Achieve a finer understanding of the filmmaking process

Date: Jul 8-21, 2018
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee: $3100
Class Size: 16

Advanced Young Filmmakers picks up where the Young Filmmakers workshop ends. This class provides additional training in story development, directing, and the creative and technical aspects of camera, lighting, and sound design.

The first week will focus on the creative process cinematic storytelling. Additional to a quick overview of basic cinematography, more advanced lighting techniques and styles will be explored through lecture, demonstration, and exercises.  Screenwriting technique and structure will be developed with dynamic story themes and plots.  Final draft scripts will be broken down for student production scheduling and required cast, location, props, wardrobe, hair, and makeup. These disciplines of cinematographer, screenwriter, and producer will support the student directors’ creative vision while learning the pre-visualization process of storyboarding, overhead diagrams, and shot lists.

Students will have access to professional camera, sound, and lighting equipment during the workshop.  Principle photography of student productions will be labor intensive and may consist of evening and night production work. The art of editing will further support student scripts and stories in post production. At the end of the two weeks, projects are screened in front of an audience and are often entered in student film festivals and used as student portfolio in college applications.

Past Student Work:

Created by Emily Choi Lam, Rahul Manwani, and Matt Kaufman.

The intensive and demanding schedule will be highly rewarding for students who desire to work with and support other teen film makers.  Students will learn professional production skills and gain a comprehensive understanding of the production process from concept to delivery.  Completion of the workshop will prepare students for college studies in cinematic arts.

Advanced Young Filmmakers is open to teens who have already completed a Young Filmmakers workshop, by portfolio review, or by permission of the instructor.

Image Credit: Devin Altobello

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom 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, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students, selected staff, and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling 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 Workshops 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.

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 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.

Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.

Tuition Note: includes room and board


“I came here to make a film that would challenge me and that I could use to apply for college and then made that happen.”
– Alexnder Savramis, Bethesda, MD

“Maine Media is perfect for any young artist who just wants to try a new art or have decided on an art as a profession.”
– Michael Johnson, San Antonio, TX

Behind the Scenes


Header Image Credit: Kara Birnbaum

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Instructor: Jamie Companeschi

Interested in telling stories visually, Jamie has been involved in production since the 80’s. Specializing in camera, he has freelanced as Camera Assistant, Steadicam Operator, and Cinematographer; on commercials, feature films, and television movies. With a passion for education, he is currently working as Production Specialist at Boston University, College of Communication Film and Television Program. Effectively blending his knowledge of motion picture academics with his experience in the entertainment industry, classes are informative, engaging, and most importantly, fun. Affiliated with the Maine Media Workshops since 1993, Jamie has enjoyed instructing and mentoring students in the cinematic arts for the past 25 years.