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Upcoming Classes & Workshops

The Art of Poster Design

May 24, 2021

How do you distill a feature-length film into a single compelling image? Join Akiko Stehrenberger, visual artist and prolific film

From Concept to Object: The Zine as a Creative Conduit

May 26, 2021

Self-published, limited distribution, one-of-a-kind works of text and images, zines have been a subculture mainstay for decades and continue to

Capturing an Oneiric State: Dreams and Film with Jane Schoenbrun

Jun 5, 2021

You sit in a dark room, focus in on the glowing light of the movie screen in front of you,

Working with the Composer

Jun 12, 2021

How to find, hire and work with a film composer, from the demo process to finished picture. The instructor's musical

Game Jam! For Teens!

Jun 14, 2021 – Jun 18, 2021

Experience the unique process of developing a game in a collaborative class meant for High Schoolers. Participants will work as

Lip-Sync…For Your Animated Life!

Jun 21, 2021 – Jun 23, 2021

How do animators create the illusion of a voice from their characters? What makes it convincing? Lip-Sync is the art

Creating Comics! For Teens!

Jul 6, 2021 – Jul 8, 2021

How do comics get created? For over a decade, Justin Zimmerman has been writing, creating, editing, and working in the

Inclusivity and Your Storytelling

Jul 8, 2021 – Jul 17, 2021

This workshop explores approaches for creating and depicting authentic diverse characters in film and TV. Through a lively mix of

3-D Monster Making! For Teens!

Jul 12, 2021 – Jul 14, 2021

Monster Making with Spencer Garland is a comprehensive course of character modeling using the open-source 3D program Blender. Over this

It’s Alive! Puppet Making and Stop Motion Animation for Kids!

Jul 21, 2021 – Jul 23, 2021

This online course will provide a simple overview of how to create a stop motion puppet and animate it, sharing

Stop Motion for Teens & High Schoolers

Aug 2, 2021 – Aug 6, 2021

This short course will cover the basic principles of stop motion animation and will provide participants the essential skills needed

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The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.