Gain the tools and techniques to fly confidently and capture beautifully.

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NOTE: 2020 DATES FOR THIS COURSE HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. Many courses have been Moved to an online format. VIEW THOSE OFFERINGS HERE 

In this information packed course, drone pilots are given the tools and information they need to be confident in launching, flying, and landing safely UAV.

We’ll start with a brief classroom lecture and then move on to hands-on flying time. Once we’ve covered the fundamentals, the focus will be on learning techniques to shoot professional quality aerial cinematography and photography and working with the images you capture. The instructor will assist students in creating a workflow to take your footage from drone, into post production, and finalize it to produce high quality cinematic result.

Please bring your own drone, MMW+C will supply our drone for use as well.

The flying session is limited to twelve students so that everyone will have time to capture quality footage.


  • First Flight Basics
  • Flight Modes and Vision Positioning
  • Calibration Considerations
  • Emergency Procedures – Fail Safe, Return to Home, and Fly Aways
  • DJI User Settings – Simulator and Flight Recorder
  • Firmware Updates
  • Handouts – Location Checklist, Pre-Flight Checklist, Equipment Checklist, Take Off Checklist, Practice Exercises, and Flight Log
  • File handling
  • Workflow
  • Post Production via Adobe Premiere

Lunch each day is included. Lodging is available on campus $75/night, private room & bath.

Image Credits: Scott Strimple/Abbe Lyle, Kara Birnbaum

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Instructor: Brian J. Kelly

Brian J. Kelly is a veteran of nearly thirty years of the development and production of innovative television content. Mr. Kelly is an award winning producer, director and writer of hundreds of commercials, documentary films and non-fiction television shows for networks such as NBC, Discovery Channel, TLC, Military Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet, The Military Channel, Discovery Times Channel, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Planet Green, HD Theatre, Travel Channel, History Channel, A&E, National Geographic Channel, HGTV, HDNET, REELZ and PBS. A businessman, spokesperson, historian and strategic communications consultant -- Brian has worked with television networks, government organizations, the US Military, national trade associations and Fortune 500 corporations in harnessing the power of television messaging and programming.