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 [email protected] to ask about our annual class offerings.

 

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Filmmaking Fundamentals

April 8th - May 27th (Wednesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
I
nstructor: Rick Walters
Tuition: $560 ($530 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 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 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.

 

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Effective Cinematic Lighting

May 12th - May 19th (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Casey Schmidt 
Tuition: $140 ($120 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students


This workshop will explore the basic vocabulary of lighting for filmmakers. Topics include exposures, color temperatures, finding the best ambient lighting, studio light, field lighting and more. We will start with the basics and progress to the more advanced.  This intensive workshop will be a lighting boot camp. First day will cover basic terminology and technique of field and studio lighting. On the second day participants will emulate lighting set-ups based on popular movie frames or still images. At the end of class students will know the terminology, techniques and essentials of lighting.

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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

May 11th - 18th (Mondays), 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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Intermediate Final Cut Pro

May 5th - 14th (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

This intermediate level class offers a hands-on, project-oriented approach into the deeper levels of the 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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Advanced Final Cut Pro

May 19th - 28th (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

This class will season editors who have learned the basics of Final Cut Pro X in the beginning class and the in's and outs of the program in the Intermediate class. We will take a narrative project from conception to completion, including organizing the files, importing the assests/media, and preparing them to edit with organization and syncing. Then student will make a rough cut and carry it through to the audio mixing and color correction stage. We will finish by exporting and creating the project deliverables. Students will be coached at every step of the way and receive pro tips on how to do the job smarter and quicker.

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Beginning Red Digital Cinema

April 7th and 9th (Tuesday & Thursday), 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Brody Willis
Tuition: $140 ($125 for Film Forum members)

An introductory course which helps familiarise 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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Intermediate Red Digital Cinema

April 7th and 9th (Tuesday & Thursday), 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Brody Willis
Tuition: $140 ($125 for Film Forum members)

The Intermediate Red Digital Cinema class introduces advanced lighting techniques and camera composition as a way of telling the story. Students will be expected to be somewhat familiar with the Red Epic and set jargon in advance of the class, but it's not a requirement. Emphasis will be on using the Red camera and shooting footage.

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Citizen Journalist: An Intro to Indie Journalism

May 26th and 28th (Tuesday & Thursday), 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Alex Garland
Tuition: $80 ($60 for Film Forum members)

In the age of electronic media, facts are editorialized, opinions are confused with news, and much goes unreported or misrepresented. It becomes the citizens responsibility to document the world around them. In this class, we'll better prepare students for their pursuit of independent journalism by providing knowledge, skills, and abilities for all levels of experience. This class will cover optional tools for the job, your rights as a citizen journalist, and, among others, how to best share your work. This is as much an open environment to learn from each other, as it is an opportunity to network with other passionate independent journalists.

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Writing a Business Plan for a Creative Project

April 12th and April 19th (Sundays), 6pm - 8pm
Instructor: Scott A. Capestany
Tuition: $95 ($80 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.

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Introduction to CGI by World Famous

April 2nd (Thursday) - April 7th (Tuesday) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Vince Ream and Christopher Harrell
Tuition: $70 ($60 for Film Forum members)

Presented by the talented artists at World Famous, this class will introduce Cinema 4D as an educational starting point into the world of modern 3D computer generated imaging. This class will be a useful guide to avoiding and understanding some basic pitfalls that will get you into production faster.

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From Brainstorm to Pitch

April 12th and April 19th (Sundays), 1pm - 4pm
Instructor: Daryle Conners 
Tuition: $140 ($120 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

This class will cover finding and creating great ideas for screenplays and films, how to develop those ideas, and finally, how to shape your concept into a compelling treatment. Participants will engage in a series of writing exercises designed to inspire original story ideas and refine them into elegant, effective pitches.

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Analysis of Screenplay Elements

April 9th - March 14th (Thursdays) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Peter Tolfree
Tuition: $140 ($120 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

 
Over 6 weeks, this class will introduce the fundamental building blocks of screenplay writing. Through the study of films and script analysis, we will explore how our favorite feature films convey stories about the dramatic actions of interesting characters, told through a balance of visual and spoken language.
 

 

 

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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