Certifiably Yours: New Films from the School of Film

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Join us as we screen and celebrate the achievements of this year’s matriculating School of Film Certificate Program students. Each filmmaker will present the short narrative film that they have created as the culminating effort of their studies. Lev Yarborough’s PERFORMING LIVES reveals the lives and talents of gifted young performance artists; Geoff Peterson’s MANGO follows a confident psychic who challenges a skeptical non-believer; Josh Westra’s INBOUND follows a call center employee who is stalked by incoming calls; and Alex Maroney’s THEY HAVE ARRIVED shows a man who loses his best friend to powers from the beyond. These final projects showcase the skill and voice that each individual has developed through class exercises, visiting artist sessions, group projects, faculty advising, and extracurricular pursuits. (90 mins.)

A reception honoring the filmmakers begins at 6:30 PM in the Andrée Stevens Room.

 

NW Film Center School of Film presents CERTIFIABLY YOURS: NEW FILMS FROM THE SCHOOL OF FILM on Sunday, November 3 at 7:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

FREE ADMISSION

Meet the instructor: Amy O’Brien – DIGITAL EDITING I

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DIGITAL EDITING I
Taught by Amy O’Brien
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AMY O’BRIEN is a documentary and narrative filmmaker/editor who, through her production company, Purple Macaroni Productions, creates short films that document personal stories and explore the lighter side of life. These have included FOUR, which screened in the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, and NO SOLICITING, which screened at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. She also creates promotional films for nonprofits such as Literary Arts and the Tucker-Maxon School for the Deaf and recently edited “Blue Fiddles,” a web series. An active member of Women in Film PDX, she studied media at the New School for Social Research.

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Meet the instructor: Jacquelyn Blain – SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

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SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS
Taught by Jacquelyn Blain
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JACQUELYN BLAIN is a Writers Guild of America screenwriter with more than 75 hours of produced television and credits as a staff writer/producer on such series as “Diagnosis Murder,” “VR.5,” and “Martial Law,” working with actors like Dick Van Dyke, David McCallum, Arsenio Hall, Sammo Hung, and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). She has taught at the UCLA Writers Program, the Art Institute of Portland, and Chemeketa Community College, helping numerous students to produce award-winning films. She runs workshops and the Pitch Practice Room at the annual Willamette Writers Conference and served as script consultant and associate producer for the locally-shot independent feature NOT DEAD YET, which won first place in the Baltimore Women’s Film Festival.

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Meet the instructor: Alain LeTourneau – DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY

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DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY
Taught by Alain LeTourneau

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ALAIN LETOURNEAU is a media artist who utilizes video, 16mm film, and still photography to explore the natural and built environment and issues of development and land use. His feature documentary about the vanishing rural lifestyle in Eastern Oregon, EMPTY QUARTER, co-produced with Pam Minty, premiered at the Film Center last year and has screened widely in North American venues including the Margaret Mead Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and San Francisco Cinematheque. Co-founder of 40 Frames, a 16mm conservation and advocacy organization (16mmdirectory.org) active since 2000, he is currently finishing his latest film OPEN ROAD, which explores the urban landscape of transportation.

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Upcoming Class: DIGITAL EDITING I

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DIGITAL EDITING I
WEDNESDAYS, JUN 26-AUG 21, 6:30-9:30 PM
Taught by Amy O’Brien
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Join the School of Film this summer for an introduction to editing styles and techniques using Avid Media Composer..

Topics: how editors work and think; how sound and picture work together; matching action and montage editing styles; editing steps and organizing materials; adding sound effects, music, and narration; basics of titles; edit two films in two styles; bring in work-in-progress for class critique.

Prerequisites: None

Allocated gear: Avid Media Composer 6.5
Qualifies for Avid discount

The workshop runs Mondays, June 24-Aug 19, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, at the Northwest Film Center School of Film (934 SW Salmon).

CLICK HERE for more information about the workshop, Amy O’Brien, and to register.

Upcoming Workshop, starts tomorrow: GRANTWRITING FOR FILM

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GRANTWRITING FOR FILM

THURSDAYS, JUN 20 & 27
Taught by Courtney Hermann
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Develop the components needed for a competitive grant application.

Topics: 

how to prepare a one-page treatment, artist statement, budget, and filmography; tips for selecting and preparing work samples and reels; traits of an effective promotional video; see and discuss samples, then bring what you’re working on to the second class meeting for feedback and critique.

Upcoming grant deadlines: Women in Film Vision Grants, July 31; RACC Projects Grants, August  7; and Oregon Media Arts Fellowships, October 1.

The workshop runs Thursdays, June 20 & 27, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, at the Northwest Film Center School of Film (934 SW Salmon).

CLICK HERE for more information about the workshop, Courtney Hermann, and to register.

Upcoming Class: INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

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INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES
THURSDAYS, JUL 11-AUG 1, 6:30-9:30 PM
Taught by Courtney Hermann
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Join the School of Film this summer to explore gathering the essential information and factual evidence in an interview through the most economical means possible.

Topics: different interviewing styles; selecting interview subjects; planning and researching the interview; basic lighting, sound recording, and shooting techniques; relaxing and empowering the interviewee; formulating questions; choosing locations for filming; using available light; thinking on your feet as the interview unfolds; ethical considerations; media management of interview material; conduct at least two out-of-class interviews and bring in footage for class critique.

Prerequisites: None
Allocated gear: Canon XA-10 HD cameras, basic microphones
Qualifies for Avid discount

The workshop runs Mondays, JUL 11-AUG 1, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, at the Northwest Film Center School of Film (934 SW Salmon).

CLICK HERE for more information about the workshop, Courtney Hermann, and to register.

Upcoming Class: SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

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SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

TUESDAYS, JUN 25-AUG 20
Taught by Jacquelyn Blain
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Take your ideas to the next level and turn them into a feature-length screenplay.

Topics: screenplay structure and formatting; creating characters with depth and purpose; writing effective dialogue; the difference between plot and story; structuring scenes and sequences; solving the second act droop; write an outline and at least the first 30 pages of your screenplay; bring in work-in-progress for class critique.

Prerequisites: None
Qualifies for Avid discount

The workshop runs Tuesdays, June 25-Aug 20, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, at the Northwest Film Center School of Film (934 SW Salmon).

CLICK HERE for more information about the workshop, Jacquelyn Blain, and to register.

Upcoming Class: SHOOT + EDIT + SHARE

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SHOOT + EDIT + SHARE
TUESDAYS, JUN 25-AUG 20, 6:30-9:30 PM
Taught by Andy Blubaugh
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Join the School of Film this summer to for our beginning level course instructing how to shoot and edit short films and upload them to Vimeo.

Topics: learn the basics of camera operation, shooting, and editing; shoot and edit two short films through exercises which teach the basics of visual expression; shoot and edit a short individual final project of your own; bring in work-in-progress for class critique; set up a Vimeo channel and upload all work.

Prerequisites: None
Allocated gear: Canon XA-10 HD camera, Avid Media Composer 6.5
Qualifies for Avid discount

The workshop runs Mondays,TUESDAYS, JUN 25-AUG 20, 6:30-9:30 PM, at the Northwest Film Center School of Film (934 SW Salmon).

CLICK HERE for more information about the workshop, Andy Blubaugh, and to register.

Upcoming Class: MEDIA ARTS ACADEMY FOR TEACHERS

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MEDIA ARTS ACADEMY FOR TEACHERS

MONDAY-FRIDAY, JUN 24-28, 9 AM-4 PM
Taught by Andy Blubaugh

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Join the School of Film and learn to conduct small-scale videomaking projects that foster integrative learning in the K-12 classroom.

Topics: how the media arts can enable students to demonstrate academic content proficiency in science, social studies, language arts, and other core subjects; how the media arts can help students develop skills in critical thinking, leadership, and media literacy; shoot and edit simple exercises that can easily be replicated in the classroom without fancy equipment; learn strategies for engaging beginners as well as production of larger narrative and documentary projects; how to lead groups through the scriptwriting process; hear from guest educators about their success stories; create and receive feedback on lesson plans for next school year; open to educators from all grade levels and endorsement areas; may be taken for four undergraduate/graduate PSU credits (optional).

Prerequisites: None
Allocated gear: Canon XA-10 HD cameras, Avid Media Composer 6.5
Qualifies for Avid discount

The workshop runs June 24-28, 9am-4pm, at the Northwest Film Center School of Film (934 SW Salmon).

CLICK HERE for more information about this class, Andy Blubaugh, and to register.