RG Pro Production Intensives Workshops

About

Northwest Film Forum’s ongoing series of modular film production workshops designed to provide young and emerging filmmakers with training on the fundamentals of film. Eligible participants who complete the entire series have the opportunity to become an apprentice of our production company, RG Pro. Sign up for the workshop series or individual sessions!


About RG Pro

Remove the Gap Productions (RG Pro) was founded on the belief that in order to achieve equity and advancement in today’s film industry and creative economy, female and gender-nonconforming filmmakers must be active participants in all aspects of media production. RG Pro provides training, mentorship, professional development, and early career production experiences. The Production Intensives workshop series is offered quarterly and provides training on essential skills for people who want to apprentice with RG Pro, who are entering the production industry, or who creating their own film and media projects.

General Workshop Information

All workshops are sliding scale, pay-what-you-can. Suggested fee is $80 per workshop. Please pay as you are able to help make the workshops accessible to all. 

Skill Level: Introductory

Format: Online, via Zoom. All workshops will be live-captioned. The workshops are designed with projects to be completed between sessions, which should take about 1 hour to complete. Some projects are collaborative, some are individual. Projects are not graded, but are designed to provide practical, project based learning.

Recommended for: Ages 17+. Anyone who wishes to enter the local film and video production industry, high school and college students over 17, and those who are interested in freelancing.  There is no maximum age limit; all are welcome.

Accessibility: All Zoom workshops will be live-captioned.

Apprenticeships: Women and nonbinary students age 17-26 who complete all the workshops can apply to become RG Pro as apprentices. Apprentices are paid as contractors to work and train with a mentor on local productions. Email rgpro@nwfilmforum.org for more information!


Spring 2021 Production Intensives

Intro to Producing for Film and Media

SATURDAY, APRIL 17 11am-12:30pm & TUESDAY, APRIL 20 6:30-8pm

The first course in our Production Intensives series will introduce you to the materials, skills, and workflow required to turn an idea into an accomplishable proposal for a production. You’ll learn how to read an RFP (request for proposal), and collaborate to create a budgeted and artful proposal that could get you the gig.

SESSION A (11:00am-12:30pm, Saturday, 4/17)

The following skills and topics will be covered:

  • Project Planning – Communicating with partners and collaborators by defining a project’s scope and timeline. 
  • RFPs – How to read and respond to an Request for Proposal for a video production project
  • Crews & Roles – Assigning roles on a film set and determining which your project will need.
  • Budgets – Building and setting basic production budgets.
  • Finding Alignment – How to clearly communicate your vision for and expertise on a project and how it will tell the story, convey meaning, or reach the audience. 

AT HOME PROJECT

Between sessions, groups assigned to create an RFP together will draft one in a shared document.

SESSION B (2:30pm-4:00pm, Tuesday, 4/20)

Meet again with your proposal group to finalize your proposal and practice how you’ll pitch it to the group. Pitch your assigned project and receive feedback from classmates and the instructor who will pose as the client. After, there will be time to ask questions which may have arisen during the drafting and pitching process.

Required Materials: A computer or tablet which can access Zoom, spreadsheet and word processing software (free versions are available through OpenOffice), and shared Google Drive files.


Pre-Production

SATURDAY, APRIL 24 11AM-12:30PM & TUESDAY, APRIL 27 6:30-8PM

This workshop builds on the first one in the series, and provides a dive into and chance to practice with the tools producers use to successfully prepare to bring a vision to the screen on time and on budget. Learn how to merge your creative brilliance with the part of you that loves a good check list.

SESSION A (11:00am-12:30pm, Saturday, 4/24)

The following skills and topics will be covered:

  • Planning a Production – Learn about the collaboration that goes into turning your proposal into a successful production plan.
  • Location Scouting – Find out how to get or make the best location you can.
  • Pre-production Paperwork – Get an overview of common necessary permits and paperwork you may need, such as releases, and shooting scripts.

AT HOME PROJECT

You got the gig! Now it’s time to get creative and turn your winning proposal into a shooting schedule and storyboard.

SESSION B (2:30pm-4:00pm, Tuesday, 4/27)

Share your shooting schedule and storyboard, then receive feedback from classmates. The instructor, who will answer any questions which may have arisen during your process. We’ll also take a look at invoicing and expense tracking so you can set yourself up to stay on budget and invoice smoothly.

Required Materials: A computer or tablet which can access Zoom, spreadsheet and word processing software (free versions are available through OpenOffice), and shared Google Drive files.


Producing On-Set

SATURDAY, MAY 1 – 11:00am-12:30pm & TUESDAY, MAY 4 – 6:30-8:00pm

In this third workshop on producing, you will receive in-depth guidance on how to manage a safe, equitable, and efficient set as a producer, starting with the all important callsheet. All the skills and practices taught will be beneficial to any crew member on a production; they establish baseline knowledge and a feminist framework for on-set productions.

SESSION A (11:00am-12:30pm, 5/1)

The following skills and topics will be covered:

  • Running a Feminist Set – Establishing a safe and inclusive production environment for everyone.
  • Set Etiquette – Determining a clear division of labor and best practices on communicating with crew.
  • Callsheets – Learn what all the different important parts of this essential tool are, and how to deliver them to your crew.

AT HOME PROJECT

Create a callsheet for a one day shoot. If you have attended prior workshops in this series, you can create it for that production. If not, you’ll be provided production info to build the callsheet from.

SESSION B (2:30pm-4:00pm, 5/4)

Share your callsheet and receive feedback from classmates and the instructor, as well as ask any questions which may have arisen during your process. The session will also cover.

  • COVID-19 Safety Plans – COVID-19 Guidelines shift frequently. We’ll go over general safety practices and tips, and how to find and understand current government policies and information.

Livestreaming & Virtual Production

SATURDAY, MAY 8 11AM-12:30PM & TUESDAY, MAY 11 – 6:30-8PM

Livestreaming and virtual video production are now essential tools for communicating with the public, and these skillsets will continue to be vital for the foreseeable future. This workshop will provide an overview of livestreaming technologies at an introductory level, covering best practices for running a livestreamed or remote production and providing you the foundation to successfully grow your skills.

SESSION A (11:00am-12:30pm, Saturday,  5/6)

The following skills and topics will be covered:

  • Livestream Workflows – Receiving an overview of basic terminology, as well as phone and computer setup options for livestreaming onto different platforms, including Vimeo, Twitch, Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) – Learning industry-standard software for livestreaming, including output and monitor settings, managing A/V sources, scene transitions and overlays.
  • Additional Software – Incorporating helpful plugins and software into your initial setups.

AT HOME PROJECT

Set up OBS at home and record a livestreaming on your own!

SESSION B (6:30pm-8:00pm on Tuesday, 5/11)

Share your experiences setting up OBS, then receive feedback from the instructor, who will answer any questions which may have arisen during your process. Additional resources will also be shared for continued learning. More in-depth discussions will also cover:

  • Virtual Tour of Pound Studios – Demonstrating RG Pro’s multi-camera set-up, along with a review of live sound signal flow and best practices for using in-person livestream equipment.
  • Livestream Production – Switching between different cameras, capturing different views of a production as it goes feeds through OBS, and gaining tips for working with an in-person and/or remote team.

Required Materials:

A computer or tablet which can access Zoom and shared Google Drive files. Access to the free open-source program, Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is also required. If you have questions about OBS or need access to a NWFF computer or laptop, please email our Education Manager at jonah@nwfilmforum.org to explore options.

Course Instructor

Lev Betron (they/them) is the Education Manager at The Vera Project. Lev was introduced to the world of multimedia production at Rochester Institute of Technology where they studied illustration and organized college e-sport (video game) events for fun. In 2014 they moved to Seattle to get a graduate degree in education from Seattle University and found their path as an educator, activist, and DIY artist. They’ve done everything from college student advising, to event production, to camp counseling, and graphic design. In response to the COVID outbreak, they’re now managing online workshops and producing live and pre-recorded programs with Vera, and spending much more time at home with their dog, Huxley.


Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

SATURDAY, MAY 15 11AM-12:30PM & TUESDAY, MAY 18 6:30-8PM

Learn the essentials of editing in Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud, which has become an industry standard editing software for film and video. This workshop will frame your learning within a professional workflow and offer an understanding of the basic tools, layout, and uses that will make learning the deeper aspects of the software easier. Learn and practice with sample projects and leave the workshop with our guide for continued learning.

SESSION A (11:00am-12:30pm PST on Saturday, 5/15)

The following skills and topics will be covered:

  • An Editor’s Role – Learning how editors fit into the production timeline and workflow.
  • Data Management – Organizing your media prior to and during the edit.
  • Project Basics – Practicing with a hands-on project by learning how to import media into a timeline, cut video and audio, and add basic graphics.

AT HOME PROJECT

Edit using provided sample interview and B-roll footage to create a short video.

SESSION B (6:30pm-8:00pm PST on Tuesday, 5/18)

Share your edit, then receive feedback from classmates and the instructor, who will answer any questions which may have arisen during your process. More in-depth discussions will also cover:

  • Strategies for continued learning – How professional editors stay up to date, and planning to grow your skills.
  • Exporting and Sharing –  A look at tools editors use to share drafts, collaborate, and get feedback.

Skill Level:

Introductory. Our following two workshops — Intro to After Effects and Motion Graphics in After Effects — will expand upon this knowledge.

Required Materials:

A computer or tablet which can access Zoom and shared Google Drive files. An Adobe Creative Cloud membership or free trial are also required. If you have questions about Adobe Creative Cloud or need access to a NWFF computer, please email our Education Manager at jonah@nwfilmforum.org to explore options.


Intro to Adobe After Affects

SATURDAY, MAY 22 11AM-12:30PM & TUESDAY, MAY 25 6:30-8PM

Expand the possibilities of your films by getting a primer on Adobe After Effects, a powerful and essential tool used by professional editors to create animated graphics, special effects, and much more. Whether the software’s complexity has daunted you in the past or you’ve dabbled but wish to understand more, this workshop will help you choose which functions are best suited to improve your creative projects and provide a solid foundation for further exploration.

SESSION A (11:00am-12:30pm on Saturday, 5/22)

The following skills and topics will be covered:

  • Software Overview – Understanding the interface and diversity of tasks that After Effects can be used for.
  • Data Management – Organizing media prior to and during the edit.
  • Demo Presentation – Viewing a sample project on how to animate a moving logo over a background.

AT HOME PROJECT

Using provided assets, or your own project footage, animated a moving logo over a background.

SESSION B (6:30pm-8:00pm on 5/25)

Share your animated logo, and get answers to any questions which may have arisen during your process. Additional resources will also be shared for continued learning with the software.

Skill Level:

Introductory. Knowledge of Premiere or Photoshop is helpful. Those who are interested in deeper learning can continue on to take Motion Graphics in Adobe After Effects the following week.

Required Materials:

A computer or tablet which can access Zoom and shared Google Drive files. An Adobe Creative Cloud membership or free trial are also required. If you have questions about Adobe Creative Cloud or need access to a NWFF computer, please email our Education Manager at jonah@nwfilmforum.org to explore options.


Motion Graphics in After Effects

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 11AM-12:30PM & TUESDAY, JUNE 8 6:30-8PM

A follow-up to our Intro to After Effects workshop, Motion Graphics in After Effects will teach you how to modify existing templates to create customized animated graphics and special effects which you can incorporate into your edit. 

SESSION A (11:00am-12:30pm on Saturday, 6/5)

The following skills and topics will be covered:

  • Custom Graphics – Exploring which motion graphics or templates a project may need.
  • After Effects Templates – Modifying and incorporating existing templates, including design tips for graphic and color choices.
  • Working Across the Adobe Suite – How to create a motion graphics template (.mogrt) for Premiere.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Create your own custom motion graphics template (.mogrt) to practice with.

SESSION B (6:30pm-8:00pm on 6/8)

Share your motion graphics template (.mogrt), then talk through questions or challenges which may have arisen during your edit. Additional experimentation with modifying and customizing After Effects templates will continue.

Required Materials:

A computer or tablet which can access Zoom and shared Google Drive files. An Adobe Creative Cloud membership or free trial are also required. If you have questions about Adobe Creative Cloud or need access to a NWFF computer or laptop, please email our Education Manager at jonah@nwfilmforum.org to explore options.

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1515 12th Ave,

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