Winter workshops (including the latest Required Viewing)

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Explore filmmaking by doing it!  Northwest Film Forum offers 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.

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.

All workshops are held at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave) unless otherwise specified.

Students MUST register and pay the tuition in advance. To register, call Studio Director Dave Hanagan at 206-329-2629, or register online.

Financially strapped students interested in attending classes are invited to volunteer for NWFF. Volunteers gain free access to workshops in exchange for time spent doing volunteer chores. For more information, contact volunteer@nwfilmforum.org.

 

Winter Workshops
Workshops & Classes Coming this Winter to Northwest Film Forum

Explore filmmaking by doing it! 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.

All workshops are held at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave) unless otherwise specified.

Students MUST register and pay the tuition in advance. To register, call Studio Director Dave Hanagan at 206-329-2629, or register online.

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.

Required Viewing

Cinema’s Brilliant Darkness: German Expressionist Film

Four Mondays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 7-9pm
Instructor: Dickey Nesenger
Tuition: $100/WigglyWorld members, $120/general
Max Attendance: 25

Without German Expressionism, films by Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Orson Welles and Tim Burton might not have come into being. Their depictions of crime and horror amidst raw human emotions took root in Germany between World War I and World War II, when that nation’s disintegrating psyche found a new voice and point of view through expressionist cinema, as depicted in such films as Lang’s Metropolis, Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu.

This four week study in Expressionist cinema is not a lecture course but hands on exploration into the history and impact of the movement on art and culture through a comprehensive viewing of films and in-class discussions that cover the form’s guiding principles in cinematography and lighting, symbolism and theme, and character’s human action of expressiveness.  Films to be viewed in part or entirety include the abovementioned, plus additional scenes that exemplify what many film historians consider the greatest era of movies.  In the final week we will examine contemporary films and filmmakers influenced by these earlier films.
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Multi-Session Workshops

Intermediate Final Cut: Editing

Three Mondays, Nov 8, 15 & 22, 6-9pm
Instructor: Chris Julian
Tuition: $250/WigglyWorld members, $280/general
Max Attendance: 5
Prerequisite: Basic familiarity with Final Cut Pro.
Participants will study clips and then go into the final cut room and walk through the many steps of making a scene or situation come alive.  You’ll cover pacing, crosscutting, defining the atmosphere, continuity, etc. and discuss how all these affect the emotional foundation of the work. Time will also be devoted to the role of sound and how it’s the first thing neglected in beginning picture editing: how to make dialogue flow, how to incorporate music, and how sound can save an edit.  We will also discuss the different approaches for documentary vs. feature vs. music video.

Optical Printing and Direct Animation

Three Saturdays, Dec 4, 11 & 18, 12-3pm
Instructor: Jon Behrens
Tuition: $100/WigglyWorld members, $130/general
Max Attendance: 8

In this very hands-on class, filmmakers will learn direct animation techniques like painting, bleaching, scratching and dying 16mm celluloid film stock and then learn how to create magic using NWFF’s JK Optical Printer-an age old and nearly forgotten device used to re-photograph motion picture film with dazzling results by learning basic and not so basic optical printer skills. At the end of three weekends students will have contributed to the making of a short experimental film that will be very colorful and beautiful.

Beginning Editing with Final Cut Pro

Sections to choose from:

Three Tuesdays, Nov 30, Dec 7 & 14, 6:30-9:30pm
Three Mondays, Jan 17, 24 & 31, 6-9pm
Three Mondays, Mar 7, 14 & 21, 6-9pm
Instructor: Chris Julien
Tuition: $250/WigglyWorld members, $280/general
Max Attendance: 5

Learn the basics of non-linear editing with Final Cut Pro. Covers settings, basic principles, effects, titles, sound and printing to video with hands-on experience for each student. This class is for students who intend to work in digital video productions who want to know some of the basic skills of editing in a non-linear environment. Prior experience in non-linear editing is not required, but basic computer skills are necessary. Time is available in NWFF’s edit suite for students to work between classes.

 

Register for Beginning FCP in Nov/Dec
Register for Beginning FCP in January
Register for Beginning FCP in March

Screenwriting 101: The Eight Week Screenplay

Eight Tuesdays, Feb 1-Mar 22, 7-9pm
Instructor: Walter Dalton
Tuition: $230/WigglyWorld members, $260/general
Max Attendance: 8

Whether you want to pitch your film to Hollywood or make your independent feature, students will learn the substance of a good screenplay. With his decades of experience writing (as well as acting) for television and films, Walter will lead frank discussions about character development, plot structure and themes. Expect to talk about your ideas and receive regular feedback as you make progress in your writing. Students will work towards completing a feature-length screenplay in eight weeks. Students should come to class with an idea for a feature film, and will benefit from reading about proper screenplay formatting techniques before attending class.

16mm Camera Basics

Three Wednesdays, Mar 9, 16 & 23, 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: David Hanagan
Tuition: $150/WigglyWorld members, $180/general
Max Attendance: 8

This class focuses on the basic technical knowledge and skills necessary to successfully begin working in the 16mm format. Students will work hands on with NWFF’s cameras, learning how to confidently operate them, inspect them, clean them, and how to load and download magazines. Students will use an Eclair NPR, ACL II, and Bolex to shoot a short, group practice film, putting into action the principles of shot composition and strategies for lens and filter choices, exposure, focus, depth of field, film stock selection, and laboratory process.

Lighting for Film & Video

Dates TBA – Please (206) 329-2629 call for details
Instructor: Erik Vilinskas
Tuition: $250/WigglyWorld members, $280/general
Max Attendance: 8
Lighting sets the tone of every scene. Learn how to use creative lighting techniques to establish a mood and direct your viewer to the most important parts of your shot.  With examples taken from the films of today and yesteryear, we will learn how to examine a shot to determine how it was lit.  Hands-on exercises will take us from the basics of a three-point lighting setup to more specialized techniques used to create emotional impact on-screen. Special attention will be given to creating professional looking lighting setups on a limited budget, as well as correctly incorporating available daylight sources. No prior experience is required.

After Effects Basics

Four Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 6-9pm
Instructor: Cory Kelley
Tuition: $280/WigglyWorld members, $310/general
Max Attendance: 5

AfterEffects is a powerful animation and compositing tool, with a wide range of applications. Commonly used for film, television and multimedia, this program can be difficult to crack at first. Once the basics are mastered, it offers a rich and nearly unlimited range of creative possibilities. We’ll be learning from the ground up how to animate typography, as well as combine and manipulate footage and other elements to create effects and motion graphics.

Register for After Effects Basics

Basic Videography

Dates TBA – Please (206) 329-2629 call for details
Instructor: Erik Vilinskas
Tuition: $250/WigglyWorld members, $280/general
Max Attendance: 10
Learn how composition, lighting, and depth of field interact to create memorable images. This class will cover basic videography skills and provide the opportunity to operate NWFF’s Canon GL1, Panasonic AG-DVX100, and HVX200. We will discuss the differences between video and film and the benefits and pitfalls of some of the more popular video formats currently in use. We will also address the basics of lighting for video, as well as how to record good field audio using a shotgun microphone and boom. Hands-on sessions will demystify the buttons and menu functions common to most consumer and professional video cameras. This class will give you a solid foundation for your video projects, whether you plan to use the Film Forums camera’s or your own.
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One Day & Weekend Workshops

Sensible Financing for Feature Filmmaking

Saturday, Dec 4, 11am-4pm

Instructor: Daniel White
Tuition: $25/WigglyWorld members, $30/general
Max Attendance: 15
Feature filmmaking can be an outrageous experience, but that’s no excuse for your financial expectations to be outrageous. Useful for all scales of film budgets, this class will give you a sense of how to set up your project in the early stages while keeping a realistic goal for your finished product in mind. Different projects call for different business models and we’ll look at the specifics of setting up an LLC with an investment package, but also determine when an overinflated investment arrangement can do more harm than good. In every case, distribution is the key factor before the first frame is shot. Come with questions about your project, and leave with a strategy for a successful production!
Register for Sensible Financing

Deleuze and Cinema: An Introduction

Wednesday, Dec 8 at 7:00PM

The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze is perhaps one of the most important but least understood syntheses of cinema history and philosophy in the last forty years. In this two-hour discussion session, Joe Milutis will give a general introduction to Gilles Deleuze’s major books Cinema One and Cinema Two, with particular emphasis on Deleuze’s philosophy of the virtual, and its relation to the work of Henri Bergson.

Participants need not have read Deleuze’s Cinema or the work of Henri Bergson (e.g. Matter and Memory), though it is suggested. Film clips from films such as The Passion of Joan of Arc, Last Year at Marienbad, Lola Montes, Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Avventura, The Leopard, Histoire(s) du Cinema, The General Line, Solaris, 8 1/2, The Great Train Robbery, The Searchers, Humoresque, Stromboli, Nights of Cabiria, Pierrot le Fou, India Song and Salem’s Lot may be discussed.
The following may be helpful to review in advance:

Bergson’s Matter and Memory: pp. 1-85 (chapter 1)
Deleuze, Cinema One: pp. 1-28; 56-70; 102-122
Deleuze, Cinema Two: pp. 1-13; 44-126
Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc
Resnais’ Last Year at  Marienbad


Adventures in the Short Film Trade

Dates TBA – Please (206) 329-2629 call for details
Instructor: Steve Edmiston
Tuition: $25/WigglyWorld members, $35/general
Max Attendance: 50
A complete, soup-to-nuts overview workshop that addresses pitching (networking, business plans, powerpoint presentations, the persuasive “ask”), developing, financing (grants, donations, investors, viral, crowd sourcing, others), producing, festivals, the distribution landscape, and managing film deliverables.  Seattle attorney and filmmaker Steve Edmiston will share his recent experience (after previously working only on independent features) with short film case studies from three 2009 award winning films: The Day My Parents Became Cool, Thr33, and Sound Transit’s “Look Listen Live.”

A Primer on DSLR Filmmaking

Sunday, January 16, 12-4pm
Instructor: Daniel Thornton
Tuition: $15/WigglyWorld members, $20/general
Max Attendance: 15
This workshop will offer an introduction to the issues and advantages of creating motion pictures using the latest crop of Digital SLR (Singe Lens Reflex) cameras. We will have a few cameras on hand to demonstrate basic camera and lens functions (ISO, fstop, etc) and students will see a comparison of sample footage from a DSLR vs traditional video cameras. The class emphasis will be on workflow from filming through post production. Topics will include;  audio concerns, focusing and handling, digital storage formats and asset management, and tools (Adobe Bridge and Lightroom) and topics (meta data and bit color depth) for post production. Students with a basic knowledge of video or digital photography will benefit the most. Bring your own DSLR if you have one, but it is not required.

Animation Masterclass with Joe Chang

Visiting Filmmaker!

Saturday, Jan 29, 12-3pm
Instructor: Joe Chang
Tuition: $50/WigglyWorld members, $65/general
Max Attendance: 12
For all animators and filmmakers interested in animation! Spend an afternoon with renowned Chinese animator Joe Chang. In this small group workshop, he will discuss some of his animation techniques and offer a few demonstrations. Plan to bring clips of your work to show and get personal advice from one the medium’s most accomplished artists.

Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China and Tama Art University in Japan. Joe emigrated from China to Canada in 1990. The animated short “Chinese Violin” was his first film with the National Film Board of Canada. His most recent animated film is “A Long-distance Call” He is currently working at The School of Art, Zhejiang University of Technology as a Dean and professor of Animation department.

16mm Matte Making

Sunday, Feb 27, 11am-4pm
Instructor: Benjamin Popp
Tuition: $45/WigglyWorld members, $60/general
Max Attendance: 10
In this workshop, students will learn the esoteric film art of compositing images in camera. Using 16mm Bolex cameras, students will work hands-on, re-photographing images using one of Benjamin’s hand-built matte-boxes. Students will be shown how to construct their own mattes and then use High Contrast film to photograph and re-photograph celluloid images to create moving collages. The black and white film will be processed in class so participants will see the result of their day’s work. Although it is not required, students are encouraged to bring clips of their own 16mm footage as source material.

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Equipment Certifications

Panasonic DVX100 Camera

Sections to choose from:
Wednesday, Dec 1, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, Jan 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, Feb 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, Mar 29, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Dave Hanagan
Tuition: $25/WigglyWorld members, $35/general
Max Attendance: 6

Get trained on NWFF’s Panasonic 24p digital camera, the most glamorous camera in town! This certification is required for anyone interested in using our DVX100 without having prior experience on the camera. Learn how to take full advantage of the camera’s features: XLR audio inputs, 24 or 30 frame progressive acquisition, time-lapse interval recording and cine-like gamma control.


Register for DVX100 in December
Register for DVX100 in January
Register for DVX100 in February
Register for DVX100 in March

Panasonic HVX200 Camera

Sections to choose from:
Wednesday, Dec 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, Feb 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, Mar 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Dave Hanagan
Tuition: $25/WigglyWorld members, $35/general
Max Attendance: 6

Prerequiste: Students must first take the DVX100 certification or have prior experience with the DVX100

Similar in feel to the DVX100, the HVX shoots in a wide variety of frame rates and it offers the revolutionary P2 solid-state memory cards.This workshop will continue where the DVX leaves off, and cover advanced camera features, menu settings, and workflow recording in HD using the P2 cards. After attending this certification, members will have access to rent NWFF’s HVX200 camera.

Register for HVX200 in December
Register for HVX200 in February
Register for HVX200 in March

 

Self-Serve Film Transfer

Sections to choose from:
Tuesday, Jan 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, Feb 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, Mar 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Dave Hanagan
Tuition: $25/WigglyWorld members, $35/general
Max Attendance: 6

Learn how to transfer your own 16mm and Super-8 movies to digital video using NWFF’s Sup’d-Up-Bad-Ass-Optical-Printer-From-Hell. This certification class is required to use our low-cost, flicker-free, rock-solid-registration telecine. After being taught the basics, participants will be able to sign up and use the optical printer for the room’s filmmaker-friendly rate of $5/hour.
Register for Self-Serve Film Transfer in January
Register for Self-Serve Film Transfer in February
Register for Self-Serve Film Transfer in March

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About Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is Seattle’s premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers. The Film Forum brings together a community of individuals dedicated to great film in Seattle and beyond. You can learn more at http://www.nwfilmforum.org/

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