Early Bird Discount for Fall Classes

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The fall term is on its way and we have filmmaking classes for all skill levels and interests. This week only, take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. Prices for all classes, 9 weeks in length or longer, have been reduced by $100.

Classes include:

Register now before Friday at 5 PM, when this deal will end.

PJFF 21 Trailers of the Day: Policeman & Portrait of Wally

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“A boldly conceived drama pivoting on the initially unrelated activities of an elite anti-terrorist police unit and some wealthy young anarchists, POLICEMAN is a striking and controversial debut feature from writer-director Nadav Lapid. Provocatively timely in light of recent unrest tied to social and economic inequities in Israel, this is a powerfully physical film in its depiction of the muscular, borderline sensual way the macho cops relate to one another, as well as for the emphatic style with which the opposing societal forces are contrasted and finally pitted against one another. Although the youthful revolutionaries come off as petulant and spoiled, their point about the growing gap between the Israeli haves and have-nots cannot be ignored, even by the policemen sent on a rare mission to engage their fellow countrymen. An experiment in tone that posits a new direction for Israeli cinema, POLICEMAN is bathed in cool emotional detachment deliberately juxtaposed against its operatic story.”—New York Film Festival. (105 mins.)

POLICEMAN is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, June 30 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

 

Portrait of Wally

“Portrait of Wally,” Egon Schiele’s portrait of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years, the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between the Austrian museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. Shea’s film traces the history of this iconic image—from Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life; to the postwar confusion and subterfuge that evoke THE THIRD MAN; to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art and the legal battle that followed. “Fascinating… By showing how difficult and problematic righting a wrong can turn out to be, PORTRAIT OF WALLY does itself proud.”—Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times. (90 mins.)

PORTRAIT OF WALLY is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, June 30 at 4:30p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

SUMMER CAMP IS COMING!

SOF_FilmCampCalling all kids + teens grades 2-12! The film arts are an excellent way to learn about group decision-making, build self-confidence, and uncover and nurture those special talents within.

Join our School of Film faculty for these week-long adventures in animation, live action, and special effects digital video. Experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required—just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. All equipment and supplies are included. You bring the ideas!

REGISTER NOW!

 

PROJECT VIEWFINDER part 2

Were you unable to attend the PROJECT VIEWFINDER premiere screening on May 1st?

Well, not to worry! It’s now available to view online!

 

Let us know what you think:

Please click here to answer a few quick questions about your experience watching this film.
Receiving feedback is important to help us show our funders the value of this work. Thank you for your support.

PROJECT VIEWFINDER part 1

Were you unable to attend the PROJECT VIEWFINDER premiere screening on May 1st?

Well, not to worry! It’s now available to view online!

Click here to continue watching part 2

Let us know what you think:

Please click here to answer a few quick questions about your experience watching this film.
Receiving feedback is important to help us show our funders the value of this work. Thank you for your support.

Upcoming Workshop: STORYBOARDING

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STORYBOARDING

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10am to 3 PM
Taught by Dan Schaefer
Register Now

Concept artist Dan Schaefer, (“Grimm”, MILK) will be teaching storyboarding in a one-day workshop at the School of Film.

Topics: how storyboarding saves precious dollars; the role of the storyboard artist on a crew; the range of approaches used in working with a director; short hand instruction in figure drawing, composition, and perspective; standard blocking techniques, camera shots, and camera moves; participate in an in-class, hands-on exercise and receive instructor feedback; suitable for drawing novices as well as the highly skilled; open to filmmakers of all levels.

Prerequisites: None

The workshop will be this Saturday, May 11 from 10 – 3 PM at the Northwest Film Center School of Film (934 SW Salmon).

CLICK HERE for more information about the workshop, Dan Schaefer, and to register.

NEW CLASS STARTING THIS WEEK

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FOOD STYLING

A new 4-week class beginning Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-9:30 PM
Taught by food stylist Dolores Custer
REGISTER NOW 

The art of preparing food for the camera.

Topics: Selecting and working with different foods (which ones work, which ones don’t); learn to produce steam on demand, a chilled beverage with a splash, cheese melting over a hamburger, grill marks on meats, the perfect dollop, and much more; propping; working as a team with the cinematographer; working on location under minimum conditions; try out techniques and shoot them with basic cameras; last class is devoted to a small group project on a chosen food.

Qualifies for Avid discount.

Projects: Individual and collaborative
Allocated gear: Basic video cameras for in-class recording
Prerequisites: None
Related courses:CANON XA-10 CAMERA BASICSBASIC LIGHTING

CLICK HERE for more information about FOOD STYLING, Dolores Custer, and to register.

Project Viewfinder Filmmakers: Meet David

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PROJECT VIEWFINDER is an outreach effort of the School of Film that teaches the tools of filmmaking to young adults transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Working with lead faculty member Bushra Azzouz and supporting filmmakers, participants create short films to help educate the community about this timely issue.

Click here to meet all of the filmmakers.

Join us for an evening of poignant short films about the myths and realities of homelessness created by young adults transitioning from struggle to self-sufficiency.  Mentored by Northwest Film Center faculty for the last three months, the youth have worked in front of and behind the camera to tell these personal stories of struggle and hope for the future.  Many of the young filmmakers will be in attendance to reflect on their experience and take questions from the audience.

Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m.
Whitsell Auditorium
FREE ADMISSION

Composer Mark Orton teaching workshop

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Composer MARK ORTON will be teaching an upcoming workshop, INSIDE THE WORLD OF FILM COMPOSING, this Saturday at the School of Film.

Founding member of the genre-bending acoustic chamber ensemble Tin Hat, MARK ORTON has written original scores or contributed music to numerous films including THE GOOD GIRL, THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, BUCK, Fernando Meirelles’s 360, NBC’s “E.R.,” and the upcoming Ken Burns series “The Roosevelts.” An alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, and the recipient of a Sundance Institute Composer Fellowship, he was nominated as Best New Composer by the International Film Music Critics. As an arranger he has worked with artists including Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Mike Patton, and Norah Jones. In addition to film, he composes for dance, circus, radio drama, and the concert hall, drawing inspiration from his collection of antique and unusual musical instruments.

Click here to hear some of the pieces he’s composed for film.

This weekend’s workshop will go into the types of film scores (original, licensed, public domain, live captured, sound design); the film music department staff (who does what); film music budgeting; what happens before a composer is hired (the temp score, the cue sheet, demos, typical contracts, and budgets); how to work with a composer (the spotting session, what a composer needs technically, the adjusted cue sheet, giving notes, film music vocabulary, the illusive locked picture); licensing music (different types of licenses, understanding publishing, obtaining a license, different types of rights scenarios, how to avoid “the man,” re-purposing non-film music, filing a finalized cue sheet).

To register now visit nwfilm.org/school. 

Upcoming Workshop: Inside the World of Film Composing

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INSIDE THE WORLD OF FILM COMPOSING

Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 10am to 4pm

Taught by Mark Orton, founding member of the Tin Hat acoustic chamber ensemble, who has written music for films such as EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, THE GOOD GIRL, and BUCK. Orton also composes for dance, circus, and radio drama, giving him a well-rounded wisdom that he is eager to share.

Topics: overview of the instructor’s film palette and style; types of film scores (original, licensed, public domain, live captured, sound design); the film music department staff (who does what); film music budgeting; what happens before a composer is hired (the temp score, the cue sheet, demos, typical contracts, and budgets); how to work with a composer (the spotting session, what a composer needs technically, the adjusted cue sheet, giving notes, film music vocabulary, the illusive locked picture); licensing music (different types of licenses, understanding publishing, obtaining a license, different types of rights scenarios, how to avoid “the man,” re-purposing non-film music, filing a finalized cue sheet); clips from a variety of films will be used throughout to illustrate the material; interaction with the instructor is highly encouraged.

The workshop will be this Saturday, April 20th from 10 – 4 pm at the Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon). There are no prerequisites required to sign up for the class and Orton’s impressive repertoire and experience in the music industry will benefit seasoned composers and curious music novices alike. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday!

For more information about the workshop and Mark Orton, and to register, click here

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