Part Time Evening Classes & Weekend Workshops

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Animation and Effects

Seattle Film Institute offers classes in 3-D digital animation featuring Cinema4D and classes in Adobe After Effects.

After Effects: Intro

 

 

Winter Session

DATE & TIME   Tuesdays      1/03/2017 – 7-10 PM
                                                   1/10/2017 – 7-10 PM
                                                   1/17/2017 – 7-10 PM


INSTRUCTOR                                                     Staff


TUITION                                                            $225.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                                        8


Adobe After Effects is the industry standard for motion graphics for video and film. A working knowledge of After Effects has become as essential for the working editor as knowing Final Cut or Premiere. Students will be introduced to the user interface and basic tool set. In addition they will learn the basics of animating and adding effects to video and graphical elements to create sophisticated motion and title effects.

Although the program is similar for Macs and PCs, potential students need to be comfortable using the current Mac operating system during the class in our Mac lab. Alternatively, if you have AfterEffects CC15 installed on your PC or Mac laptop, you can also bring it in  to use during class.


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After Effects: Intermediate

 

Winter Session

Dates:
DATE & TIME  

Tuesdays       

01/24/2017 – 7-10 PM
01/31/2017 – 7-10 PM
02/07/2017 – 7-10 PM

 


INSTRUCTOR                                              Travis Erdmann


TUITION                                                            $225.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                                        9


Adobe After Effects is the industry standard for motion graphics for video and film. Students are introduced to more techniques of animating and adding effects to video and graphical elements to create sophisticated motion and title effects.

Potential students need to be comfortable using the current Mac operating system and be proficient in either Adobe Creative Suite, an editing program or 3D animation software.

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On Site Video Training

SFI can tailor an on site class in video production to meet your organization's needs in everything from digital video editing, to camera and lighting, to web delivery / media compression, and beyond.

Our instructors have designed and taught courses for many different student levels, including corporate, government and non-profit arenas. We can custom deliver production courses for one to a dozen, at your site or our facility. Our clients have included REI, City of Seattle, and TMobile. Additionally, we can conduct courses in our studios or edit lab, if that is more productive for our clients.

Contact Chris Blanchett at chris@sfi.edu or (206) 568-4387 x106 for an appointment to discuss your specific video production training needs. In addition, limited funding is available through the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to cover much of the training costs for qualifying businesses.

Another exciting  offering is our team building educatioworkshops

These sessions are for anyone in your organization--no prior video experience required. Participants work together to create their own video from scratch in just one day. This fun activity builds teams and creates connections across departments, giving employees a chance to get to know each other in a novel way. It is ideal for annual retreat activities. Our instructors have already guided hundreds of people through this exciting new team building exercise.

Call for more details: (206) 568-4387 Or email info@seattlefilminstitute.com

Digital Video Classes

Technology has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years, making high quality digital video equipment available to the masses. However, availability does not equal proficiency. The Seattle Film Institute offers a number of courses designed specifically for filmmakers coming from all different areas of digital film production.

Digital Video Camera

Cover the basics in one intensive class

Digital Video Dolly Shot

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DATE & TIME          

Saturday, January 28, 2017

9AM-6PM


INSTRUCTOR                 Simpson, Terry


TUITION                         $225.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS      9


Introduction to Digital Video provides all you need to know to start rolling in the world of digital video production. Learn what the buttons and knobs on your camera do, and how to use manual functions (iris, focus, shutter, white balance)--and when to use auto functions to shoot like a Pro. Emphasis will be split between learning the buttons and learning the professional approach to shooting. This is a “hands-on” workshop and covers the fundamentals of composition, camera operation, and basic audio. 

Our goal is to teach you how to get the most out of today's HD consumer and prosumer cameras (and DSLR’s). More importantly: YOUR camera (if you have one), tripod, and accessories.  We have enough cameras of the main types for all the students in class, BUT so we can help you get the most out of it,  If you have your own digital video camera, please bring it to the workshop (optional).

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Documentary

DATE & TIME

Tuesday 10/18/2016 – 7-10 PM
Tuesday 10/25/2016 – 7-10 PM
Tuesday 11/01/2016 – 7-10 PM
Tuesday 11/08/2016 – 7-10 PM
Tuesday 11/15/2016 – 7-10 PM
Tuesday 11/22/2016 – 7-10 PM
Tuesday 11/29/2016 – 7-10 PM
Tuesday 12/06/2016 – 7-10 PM

Tuition $645

The documentary is the original form of filmmaking. It is an informative, evocotave art form that is alive and well today.

This class will be focused on Developing your documentary project, from finding a topic to polishing the edit to distribution. Some basic technique in audio and camera as it applies to documentary will be covered but for more extensive coverage on those techniques, you should look to our filmmaking classes. 

 

Editing and Post Production

Final Cut Pro Editing Lab: Final Cut Pro Lab using Macs Often called the "invisible art", editing is the unique craft of the filmmaking arts. Our classes encompass all aspects of the post production process, including picture, audio, and visual effects. In our editing lab, students use Apple Macintosh computers with Adobe Premiere Creative Suite with Premiere Pro, Audition and AfterEffects,  Quicktime Pro, , Soundtrack Pro and DVD Studio software to create their programs.

 

Digital Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro: Intro

DATE & TIME                       3 Evenings

March 2017 Class is Full, Stay tuned for our next class in the fall!

Winter Session             Wednesdays         03/08/2017 -- 7 PM to 10 PM                                                                               03/15/2017 -- 7 PM to 10 PM

                                                                 03/22/17 -- 7 PM to 10 PM


INSTRUCTOR         Vince Pierce


TUITION                       $225.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                              8


Adobe Premiere is a popular, effective, and accessible professional editing program for those creating for the web, television and film. Covering the specific workings of Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud, this class also provides a general grounding in nonlinear digital editing. You’ll learn how to deal with basic transitions (hard cuts, dissolves, and wipes), how to trim and change your edits, how to work with audio (together and independent of the visuals), and how to work with titling and basic graphics.

Potential students need to be comfortable using the current Mac operating system. If you own Premiere CC already on a laptop, you can also bring your PC or Mac laptop in and take the class on your own computer, instead of using our Macs. Premiere is very similar on Mac and P

March 2017 Class is Full, Stay tuned for our next class in the fall!

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Digital Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro: Intermediate

Fall Session

DATE & TIME:      

Apr, 12, 7PM
Apr, 19 7PM
Apr, 26 7PM

INSTRUCTOR                                          Staff


TUITION                                                 $225.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                              9


Where the introductory course focused on the 'how' of editing in Premiere, this course focuses more on 'why' and 'when' of editing. The theory of editing will be incorporated as students break down and reconstruct scenes from an editors point of view. Potential students need to be comfortable using the current Mac operating system as well as have a basic understanding of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 or CC.

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Film History

SFI's classes are for filmmakers and film fans alike. Whether you want a sweeping overview from epics to indies, or to examine the works of a single director, Stay tuned, we're developing exciting new courses.

Hands On Filmmaking

The Best Way to Learn Filmmaking is to Make Films

Testing the Film and Digital cameras: Students operate the Digital Video and Arri S 16mm cameras in the Tools of Production course.Testing the Film and Digital cameras: Students operate Digital Video and Arri S 16mm cameras in the Tools of Production course.There’s no better way to become a filmmaker than to make films. In our production classes, students have the opportunity to work in film, digital video and HD. Students work both on individual projects and on crews. And best of all, every production class results in finished work ranging from narrative work to documentaries.

“The volume of hands-on work in this program is entirely phenomenal. I’ve learned so much and every class hypes me up for my impending career”.

For more details on the individual Hands on Film, Digital Video, and Documentary classes, check out the descriptions below:

Fundamentals of Filmmaking: Spring

Introduction to Film Production      FOF

SFI students looking through Canon 514 Super 8 Cameras in their first class.

DATE & TIME
Monday April 17, 2017 – 7-10 PM
Monday April 24, 2017 – 7-10 PM
Monday May 1, 2017 – 7-10 PM
Monday May 8, 2017 – 7-10 PM
Monday May 15, 2017 – 7-10 PM
Monday May 22, 2017 7-10 PM

NO CLASS on 5/29/17
Monday June 5, 2017  – 7-10 PM
                                               Monday June 12, 2017 – 7-10 PM


INSTRUCTOR                                               Simpson, Terry


TUITION                                                      $695.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                                   24


This class provides students with a practical and comprehensive grounding in film production including lighting, camera, composition, audio, and editing.  Students also receive a hands-on overview of digital editing basics including audio. Students complete projects in digital.

These projects give students experience in the complete production process including scripts and storyboards, shooting, and editing. Class time is devoted to technical skill building, film analysis, screening projects and critiques of student work. This class provides the foundation for the entire spectrum of filmmaking including narrative, documentary, music videos, corporate videos, personal and experimental work, and projects for the web.

Fundamentals of Filmmaking can serve as a stand-alone introduction to the basics of film production, or as a springboard for other production classes at the Seattle Film Institute. Tuition includes the textbook, and use of cameras and editing equipment. A refundable equipment deposit is the responsibility of the student.

 

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Fundamentals of Filmmaking: Fall

Introduction to Film Production      FOF

SFI students looking through Canon 514 Super 8 Cameras in their first class.

DATE & TIME
Fall 2017 dates to be determined, starting date in September or October


INSTRUCTOR                                           Terry Simpson


TUITION                                                      $695.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                                  24


This class provides students with a practical and comprehensive grounding in film production including lighting, camera, composition, audio, and editing. Students are provided with the crucial foundation for an understanding of the entire production process. Students also receive a hands-on overview of digital editing basics -- including audio.

These projects give students experience in the complete production process including scripts and storyboards, shooting, and editing. Class time is devoted to technical skill building, film analysis, screening projects and critiques of student work. This class provides the foundation for the entire spectrum of filmmaking including narrative, documentary, music videos, corporate videos, personal and experimental work, and projects for the web.

Fundamentals of Filmmaking can serve as a stand-alone introduction to the basics of film production, or as a springboard for other production classes at the Seattle Film Institute. Tuition includes the textbook,  and use of cameras and editing equipment. A refundable equipment deposit for checking out equipment is the responsibility of the student.

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Lighting

Lighting is the art of directing the eye through careful manilpulation of shadows, contrast, and color. The Seattle Film Institute currently offers the following lighting courses:

Lighting for Films - the Interview

DATE & TIME                           Sunday March 19, 9AM-6PM


INSTRUCTOR                                          Simpson, Terry


TUITION                                                 $225.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                              9


Whether it's a documentary or a business promo, beautifully lit “photographic” interviews are the norm in the professional film and video world--this is where the term “high production values” begins to show up in your work. This hands-on workshop is meant to give you the skill and the tools you will need to ace this look, with practice in each set-up. In the morning we will focus on getting the subject right, and in the afternoon, we will attend to backgrounds and working in mixed color temperatures. 
You should take this workshop if you have a basic understanding of 3-point lighting techniques, professional lighting fixtures, know how to set up and use a c-stand, and have a working knowledge of color temperature and using gels in mixed lighting situations.

 

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Producing

How does a movie actually get made? Who hires whom? Where does the money come from and where does it go? These questions are all answered by the Producer.
The Seattle Film Instute offers the following upcoming courses on Producing:

The Evolution and Flow of Producing

Composite BW photo of Louis B Mayer assembling the  Hollywood sign

DATE & TIME 
8 Tues. Evenings
7 to 10 PM

Next Class will be in winter or spring 2017, TBA, call for updates

04/26/2016
05/03/2016 
05/10/2016
05/17/2016

05/24/2016
05/31/2016
06/07/2016 06/14/2016 

 

 


INSTRUCTOR                                       James Forsher


TUITION                                                 $645.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                              24


You have a great idea.

Or a great script.

It could be a great movie, only . . . how the heck do you get it made?

And then, what do you do with it?

This intensive 8-session seminar answers those questions by providing a nuts-and-bolts “how to” on producing a film, from A to Z.

Evolution and Flow of Production  focuses on producing independent features and shorts in both the narrative and documentary genres (with an overview of television production as well).

The emphasis is on how to get your project made quickly and inexpensively, but with high production values that will give your film a chance to succeed in a very competitive marketplace.

Each 3-hour class will cover one essential aspect of successful production:

  • development;
  • funding;
  • rights and licensing;
  • budgeting/accounting;
  • pre-production,
  • principal photography,
  • post-production;
  • marketing.

You will learn, from an experienced producer the “tricks of the trade,” including how to make a movie that looks like it was made for several million for less than $600K; how to reel in top-level talent to headline a low-budget feature, and working the film festival circuit and other ways to achieve distribution and revenue.

Participants in the seminar will be provided with templates for all the essential production documents, including budgets, production schedules, contracts, legal forms, business plans, online and printed resources, and much, much more. The course is geared to aspiring producers as well as directors and writers who want to learn how to take their project from an idea to a finished product.

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Screenwriting

Stack of feature films scripts on bookshelf

"With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece; with the same script a medicore director can make a passable film. But with a bad script, even a good director can't possibly make a good film."

-- Akira Kuroswa, Writer: Roshomon, The Seven Samurai, Ran. It's no exaggeration to say that the script is at the heart of every emotional, creative, and practical decision that's made in the filmmaking process. An understanding of screenwriting is crucial to the filmmaking experience, no matter where a student's career ultimately goes.

Screenwriting 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Screenwriting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATE & TIME
Mondays

06/12/2017 – 7-10 PM
06/19/2017 – 7-10 PM
06/26/2017 – 7-10 PM
07/03/2017 – 7-10 PM
07/10/2017 – 7-10 PM
07/17/2017 – 7-10 PM

07/24/2017 – 7-10 PM

07/31/2017– 7-10 PM

INSTRUCTOR   Heather Hughes


TUITION                                                 $645.00


Nuts and Bolts of Screenwriting lays the groundwork for screenplay writing by providing students with a total immersion in script structure and the craft of writing for the screen. The class will read, view, and discuss four feature-length screenplays. As we examine scripts of vastly different styles, students will begin work on their own feature-length ideas, exploring the concept and creating the foundation for a story.
This class offers an in-depth study of creating characters for the screen, and students will write short descriptive biographies of their own story’s characters. Tuition includes access to the scripts used in class.
The first course in a four course sequence in which students can finish a complete feature length screenplay.

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Screenwriting 2: Structure and Process of Screenwriting

 

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DATE & TIME   Mondays 7-10 PM
 

Jan 23, 2017

Jan 30, 2017

Feb 06, 2017 (Cancelled- Snow)

Feb 13, 2017

Feb 27, 2017

Mar 06, 2017

Mar 13, 2017

Mar 20, 2017

Mar 27, 2017 (Day added for snow cancellation)

 

(SFI is closed on 2/20/17 for the President's Day holiday)


INSTRUCTOR                                          Heather Hughes


TUITION                                                 $645.00


In Structure and Process, students develop the basic storyline for their screenplay while receiving further in-depth instruction in screenwriting and story structure. Topics covered during this class include creating story, structuring the plot and subplots, plot points, ingredients to construct effective opening pages, and detailed instruction on how to build dramatic scenes.

By the end of the 8-week session, students will have completed their story outline and will have finished writing the first act of their screenplay.

Second of a four course sequence.

 

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Screenwriting III: Creating the First Feature-Length Draft

 

SCN3 Mondays 7-10pm

 

DATE & TIME:  

 

4/03/17  7-10pm

4/10/17  7-10pm

4/17/17  7-10pm

4/24/17  7-10pm

5/01/17  7-10pm

5/08/17  7-10pm

5/15/17  7-10pm

5/22/17  7-10pm

                                                                            


INSTRUCTOR                                          Heather Hughes


TUITION                                                 $645.00


TOTAL CLASS HOURS                              24


In Creating the First Draft, students finish writing their screenplays from Screenwriting II. This course deals with the overall structure of screenplays from the individual scene to the rhythms of the complete piece. In addition, several classes will focus on effective dialogue, humor, and adding suspense and “twists” to the story.

Class time includes reading student work, viewing and analyzing scenes on video, lecture and plenty of discussion and analysis. Students are expected to complete an entire draft of their script by the end of the class.

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Screenwriting IV: Rewriting & the Business of Screenwriting

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Instructor: Heather Hughes
8 Sessions - 7:00-10:00pm
Tuition: $645.00 24 Clock Hrs.

The act of Rewriting is an absolutely critical part of the overall writing process. Students engage in the rigorous process of creating a second draft as they reach a new plateau in terms of skill and ability. Class time is devoted to detailed analysis of student work and the issues involved in creating and sustaining professional caliber work.
This class also deals with the Business of Screenwriting. Students focus on developing an overall strategy for the sale of a screenplay from registering a script to finding an agent. They also develop script treatments, beat sheets, proposal letters, and pitch story ideas.
Fourth course in a four course sequence in which students can finish a complete feature length screenplay.
 

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Seminars

Seminars are shorter courses that focus on one specific aspect of film production or business. Usually just one session led by an industry expert, and conducted either on a weekend, or as an evening session.

Sound Design

Few people realize the impact that sound has on a film. Too often, movies are seen as a visual medium. And yet, audiences are far more willing to forgive poor camerawork than they are shoddy sound. Many times, it is poor audio that dooms indie filmmakers.

We are working on adding more audio courses, so if you don't see the class you want, more information. about upcoming classes by calling our office at (206) 568-4387.

 

 

Sound Recording and Audio Design

Sound forms a backbone that supports a film from beginning to end, knitting it together, smoothing over rough spots and enhancing moods. Sound is probably the most economical path to making a film feel fully textured and alive. Investigate our latest sound courses!