An intensive six-week foundational course in all facets of film and video production.
May 20, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019
Sep 1, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Workshop Fee: $3395 (Spring Dates) $3595 (Fall Dates)
Class Size: 14
The demand for individuals with the skills and knowledge required for film and video production continues to grow. This hands-on workshop is for new filmmakers, film students, graduates and those who have yet to make their first film or work professionally in the field. In this 6 week program, students each produce their own short film, with their classmates rotating as their crew members, using professional tools and processes.
Students learn the process of film production, from the implementation of an idea through preproduction, production, and post-production. The theory of story structure, visual storytelling, and cinematic language are taught and emphasized. There are lectures, critiques, screenings and discussions of technical, procedural, aesthetic and ethical issues, as well as demonstrations, exercises, and group projects in the field and studio. Each student will gain first-hand experience working in a variety of roles such as writer/producer/director, assistant director, director of photography/camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer, script supervisor, sound mixer, and editor.
Completed projects are screened at the Final Friday showcase of student work following the weekly lobster dinner. Students leave with a body of work, as well as the knowledge and skills to move forward in their filmmaking careers.
Students work an average of 12 hours each week on campus to cover the cost of their room and board. Rooms and baths are shared.
At times, MMW may offer promotional discounts. As this program is already discounted, no further discounts may be applied.
Past Student Work:
Created by Ignacio Bermejo Muñoz
Behind the Scenes:
“The most hands-on intensive learning class I’ve ever taken.” – Christian Salinas
“I wish I knew about Maine Media before I got my undergrad – I would have come here!! Best hands on- theory/practical filmmaking course available!” -Jada Dywan
“The students, staff, food, light, and air were so conducive to creativity.” – Glenys Quick
Image Credits: Christine Moriello, Kara Birnbaum, Header: Jen Hoffer
Instructor: Alex Bilodeau (Spring)
Alex Bilodeau is a Boston-based filmmaker who has been affiliated with Maine Media Workshops for over 10 years, the bulk of which have been spent teaching in the film program. His work experience ranges from fiction and documentary film, to interactive theater, to new digital media. He has worked for several years as a freelance videographer, editor, and documentarian, including news media when he worked as a photographer/editor at the NBC affiliate in his hometown of Springfield, MA. His latest film is a documentary related to the recent Boston Common protests. Working in fiction, he has produced and directed several original short films as well as longer stage productions, including Patrick Marber’s Closer.