Multi-Session Workshops

Northwest Film Forum classes and workshops are designed to instruct filmmakers on both the mechanical skills required in current filmmaking technology and the artistic application of tools to explore the critical and emotional range of the cinematic experience. Classes and workshops are taught by working artists: filmmakers, writers, producers and editors.

Explore filmmaking by doing it. We do not want you to make a commitment you are uncomfortable with; we offer a wide range of classes and workshops that can be taken at whatever pace you prefer. Whether you are new to the art and plan to plunge into filmmaking as a career or you have purchased your own equipment and wish to drop in on a few certifications to learn more, our classes are for you. NWFF's curriculum offers a complete education in nearly all aspects of filmmaking. Multi-session classes meet weekly and offer in-depth, hands-on experience with filmmaking tools, while one-day workshops offer both insightful lectures and practical techniques on current filmmaking topics.

This schedule is updated regularly.  Please check back for new classes, or email craig@nwfilmforum.org to ask about our annual class offerings.

 

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Working with Musicians for Film

Saturday and Sunday, Aug 9th and 10th, 11am - 3pm
Instructor: Jen Gilleran
Tuition: $350 ($330 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students 

For musicians and non-musicians alike, this class will offer a hands on experience of working with a small music improv ensemble while exploring the process of creating a film score. As films are projected in class, students will have the unique opportunity to shape the live musical improvisation through a series of simple hand signals to communicate to the musicians, in effect improvising as well. The compositions are recorded and the work is evaluated and edited by the students for the following day’s class.  Later, the final collaborative score will be performed live at the Northwest Film Forum. Musicans: Jen Gilleran, drums and Christian Pincock, trombone/effects.

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Doc Filmmaking Comprehensive **SOLD OUT**

** SOLD OUT** Contact us to be placed on the waiting list

Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Aug 4th - Sept 29th (No Class Labor Day)

Instructor: Erin Katz

Tuition: $590 ($565 for Film Forum members)

Limited to 6 students 

Over the course of 8 weeks, students will learn the technical and artistic skills of documentary filmmaking. Classes include story development, interviewing techniques, camera, lighting, sound recording, and editing. Through hands-on workshops, works-in-progress critiques, and editing labs, students will have the opportunity to experience a professional workflow and leave with their own documentary short. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment but all basic equipment will be provided.

 

 

Writing With Light - Lighting Essentials

Saturday and Sunday, Aug 9th and 10th, 10am - 2pm 
Instructor: Jake Warga
Tuition: $220 ($190 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

This workshop will explore the basic vocabulary of lighting for filmmakers. Topics include exposures, color temperatures, finding the best ambient lighting, studio light, field lighting and more. We will start with the basics and progress to the more advanced. This intensive workshop will be a lighting boot camp. First day will cover basic terminology and technique of field and studio lighting. On the second day participants will emulate lighting set-ups based on popular movie frames or still images. At the end of class students will know the terminology, techniques and essentials of lighting.

 

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Packaging & Preparing Your Film For Financing

Tuesdays, Aug 19th - Sept 9th, 7pm - 9pm
Instructor: Basil Shadid
Tuition: $170 ($150 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

Whether you’re working on a short or feature, documentary or narrative, this class will go through the steps of creating a development package. Students will learn how to evaluate a project’s feasibility; write and compile the necessary elements of a a film package; strategize for marketing, distribution, and fundraising; and understand the basics of film budgeting. If you come with a project, you’ll walk away with a full development package and an action-list of next steps to getting your project financed and made.

 

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Intro to Grip Tools on Set

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept 16 & 18th 7pm - 9pm
Instructor: Art Reynolds
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

In this two day class, students will be introduced to the standard tools used by grips in the industry. Using clamps, stands and more, students will get hands-on experience learning what's available and how to use it effectively on set.

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Audio Recording For Film and Video

Tuesday, 12th Aug 7pm - 9pm and Thursday 14th Aug 7pm - 10pm
Instructor: Robb Kunz
Tuition: $100 ($85 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 8 students 

This two-day workshop will cover the essentials of audio, microphones, recorder technology and recording techniques to enable your production, no matter the budget, to sound professional. The first evening will be an in-depth presentation of the concepts. The second class will include three hours of hands-on learning with a field test and an evaluation. Students will leave knowing how to listen to, evaluate and capture better audio for film production.

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Post Production Sound and Audio Editing

Tuesday, 19th Aug 7pm - 9pm and Thursday, 21st Aug 7pm - 10pm
Instructor: Robb Kunz
Tuition: $100 ($85 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 5 students 

This class will cover the fundamentals of audio editing and sound mixing for video. We will introduce available mixing and processing tools that will enable you to clean up noise, achieve consistency of sound and take your post-production sound to a professional level. The first two-hour class will focus on sound theory. For the second session, students are encouraged to bring clips as we work in the editing suite at the Northwest Film Forum.

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Intro to Final Cut Pro X

Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Sept 4th - 25th

Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 5 students

 

Final Cut Pro X is an ideal non-linear digital editing program for anyone with little or no background in editing. The software's interface and ease of use allows aspiring filmmakers to produce polished and well-told stories in no time.  In this class, students will learn to make better story decisions while learning the software from the ground up. You will learn how to import footage and organize your media while mastering editing techniques for digital video and sound. Students will also learn how to effectively use transitions, text and color techniques while understanding how to export to one of the many formats available. Prior experience in non-linear editing is not required, but basic computer skills are necessary.   

 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Professional film storytelling using the latest version of Final Cut Pro.
 
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Intermediate Final Cut Pro X **SOLD OUT**

Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, July 10th - July 31st
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 5 students

This intermediate level class offers a hands-on, project-oriented approach into the deeper levels of the software. We will explore how to improve the quality of your audio during the mixing stage and how to manage a project that using multiple cameras. Students will then work through an advanced compositing module with a green screen and finish with an in-depth project focused on color correction. Students will finish knowing how to professional organize, edit and export any project using industry procedures and techniques.

What students will learn: How to edit any kind of project that they may asked to do, as well as take their edited project through the final stages of polishing for virtually any kind of submission.