Four-Week Film School

A total-immersion, hands-on course in the processes, technology, and art of film and video production

Nicole Fuller

The demand for qualified filmmakers continues to grow. This hands-on workshop is for new filmmakers, film students, graduates and those who have yet to make their first film or work professionally in film and video. This four-week course teaches students how to make their own films using professional tools and processes. Students learn cinematic language, storytelling, screenwriting, storyboarding, casting, and directing actors in dramatic scenes. Participants research, write, produce, and edit a number of projects including documentaries, music videos, and tv commercials over the four weeks.

Each student gains first-hand experience working in a variety of roles such as producer, director, production manager, assistant director, director of photography, camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer, script supervisor, sound recordist, and editor. Blocking, camera movement, POV, screen direction, scene coverage, lighting, set safety, and etiquette are all covered.

The emphasis is on narrative and film-style production. Students also learn the entire post-production process, including an introduction to Apple's Final Cut Pro X non-linear editing software, sound track design, and titling. There are lectures, critiques, screenings and discussions of technical, procedural, aesthetic and ethical issues. Afternoons and evenings are comprised of demonstrations, exercises, and projects in the field and studio. Students may pursue personal projects and specific career paths, gaining experience in production.

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Ana Foy

Ana Foy received her MFA in Film Production from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts, where she specialized in Cinematography. She earned a BS in Motion Pictures from the University of Miami’s School of Communication, with a double major in Photography. Before pursuing her career in the film industry, she studied and worked in various areas of art, design, and visual media: architecture, interior design, graphic design, advertising, and museum communications.

Based in Los Angeles before moving to Maine three years ago, Ana has numerous professional credits on narrative short and feature films; short and long form documentary projects; scripted and reality television series; music videos; commercials; and corporate and industrial videos. She has worked on set as director of photography, camera operator, camera assistant, chief lighting technician, key grip, and best boy electric. Ana has served as the film technical manager at Maine Media Workshops and College and teaches in the Professional Certificate Program.