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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Citizen Journalist: An Intro to Indie Journalism

May 26th and 28th (Tuesday & Thursday), 6:30pm-8:30pm
I
nstructor: Alex Garland
Tuition: $80 ($60 for Film Forum members)


In the age of electronic media, facts are editorialized, opinions are confused with news, and much goes unreported or misrepresented. It becomes the citizens responsibility to document the world around them. In this class, we'll better prepare students for their pursuit of independent journalism by providing knowledge, skills, and abilities for all levels of experience. This class will cover optional tools for the job, your rights as a citizen journalist, and, among others, how to best share your work. This is as much an open environment to learn from each other, as it is an opportunity to network with other passionate independent journalists.

 

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Filmmaking Fundamentals

June 10th - July 29th (Wednesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
I
nstructor: Dan Thornton
Tuition: $575 ($550 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, as they actually make a short film during class sessions. 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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Intermediate Final Cut Pro

May 5th - 14th (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 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.

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Effective Cinematic Lighting

May 12th - May 19th (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Brody Willis
Tuition: $140 ($120 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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Post Production Sound and Audio Editing

May 11th - 18th (Mondays), 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Nate Eiford
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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Audio Recording For Film and Video

June 2nd & 4th (Tuesday and Thursday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Nate Eiford
Tuition: $100 ($85 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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Celebrating Celluloid: An Intro to 16mm Filmmaking

June 7th - June 28th (Sundays), 1pm-4pm
Instructor: Linda Fenstermaker
Tuition: $365 ($325 for Film Forum members)

Explore the wondrous world of celluloid! This class focuses on the preproduction and production processes of 16mm filmmaking. Learn the basics of shooting on 16mm film with a Bolex camera, including light metering and exposure skills, film stock knowledge and 16mm film strip and camera anatomy. Students will discover the exciting possibilities of 16mm filmmaking such as in-camera editing techniques. Students will shoot their own 100 foot rolls of 16mm film. This is a unique opportunity designed for image makers of all levels, including digital filmmakers, beginning filmmakers, photographers or anyone curious about experiencing 16mm filmmaking. Class tuition covers all materials. 

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Intro to Final Cut Pro X

July 11th & 12th (Saturday & Sunday) 11am - 5pm
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.

 

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Lean Team Doc Filmmaking

June 8th and June 15th (Mondays) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Rustin Thompson
Tuition: $95 ($85 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 peace 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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Solid Gold Pitches

July 7th - July 28th (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Brad Wilke and Line Sandsmark
Tuition: $195 ($175 for Film Forum members)

Have a good idea for a movie? In Solid Gold Pitches, you'll work closely with instructors, as well as your fellow classmates, to develop your best story ideas into pitches that actually do them justice. From there, you'll hone your loglines and rehearse your delivery until your pitch is a well-oiled narrative machine fit for public presentation.The final class session will consist of a public pitch session during which class participants will pitch to an audience, who will play the role of "studio exec" offering constructive feedback and commentary to help you perfect your pitch before taking it to the next level.

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Producing Fundamentals for Indie Filmmaking

July 18th & 19th (Sundays) 12pm - 4pm
Instructor: Lindy Boustedt
Tuition: $195 ($175 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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Comprehensive Lighting & Grip

July 16th - 30th (Thursdays) 6pm - 10pm
Instructor: Kris Boustedt
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)

Designed for all levels of filmmakers, this class will, through analysis and hands-on demonstration, demystify and investigate the application of effective lighting techniques. Come lean how to create, control and manipulate the mood of light. The class will also cover how we construct meaning through light regardless of budgetary constraints. By the end students will have the practical knowledge of both the power of light and its application.

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Intro to Generative Visuals and Max 7

July 20th & 27th (Mondays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Jesse Chappelle
Tuition: $150 ($120 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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Analysis of Screenplay Elements

April 9th - May 14th (Thursdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Peter Tolfree
Tuition: $140 ($120 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

 
Over 6 weeks, this class will introduce the fundamental building blocks of screenplay writing. Through the study of films and script analysis, we will explore how our favorite feature films convey stories about the dramatic actions of interesting characters, told through a balance of visual and spoken language.
 

 

 

Beginning Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

June 8th - 17th (Mondays & Wednesdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: MichaelPoggenburg
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)

This workshop will cover the essentials for learning to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro is a leading platform used by many professional filmmakers for editing digital media. This class will provide the training so you will have the skills to confidently, efficiently and effectively edit films. 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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Advanced Final Cut Pro

May 19th - 28th (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 6 students

This class will season editors who have learned the basics of Final Cut Pro X in the beginning class and the in's and outs of the program in the Intermediate class. We will take a narrative project from conception to completion, including organizing the files, importing the assests/media, and preparing them to edit with organization and syncing. Then student will make a rough cut and carry it through to the audio mixing and color correction stage. We will finish by exporting and creating the project deliverables. Students will be coached at every step of the way and receive pro tips on how to do the job smarter and quicker.

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