One-Day / Weekend 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. The Film Forum'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. Email for any questions.


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Shooting with Anamorphic Lenses

November 2 (Sunday), 11am - 5pm
Instructor: Jody Cole
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum Members)

Even with DSLR cameras, you can be shooting with anamorphic lenses for your next project. In this class, we'll explore the history and characteristics as we jump in and try some lenses out in the classroom. Shooting anamorphic is traditionally expensive but we'll explore all your options, ranging from pro rentals all the way to faking it for under $20. Bring a camera and a lens you are familiar with to see the effects for your preferred system during the hands-on section. On completion, you'll be certified to rent the Film Forum's official Anamorphic Kit and take your dreams to the Widescreen.

Click here to register for Shooting with Anamorphic Lenses


Working With Green Screen

November 16 (Sunday), 10:30am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $180 ($160 for Film Forum Members)
Limited to 5 students

In this one-day workshop, you will learn all the industry methods for lighting and shooting your subject using a green screen. To start, you'll learn the history and theory of green screens and the travelling matte. Second, we will set up and light a green screen in our studio. Afterwards, using Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro, you will learn how to effectively position the subject over the new background resulting in movie making awesomeness. Bring your own camera if you have one, but it is not required.

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Psychedelic Ethnography

November 16 (Sunday), 12pm - 5pm
Instructor: Ben Russell
Tuition: $80 ($65 for Film Forum Members)

This workshop is conceptually organized around the seemingly opposite poles of psychedelia and ethnography, two approaches which have the same goal at heart: the understanding of our/selves in the world. This workshop proposes a critical study of past and present in order to forge a new way forward. Drawing from the flicker films of Paul Sharits to the trance anthropologies of Jean Rouch and Maya Deren; from the embodied abstractions of Makino Takashi to the documentary provocations of Renzo Martens, the end result will be a syncretic understanding of how these touchstones can be integrated into a filmmaking practice. Selected screenings will be supplemented with performative PowerPoint lecture and in-class filming exercises. Students should come with some kind of image-and-sound capture device.

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Red Digital Cinema Basics

January 12 & 14 (Monday & Wednesday), 6:30pm-9:30pm

Instructor: Brody Willis 
Tuition: $140 ($125 for Film Forum members)

An introductory course which helps familiarise 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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Intermediate Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

November 8 & 9 (Saturday & Sunday), 10am-3pm
Instructor: Chris Julian
Tuition: $330 ($295 for Film Forum Members)
Limited to 5 students  

This workshop builds from the Premiere Pro essentials to help you take your editing skills to the next professional level. We will cover managing media with larger projects, photomation, backing up projects, time remapping, color correction and many more working-industry practices.

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Intro to Grip Tools on Set

November 16th (Sunday), 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Art Reynolds
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum members)
Limited to 10 students

In this one 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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Intro to Color Correction

October 26 (Sunday), 11am-5pm
Instructor: Michael Poggenburg
Tuition: $150 ($130 for Film Forum Members)
Limited to 5 students  

This six-hour class introduces you to the basics of color correction that focuses on what to look for when correcting footage and how to use video scopes. Working in Northwest Film Forum’s edit suite, you will discover how Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe After Effects each allow you to correct and stylize your footage. We will learn how to create film “looks” of our own in order to change the mood of the scene, correct contrast, modify saturation, set skin tone, and match footage shot on different cameras or under different lighting conditions. This class will give you a comprehensive understanding of how to use the color correction tools available and train your eye to fundamentally correct the look of your film.

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Proper Script Formatting


October 20 (Monday), 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Jill Fey
Tuition: $60 ($45 for Film Forum Members)

This workshop will cover industry standard formatting for a screenplay. We will cover correct formatting for scene headings and shots, transitions, direction, dialogue, parenthetical, and punctuation. We will also cover spacing, capitalization, sound effects, italicizing, ad libs, foreign language, etc. Giving you the understanding and skills to produce an industry standard screenplay.

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History of Music in Film

November 23 (Sunday), 11am–6pm
Instructor: Chris Julian
Tuition: $110 ($95 for Film Forum Members)

This course will feature a guided history of film music over the last 80 years, and its various trends. It will also cover common concepts, theories, issues and pitfalls within the scoring world. Our time together will feature plenty of viewing and listening, plus lots of rousing discussions and debates. This is great for filmmakers and musicians--both professional & amateur--and for film fans and enthusiasts alike.

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