Greenlight your film career in one year.

The 30-credit Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking at MMC 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, web-based media creation, to name just a few.

Throughout the program, students will explore new modalities of expression of 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).

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Applications now being accepted for the 2020 program!

Applications are accepted on a space available basis. Apply now! Enrollment is limited to 15 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 (limited to 15 students in each class)
● 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.
● Our low-residency MFA program was named one of the top 70 best Fine Arts graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report.

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

The 2020 spring term (March 23 - May 29) includes the following required courses: Four Week Film School, Film History & Theory, Story Structure & Character Development, Directing, Basic Cinematography, Non-Fiction Storytelling, and Project Development. 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 examine how to shape a non-fiction story. The final week of this term provides a practical knowledge of the film business, from the ins and outs of the industry to effectively managing and marketing one’s self as a freelancer. You’ll culminate your first term in a project development workshop that will allow you to incubate and develop the final project that will be realized in the fall 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 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 3 structured, summer Tracks that Maine Media runs each year. A wide array of additional electives are available to add to or supplement your 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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