CCF: Film Studies for the Career Focused

Greenlight your film career in one year.

The 30-credit Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking at Maine Media College provides participants with an intense hands-on, creativity-driven entry route into the film, television and web media industries. Students are prepared to work as independent filmmakers or for film-production positions in the areas of cinematography, lighting, directing, sound, editing, visual effects, writing, and the like. Graduates of the program can apply these skills to work in a number of media arts genres including narrative film, documentary, corporate video, and web-based media creation, to name just a few.

A Film Certificate Program Instructed by Industry Professionals

Throughout the program, students will explore new modalities of expression in order to broaden their artistic range, strengthen their skills and techniques, and experience the dynamics of collaboration. Students work at close range with instructors who are also experienced professionals in the craft areas they teach, and they will have access to standard industry equipment with which to work. Instructed by accomplished industry directors, writers, cinematographers and editors, students will also learn the nuances of navigating the industry as a professional.

The many filmmakers who have trained in workshops and classes at Maine Media include Academy Award-winning directors Alejandro González Iñárritu (back-to-back Best Director Oscars for Birdman and The Revenant) and Laura Poitras (Best Documentary Feature – Citizenfour); Emmy-winning director Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The X-Files, and The Walking Dead), actor/writer/producer John Leguizamo (Bloodline, Ice Age), and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain, Babel, The Wolf of Wall Street).

Financial Aid & Goals & Objectives

This program has financial aid options available to students. Learn more about our financial aid options. You can also learn more about the programs goals and objectives here.

Testimonials For the Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking

“I was a junior cinematographer in Thailand and I came to Maine Media to learn from professionals. I had good technical understanding of the camera, but I wanted to learn how to better tell a story. In CCF I got to work with great cinematographers and filmmakers who taught me new ways to think about visual language and how to develop an artistic voice.The best benefit of the program is you work very closely with lots of other filmmakers and become close to each other. You share ideas and become friends and you learn how to work together. You get to know each other on a deeper level. My collaboration with these classmates and instructors has continued beyond Maine Media.”

– Tanakorn “TK” Krailassuwan, CCF 2019


“Before studying at Maine Media Workshops + College, I was largely self taught. This was good for a while but I eventually decided that I needed more. The CCF program provided all the support and hands-on experience I could have ever wanted. The one-on-one mentoring I received went well beyond my expectations. With the work I was able to do in the CCF program, I was accepted into a competitive graduate program on a significant scholarship. I came away from the program with a stronger portfolio, larger network, and the knowledge and confidence to continue my creative career.”

– Eric Butler, CCF 2020

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Applications now being accepted for the 2022 program!

Applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Apply now! Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Who Should Apply?

● College graduates seeking the expertise, skills and connections to get started in their career.
● Mid-career professionals pursuing a career change.
● Filmmakers looking to expand their skills and deepen a knowledge of their craft.
● Individuals seeking an alternative to the traditional four-year film degree.

Why choose MMW+C?

● Small class sizes (average class size is 12)
● Hands-on with top gear from Canon, Arri, Panavision, Panasonic and others
● Learn from working professionals in the film industry
● Maine Media has over 45 years of experience in presenting world-renowned professional workshops and multi-week intensive courses in film and video storytelling.

Program Schedule & Curriculum

Students seeking to earn a Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking must complete all three terms of the program in their entirety. Terms must be taken in sequence, but a student may have up to three years to complete all three terms.

Spring Term

Participants start with a hands-on Four Week Film School to gain a foundational understanding of visual storytelling, cinematography, directing, editing, and other aesthetic and technical considerations of the process. You will learn to speak the language that enables you to communicate with fellow filmmakers, and gain the confidence to express and shape your ideas. An exploration of film history and theory follows, giving students a context for understanding the ongoing journey of discovery and risk that has shaped the medium. You’ll proceed to explore the dynamics of story structure and character development and how they are realized in the process of screenwriters and directors. Students will experience a director’s process in a narrative fiction environment, including the direction of actors and the camera. They will gain a strong foundation in cinematography, learning the processes and approaches of successful DP's, and will then execute their first portfolio project to culminate the first term.

Summer Term

Having built a strong foundation for the crafts within film production, you will work with your advisor to choose ten electives from the extensive array of MMW+C’s world-renown week-long workshops. Workshop strands include cinematography, directing, screenwriting, documentary, editing, and more. From these offerings, you may elect to join a "track", and fully immerse yourself in building skills in your chosen facet of film production, or you may custom select an array of diverse workshops, and develop skills as a well-rounded filmmaker. During this term, in addition to maintaining contact with your advisor and CCF peers, you’ll work alongside a new, diverse population of students each week, giving you ample chance to network with these other aspiring filmmakers and working professionals. You will garner hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment provided by our sponsors while being mentored by top practitioners from the industry. The student/teacher ratio averages 10:1 on a weekly basis.
Listed below are 2 structured, summer intensives that Maine Media runs each year. CCF students may choose 10 total courses from one, or both of these intensives. You will also have access to a wide array of additional electives in all facets of filmmaking to create your customized curriculum.

Fall Term

In the final term, you will first present your project to be green-lit by program advisors. Participants will either establish themselves as project leaders in the role of writer/director, or as practitioners collaborating on a project in the role of cinematographer, producer, editor, etc... After the script is developed in consultation with a mentor, students will work independently and collectively during the ensuing eight weeks of production while living on campus and making use of the resources available in terms of crew, equipment, talent, and the full time support of a program staff member. The final weeks of the program will consist of editing labs, as well as in-depth and thorough critique of each project by instructors, through the various stages of the post-production process. Final films will be screened at a closed event for friends, family and mentors during the last week of the program. The final films will adhere to festival submission guidelines and participants will be encouraged to submit them as a first step toward developing their visibility as filmmakers. You will leave this program with a robust new set of skills, technical hands-on training with industry gear, valuable professional connections, and a finer understanding of filmmaking as a medium and process. You will have built a body of work including your fall thesis, as well as an array of projects for your portfolio and demo reel, accumulated over the course of your 30 weeks of study. You will have been mentored in the business of film and developed the knowledge and confidence to take the next steps in your career.

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