Thurston Community Media - Olympia, WA
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Media Production Workshops

Unless noted in the class description, classes are held in-person at the TCMedia facility,
440 Yauger Way SW, Olympia WA.

We offer our classes in collaboration with local parks and recreation departments

You do not have to live in the cities to register. If one shows the class is full, try one of the other links.

Financial assistance scholarships are available. Info can be found HERE

To reach TCMedia, call 360.956.3100.  Scroll down for the schedule of available classes


TV Studio Production Course: Make Your Own TV Show- April 10, 11,12, 13

April 10, 2024

Have you ever wanted to make your own TV show? This course is for you! Students will learn the fundamentals of producing a television show in a fully equipped TV studio. In this hands-on class, participants will learn to operate a studio camera, switcher operation, graphics, set & lighting design, teleprompter, and audio mixing to produce their own TV show. On the final day of the course, the class will participate as a production crew for TCMedia?s Instant TV productions. Completion of this course will certify students to use TCMedia?s studio and control room to produce their own TV show to air on local cable channels and other online distribution platforms. Class meets Wed, Thur, Fri - Apr. 10, 11 & 12 from 6-9 p.m. and Sat. Apr. 13 from 1-4 p.m.

Fee: $99

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Orientation - April 13

April 13, 2024

Learn about all the services and activities that TCMedia offers. Take a tour of our production facilities and get information about how you can become part of our creative community. Orientation meets Saturday, April 13th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. We ask that you call TCMedia at 360.956.3100 to register but drop-ins are also welcome.

Fee: Free

To sign up, please call 360-956-3100


Professional Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X - April 26

April 26, 2024

This workshop teaches Final Cut Pro X, a video editing application for Apple MacIntosh computers used by industry professionals. Students will learn effective editing techniques to create compelling video content, basic transitions, titles, filters, and how to export the final project to broadcast industry standards. Completion of this course certifies students to use TCMedia's edit suites and laptop editing equipment. Class meets Friday, April 26 from 6-9 p.m.

Fee: $55

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Video Camcorder Fundamentals - May 6

May 6, 2024

Explore the foundational aspects of camera operation with the AX-2000 professional camcorder in this hands-on class. Covering camera techniques, framing, and essential shooting methods, participants will acquire proficiency in capturing compelling footage across diverse settings. Completion of this course certifies you to use TCMedia?s video camcorders, microphones, and accessories for your future video productions. Class meets Monday, May 6 from 6-9 p.m.

Fee: $55

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Orientation - May 11

May 11, 2024

Learn about all the services and activities that TCMedia offers. Take a tour of our production facilities and get information about how you can become part of our creative community. Orientation meets Saturday, May 11th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. We ask that you call TCMedia to register but drop-ins are also welcome.

Fee: FREE

To sign up, please call 360-956-3100


Multi-Camera Field Production Course - May 17, 18, 20

May 17, 2024

In three class sessions, students are introduced to the basics of field production using Sony AX-2000 professional video camcorders, portable lighting, microphones, and other production gear. Throughout the course, they will not only gain proficiency in these tools but also develop essential field/event production and interview skills. The class will produce a hands-on field shoot on the second day, providing students with a real-world opportunity to apply their skills. In the final session, students will edit together their multi-camera footage into a finished piece. Completion of this course will certify students to use TCMedia?s video camcorders, laptops, microphones, and other accessories to create videos for distribution on the TCMedia channels or through the internet. Class meets Fri. May 17 6-9 p.m., Sat. May 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, and Mon. May 20, 6-9 p.m.

Fee: $99

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Short Film Production: Let's Make a Movie - June 3, 5, 10, 12

June 3, 2024

Embark on an immersive journey into filmmaking with "Let's Make a Movie," a 4-session course. This comprehensive program is structured to optimize the hands-on shooting experience, guiding participants through every stage of short film production. Upon completing "Let's Make a Movie," participants will have engaged in a hands-on shooting experience, ensuring a practical understanding of short film production. This course caters to aspiring filmmakers, content creators, and individuals passionate about the art of storytelling through film. Class meet Mondays and Wednesdays June 3, 5, 10, 12 from 6-9 p.m.

Fee: $99

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Orientation - June 8

June 8, 2024

Learn about all the services and activities that TCMedia offers. Take a tour of our production facilities and get information about how you can become part of our creative community. Orientation meets Saturday, June 8th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. We ask that you call TCMedia to register but drop-ins are also welcome.

Fee: FREE

To sign up, please call 360-956-3100


Social Media Video Mastery - June 29

June 29, 2024

Bring your mobile device! Unlock the power of compelling and shareable video content for social media in the "Social Media Video Mastery Workshop." This workshop is designed to provide a concise yet impactful exploration of strategies for creating engaging videos tailored for platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. This workshop integrates practical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, culminating in creating social media promo videos. By the end of the "Social Media Video Mastery Workshop," the participants will have acquired practical skills and applied them to create engaging videos. Class meets Sat., June 29 from 12-4 p.m.

Fee: $55

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