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 for any questions.


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Shooting with Anamorphic Lenses

November 2 (Sunday), 11am - 5pm
Instructor: Jody Cole
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum Members)

Even with DSLR cameras, you can be shooting with anamorphic lenses for your next project. 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.

Click here to register for Shooting with Anamorphic Lenses


Working With Green Screen

November 16 (Sunday), 10:30am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $180 ($160 for Film Forum Members)
Limited to 5 students

In this one-day workshop, you will learn all the industry methods for lighting and shooting your subject using a green screen. To start, you'll learn the history and theory of green screens and the travelling matte. Second, we will set up and light a green screen in our studio. Afterwards, 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.

Click here to sign up for Working with Green Screen.


Intermediate Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

November 8 & 9 (Saturday & Sunday), 10am-3pm
Instructor: Chris Julian
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum Members)
Limited to 5 students  

This workshop builds from the Premiere Pro essentials to help you take your editing skills to the next professional level. We will cover managing media with larger projects, photomation, backing up projects, time remapping, color correction and many more working-industry practices.

Click here to sign up for Intermediate Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.


Botanicollage Workshop

October 4 (Saturday), 11am-4pm
Instructor: Caryn Cline
Tuition: $115 ($95 for Film Forum Members)

Filmmaker Caryn Cline will teach a workshop on the “botanicollage” technique, made famous by Stan Brakhage and his film Mothlight.  Participants will create handmade film frames using local botanicals, art materials and film supplies to produce a short collaborative film in class. Students will then have the option of screening their film during the Collaborating with Nature series at the Northwest Film Forum on October 5th.

Click here to register for this Botanicollage Workshop.


Intro to Grip Tools on Set

November 16th (Sunday), 4pm - 8pm
Instructor: Art Reynolds
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

In this one day class, students will be introduced to the standard tools used by grips in the industry. Using clamps, stands and more, students will get hands-on experience learning what's available and how to use it effectively on set. 

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Intro to Color Correction

October 26 (Sunday), 11am-5pm
Instructor: Michael Poggenburg
Tuition: $150 ($130 for Film Forum Members)
Limited to 5 students  

This six-hour class introduces you to the basics of color correction that focuses on what to look for when correcting footage and how to use video scopes. Working in Northwest Film Forum’s edit suite, you will discover how Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe After Effects each allow you to correct and stylize your footage. We will learn how to create film “looks” of our own in order to change the mood of the scene, correct contrast, modify saturation, set skin tone, and match footage shot on different cameras or under different lighting conditions. This class will give you a comprehensive understanding of how to use the color correction tools available and train your eye to fundamentally correct the look of your film.

Click here to register for Intro to Color Correction.


Proper Script Formatting


October 20 (Monday), 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Jill Fey
Tuition: $60 ($45 for Film Forum Members)

This workshop will cover industry standard formatting for a screenplay. We will cover correct formatting for scene headings and shots, transitions, direction, dialogue, parenthetical, and punctuation. We will also cover spacing, capitalization, sound effects, italicizing, ad libs, foreign language, etc. Giving you the understanding and skills to produce an industry standard screenplay.

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Intro to Aerial Videography

October 26 (Sunday), 12pm-3pm
nstructor: Jeremiah Kaynor

Tuition: $60 ($50 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. 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!

Click here to register for Intro to Aerial Videography.


History of Music in Film

November 23 (Sunday), 11am–6pm
Instructor: Chris Julian
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum Members)

This course will feature a guided history of film music over the last 80 years, and its various trends. It will also cover common concepts, theories, issues and pitfalls within the scoring world. Our time together will feature plenty of viewing and listening, plus lots of rousing discussions and debates. This is great for filmmakers and musicians--both professional & amateur--and for film fans and enthusiasts alike.

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