One-Day / Weekend 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. The Film Forum'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. Email [email protected] for any questions.


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DSLR Videography

November 16th (Monday) 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. We will also review useful accessories for this camera such as our 24-105mm lens, 16GB SDHC cards, tripod, Beachtek DXA-SLR audio mixer, and our Marshall V-LCD50 5" HDMI monitor. Students completing the class with be certified to rent the Film Forum's Canon's 60D camera package.

Click here to register for DSLR Filmmaking and 60D Certification.



Having Union Actors with your Film

October 19th  (Monday), 6:30pm - 8pm
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! 
Are you new to filmmaking and curious about the various low-budget agreements offered?  The SAG-AFTRA Indie Theatrical and New Media Agreements have been created specifically to accommodate the needs of student & emerging filmmakers.
In this workshop, SAG-AFTRA staff will discuss the process of walking producers, directors, talent and students through these contracts from “A to Z”! 
This workshop is a “must attend” for producers, directors, actors and film school students interested in educating themselves on the ease of using SAG-AFTRA contracts to hire the most highly skilled professionals available for future film and internet projects.

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Working With Green Screen: Theory & Practice

November 8th (1pm - 5pm) and November 15th, (1pm-4pm).
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $150 ($120 for Film Forum members)

In this 2-day 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, using Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro, 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.

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Intro to 16mm Filmmaking

October 4th - 25th (Sundays), 1pm-4pm
Instructor: Linda Fenstermaker
Tuition: $295 ($250 for Film Forum members)

Explore the wondrous world of celluloid! This class focuses on the preproduction and production processes 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 such as in-camera editing techniques. Students 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 materials.

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Open Script Read

Free event!

Happy Hour: 6:30pm
Readings: 7pm

Last Monday of the month

Monday, Apr 27 at 06:30PM
Tuesday, May 26 at 06:30PM
Monday, Jun 29 at 06:30PM

Join Northwest Film Forum for a monthly Open Script Read! Local screenwriters and filmmakers may submit 10 pages of their original work in order to hear a live table read, with an ensemble of professional actors, and get feedback from both actors and other participants.

Northwest Film Forum's Open Script Read will accept submissions up to 5 days before each reading.  

Each submission should be no more than 10 pages of a screenplay or teleplay. Please write a couple of lines about the project—is it a feature film, short film, TV or web series? What it the total length of the script?

We suggest submitting the first 10 pages of your script, but if you very specifically want the actors to read a different scene from your script, just make sure that you do not exceed 10 pages and that you write a few introductory lines that will provide context for the actors.

Open Script Read is. . .open. Each month, we'll begin with a happy hour from 6:30-7pm, giving actors and filmmakers a chance to meet in an informal setting. At 7pm, we'll gather around a table and do 4 script reading and feedback sessions - approximately 30 minutes each. Screenwriter and filmmaker Daryle Conners will moderate the session and provide structure for the feedback.

If you would like to submit a script, please send a Word or Final Draft document to [email protected]

We will schedule the reading sessions based on a first-come, first-served basis and will publish a list of the featured writers/scripts at least 48 hours before the event. Four scripts will be featured at each Open Script Read.  


Intro to the Blackmagic Pocket Camera

June 16th (Tuesday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Timothy Vernor
Tuition: $80 ($60 for Film Forum members)

This course is designed to give participants an overview of the functions of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. We will begin by talking about the camera's specs, its strengths and weaknesses. We will cover camera functions and controls, lenses and adapters, choosing SD cards, DIT & cover the accessories available to put a sold package together.

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Drone Aerial Videography

October 10th (Saturday) 1pm - 4pm
Instructor: Jeremiah Kaynor
Tuition: $55 ($45 for Film Forum members)

Amazing aerial footage is not just a luxury for big-budget movies anymore. With the new Aerial Flying Units (AFU) that carry HD cameras, the options are limitless. In this introductory class, come and discover the world of AFU’s/Drones and the new tool for Aerial Cinematography as we cover what is now available to independent filmmakers. See the different ranges of AFU’s and have a chance to watch them in action as you learn all about Aerial Cinematography with AFU’s. The only limits are your imagination!

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