This workshop is for those who have completed the Film Production module and for experienced film directors, editors, and producers who want to develop greater sensitivity and skill in editing and shaping dramatic material. The course explores the creative process of editing with guidance and critique by a master editor. Students explore the use of timing and continuity, the structure of scenes, and the aesthetics of cinematic storytelling in crafting dramatic stories. Students work as part of a creative team while editing, re-editing and experimenting with selected scenes. Lectures cover editing room procedures and techniques for creating drama, suspense and heightened emotional pacing in comedy, romance and suspense films. Additionally, students learn about an editor's relationship with the director and how each contributes to shaping the story.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475per week. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $125.


Chuck Carter

Chuck Carter has been working in the artistic end of the science and entertainment industries for more than 30 years.

In 1988 he explored his passion for computer graphics and started working as a consultant for animation and 3D modeling for the Knight-Ridder: News in Motion Animation service. Since then his work has been utilized by The National Geographic Society for both online and print.

In 1994 Carter was instrumental in helping launch National Geographic Online producing 3D prototype user interface screens and interactive online content. In the more traditional illustration fields, he has worked with Harcourt Education, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and other clients for more than 25 years - co-authoring and illustrating a book on physical geology in 2007. His work spanned multiple subjects, including history, nature, physics, military, geology, and geography. He has produced illustrations and animations for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, and various defense contractors, universities, museums, and
governmental science institutions.

Carter entered the entertainment industry in 1991 when he joined the video game company, Cyan producing graphics for the popular computer game, Myst. The game went on to sell tens of millions of units and spawned 6 subsequent sequels. Other entertainment projects include work on more than 25 other video games, including the popular Westwood Studios properties; Command and Conquer and Red Alert. His roles spanned a diverse set of skills including working as a digital artist, animator, writer, art director, and computer-graphics supervisor.

In the mid 90s Carter worked with Threshold Entertainment as a digital matte painter for popular science fiction shows like Babylon5, Crusade and Mortal Kombat as well art and animation for numerous motion rides like Disney's, Mission to Mars and Paramount's, Star Trek: the Experience.

In the 2000s, Carter continued his worked in video games as an art director. Currently, he is working on numerous iPad and iPhone applications as both a designer and artist as well as illustrating college text books for McGraw-Hill and art for the US Department of Energy. Additional clients include Scientific American, Wired Magazine, Conde´ Nast Traveler, Nissan as well various industry magazines, advertising agencies, corporate clients, and additional book publishers.

He works from his studio in Bangor, Maine.


Neil Shelley

Born and raised in southern Maine, Neil Shelley is film director, 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.


Course Dates

May 10 to May 23




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