Young Filmmakers (1 week)

Learn the latest skills and techniques in filmmaking from accomplished filmmakers and working professionals.

Photo by: Danni ScullyThis workshop is for teens who want to learn the latest skills and techniques in filmmaking from accomplished filmmakers and working professionals. The workshop is intense and offers hands-on opportunities to use film and HD cameras as well as professional sound and lighting equipment. Students design shots, plan action, light scenes, conduct interviews and direct a crew and actors. Students learn the roles of director, cinematographer, camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer and boom operator.

Participants in the Young Filmmakers workshop produce music videos and dramatic shorts. Scripts are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own ideas to develop. Professional editors work with students to complete projects. Students receive a DVD of their projects and leave with an understanding of the filmmaking process and a sense of their individual talents. Students can attend master screenings and lectures, hike, swim and explore the beauty of Midcoast Maine.

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.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

Testimonials:

"So glad I had the opportunity to come here! An amazing course to learn the basics in film. Great for any filmmaker!"
- Maxwell Bradshaw, Bangor, ME

"It's really a dream come true to do what you love day in and day out, and that's an understatement of what you get at Maine Media."
- Noah LePage, New Sharon, ME

"Having creative freedom and a group of people with your same interests, who are willing to help you make your dreams a reality, makes for a great 2 weeks."

Instructors

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.