Go deep into the cinematic language of shot design and composition to make your stories land with impact.

Jul 8, 2024 - Jul 19, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $4195
Workshop Duration: 2-weeks
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

This workshop is a part of the 2024 summer Academy program.

Book before December 31st, 2023 and save $300 on any 2-week Academy workshop or $1000 for the 6-week summer school programs. Early Bird discounts will be applied automatically & cannot be combined with any other offers.


Note: Workshops can also be taken individually.

6-Week Summer Film School (Jun 24 - Aug 2, 2024)

  • 2-Week Film School (Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2024 - SOLD OUT)

  • 2-Week Advanced Film School (Jul 8, 2023 - Jul 19, 2024)

  • Finishing Strong: Editing & Post-Production (July 22 - August 2, 2024)


Note: Workshops can also be taken individually.

6-Week Summer Photo School (Jun 24 - Aug 2, 2024)

  • 2-Week Digital Photography (June 24 - July 5, 2024)

  • 2-Week Advanced Digital Photography (July 8, 2024 - July 19, 2024)

  • Scholastic Portfolio Development (July 22 - August 2, 2024)

Book Arts & Design

Midcoast Maine Summer Arts Expedition (July 22 - August 2, 2024)

For teen filmmakers looking to dive more deeply into the dynamics of individual expression in filmmaking.  Whether you are taking this class on its own or following the 2-Week Film School, you will be guided by a working filmmaker as you explore more advanced concepts of filmmaking and learn how to effectively use the camera and shot design in the service of visual storytelling.  The focus of this workshop is on making individual films, as participants will also learn more about the nuances of working collaboratively and will gain first-hand experience working in a variety of roles as they crew for one another.

Students will go deeper into examining and practicing story structure, shot design, preproduction, set etiquette, camera operation and movement, lighting design, composition, and scene coverage, how to work with actors, audio acquisition, color grading, sound design, and post-production workflow.  The overall emphasis of the class is cinematic visual storytelling and working with a crew to achieve a common goal. 

Whether you are looking to journey more deeply into developing your creative voice as a filmmaker or seeking a pre-college film experience that will allow you to create your portfolio, this class will provide an immersive experience that will send you out with a finished film. 

Students getting hands-on in the Maine Media Summer Academy Film School

Maine Media Academy with Bilodeau - by Amanda Piela

Maine Media Academy with Companeschi 3 - by Aidan Bliss

About the Maine Media Academy

For over 30 years, each summer the Academy at Maine Media cultivates the next generation of photographers, filmmakers, and book artists through expert learning opportunities. Academy students join a longstanding community of artists and visual storytellers committed to building a legacy of mentorship and lifelong creative learning. Instructors in the program are accomplished working artists and professionals who are dedicated to the personal success and artistic journey of their students. Students will be surrounded by peers who share their passions and are guided by working artists who encourage creativity as they instruct them in the latest skills and techniques and help create portfolio-level work.

Brief Academy Overview:

  • Student days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow, and/or digital lab work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours.
  • All students reside in our campus residence, occupying the lower floor. Rooms are all private baths with a maximum of three students per room (most will be doubles). Resident Advisors (RAs) also reside on the same floor to monitor and supervise. The upper floor is occupied by non-Academy adult workshop attendees who will have little exposure or direct interaction with the Academy students.
  • During the week, all meals are taken together in the dining facilities directly across the street. Weekend meals are taken in the local economy and transported by the RA’s – or sometimes do cookouts. This cost is included in the tuition package. Parents may indicate any special dietary needs upon registration.
  • RAs supervise the students when not in class and help make group decisions about weekend activities which may include swimming, bowling, movies, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus.
  • A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Maine Media students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend, and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.
  • We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips, etc.
  • Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.
  • Tuition includes accommodation, access to campus amenities, transportation once the workshop has begun, meals (including a lobster dinner!), Resident Advisors, and Teacher’s Assistants.
  • Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.

Questions or Need More Information?

We have the answers to your questions and are here to help! You can give us a call at 877-577-7700, email us at [email protected], or get in touch online.

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Instructor: Charlotte Hornsby

Charlotte Hornsby is a New York-based cinematographer and filmmaker whose work includes narrative feature films, documentaries, music videos, commercials and short films. Her films have garnered attention at festivals such as SXSW, BAM Cinemafest, BFI London Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, and have appeared on Showtime, Peacock, Amazon, and other major platforms.

Her feature and TV cinematography credits include MASTER (Amazon Studios), THE GOOD MOTHER, CHANTILLY BRIDGE, GOOD TIMING (Peacock), ONCE UPON A RIVER, and MATT ROGERS: HAVE YOU HEARD OF CHRISTMAS? (Showtime). She also did additional photography for MADELINE’S MADELINE, which was nominated for a 2019 Independent Spirit Award for Cinematography.  American Cinematographer magazine featured MASTER, the film she shot for Amazon Studios, in their 2022 Sundance Standouts. The film also earned her recognition by BAFTA who named her a 2023 BAFTA Breakthrough.

Charlotte is an alum of Maine Media Workshops.