Understanding the editor's job of combining pictures, words, and music into a cohesive and engaging film is essential for all filmmakers. This hands-on course introduces students to the primary feature set and basic interface of Final Cut Pro. Students learn to perform editing functions while learning the user interface. Topics include insert and assemble editing, working with preferences and settings, capturing media, trimming techniques, audio editing, media management and final output. This class is designed for anyone looking to edit professional quality video using Final Cut Pro and those who prefer hands-on, interactive instruction. Understanding of the Macintosh operating system and basic computer navigation is desired.
is a freelance cinematographer, editor and filmmaking instructor based in Camden, ME. He has recently completed projects for The American Red Cross, Patagonia, The Penobscot River Trust, Cellardoor Winery, MPBN (Maine Public Broadcasting), Overseas Adventure Travel, Global Spectrum Travel, Storm Warriors International, and others. During the spring of 2012, Chris traveled to Vietnam and India to shoot a series of documentaries for Storm Warriors International. In the past year his work has won multiple awards including the Zeiss Precision Imaging Competition (Director) as well as an honorable mention in the independently judged Maine Media Workshops 40th Anniversary “Spirit of Place” competition. Chris is currently beginning pre-production to shoot a feature-length documentary concerning the plight of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (with a 2014 release date).
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 recording studios and live music venues throughout the bay area.
After being released from his last recording contract, Chris merged back into 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, editor, camera operator, gaffer, and eventually director of photography for commercial clients including: Google, HP, 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 develop my cinematography and editing skills which, when combined with the right audio elements, crafts the complete story. I never underestimate 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 to work as the Post Production Manager for The Maine Media Workshops. He also taught editing and film production for the 30-week 2010-2011 Professional Certificate Program through Maine Media College. He developed and continues to teach a successful new class called Digital Workflow. During the 2012 summer workshop season, Chris taught the 6-week New Filmmakers Workshops in the spring and the fall sessions, as well as workshops in Editing, HDSLR Operation, and 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