Achieve a finer understanding of the filmmaking process and discover where your talents lie

Photo by: Danni ScullyYoung Advanced Filmmakers picks up where the basic workshop ends. This class provides additional training in story development, directing, and the creative and technical aspects of camera, lighting, and sound design.

The first week is dedicated to hands-on instruction that develops students’ proficiency in industry-standard filmic techniques. Equipment demos and exercises familiarize students with an impressive equipment pool that has included Canon’s C100 and lens systems, Sennheiser microphones, Arri Fresnel light kits, and a wide assortment of professional grip and electric equipment. Students can choose to edit on either Adobe Premiere or Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.

During this intense first week, students will also write and pre-produce their own short film projects. These are more ambitious productions which are shot and edited in the class’s second week. Students will put into practice the skills they have learned while taking turns working as the director, director of photography, script supervisor, gaffer, key grip, sound recordist, and editor. At the end of the two weeks, these films are screened in front of an audience and are often used in college applications and student film festivals.

Young Advanced Filmmakers is open to teens who have already completed a Young Filmmakers workshop, by portfolio review, or by permission of the instructor.

About the Young Artists Program
Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.

A portfolio/reel is required for this class.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

Testimonials:

"I came here to make a film that would challenge me and that I could use to apply for college and then made that happen."
- Alexnder Savramis, Bethesda, MD

"Maine Media is perfect for any young artist who just wants to try a new art or have decided on an art as a profession."
- Michael Johnson, San Antonio, TX

Instructors

Alex Bilodeau

This will be Alex Bilodeau’s eighth year working with Maine Media Workshops and his fifth year teaching workshops for the Young Artists program. His professional experience is diverse. Currently working as a freelance camera operator and editor, he has also served as Maine Media’s Post-Production Manager, Film Equipment Technician, and was the teaching assistant with its Professional Certificate program. Additionally, he is beginning to work in theater and is developing both film and theater projects to be produced in the coming year. Above all, he has most enjoyed having the privilege to teach the budding young artists who have attended MMW over the years and is proud of the role he has played in their development. Recent students having been accepted to the NYU, USC, Emerson, and Wesleyan film programs (among others). He also works with the 3rd grade education program, See Hear Feel Film.

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