How do you launch into the film industry in less than one year? Start with a focused program
that covers everything you need to know and nothing more. Add the same cutting-edge equipment found in the major studios, and bring award-winning filmmakers to teach and mentor. The bonus of this brand new Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking? You get to do it all in Midcoast Maine.
With major studio and independent films to his credit, writer/director Wayne Beach has been in the film industry for more than two decades. In addition to writing screenplays for industry giants like Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, and Sony, he has developed projects for the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean, Law & Order, The Fugitive, Seven, Ocean's Eleven, Platoon, The Matrix, and The Perfect Storm. And since he's also an instructor whose students have gone on to write, produce, and direct hit films and TV shows, it's hard to imagine someone better suited to teach part of a brand new curriculum designed to provide an accelerated route into the business.
MMW+C Film Program Director Tawny Bradley sought input from seasoned professionals, including Wayne, to craft the Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking, our newest certificate program that provides a fast track to building the skills needed in today's film industry. "Two decades into my career, I can say that this is the foundation I would have loved to have had when I started out on this journey," said Wayne. Launching this month, CCF is accepting applications now for the 30-week program that begins in late March.
For recent college graduates or career-changers with limited time to invest, CCF is a more focused alternative to a traditional four-year college experience. It's also a great fit for independent filmmakers looking to broaden their skill set. "The film industry is incredibly competitive," says Wayne. "This program gives students an intense and fast-paced advantage. The only other way to learn like this is to spend years on the job."
Led by Tawny Bradley, who, prior to coming to MMW+C, worked for the UK government-funded agency responsible for designing the qualifications necessary for students to be deemed ready for work in creative media, the nine-month program immerses students in the creative and technical dynamics of filmmaking, and culminates in a finished collaborative film project.
The first 10 weeks quickly engage students in making films and building their skills in visual storytelling. The term provides solid grounding in screenwriting, directing, pre-production, cinematography, sound design, editing, and post-production. In addition to exploring topics as practical as on-set vernacular, how to communicate with crew and talent, and set etiquette, students also learn how to market themselves as freelancers, shape and pitch a project, and make their skills stand out in a crowd.
The second term takes place during the summer workshop period, when MMW is a hive of creative energy and crawling with talented instructors. Students choose ten workshops from a range of options, allowing them to specialize and deepen their understanding of filmmaking's key dynamics under the guidance of masters. "Our workshops are taught by the highest caliber of film professionals," says Tawny. "A person could spend a decade on Hollywood sets and not have the level of access to talent that we have here in Maine." With courses taught by cinematographers like Russell Carpenter ASC (Titanic, Charlie's Angels, Ant-Man) and Steven Fierberg ASC (Entourage, The Affair, Love & Other Drugs), sound mixers like Mark Ulano (Kill Bill Vol. 1 &2, Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained), editors like Chris Nelson ACE (Lost, Bates Motel, Mad Men), and gaffers like Mo Flam (Black Swan, I Am Legend, Meet the Parents), nine months in Maine just got more interesting.
In the final term, CCF students will focus their efforts on production and post-production phases of their collaborative film projects, choosing leading roles as writer/directors, cinematographers, or editors, and working closely with mentors along the way. "Guided by accomplished professionals? In a hands-on, cutting-edge environment? Leaving with a portfolio in one year? Gold," said Beach.
APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2016 CCF TERM ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW.