Multi-Session Workshops

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 to ask about our annual class offerings.


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Filmmaking Fundamentals

February 5 - March 26 (Thursdays), 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Jonah Kozlowski
Tuition: $550 ($520 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

For 8 weeks, learn the fundamentals for filmmaking. During class, students will have hands-on training with camera, audio, light and editing equipment, as they actually make a short film during class sessions. Students will acquire the actionable skills and full understanding to independantly make professional films. All basic film equipment will be provided in class. Students can also bring their own equipment to class if they want.

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Celebrating Celluloid: Intro to 16mm Film

February 8 - March 1 (Sundays), 1pm-4pm
Instructor: Linda Fenstermaker
Tuition: $365 ($325 for Film Forum members)

This 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.

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Intermediate Final Cut Pro X

February 3 - 24 (Tuesdays), 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann 
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 5 students


This intermediate level class offers a hands-on, project-oriented approach into the deeper levels of the Final Cut Pro X software. We will explore how to improve the quality of your audio during the mixing stage, and how to manage a project that using multiple cameras. Students will then work through an advanced compositing module with a green screen, and finish with an in-depth project focused on color correction. Students will finish knowing how to professional organize, edit and export any project using industry procedures and techniques.

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Directing Actors

February 11 & 18 (Two Wednesdays), 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: David Hogan
Tuition: $160 ($140 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

A course for directors who want to learn how to communicate efficiently and effectively with actors. On the set, time is of the essence, and it is crucial that directors make good use of this limited time through good communication with actors. In this class, directors will learn how to break down a scene, and adjust actors' performances for maximum effect. In the class, we will record and review scenes so student directors can see their adjustments working. This class is appropriate for beginner - intermediate levels.

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Audio Recording For Film and Video

March 10 & 12 (Tuesday & Thursday), 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Nate Eiford
Tuition: $100 ($85 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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Post Production Sound and Audio Editing

March 17 & 19 (Tuesday & Thursday), 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Nate Eiford
Tuition: $100 ($85 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 5 students 

This class will cover the fundamentals of audio editing and sound mixing for video. We will introduce available mixing and processing tools that will enable you to clean up noise, achieve consistency of sound and take your 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 the Northwest Film Forum.

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History of Film Editing

March 16 - 23 (Mondays), 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann 
Tuition: $85 ($70 for Film Forum members)

This class will delve into the beginning of editing, from the silent period to the advent of sound, in addition to the influence of the documentary style of editing. Class material will continue through Alfred Hitchcock's period, while discussing the "new technologies" of the past. The class will finish up with an overview of current trends in editing.  

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Editors Collective **SOLD OUT**

January 6 - 27 (Tuesdays) 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Dina Guttmann
Tuition: $200 ($185 for Film Forum members)

Bring your own footage as we look at how different editing styles are used in all types of videos (from silly commercials to avant-garde wonders). With the support of a professional editor, students will spend time editing their own material and a work together as a class as we push ourselves to improve our craft. This class is for students who have worked on editing projects before but want to take their skill to the next level.


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