Collaborate to discover a local story and develop your ideas into a finished documentary using stills, audio, and video.

© Taylor McIntoshThis two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18.

This hands-on workshop will introduce students to documentary storytelling through the mediums of photography and filmmaking. Students will spend two weeks exploring the coast of Maine, finding local characters and events that interest and inspire them, while learning the skills necessary to create documentaries that capture the essence of these stories.

While exploring current trends in storytelling, students will learn the basics of their tools-- camera functions, composition, editing, audio & lighting-- as well as discover the creative and expressive decisions that form their personal voice and shapes their work.

Lead by two up-and-coming instructors, students will work in teams to form projects from scratch. They will explore ideas and hunt for stories, make contacts and build relationships with subjects, spending days in the field gathering the material necessary before editing their work into final projects.

At the end of the workshop, students will leave with the inspiration to continue discovering stories in their daily lives, with the knowledge to continue creating work on their own. Each student will also leave with a finished documentary piece.


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 $150 over the two-week period 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.


Derek Kimball

Derek Kimball is a Portland Maine based filmmaker and teacher.  After nearly a decade teaching directing and cinematography  for New York Film Academy, Boston College and Emerson College, Derek returned home to focus on his own work. To satisfy a life long urge to shoot on Maine's rocky coast, Derek is gearing up for principal photography on his latest feature length venture entitled "Neptune" to begin in late August.

© Taylor McIntosh

Course Dates

Jun 21 to Jul 4



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