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 [email protected] to ask about our annual class offerings.


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Filmmaking Fundamentals

October 6th - November 24th (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
nstructor: Jonah Kozlowski, Bernard Mann, Craig Downing
Tuition: $560 ($525 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

For 8 weeks, learn the fundamentals for digital filmmaking. During class, students will have hands-on training with camera, audio, light and editing equipment. Students will acquire the actionable skills and full understanding to independently make professional films. This class is filmmaking by practical application. All basic film equipment will be provided in class. Students can also bring their own equipment to class if they want.


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Post-Production Audio Editing

September 15th & 18th (Tuesday and Friday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Nate Eiford
Tuition: $90 ($75 for Film Forum members)

This class will cover the fundamentals of audio editing and sound mixing for video. Students will be introduced to available mixing and processing tools to clean up noise, achieve consistency of sound and take 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 Northwest Film Forum.

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Beginning Adobe Premiere Pro CC

September 29th - October 8th (Tuesdays & Thursday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Michael Poggenburg
Tuition: $275 ($250 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 5 students

This workshop will cover the essentials for learning to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud, a leading platform used by many professional filmmakers for editing digital media. The class will provide the training so students will have the skills to confidently, efficiently and effectively edit films with the most up to date version of this software. We will focus on the basics about the interface, the timeline, workflows and refining your cut. Dynamic linking will also be introduced, for those handling effects in your Premiere timeline.

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Intro to Final Cut Pro X

September 2nd - 23rd (Wednesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann 

Tuition: $275 ($250 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.


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Producing Fundamentals for Indie Filmmaking

October 5th and 7th (Monday & Wednesday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Lindy Boustedt
Tuition: $120 ($95 for Film Forum members)

Participants will gain an understanding of the creative producer’s process, timelines and the many idiosyncrasies around an independent film’s life cycle from development through initial deliverables. Lindy Boustedt will share how, through her award-winning company First Sight Productions, she has produced 18 short films and 3 feature films with budgets of all shapes and sizes. She will use her most recent short film and feature film as case studies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects to the class for specific advice. This two day workshop will cover budgeting/financing/audience on day one and pre- through post-production on day two.

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Intro to Generative Visuals and Max 7

November 12th & 19th (Thursdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Jesse Chappelle
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum members)

This two-day introductory course will delve into the world of generative art using the program MAX 7 to learn about and creating generative visuals. This course requires no prior programming experience and will enable students to begin to explore the tools used by audio/visual professionals and new media artists.

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Intro to the Red Digital Camera

October 14th & 15th (Wednesday and Thursday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Brody Willis
Tuition: $120 ($90 for Film Forum members)

An introductory course which helps familiarize the student with the Red Epic digital cinema camera. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of set-up and operation, with the objective of shooting a properly composed and lit subject. 

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Lean Team Doc Filmmaking

November 2nd & 9th (Mondays) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Rustin Thompson
Tuition: $75 ($65 for Film Forum members)

Interested in making a documentary? This class will teach you how to streamline your production in order to make a long- or short-form documentary as a small team. We'll cover pre-production decisions (such as dealing with narrative, characters, locations and budgeting); choice of camera (including audio and support equipment that will enable you to film as a one-person crew); field techniques and skills (to keep you close to the action, expedite the capturing of footage, allow you to work light on your feet, and help you to recognize what is and is not essential to your story); and advice on how to pack for travel and field production (including the essential back-up items you need for piece of mind). In addition the class will touch on post-production choices you can make to save time and money. Some experience working with cameras and editing platforms will be helpful in this class.

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Recording Audio For Film

August 11th & 13th (Tuesday and Thursday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Nate Eiford
Tuition: $90 ($75 for Film Forum members)

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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