Guided by industry professionals, customize your own mentoring experience to dive deeper into any area of filmmaking.

Jan 1, 2024 - Jan 1, 2024

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $595
Workshop Duration: 4 two-hour sessions based on your goals
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 1:1

Note: Mentoring sessions will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Dates & times are based on each student’s individually tailored mentoring program (Scheduled after consultation with our Film Program Manager).

Are you interested in getting advice and guidance from video professionals to walk you through the process of producing your own film projects?

Students may opt into this program to engage with mentors with focused specialties. Cinematographer and colorist, David Martinez, will be available, as will editor, animator, and sound designer, Alex Burnett, and media producer Tom Ryan. Other mentors can be available for students who wish to supplement their 1:1 sessions with a specialized filmmaker. Cinematographer and camera operator Leland Krane is available to help students get to the next level in their careers. Steadicam master Paul Taylor is also available to share his expertise as an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and director.

Get the answers to all of your questions about how to produce any current or upcoming film projects and let us walk you through the process of pre-production, production, and editing. The program consists of four 1:1 sessions of two hours of engagement via the Zoom platform.

Students learning how to use the Steadicam while filming on a vehicle

If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to reach out to our Film Program Manager, David Martinez, at [email protected].

In addition, students who wish to book more than four sessions for their project mentorship may want to consider our 8-Session Mentoring Program.

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Instructor: Brian Kaufman

Brian Kaufman is Executive Video Producer at the Detroit Free Press. Working alone or in small teams, Kaufman’s work spans a broad range, from news-driven video journalism to feature films on social and environmental issues. Since the founding of the Detroit Free Press’ Freep Film Festival in 2014, Kaufman’s work has screened annually in theaters across Metro Detroit and been featured in film festivals nationwide, including DOC NYC. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Kaufman three Emmy awards and nominated him in the craft category of Nature and Wildlife Cinematography. In 2017, Kaufman received two national Edward R. Murrow awards. He was formerly named Detroit’s Young Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists and his work as a photographer and editor has been recognized by a number of other national organizations.

Instructor: Alex Burnett

Alex Burnett is a New England-based filmmaker and editor who has worked within the worlds of narrative fiction, documentary, experimental cinema, and virtual reality. Having worked as an editor for National Geographic, the NFL, Colgate University, Vitec Group, and Schiempflüg NYC, he has experience with a vast range of companies and artists. His passion lies in creatively tackling the many challenges that come with telling stories through film.

Instructor: Tom Ryan

A New England-based editor and filmmaker, Tom has worked extensively in the worlds of commercial, corporate, and documentary film. He has freelanced in Production for over 9 years and is a co-founder of the Maine-based Production company, Tailwind Media. As an editor, his work in fiction and documentary film has been shown in numerous festivals. In addition to workshops, he currently teaches documentary film in the 30-Week Professional Certificate program at Maine Media College. Affiliated with MMW+C for over 6 years, Tom is passionate about teaching storytelling to students of all career paths and skill levels.

Instructor: Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor works out of Los Angeles and has been teaching Steadicam workshops for the better part of his 25+ years in the motion picture and television industry. In addition to Steadicam operating his career path includes working as an award-winning editor, director of photography and 3D stereographer. His multi faceted entertainment industry background has given him the tools to create an advanced Steadicam workshop unlike any other. The unique teaching methods he developed and the comprehensive production information he shares have proved invaluable to the careers of almost a thousand Steadicam operators.

Instructor: John Dorlean

John Dorlean is a creative director with experience directing studio and location shoots, as well as serving as an art director, animator, motion designer, sound designer, and music composer.

Instructor: Leland Krane

Leland Krane is a New York based Local 600 ICG Director of Photography with over twenty years of experience in film and television. He moves from operating camera on a dozen major TV productions, including "The Americans", "Bull", "Luke Cage", "Iron Fist", and "High Maintenance", to shooting shows for History, Discovery, Investigation Discovery and Comedy Central. He shoots and directs promos and commercials which air in the US, Europe and online. Leland’s feature cinematography credits include more than a dozen films, with stars such as Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo, Elizabeth Banks, Frank Vincent, Dabney Coleman, Vincent Pastore, and Ali Larter. Leland’s work has been recognized by American Cinematographer, Indiewire, and the Wall Street Journal. He has taught Cinematography at The New School, SUNY Purchase, and guest lectured at NYU and the High School for Film and Television.