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New Film Programs Lead Busy Fall Season at Maine Media
Rockport, Maine—September 17, 2014—As summer gives way to fall, the mid-coast campus at Maine Media Workshops + College (MMW+C) shows no signs of slowing down. The school still has many weekend and weeklong workshops available throughout September and October, including new additions to the schedule focusing on documentary filmmaking, which coincide with the 10th annual Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) taking place later this month.
Fall workshops include Advanced Camera Operator with Rodney Taylor, ASC, and The Camera and Visual Storytelling with Steven Fierberg, ASC. Both Taylor and Fierberg have serious credibility in Hollywood and the international film festival circuits. Taylor, a master director of photography and camera operator, will help students capture visual performance, lighting, and composition while developing their individual style. Fierberg, known for his work on Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs with Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, will help students learn the cinematic language of shot design, composition, camera placement, and movement.
“Fall is an amazing time for workshops at Maine Media. We have all the benefits of summer, gorgeous weather and great light, yet there is a more relaxed atmosphere as tourist season slows down,” described MMW+C President Meg Weston. “I’m excited about our focus on the filmmaking program this fall. We’re known worldwide for our hands-on style, top-tier equipment and award-winning faculty and staff, including Tawny Bradley, who recently joined us as the school’s new film program director.”
Bradley relocated to Rockport from England, where she worked at Sheffield Doc/Fest. As a seasoned film programming professional, she brings new courses and instructors to MMW+C, offering a fresh line-up designed for filmmakers with projects in progress.
“Perhaps the most exciting fall offering is a brand new series of workshops designed for independent documentary filmmakers who have their sights set on the festival circuit,” says Bradley.
A three-week strand, Doc Festival Prep pulls together heavy-hitting industry insiders to help doc makers hone their treatments, trailers and pitches, as well as navigate the festival circuit to secure funding and commissions.
Leading off the Doc Festival Prep strand is Crafting Your Story, a week of treatment and one-sheet honing taught by former president of National Geographic TV Maryanne Culpepper. Culpepper has extensive experience as a commissioner and specializes in story development, and will help students transform their story into a document that potential investors and buyers can latch on to.
During the second week, veteran video editor John Freeburn will lead filmmakers through the process of turning their project’s source footage into an attention-getting sizzle reel in Producing Your Trailer. Rounding out the series is a comprehensive insider’s view into Funding and Pitching with Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO and Festival Director Heather Croall, who is extremely relevant on the festival circuit and will offer workshop attendees one-on-one mentorship.
In October, National Geographic cinematographer and photographer Mauricio Handler will also be leading a pair of new natural history film and photo workshops that venture beyond MMW’s Rockport home base to take in the full scope of Maine’s pristine shoreline and astounding natural beauty.
Background: Maine Media Workshops + College (mainemedia.edu): Founded in 1973, Maine Media Workshops + College is a non-profit, non-traditional school that provides experiential education for students of all skill levels in film, photography, writing, multimedia and design. From one and two-day skill-building workshops to one-week and multi-week immersions, Maine Media’s workshops spark creativity and lead to self-discovery through intense, hands-on learning with top-of-the-line gear. Its long-term programs—including 12-week intensives, one-year professional certificates and three-year MFA degrees for graduate students—fully prepare attendees to work and succeed in their fields.