Expand your story development and film production skills working on a series of short documentary and narrative film projects

This intensive, hands-on learning experience is for emerging filmmakers and those interested in pursing careers in the film industry. Guided by our professional faculty, students study fundamentals of filmmaking in the core areas of writing, story structure, visual storytelling, and editing. Through lectures, practical fieldwork, and critique, students build upon their foundation skills.

Coaching of each student’s process takes place during the writing, pre-production, production, and editing phases of each assignment. Lectures and demonstrations  provide advanced technical training. Students experience the entire filmmaking process, rotating and sharing the roles of producer, writer, director, cinematographer, grip, gaffer, assistant director, and editor. At the end of the program, students are prepared to advance their skills in the filmmaking process.

The method of instruction in this program is through hands-on experiential learning. Through working on assignments, students gain understanding and familiarity in all facets of the filmmaking process for both documentary and narrative work.

This program is for those with a strong interest in making their own films, and or seeking a professional career in filmmaking.


Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann is an Emmy Award winning freelance cinematographer, editor and filmmaking instructor based in Camden, ME.

Chris Lehmann has completed projects and continues to work with clients including The American Red Cross, STUDIO (Television Australia), Patagonia, The Penobscot River Trust, MPBN (Maine Public Broadcasting), Good Focus Films, Wild Fibers Magazine, Overseas Adventure Travel, Global Community Service Foundation, Storm Warriors International, Cellardoor Winery, and others.

In 2014 Chris won an Emmy Award from the Boston / New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his piece “Spirit Of Winter in Mid-coast Maine”.   During the winter of 2014 he also traveled to the Himalayas near Leh, India to shoot and edit a short film for Wild Fibers Magazine documenting the lives of nomadic herders raising goats for Cashmere wool. In 2013 he collaborated on a short entitled “The Audition” which won the Zeiss Precision Imaging Competition (Director).  He most recently completed work shooting two music videos for the band “Vanna”, who will be touring in 2014 on the Vans Warped Tour. 

After attending Syracuse University where he received his B.S. in Television, Radio, and Film Production from the Newhouse School, with an emphasis on audio production, Chris planted roots in San Francisco, CA.  Here he formed and was the primary songwriter and singer for two successful bands Heavy Into Jeff (UBL Records) and Magnified (TVT Records) while continuing to hone his skills as a sound recording engineer and producer in both studio sessions and live music recording environments throughout Northern California and Los Angeles. 
After being released from his last recording contract, Chris again immersed himself in film and video production, eventually garnering a staff position at San Francisco production house, Beyond Pix Media where he worked as a location audio engineer, key-grip, gaffer, camera operator, editor, and eventually director of photography for clients including Jawbone, Google, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, and other Silicon Valley companies. 

“Beyond Pix was instrumental in my transition back to working in a visual medium, everyone wore many hats, and the years that I spent there allowed me to blossom as a cinematographer and editor which, along with my previous experience working with audio, gave me the ability to craft a complete story. I have never underestimated the importance and power of audio to enhance visual storytelling, it’s absolutely essential”.

In 2010, wanting to immerse himself within a small and creative film community, Chris relocated to Rockport, Maine where he has instructed classes in editing, lighting, and film production for the 2010 – 2011, and 2013-14 30-Week Professional Certification Program through Maine Media College, the 6-week New Filmmakers Workshops, as well as workshops in editing and Video Using HDSLR Cameras. He also developed and continues to teach a class called Digital Workflow.   

"You are not only a great teacher but also a great person, and you gave me the most beautiful present that a teacher can give to students — you transmitted to me your passion."  —FV, NY


Derek Kimball

Derek Kimball is a Portland Maine based filmmaker and teacher.  After nearly a decade teaching directing and cinematography  for New York Film Academy, Boston College and Emerson College, Derek returned home to focus on his own work. To satisfy a life long urge to shoot on Maine's rocky coast, Derek is gearing up for principal photography on his latest feature length venture entitled "Neptune" to begin in late August.


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