Gig Harbor Film Festival Hosts Classes Offered Through the Seattle Film Institute

Budding film makers will have three opportunities this summer to hone their skills and explore the art thanks to a unique collaboration between Gig Harbor Film Festival and the Seattle Film Institute. The organizations are offering three exciting classes starting in July for both teens and adults.

The Teen Summer Program, The First Step to Your Dream, is offered Monday through Friday, 9am-2pm from July 9-20. This class is geared towards 13-18 year olds. Students learn the foundational skills of filmmaking, such as lighting, camera, composition, and editing. The course culminates in the completion of a final video project. Additionally, each student writes the scripts, prepares the story boards, and shoots the video. The tuition is $790 for the session and includes use of film and video equipment, textbook, film, and processing.

Introduction to Filmmaking is offered from 10am-12pm on Saturdays, starting July 21st, and continuing on July 28th, August 4th and August 11th. Students are left with a practical and comprehensive overview of filmmaking as they receive hands on experience with the complete production process. The foundational skills practiced in this course include scripts and storyboards, lighting, camera, composition and editing with Final Cut Pro. Class time is spent on technique, film analysis, and screening and critiques of student work. Tuition is $360.

The Language of Film is offered from 6:30pm to 10:30pm each evening on August 2, 9, and 16. Taught by Lance Rhodes of the Seattle Film Institute, this course explores the fundamentals of film analysis, focusing on how the technical elements that make up a film contribute to its thematic meaning. Students discuss the basic elements of film composition, including editing, cinematography, set design, color and sound as they explore major cinematic theories and recent trends in film. Class time is spent in lecture, group discussion, and clip analysis. Tuition is $145.

All classes offered by the Seattle Film Institute in collaboration with the Gig Harbor Film Festival are located at the Gig Harbor Film Festival Office, which is in uptown Gig Harbor next to the Galaxy Theater. Special room rates at local hotels are available to those enrolled.

To enroll in the courses, callĀ 253.851.FILM.

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