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.

Registration is through Olympia Parks, Arts, & Recreation Department (OPARD).  You do not have to live in Olympia to register for these classes.

Financial assistance scholarships are available. Info can be found HERE.

If you have difficulty registering, please call OPARD at 360.753.8380. 

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


Video Field Production Fundamentals - December 5-9

December 5, 2022

Learn everything about producing media in the field. Get certified on HD cameras, editing, lighting & sound gear. In addition to the 3 class days, students will check out field equipment and do a field shoot. Class meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday, December 5, 7, 9 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Fee: $85

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Orientation - December 10

December 10, 2022

Orientation introduces you to TCMedia rules and procedures and gives a tour of the facility. Orientation is a prerequisite for our Instant TV service. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Orientation meets Saturday, December 10, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Call 360-956-3100 to register or just drop in.

Fee: FREE

To sign up, please call 360-956-3100


2nd Saturday - Acting for Film and TV - December 10

December 10, 2022

Isabel Nixon Klein from OlyFilm teaches acting for film and television. She will take the studio audience through different acting exercises that will help them to define and refine their film and television characters. No registration required. The workshop starts at 11:00 AM

Fee: Free


Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X - December 15

December 15, 2022

This workshop teaches Final Cut Pro, a professional video editing application for Apple MacIntosh computers that industry professionals use. 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 will result in certification to use TCMedia's editing suites and laptop editors. Class meets Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

Fee: $45

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Making Motion Graphics with Adobe After Effects - January 10, 12, 17, 19

January 10, 2023

You've got your video edited, but the graphics need some work. In this course, you will learn to create motion graphics from scratch using Adobe After Effects. Knowledge of video editing is helpful but not required for this class. Completing the course certifies you to use TCMedia's editing suites and laptop editors. Class meets Tuesday & Thursday, January 10, 12, 17, 19, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $85


2nd Saturday -Information or Misinformation - January 14

January 14, 2023

Join The Jolt News writer, Mary Beth Harrington, and TCMedia Development Director, Jessica Hice as they discuss the challenges for news organizations in the information age. Workshop starts at 11:00 a.m. No registration necessary. Just drop in.

Fee: Free


Orientation - January 14

January 14, 2023

Orientation introduces you to TCMedia rules and procedures and gives a tour of the facility. Orientation is a prerequisite for our Instant TV service. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Orientation meets Saturday, January 14, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Call 360-956-3100 to register or just drop in.

Fee: Free

To sign up, please call 360-956-3100


TV Studio Production: Make Your Own TV Show - January 21 & 28

January 21, 2023

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. The class will produce a TV show on the final day of class. 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 Saturdays, January 21 & 28, 12:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.

Fee: $85

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Animation with iPads for All Ages - January 27

January 27, 2023

In this class, students will learn a variety of animation skills using iPads including stop motion, rotoscoping, and 2D drawing. iPads provided for use during the class. This class is open to all ages. Class meets Friday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fee: $45

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Basic DSLR Cinematography - February 6, 8, 13, 15

February 6, 2023

This course introduces students to the fundamental rules of composition, lighting, and operation of the Panasonic GH5 camera. Students will analyze styles of camera operation, lighting design, and shot aesthetics and apply that knowledge to shoot video. Students will then edit the final project in Final Cut Pro X. Completion of this course certifies students to use TCMedia?s DSLR cameras, laptops, and lighting accessories to continue their creative efforts. Class meets Mondays & Wednesdays, February 6, 8, 13, & 15, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $85

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Orientation - February 11

February 11, 2023

Orientation introduces you to TCMedia rules and procedures and gives a tour of the facility. Orientation is a prerequisite for our Instant TV service. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Orientation meets Saturday, February 11, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Call 360-956-3100 to register or just drop in.

Fee: Free

To sign up, please call 360-956-3100


Professional Video Editing with Apple Final Cut Pro X - February 25

February 25, 2023

This workshop teaches Final Cut Pro, a professional video editing application for Apple MacIntosh computers that industry professionals use. 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 will result in certification to use TCMedia's editing suites and laptop editors. Class meets Saturday, February 25, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $45

Sign up


Orientation - March 11

March 11, 2023

Orientation introduces you to TCMedia rules and procedures and gives a tour of the facility. Orientation is a prerequisite for our Instant TV service. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Orientation meets Saturday, March 11, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Call 360-956-3100 to register or just drop in.

Fee: Free

To sign up, please call 360-956-3100


Video Field Production Fundamentals - March 13, 15, 20, 22

March 13, 2023

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. 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 TCTV channels or through the internet. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, March 12, 15, 20 & 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $85

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Intro to DSLR Cameras for Video Production - March 25

March 25, 2023

This class offers training on professional DSLR cameras (Panasonic Lumix GH-5) and lens kits for recording video. Students will be introduced to shot composition, depth of field, focusing and f-stop. You?ll learn how to mount the camera to the shoulder rig and how to mount accessories like viewfinders and follow focus to the camera cage. Upon completion of the class you will be certified to use the Panasonic Lumix GH-5 DSLR camera to create content to share on the TCMedia channels and internet. Class meets Saturday, March 25 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $45

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Orientation - April 8

April 8, 2023

Orientation introduces you to TCMedia rules and procedures and gives a tour of the facility. Orientation is a prerequisite for our Instant TV service. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Orientation meets Saturday, April 8, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Call 360-956-3100 to register or just drop in.

Fee: Free

To sign up, please call 360-956-3100


TV Studio Production: Make Your Own TV Show - April 19, 26 & May 3

April 19, 2023

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. The class will produce a TV show on the final day of class. 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 Wednesdays, April 9, 16, & May 3 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Fee: $85

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