Additional 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 [email protected] for any questions.


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Working With Green Screen: Theory & Practice

November 8th (1pm - 5pm) and November 15th, (1pm-4pm).
Instructor: Bernard Mann
Tuition: $150 ($120 for Film Forum members)

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn all the industry methods for lighting and shooting your subject using a green screen. Afterwards, you will learn how to composite your footage using an advanced keyer over a background. In post, 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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DSLR Videography

November 30th (Monday) 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Craig Downing
Tuition: $35 ($25 for Film Forum Members)

Come explore and learn the basic skills of DSLR video filmmaking. Using our Canon 60D, this class covers standard camera functions and the artistic possibilities of DSLR cameras. Students will learn how to manually control the necessary exposure functions to create professional video content.

While we use a Canonm camera in class, the concepts will apply to most any camera.

Click here to register for DSLR Filmmaking and 60D Certification.



Open Script Read

Free event!

Happy Hour: 6:30pm
Readings: 7pm

November 9th 6pm - 8pm

Join Northwest Film Forum for a monthly Open Script Read! Local screenwriters and filmmakers may submit 10 pages of their original work in order to hear a live table read, with an ensemble of professional actors, and get feedback from both actors and other participants.

Northwest Film Forum's Open Script Read will accept submissions up to 5 days before each reading.  

Each submission should be no more than 10 pages of a screenplay or teleplay. Please write a couple of lines about the project—is it a feature film, short film, TV or web series? What it the total length of the script?

We suggest submitting the first 10 pages of your script, but if you very specifically want the actors to read a different scene from your script, just make sure that you do not exceed 10 pages and that you write a few introductory lines that will provide context for the actors.

Open Script Read is. . .open. Each month, we'll begin with a happy hour from 6:30-7pm, giving actors and filmmakers a chance to meet in an informal setting. At 7pm, we'll gather around a table and do 4 script reading and feedback sessions - approximately 30 minutes each. Screenwriter and filmmaker Daryle Conners will moderate the session and provide structure for the feedback.

If you would like to submit a script, please send a Word or Final Draft document to [email protected].

We will schedule the reading sessions based on a first-come, first-served basis and will publish a list of the featured writers/scripts at least 48 hours before the event. Four scripts will be featured at each Open Script Read.  


Drone Aerial Videography

October 10th (Saturday) 1pm - 4pm
Instructor: Jeremiah Kaynor
Tuition: $55 ($45 for Film Forum members)

Amazing aerial footage is not just a luxury for big-budget movies anymore. With the new Aerial Flying Units (AFU) that carry HD cameras, the options are limitless. In this introductory class, come and discover the world of AFU’s/Drones and the new tool for Aerial Cinematography as we cover what is now available to independent filmmakers. See the different ranges of AFU’s and have a chance to watch them in action as you learn all about Aerial Cinematography with AFU’s. The only limits are your imagination!

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