Filmmaking Fundamentals: Narrative w/ David Quantic (February 2019)

This event took place Feb 21 - Apr 11, 2019

$645 Tuition
$585 for Forum Members

Instructor: David Quantic


Thursdays, February 21-April 11, 6:30-9:30pm (Instruction) & Saturday, March 30th 9am-1pm (Filming on Location)

This 8-week, entry-level workshop will introduce students to the basic nuts and bolts of narrative filmmaking. Those with little to no experience are encouraged to join. This is not a sit-down, lecture style class; students will collaborate with other classmates and “learn by doing.” By the end of the course, students will have experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from pre-production to post-production.

What students can expect to learn:

  • Using a pre-written script, the class will begin by teaching pre-production strategies, such as how to breakdown a script and identify practical needs to help make your film a reality.
  • It will then continue with camera, lighting and sound instruction that emphasizes the practical through in-class workshops.
  • Students will eventually shoot a short in-class scene with actors. On-set responsibilities will be rotated so each student gets a chance to perform different roles as director, cinematographer, gaffer, grip, sound mixer, and boom operator.
  • Near the end of the 8-week course, each student will edit their scene with in-class assistance and present their version to the class.
For this next class, we’ll be producing a “devices off” short that could potentially be shown before screenings here at NWFF! The short will include actors and dialog so that students can practice editing a narrative scene.

Note: Equipment, software, and editing stations are provided. Students also receive free access to the NWFF Edit Lab during the workshop dates, and one week after the last session.


Check out this cool video from last session!

David Quantic

David Quantic

I’m thrilled to once again be teaching the narrative filmmaking class here at Northwest Film Forum. As a teaching assistant and graduate of UCLA’s MFA Directing program, I’ve had a world-class film education and I love passing that knowledge on to my own students!  Our eight week narrative class is basically my first year of graduate film school boiled down into eight classes that include the essentials of narrative filmmaking: from script analysis and auditions all the way through to production and editing.
When I’m not teaching, I’m a freelance videographer and editor, working on local and remote jobs alike. Recent gigs include shooting and editing a Kickstarter fundraising video for a local writer, editing a clip reel for a film festival’s 30th Anniversary as well as self-producing a documentary short about one of the worst movies ever made, SHOWGIRLS.

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