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Screenwriting & Filmmaking Fundamentals

Spend eight weeks at Hugo House learning the basics of the screenwriter’s art. The class will look at examples from films such as Chinatown, The Thing, and Raising Arizona, and do in-class writing that includes feedback on screenplay ideas.

The following eight weeks will be spent at Northwest Film Forum receiving hands-on training with camera, audio, light, and editing equipment. Students will acquire the skills to independently write and make professional films. All basic film equipment will be provided in class. Students can also bring their own equipment. If you have a laptop and Adobe Premiere Pro CC and would like to use it in class, please email Classes at NWFF will meet 6:30 PM-9:30 PM.

Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum.

If you are a member of Northwest Film Forum, please call Hugo House at (206) 322-7030 to receive the member discount. Registration for members begins December 1.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Michael Shilling and NWFF

Class Type: 16 Sessions

Start Date: 01/19/2016

End Date: 05/03/2016

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 8

$796.50 Member Price:
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$885.00 General Price:

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Michael Shilling and NWFF

Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices.

From NWFF:
Craig Downing has both taught film and produced films in Seattle, Haiti and Iceland. In Haiti, Craig was the senior media educator at the Haitian School of Journalism, while also producing documentaries for NGOs in the area. In Iceland, Craig was the camera and grip department head at Saga Film, assisting with international features and commercials. Craig also serves as the festival director for Couch Fest Films, and contributes reviews to Short of the Week.

Bernard Mann has more than ten years of experience in editing, having worked in multiple genres in Hollywood and Seattle. He has worked on documentaries, commercials, and narrative films. He began his career, with a degree from NYU's TV/Film school. He started digital editing in the early days of Apple Mac computers (do you remember the Radius Videovision card?), and loves to share his knowledge of editing software. His projects include editing the long form documentary Masters of Success, which starred Ed Asner, and shooting and editing a news genre film package for Costly Desires, a play about human trafficking. Recently he helped the Northwest Film Forum raise over 50K dollars, with a Kickstarter video he shot and edited. His short documentary film, School is Out, was selected for the Local Sightings Film Festival in 2013. Bernard has taught a film-making class at the Fremont Abbey for 8-12 yr olds, which included a film festival of their short films. He has been featured multiple times as a presenter for the Seattle Final Cut Pro Users group. He is an Apple Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro and Motion 5.

Jonah Kozlowski is a filmmaker and educator who specializes in documentary storytelling. He has 6 years of experience working with youth from ages 4 to 18 in the classroom and in innovative media programs, which he designed for the Spokane nonprofit, Tincan. Under Jonah's instruction, students produced award-winning documentary shorts, media installations, news broadcasts, and music videos. He holds degrees in Communication and Anthropology from Washington State University and has worked in 7 countries. Jonah continues to work in media locally and internationally, most recently helping to build the Seattle-based non-profit, ChangeStream Media.

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