SUMMER WORKSHOPS at Northwest Film Forum


Moviemaking in Action: Using Video to Tell Your Stories
Monday-Friday, Aug 24–28, 12–4pm
Instructor: Amanda Becker
Tuition: $250
Max Attendance: 9
Recommended for ages 14-17


In the beginning there is a story. But what does it take to get from story to screen? This week long, intensive course is designed to help you build a story or experiment with themes, learn the basic techniques of digital filmmaking (including: video cameras, lighting, and sound) as well as discovering the magic behind persistence of vision. We'll work in small groups, developing ideas and learning the basic communication skills necessary to function as a filmmaking team. Your 2-3 minute group films will be edited using Final Cut Pro. The course will conclude with a screening of all finished projects in NWFF's cinema.


Mixed Animation Camp
Monday–Friday, July 13–17, 12–4pm
Instructor: Britta Johnson
Tuition: $250
Max Attendance: 10
Recommended for ages 14-17


Are you a first-time animator or a seasoned filmmaker looking to pick up some new tricks and skills? Come join us for a solid week of animation! Classic Disney films and TV shows like Gumby were all made before computers and demonstrated a variety of hands-on animation styles which are still used today in films like Coraline. Students will learn these traditional animation techniques by working with drawings, collage, clay, puppets or objects. Each student will create his or her own short film by going through the whole process: planning a project with scripts and storyboards, using movement to give characters expression, and finishing pieces with voiceovers and sound. Finished films will be compiled on a DVD for students to take home and share.


Music Video Production!
Monday–Wednesday, Aug 3, 4 & 5, 12–3pm
Instructors: Clyde Petersen & Forrest Baum
Tuition: $150
Max Attendance: 10
Recommended for ages 11-14


Get ready to rock! In this 3-day camp, kids will work with a local band to create a live-action music video. Students will prepare for the filming by brainstorming ideas, creating storyboards, building props and sets, and creating costumes. On the third day, they will shoot a video with the band members. Instructors (and experienced music video-makers) Clyde Petersen and Forrest Baum will add some polish so that all the students will receive a DVD of the final video.


Clay Animation Network
Four Saturdays, July 11, 18, 25 & Aug 1, 10am–3pm
Instructor: Lukas Allenbaugh
Tuition: $250
Max Attendance: 9
Recommended for ages 11-14


Clay is one of the most popular and expressive forms of stop-motion animation! In this four-weekend class, students will work under a camera to create clay-animation movies in the spirit of popular shows and films like Gumby, and James and the Giant Peach. Through animation, students learn basic physics principles (momentum, acceleration, friction, collision), math (measurement, fractions, timing, patterns, cycles) language arts (storyboarding, story structure), art (sculpture, composition, color theory) and music (composition, voice-overs). The course will conclude with a screening of all finished projects in NWFF's cinema. Also, finished works will be on view at www.cancancancan.com and Youtube, and each participant receives a DVD of their work at the end of the session.
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