancelled - 6:30pm - 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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DSLR Videography

September 21st  (Wednesday) 6:30pm - 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 a Canon camera in class, the concepts will apply to most any camera. So, feel free to bring your own camera if you'd like.





Intro to Generative Visuals and Max 7

September 14th and 21st, (Wednesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Jesse Chappelle
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum members)

This two-day introductory course will delve into the world of generative art using the program MAX 7 to learn about and creating generative visuals. This course requires no prior programming experience and will enable students to begin to explore the tools used by audio/visual professionals and new media artists.



Legal Basics for Filmmakers

June 20th (Monday), 6:30pm - 8pm
Instructor: Matthew Dresden
Tuition: Free

This class will provide an introduction to the basic legal issues affecting all filmmakers. We will cover the entire life cycle of a film, from development and financing to production and exploitation. If you are thinking about spending real money on a movie – or asking other people to do so – then this class is for you. If you have ever wondered, “Could I get sued for this?” then this class is for you. If you have never wondered, “Could I get sued for this?” then you are probably on the wrong website.





Mock Networking Workshop

September 12th (Monday), 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Brad Wilke and Ryan Davis
Tuition: $25 ($15 for Film Forum members)

How to Work a Room (And Not Hate Yourself For It In the Morning)

Do you dread going to "networking" events? Does the word "networking" itself make you break out in hives?

Did you also know that, according to a recent study: "[T]he more team members directly interact with each other face-to-face, and the more they trust other team members, the more creative and of higher quality the result of their teamwork is.”

Or, in other words, these same "networking" events are also the very places where creative partnerships have the best chance of taking hold and, eventually, bearing fruit.'s time you got over your fear, and Ryan Davis & Brad Wilke (co-founders of Smarthouse Creative) are here to help!

This two-hour workshop will consist of the following elements:
- overview of tips and tricks to help you overcome your "networking" fear;
- development and rehearsal of your Intro, Elevator Pitch, and Active Listening Stance;
- 30-minute practical exercise that drops you into the middle of an industry "networking event" complete with nametags, complimentary beverages, and a big bowl of pretzels;
- post-mortem in which we collectively assess our "networking" success (and the things that still need some work).  

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Queering Film

September 8th (Thursday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Elliat Graney-Saucke
Tuition: $25 ($20 for Film Forum members)

What is queer film? What does it mean to ‘queer’ content / aesthetic / characters / form, curation, etc? Through presentation and discussion, we will discuss what ‘queer’ means in the application of film, both from historical and contemporary perspectives, taking into account elements of festivals / distribution / curation, community and generational definitions, theoretical application, and personal interpretation of attendees.


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Yes, You Can Start Your Own Film Fest

August 31st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Wednesday)
Instructor: Craig Downing
Tuition: $5 (free for Film Forum members)

Ever considered starting your own film festival? Well, you can and totally should start your own film festival. With this workshop, come learn about the accessible tools and available templates to get started. The goal of the workshop is to demystify the process of creating an exciting film event. With little experience, just an idea and a fair amount of help, Craig started Couch Fest Films. This film festival started in Seattle but, within 4 years, the fest went global. There is no reason your idea can't do the same and more. Craig will share the decisions that both worked and didn't work. The goal of this workshop is to help you realize how little there is to stopping you from running your own film festival. You will leave with templates, actionable information, and effective tools to help you celebrate film in whatever magnificently awesome way you may have in mind.



The Art of Sound Design for Movies

September 20th, (Tuesday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Frank Kniest
Tuition: $30 ($20 for Film Forum members)

BAM, KAPOW, RRRRRRROAR! This seminar is an introductory and basic overview study of contemporary Post Production Sound Design techniques for the motion picture soundtrack. Included is a breakdown of the key elements of sound for feature film movies with a particular emphasis on the interplay of sound effects, music and dialogue in the filmic experience.  We will discuss the technological and artistic challenges of creating sounds and the various roles played by the post sound teams to both fulfill the movie soundscape and fully engage the audience in the movie. We will draw upon movie clips to illustrate the interplay among the elements of the film’s visuals and the soundtrack.  Furthermore, we will break down the processes of adding sound to movies as we delineate the many components to a full sound track and the creating and varied approaches to achieving a successful soundtrack. Classmates will participate in the process of understanding movie sounds with back and forth discussions of the sonic processes. Particularly, we will describe the challenges and sheer enjoyment of working in movies in Hollywood and some of the solutions to “grabbing the right sounds” for the movie. 



Making sounds for movies is flat out FUN!!!




Celebrating Celluloid: 16mm Filmmaking

June 16th & 23rd (Thursdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Linda Fenstermaker
Tuition: $110 ($99 for Film Forum members)

This two-day 16mm film workshop course explores the wondrous world of celluloid, focusing on preproduction and production processing of 16mm filmmaking. Learn the basics of shooting on 16mm film with a Bolex camera, including light metering and exposure skills, film stock knowledge and 16mm film strip and camera anatomy. Students will discover the exciting possibilities of 16mm filmmaking with in-camera editing and double exposures, and will shoot their own 100 foot rolls of 16mm film. This is a unique opportunity, designed for image makers of all levels, including digital filmmakers, beginning filmmakers, photographers or anyone curious about experiencing 16mm filmmaking. Class tuition covers all equipment, film and film processing used in this class.




Successful Film Set Practices

December 7th (Monday) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: June Zandona
Tuition: $30 ($20 for Film Forum members)

Whether you find yourself running your own film set or working on someone else's film set, it can be an intimidating place - full of highly specialized roles and coded language. This workshop will take some of the guess work out of the daily nuts and bolts of filmmaking and give you a leg up on getting the next job on a film set.




Media Management for Final Cut Pro

April 7th  (Thursday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $65 ($60 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

Digital editing has another side to it besides learning the software and theory: it's also managing gigabytes of data and hundreds of files to make a project into a finished story. From this evening workshop, take home a deeper understand of how to set up projects, manage new media and archive at completion. Recommended for beginners and more seasoned editors as well.





Post-Production Audio Editing

Instructor: Nate Eiford
Tuition: $90 ($75 for Film Forum members)

This class will cover the fundamentals of audio editing and sound mixing for video. Students will be introduced to available mixing and processing tools to clean up noise, achieve consistency of sound and take post-production sound to a professional level. The first two-hour class will focus on sound theory. For the second session, students are encouraged to bring clips as we work in the editing suite at Northwest Film Forum.





Media Management for Premiere Pro CC

May 12th  (Thursday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $65 ($60 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

Digital editing has another side to it besides learning the software and theory: it's also managing gigabytes of data and hundreds of files to make a project into a finished story. From this evening workshop, take home a deeper understand of how to set up projects, manage new media and archive at completion. Recommended for beginners and more seasoned editors as well.





Beginning Adobe Premiere Pro CC

August 16th - September 6th (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 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. 




Storytelling in Virtual Reality


**Sold Out**

August 16th (Tuesday) 7pm - 9pm
Instructor:  Daryle Conners
Location: 12th Ave Arts Conference Room, 1620 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Tuition: $8 ($5 for Film Forum members)

This talk will explore new ways of telling stories in a virtual reality environment.  We will discuss VR game stories, VR Film stories, and VR/Immersive Documentaries, focusing on how this emerging tech puts a whole new spin on revealing narrative.  VR has been called the "empathy tool", and it takes the audience away from passive entertainment and puts them in greater control of the narrative than ever before. How does this impact the way that we design and tell stories and what new kinds of story experiences will we see in virtual reality? From classic screenplays to non-linear narratives and 1st person perspective, we'll look at the trade-offs that come with interactive and immersive experiences, as well as their incredible power to engage.



Writing Character for the Screen: Theory & Practice

July 28th  (Thursday) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: David Lipson
Tuition: $30 ($20 for Film Forum members)

Drawing from classic American works The Conversation and Five Easy Pieces in addition to contemporary films A Hijacking and Michael Clayton, the first half of this two-hour seminar will explore the narrative mechanics behind creating effective multidimensional characters for the screen. In the latter portion of this workshop, we will get knee-deep into possible creative approaches for navigating the messy and unpredictable business of finding your characters. Writing Character for the Screen will attempt to provide a practical perspective on character writing and how that process can imbue scene building and narrative structure with greater dramatic resonance.





Script to Production


July 31st - September 4th (Sunday) 5pm - 7pm
Schedule can be changed after the first meeting based on the group's preference and availability

Advisor: Craig Downing
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




A Beginner’s Guide to Web Series

August 25th (Thursday) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Matt Longmire
Tuition: $30 ($25 for Film Forum members)

An introduction to creating your own web series and what to do with it when it’s done. This class will cover the basic process of creating a video series intended for distribution online and attempt to answer the most common questions associated with web series production and distribution. This class will not cover every step in minute detail so much as it will provide a broad overview of as many steps and options as possible within this two hour lecture. The instructor, Matt Longmire is one of the founders of Seattle Web Fest and creator of the series “The River” which debuted in 2014.




Business Plans for a Creative Project

September 29th & October 6th (Thursdays) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Scott A. Capestany
Tuition: $80 ($60 for Film Forum members)

This two-day workshop will give students, filmmakers and industry professionals a hands-on, step-by-step approach in constructing a professional business plan for a creative Film/TV or Web-Series project. Participants will learn how to present and pitch each item of a business plan for investors, businesses and organizations. The final day, participants will be invited to bring in their own current creative projects to apply everything they have learned to their new business plans.