There are no available registration dates at this time.

The 2022 Cinematography Intensive will be offered once in the summer and once in the fall. 

Our Cinematography Intensive is a fully immersive program that provides students with the knowledge, tools, and experience, essential to becoming a working professional in the film industry. Unlike any other film program you’ll find, this Intensive exposes you to fundamental film theory, top-tier industry equipment, and the tools and knowledge to prepare you to work as a professional, or get to the next level in your career.

In a sequence of workshops, you’ll spend each week focusing on a particular aspect of the art and craft of cinematography, and be guided by seasoned industry professionals with years of experience honing their craft at the highest levels of film production. You’ll make valuable professional connections, learn hands-on with industry gear, and accumulate content each week for your professional portfolio or demo reel.

Students will leave the program having gained meaningful and extensive experience in all aspects of cinematography, the camera, and visual storytelling.


“The industry professionals that come in are world-class. You get intimate time with them to really ask questions, learn, and network with other creatives. All the while, you get hands-on time with some of the best equipment in the industry, which is unique for a small school in the middle of (beautiful) nowhere.

I will always recommend Maine Media as a great organization!”

-Rob Weidner, 2014 Alum
Camera Operator, “Black Panther”, “The Maze Runner”

Additional Workshops Available:

In addition to the program’s Primary Workshops, students are offered the option to supplement workshops for concurrently running courses, and/or add follow-up courses to their intensive. Additional courses may be of particular interest to cinematography students looking to branch out from or add on to the Core Curriculum. View to see the full course schedule. 

Please contact Registration for information on room & board fees for intensives at [email protected].

The Courses (2022)

Grip & Electric | Justyn Davis

Gain the fundamental knowledge of lighting, grip, and set procedure, essential to begin working in industry production. Students participate in a series of exercises, lighting and shooting a variety of interior, exterior, day, and night scenes. They build and light sets within the soundstage, as well as shoot in practical locations, all while becoming familiar with each of the various roles of a film crew. Set etiquette and safety will be taught and emphasized throughout the week.

The Art of Cinematography | Michael Dallatorre

This workshop is a comprehensive introduction the fundamental technical aspects and aesthetic considerations of the craft and process of cinematography. Students explore the camera as a tool, and the theory of cinematic storytelling. They are introduced to fundamental concepts through lectures and demonstrations. They explore the theory and use of exposure, lens selection, frame rate, shutter angle, depth-of-field and composition. Through hands-on exercises in-studio and on location, led by a career cinematographer, participants get their feet wet shooting with digital cinema cameras...

The Steadicam Workshop | Paul Taylor

In week 3, students are challenged to put their skills to practice. In this unique and intense Steadicam course, students learn to interpret a script in visual terms based on the director’s vision, the DP’s requirements, and the editor’s needs. They will learn the “language of Steadicam” and how to properly employ it to produce riveting images that enhance the narrative. Students gain practical experience in using the equipment as they are introduced to the technical skills, set etiquette and the aesthetic vision required to become a professional Steadicam operator.

Shooting Commercials & Music Videos | Diego Rosenblatt

Week 6 will be the capstone production course for the intensive. This course will be all about creating a portfolio piece. Under the guidance of a distinguished cinematographer, students will shoot a portfolio-ready, final thesis with the support of their peers and MMW Staff; TA's, editors, and film technical department. Projects will be critiqued by the instructor during their various stages, and following the editing of the films, they will be screened at the final Friday showcase.

The Camera and Visual Storytelling

In this course, the focus will be on the cinematic language and grammar of shot design, composition, camera placement, and movement, and how these techniques are employed to tell effective and emotional stories. Students will work with a distinguished cinematographer as their instructor. The subtle differences in visual styles and their effects on the viewer are addressed through exercises and screenings. The course will be heavily project-based, and the entire latter half of the week will be dedicated to shooting original concepts. By week's end, participants will have created a short, portfolio-quality, cinematic piece, and worked with an editor to see their vision to completion. Projects are screened at the Friday Night Showcase of student work.

Feature Film Lighting | Mo Flam

Explore advanced, dramatic lighting techniques used in feature films. Through lectures, screenings, and discussions led by a top industry cinematographer, this class covers the importance of light in visual storytelling, and the techniques and processes to execute a wide array of complex lighting set-ups. Students use LED, HMI, tungsten, fluorescent and more, to light a variety of interior and exterior residential and commercial spaces, as well as car interiors, day and night street scenes, and dramatic scenarios with actors, using the most recent and advanced technology in feature film lighting.