In this information packed course, drone pilots are given the tools and information they need to know to be confident in launching, flying, and landing safely UAV.  

The workshop includes classroom lectures and hands-on flying time with your instructor and assistant.  The second half of this course will be spent focusing on shooting professional quality aerial cinematography and working with your footage. Neil will assist students in creating a workflow for your drone footage taking it from drone, into post production to produce high quality cinematic result.

Please bring your own drone, MMW+C will supply our drone for use as well.

The flying session is limited to twelve students so that everyone will have time to capture quality footage.


  • First Flight Basics
  • Flight Modes and Vision Positioning
  • Calibration Considerations
  • Emergency Procedures – Fail Safe, Return to Home, and Fly Aways
  • DJI User Settings – Simulator and Flight Recorder
  • Firmware Updates
  • Handouts – Location Checklist, Pre-Flight Checklist, Equipment Checklist, Take Off Checklist, Practice Exercises, and Flight Log
  • File handling
  • Workflow
  • Post Production via Adobe Premiere

Lunch each day is included. Lodging is available on campus $75/night, private room & bath.



Neil Shelley

Born and raised in southern Maine, Neil Shelley is film director, cinematographer, writer, editor and an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Shelley’s interest in filmmaking culminated after the completion of his first short film assignment as a freshman in the University of Maine’s New Media program. Now in his third year of graduate school at the University of Maine, Shelley is completing his MFA in Intermedia and continues to explore and hone his skills as a visual storyteller. During his time at the University of Maine, he has completed a wide array of short narrative and documentary films including Andy the Tailor, Cold, Midnight Run, The Winters, and Angel. Shelley’s latest and largest project to date, Telling Hannah, a 27-minute film in which he co-wrote, directed, and edited was an official selection into the LewistonAuburn Film Festival and was nominated for Best Maine Film.

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Course Dates

Apr 28 to Apr 29



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