Filmmaking Fundamentals: Narrative | Production (Spring 2022) w/ Vivian Hua

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Filmmaking Fundamentals has a suggested registration fee of $800, however we do offer a sliding scale, pay-what-you-can model for those who need that option.  We do offer a limited amount of scholarships for this program for communities which have historically been underrepresented in media. For more information, please email or APPLY HERE.

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NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. To be admitted, patrons ages 5+ will also be required to present either proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours.

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Duration: 3h
Instructor: Vivian Hua


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.


  • 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.



PLEASE NOTE: There are two sessions of the same curriculum: session A (Mondays) and session B (Tuesdays). With the exception of Filming Day (9am – 2pm), each session takes place from 6:30–9:30pm.

  • Apr. 18 or 19 | Introductions and Script Analysis
  • Apr. 25 or 26 | Intro to Camera (Part 1)
  • May 2 or 3 | Intro to Sound
  • May 9 or 10 | Pre-Production
  • May 16 or 17 | Intro to Camera (Part 2)
  • May 23 or 24 | Intro to Lighting
  • May 30 or 31 | Auditions
  • Jun. 6 or 7 | Rehearsing with Actors
  • Jun. 11 or 12 | Filming (On-Location)
  • Jun. 13 or 14 | Next Steps and Recap

NOTE: The curriculum for this program has been changed and no longer includes Post-Production or Editing. A Filmmaking Fundamentals track in Post-Production will follow this Narrative workshop series, beginning in Fall 2022. Details TBA.

Where applicable, equipment, and software are provided by NWFF.

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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