Learn to think like a natural history cinematographer with this hands-on, in the field workshop working exclusively with Canon C-series and Red Epic X cameras.

During this course you will venture into the field and create spectacular natural scenes including coastal landscapes, forests, mountains, rivers and oceans within the exquisite colors of Maine's peak fall season. Much of the week will be spent within our State Parks, including two days at Acadia National Park.

You will learn camera set up and configuration that will enable you to produce the highest quality possible using cinema and stills lenses.

You will use shoulder mounts, tripods and fluid heads as well as jibs, dollies and hand-held gimbals that will help you create professional cinematic looking sequences in a natural history context that includes landscapes, portrait and macro scenes. You will also learn how to create time-lapse, high speed and slow motion sequences to tell your story. 

As this course will be shot entirely using natural light, you will learn to ‘find the light’ with the use of reflectors, diffusers and filters. 

You will learn the Canon and Redcine footage workflow from camera to post, including field back-up and first color in Redcine X, culminating in the editing of a personal short piece using Adobe Premiere CC with the help of our MMW professional editing team. 


Mauricio Handler

Mauricio Handler is a natural history filmmaker and expedition leader who was, for many years, part of the premier underwater photography team at National Geographic Magazine.

Through his expedition company Handlerphoto, Mauricio leads wildlife photography and filming expeditions to multiple destinations around the globe while his natural history production company, Aquaterrafilms produces Ultra High Definition content for stock, documentaries and commercial use.

Mauricio’s images and HD footage are represented worldwide exclusively by

National Geographic Creative and Naturefootage.




Course Dates

Sep 25 to Oct 1



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