Learn the aesthetics and techniques of good editing and storytelling with Apple’s Final Cut Pro

This one-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18.

Shane HofeldtLearn the digital post-production process including techniques for editing with Apple’s Final Cut Pro. This one-week workshop is for teen filmmakers and media artists who want to use Final Cut Pro to edit their own films. The course covers the entire post-production process from basic workstation setup, digitizing, media management, preference customization, project management, editing sync material, trimming sequences and working with audio. Students learn how to create titles, use graphic effects and output projects. The course also covers the aesthetics of editing and how suspense, drama and emotional response are created in the audience through the choices an editor makes in the editing process.

Each student has a Macintosh workstation to edit scenes from dramatic films, music videos or commercials. There is continuous critique and assistance from the faculty and staff. Students must be Macintosh savvy and understand basic filmmaking concepts.

No previous Final Cut Pro experience is necessary.


About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, 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 $75 over the week for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

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

Tuition Note: includes room and board.


"I'm really glad I had the opportunity to come to Maine Media Workshops and I'll definitely bring the experience home."
- Kate Morrison, Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Course Dates

This course is not offered at this time.
Check our full workshop listing for other alternatives.

Please email us or call 1-877-577-7700 with any questions.



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