Workshop: Sound Design—Creating Acoustic Worlds For The Screen

October 20, 2018. 10AM to 4PM. Northwest Film Center. $45.

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Sound design is not about software, catchy music or cool sounding effects. It’s about emotional response: how a combination of dialogue, music, sound effects, designed sounds and backgrounds supports character development and the dramatic elements of the story. This workshop will explore how powerful sound can be by looking deeply at different artistic choices and their influences the meaning of a scene. The different stages and workflow of sound design will be discussed in detail, from reading the script, to reviewing the rough cut and the final mix. Continue reading... “Workshop: Sound Design—Creating Acoustic Worlds For The Screen”

Be Part Of The Pickathon Camera Crew

Pickathon Camera Crew
June 26, 2018 — August 5, 2018
Tuesdays, June 26-July 17, 6:30pm-9:30pm;
plus practice shoot;
plus Pickathon Festival August 2-5.
$765 – includes pass to festival (over $400 value)

Learn to shoot live events as a trained cameraperson for the Pickathon Music Festival, one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the US (August 2-5). Continue reading... “Be Part Of The Pickathon Camera Crew”

Directing Intensive With Scott Ballard At Northwest Film Center!

Directing Intensive
Wednesday, June 13 through Sunday, June 17
9am to 4pm each day, $595
Online advanced registration required. 

Once again local filmmaker, producer, and DP Scott Ballard brings his directing expertise to students, community members, and emerging filmmakers at the Northwest Film Center for an intensive studio class on Film Directing. Over five consecutive days, participants will shoot and direct a scene(s) with professional actors and a small crew. From lighting and framing to casting and working with the crew, the studio is about developing your unique “director’s eye.” Continue reading... “Directing Intensive With Scott Ballard At Northwest Film Center!”

POWGirls Announces Summer 2018 Workshops

POWGirls offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing and media literacy for girls and non-binary youth ages 15-19. Our instructors are working media producers who inspire participants to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in the film industry. All films produced during POWGirls workshops are screened at the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW Film Fest).

Summer Workshop I: INTRO TO FILMMAKING, June 25-29, 2018SIGN UP HERE

Over the course of five days, participants will collaboratively develop, film and edit an original short film. 

Continue reading... “POWGirls Announces Summer 2018 Workshops”

Mastering The Interview With OPB’s Steve Amen

Mastering the Interview: Real People as Documentary Story Structure
Taught by Steve Amen,  Executive Producer / Host of OPB’s Oregon Field Guide
Mondays, 6:30pm-9:30pm, October 2 – November 6
Northwest Film Center, 934 SW Salmon St.  $495

Register online.

The stories and voices of real people are the building blocks of documentary storytelling. The challenge for the filmmaker is to adapt their style to the person being interviewed. A successful interviewer allows the subject to share their story in a way that is not only personal, but also that is focused, engaging, and provides real insight into the subject. Continue reading... “Mastering The Interview With OPB’s Steve Amen”

Arri Alexa Workshop & Rental Special

The Northwest Film Center’s July Arri Alexa Camera Operation workshop is Saturday, July 29th from 10am to 3pm.

This workshop is REQUIRED for renters of this camera. Students who have become certified to rent will also be eligible for a 50% discount on their Alexa rental through the end of September 2017!

Workshop details:

Arri Alexa Camera Operation
Saturday, July 29th from 10am to 3pm.
934 SW Salmon

Taught by Scott Ballard.

Participants will learn the basics of shooting with our flagship digital cinema camera. Continue reading... “Arri Alexa Workshop & Rental Special”

Sound Recording Workshop

Sound Recording Workshop

Two-Saturdays, July 22nd and 29th from 1pm to 5pm

Taught by Pam Minty. Register online here.


Use professional sound gear to record scripted dialogue and interviews.



Overview of microphone types and uses from lavaliers to shotguns

Single versus dual system recording

Basics of recording dialogue, interviews, narration, and effects

Audio recorder operation (Marantz PMD-660, Sound Devices 702, Zoom H4N)

Field mixer operation (Sound Devices MixPre and 302)

Protocols of a recording session

Setting up and conducting a recording session, step by step

Get Instructor coaching and feedback on practice sessions

Rental options for NWFC sound gear


Note: Second session is devoted entirely to hands-on practice. Continue reading... “Sound Recording Workshop”

DIY Workshops at NW Documentary

DIY Documentary is NW Documentary’s flagship course: a 10-week journey to create a short film from start to finish. We welcome students ages 15 and up with all levels experience to tell a story that is meaningful to them, expressing their personal vision and style using the latest digital tools. Supplementary Editing coursework (Premiere or Final Cut X) and Camera/Lighting courses support the DIY student in achieving their vision. The class culminates in a screening of DIY films at the Clinton Street Theatre. Continue reading... “DIY Workshops at NW Documentary”

Documentary Editing With Pam Minty

Documentary Editing
Wednesdays, April 12 – June 7
6:30-9:30 pm
Northwest Film Center, 934 SW Salmon
Register online now.

You have all the footage, now what? This class teaches the techniques and process of editing a no/low budget documentary film, either from footage that you have already generated, or from footage provided by the instructor or another member of the class. Get comfortable with editing software and workflow, and receive hands-on instruction for organizing and sequencing the material into a cohesive and engaging story. Continue reading... “Documentary Editing With Pam Minty”

Saturday Workshop with Mark Orton

Saturday, February 18th the Northwest Film Center is hosting a workshop with local composer Mark Orton (Nebraska, Box Trolls, This American Life) called ‘Working with the Film Composer.’ Participants will get the inside scoop on logistics and process of working with a composer. Plus, Mark will help answer your burning questions about contracts, licensing, and all the fine details in between! Geared toward the director, but great for musicians too.

Register in advance online: Continue reading... “Saturday Workshop with Mark Orton”