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.


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


2nd Saturday - Music Business 101 - February 11

February 11, 2023

Musician Tyrone Bradley gives and introduction to marketing, production, and navigating the music business. No registration required. Just drop in. Workshop meets Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Instructor: Tyrone Bradley

Fee: FREE


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

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2nd Saturday - Intro to Audio Technology - March 11

March 11, 2023

Join other content makers to learn the basics of microphone types and placement. The workshop will also introduce you to analog mixing boards and field recorders. No registration required. Just drop in. Workshop meets Saturday, March 11 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Instructor: Rocco Strain

Fee: FREE


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 13, 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


2nd Saturday -Open Source Software - April 13

April 13, 2023

Free Open Source Software can let you do just about everything expensive commercial software can, but without any license fee or cost. This Second Saturday Workshop will highlight several of the best FOSS programs for making art and editing video. No registration required. Just drop in. Workshop meets Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Instructor: Andrew Ebright

Fee: FREE


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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