Filmmaking Fundamentals: Narrative (Winter 2020)

Tuesdays, February 4 - March 24

Saturday, March 14

$675 Tuition
$605 for Forum Members

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Instructor: Morgan McClanahan



This entry-level workshop will take place over 8 weeks and introduce students to the fundamentals of narrative filmmaking. 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.
  • We’ll be producing an original short at NWFF. The short will include actors and dialog so that students can practice directing, creating and editing narrative scenes. On-set responsibilities will be rotated so each student gets a chance to perform different roles as director, AD, script supervisor, cinematographer, gaffer, grip, sound mixer, and boom operator.
  • At the end of the 8-week course, each student will edit their scene with in-class assistance and present their version to the class.

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.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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