Green-light your film career in one year.

We have created a new certificate program that is specifically tailored to provide filmmakers with the skills that are in high demand in the modern film industry. Industry professionals will serve as instructors and the curriculum is tightly focused on the concrete expertise and knowledge sought after in the filmmaking marketplace.

The Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking at Maine Media is an experiential program that is designed to provide the next generation of creative professionals with an alternative entry into the film industry in less than one full year.

Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Director of Photography, HBO series “Vinyl”) and Academy Award-winning directors Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (back-to-back Best Director awards – 2015 “Birdman” and 2016 “The Revenant”) and Laura Poitras (Best Documentary Feature – 2015 “Citizenfour”) are among the many filmmakers who have trained in workshops and classes at Maine Media.

Header Image Credit: Kara Birnbaum

Behind the Scenes

Applications now being accepted for the 2018 program

Application deadline February 5, 2018 for March 25, 2018 program start.
Enrollment is limited to 15

Who Should Apply?

- College graduates seeking the professional experience, skills and connections to get started in their career.

- Mid-career professionals who are seeking a career change.

- Independent filmmakers who seek the skills and knowledge to make their own films.

- 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 40 years of experience running high quality professional workshops and 8 and 12 week long 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 entirety. Terms must be taken in sequence, and a student may have up to three years to complete all three terms.

Spring Term

The 2018 Spring Term (March 25 - June 2) will include the following required courses: Four-Week Film School, Film History & Theory, Story Structure & Character Development, Directing Actors, Non-Fiction Storytelling and Project Development. From the first week of this introductory term participants partake in a hands-on Four Week Film School to form an understanding of storytelling and technical concepts and capabilities. A strong understanding of film theory, history and an appreciation for cinematic work produced worldwide is emphasized. Students learn to speak the language that will enable them to communicate with fellow filmmakers, expressing their ideas and providing opportunities for growth. Coupled with exploration of story development and leadership through the eye of the director in a narrative environment, students learn to put these new tools to use in non-fiction settings. The final weeks of this term provide a practical knowledge of the film business, from the ins and outs of industry to effectively managing and marketing yourself as a freelancer. Participants will culminate their first term experience in a project development workshop with their final projects in mind.

Summer Term

Having gotten a taste for the crafts within film production, participants will work with their advisor to choose ten electives from the selection of MMW+C world-renown Workshops. Workshop strands include cinematography, lighting, audio, directing, screenwriting, documentary, corporate, editing and digital effects. From this offering, participants may elect to focus on a chosen craft or to select a variety with the intention of writing/directing their final project. During this term, participants work alongside a new, diverse population of students each week. They will garner hands-on experience with industry standard equipment provided by MMW+C’s long list of sponsors while being mentored by top practitioners from industry. The student/teacher ratio averages 10:1 on a weekly basis.

Fall Term

In the final term of the certificate program, participants will first present their project to be green-lit by program advisors. Participants will either establish themselves as project leaders through the role of Writer/Director, or as practitioners collaborating on a project in the role of Cinematographer, Gaffer or Editor. The proceeding eight-weeks of production will be produced independently by students, while living on campus and making use of the resources available in terms of crew, equipment, talent, and full time support of a program staff member. The final weeks of the program will consist of post-production tutorials and editing labs led by an instructor. Final projects will be screened at a closed event for friends, family and mentors the last week of the program, adhering to festival submission guidelines for participants to pursue further opportunities with their work.

Ready for the next step?

Applications now being accepted for the 2018 program

Application deadline February 5, 2018 for March 25, 2018 program start
Enrollment is limited to 15

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