Experience the key dynamics and processes of film production in this immersive hands-on workshop.

Aug 26, 2024 - Sep 6, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $2395
Workshop Duration: 2-weeks (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

Maine Media students being taught be Daniel Pearl in Advanced Digital Cinematography
Legendary cinematographer Daniel Pearl, ASC teaching Maine Media filmmaking students.

This two week film school immerses students in the essentials of film production and post production. Experience all the key facets of filmmaking: from the development of an idea, through production, editing and finishing.  For new filmmakers, film students, graduates, and those who have yet to make their first film or work professionally in the field.

Students in our filmmaking workshops get hands-on experience with industry standard gear.

Students collaborate in making and editing a short film directed by the instructor. They learn the process of how to work with a crew and gain a practical understanding of how a film set functions.  By serving in different crew roles, students learn the flow and interaction of responsibilities and the nuances of collaboration. Through lectures, in-class exercises, and projects, students will explore the essentials of story, visual storytelling, pre-production, set etiquette, camera operation and movement, cinematography, audio recording, lighting, composition, scene coverage, and working with actors.

As the short film is edited by a staff editor you will have an opportunity to learn about the editor’s process and workflow. Throughout the class, there will be plenty of time for Q&A. 

This “boot camp” is an ideal way to get the big picture of how everything works before taking other workshops and intensives that allow you to go deeper into specific craft areas.

Dive into the dynamics of filmmaking and learn how to walk onto a set with confidence.

Why Take Filmmaking Workshops At Maine Media

For five decades, Maine Media has trained artists to be on the cutting edge of their mediums. When you access our uniquely intensive and immersive programs, you’ll have the opportunity to take a deep dive into cinematography, directing, documentary, screenwriting, performing, audio, editing, and post-production under the intimate direction of accomplished professionals.

Maine Media students have gone on to win Oscars and Emmys for directing game-changing films and shows like Birdman, The Revenant, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Westworld, American Horror Story, and Better Call Saul. Their cinematography credits include Avatar: The Way of Water, Titanic, Wolf of Wall Street, House of Cards, The Irishman, and music videos for artists like Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Billie Eilish. At just one recent Academy Awards, our alumni won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary Feature. In fact, Alejandro G. Iñárritu joined the annals of Oscar history by winning Best Director two years in a row!

Our list of Distinguished Alumni attests to how Maine Media has equipped filmmakers to realize their dreams.

Please note: An hour-long training session on Set Etiquette and Safety will be required of anyone registered for a workshop that involves production. Students only need to participate in this session once during their time on campus.

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Instructor: Will Castellucci

Will Castellucci is the Film Production Manager at Maine Media Workshops and College. He has 15 years of experience as an AC, camera operator, and director of photography based out of New York City, where he worked in documentary, narrative, commercial, and fashion cinematography. He is known for his work on the Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize winner “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and “Madeline’s Madeline,” while his documentary work has featured subjects including David Letterman, Will Smith, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Billie Eilish, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan.