Dates:  TBD
Levels:  All
Workshop Fee:  TBD
Class Size: 12

This fully immersive program provides students the knowledge, tools, and experience, essential to becoming a working professional in the film industry.

Unlike any other film program you’ll find, our Cinematography Intensive is a customizable curriculum, that exposes you to fundamental film theory, top-tier industry equipment, and the tools and knowledge to prepare you to start working in the field, or get to the next level in your career.

In a sequence of workshops, you’ll learn from a different accomplished, industry professional each week. You’ll be guided by an advisor throughout to help you get the most out of every course, and integrate what you’re learning week to week, as well as accumulate content for your professional portfolio or demo reel. You’ll learn hands-on with top gear from ARRI, Panavision, RED, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and more. You’ll make valuable professional connections, and gain meaningful and extensive experience in every aspect of cinematography, the camera, and visual storytelling. 


“The industry professionals that come in are world class. You get intimate time with them to really ask questions, learn, and network with other creatives. All the while, you get hands-on time with some of the best equipment in the industry, which is unique for a small school in the middle of (beautiful) nowhere.

I will always recommend Maine Media as a great organization!”

-Rob Weidner, 2014 Alum
Camera Operator, “Black Panther”, “The Maze Runner”

The Intensive is offered once in the Summer, and again in the Fall.

Header Image: Seth MacMillan 

2019 Course Dates will be published soon

2018 Courses included:

The Art of Cinematography

This workshop is a comprehensive introduction to the world of cinematography. Students are introduced to the essential technical components and aesthetic considerations of the craft. Through hands-on exercises in the studio and on location, emerging filmmakers combine the technical aspects of cinematography--including ISO, WB, FPS, shutter angle, resolution, and recording format--with the aesthetic considerations of lens choice, framing, composition, camera perspective, and movement to create compelling visual images and to tell engaging visual stories.

Camera in Action

Following up on the theory and techniques practiced in "The Art of Cinematography", this course will be exercise-based, and afford students ample opportunity to practice camera operation and movement with various camera support systems. Students will shoot original and adapted scenes, and explore the roles and crew positions needed to execute camera moves and lighting set-ups. They will learn to design storyboards and shot lists and keep a consistent visual style in composition, lensing, movement, rhythm and pace. They will learn how to best communicate with their crew to achieve their vision.

Location Lighting with Travis Trudell

Bringing a film shoot into a real-world setting has many advantages, especially for independent productions that may not have the resources to always use large studio sets. Learn to address the technical and creative challenges, and take advantage of the benefits and possibilities of shooting on location. Learn practices and techniques, as used in industry production, and gain valuable experience creating a wide variety of unique lighting setups.

The Camera Department Workshop

The Camera Department Workshop guides students through the responsibilities of the camera crew, and helps them develop professional level operating and assisting skills. Students will be introduced to industry standard production procedures, and become familiar with the many techniques needed to successfully work in camera team on feature films, commercials, and episodic television.

The Camera and Visual Storytelling with Steven Fierberg, ASC

Students learn the language and grammar of shot design, composition, camera placement and movement. The subtle differences in visual styles and their effects on the viewer are addressed through exercises and screenings. Films will be screened and analyzed in the context of how a D.P. has approached their shot design. In the latter half of the week, students take on the roles of director and cinematographer, and collaborate on final, short, cinematic pieces.

The Steadicam Workshop with Paul Taylor

In this unique and intense Steadicam course students learn to interpret a script in visual terms based on the director’s vision, the DP’s requirements and the editor’s needs. They will learn the “language of Steadicam” and how to properly employ it to produce riveting images that enhance the narrative. Students gain practical experience in using the equipment as they are introduced to the technical skills, set etiquette and the aesthetic vision required to become a professional Steadicam operator.

Nonfiction Cinematography with Zach Zamboni

Through lectures and extensive hands-on production, students will explore the techniques of reality, classic documentary, and narrative work to deepen their mental and physical understanding of scene coverage. From concept to execution, students will learn the critical elements that help ensure a successful edit. This is an operator-intensive workshop, filled with multi-camera, and single camera exercises. Students are expected to shoot on their toes and protect each others' back, as they confront ever-changing scenarios.

Episodic Cinematography

In this new golden era of Television, shows have become more cinematic than ever before. In this workshop, learn from a career, film and television cinematographer how to develop and follow a show’s unique stylistic look. Through lectures and screenings, students explore how an episodic DP approaches and breaks down a script, and begins to craft and plan their shooting approach to dynamically compliment, or institute themes, character development, and story arcs.

Feature Film Lighting with Mo Flam

Explore advanced, dramatic lighting techniques used in feature films. Through lectures, screenings, and discussions led by a top industry Chief Lighting Technician, this class covers the importance of light in visual storytelling, and the techniques and processes to execute a wide array of complex lighting set-ups. Students use LED, HMI, tungsten, fluorescent and more, to light a variety of interior and exterior residential and commercial spaces, as well as car interiors, day and night street scenes, and dramatic scenarios with actors, using the most recent and advanced technology in feature film lighting.

Advanced Digital Cinematography

In this 10th and final week of the curriculum, students shoot a 1-2 minute visually-focused, portfolio-quality piece on a high end camera, (Typically RED, Varicam, Alexa or Phantom). With the guidance of a seasoned D.P. and a professional Digital Imaging technician, they will learn advanced data wrangling, post workflow and color grading. Final pieces will be edited in conjunction with an MMW Staff editor and screened at the final Friday Student Work Showcase.

Additional workshops available:

Students may customize their intensive by supplementing workshops for concurrently running courses, and/or adding valuable Pre-Requisite or Follow-Up Master Classes. Listed below are several courses that may be of particular interest to cinematography students looking to branch out from the Core Curriculum.

Basic Lighting and Grip with Travis Trudell

This workshop is recommended as a prerequisite to the 10 Week Intensive. Students participate in a series of exercises, lighting and shooting a variety of interior, exterior, day and night scenes. They build and light sets within the soundstage, as well as shoot in practical locations, all while becoming familiar with each of the various roles of a film crew. Set etiquette and safety will be taught and emphasized throughout the week.

Directing Actors for the Camera with Geary McLeod, ASC

This course is a practical laboratory for those who want to explore the process of directing both actors and camera. Throughout the week, students cast and rehearse scenes using a team of professional actors, work out blocking and camera moves, inspire performances from all involved, and create necessary shot coverage to tell the story. The class will be valuable for cinematographers who want to further explore the relationship between camera and performance.

Documentary Camera

This one-week course is for emerging and professional documentary filmmakers and cinematographers who want to explore the technical and creative role that the camera plays in documentary production. Through screenings, analysis of documentaries, examination of camera style, and a close look at technical and storytelling solutions, students will become experts at defining what makes a convincing documentary.

DaVinci Resolve with David Martinez

This workshop is an introduction to digital color correction and grading using DaVinci Resolve. Utilizing a workshop atmosphere in combination with lectures, demonstrations and projects, students gain a technical understanding of the art and craft of color correction and grading, as used in professional filmmaking. The course covers full workflow, from initial Resolve setup and color theory, to node structures and delivery.  Students learn the tools and nuances of color matching and how to fully utilize this software to take projects to new levels with graded looks.

Outdoor Cinematography with Mauricio Handler

Document Maine’s natural scenery including coastal landscapes, forests, mountains and rivers using Canon and RED cameras. Learn the digital cinematography workflow, and field techniques to produce beautiful motion sequences using sliders, 3 axis time-lapse tracks, dollies, jibs and more!

Please contact Registration for information on room & board fees for intensives at [email protected].

This intensive is not eligible for any promotional offers that may occur.

Image Credits: David Martinez, Hannah Drabin

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