Filmmaking Fundamentals: Narrative w/ Vivian Hua – SOLD OUT!

This event took place Jun 11 - Aug 6, 2019

$645 Tuition
$585 for Forum Members

Scholarships available: apply here

Instructor: Vivian Hua, with Jovelle Tamayo, Shann Thomas, Alex Altman, and Champ Ensminger



Tuesdays, June 11-Aug 06, 6:30-9:30pm (Instruction)
Saturday, July 27th, 9am-2pm (Filming on Location)

This entry-level workshop will take place over 8 weeks and introduce students to the fundamentals 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 an original short 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.


NOTE: This workshop is SOLD OUT for this quarter! Please scroll to the bottom of this page and sign up for our newsletter to receive up-to-date announcements about future installments of Filmmaking Fundamentals.

Vivian Hua

Vivian Hua

Vivian Hua is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer who worked with NWFF in various capacities before stepping into her role as Executive Director in October 2018. She first came to the organization as the Co-Founder of the national film and civil rights discussion series, The Seventh Art Stand, and then as the organization’s Design Lead, where she led rebranding efforts. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of the socially conscious arts publication, REDEFINE, since 2004, and much of her work unifies her interest in the metaphysical with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Her narrative short film, Searching Skies–which touches on the controversial topic of Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States–was released in 2017, after making festival rounds. She is currently writing her next film projects, as well as researching national efforts to preserve cultural space.

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