An intensive six-week foundational course in all facets of film and video production.

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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.

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Created by Ignacio Bermejo Muñoz

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“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

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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 had the opportunity to work with a vast range of companies and artists. His passion lies within his desire to creatively tell stories, and to tackle the many challenges that come with telling the stories using the medium of filmmaking.

Instructor: Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan is a Maine-based filmmaker who works as an editor and cinematographer in documentary film and other non-fiction content. He has had the opportunity to work with such Production Companies as “Redtree” (Boston) and “Timber & Frame Media” (Portland, ME) - with whom he was on crew for the feature doc “The Mountain and the Magic City”. Affiliated with MMW+C for over 3 years, Tom has worked as a Teaching Assistant, Staff Editor, and Media Producer. He currently teaches in the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling and is passionate about working with students of all career paths and skill levels.

Instructor: David Martinez

David Martinez is a producer and cinematographer known for his cinematic approach to non-fiction storytelling. David has traveled the world as a cinematographer and colorist. His immersion in film productions, both in the camera department as well as the post-production department, has given him a broad perspective on the relationship between the creative and technical aspects of visual storytelling. As a media producer, his clients include Universal Music, Warner Music, McKinsey & Company, and Volvo.