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This course is designed for multimedia storytellers and documentarians who already have a firm grasp on the basic technical and aesthetic considerations of filmmaking; the camera, the edit process, and the fundamentals of visual storytelling. In this course, we will move into a new technical and theoretical concepts involved in the creation of effective multimedia work, digging deeper into what makes storytelling effective, and implementing new tools, equipment, and software involved in the process. We will work within new styles of nonfiction storytelling such as the cinematic documentary, exploring the possibilities of pushing traditional genre into new places. We will work hands-on with industry gear, LED lights, DSLR and Mirrorless camera systems, and professional audio recording equipment. 

The course will be heavily project-based, and will culminate with the production of a final thesis film. Early in the semester there will be lecture, film analysis, and short form exercises. For the latter half of the term, students will be able to to utilize the many resources at their disposal, including gear, peer collaboration, and in-depth instructor critique, to develop and create their thesis.

The Class meets Weekly on Thursdays from 9:00am-5:00pm. Afternoons are generally designated as open lab time. 

Minimum enrollment of 5 students required.

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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 free-lanced in Production for over 8 years with companies like Redtree, Timber & Frame Media, and ESPN. He has produced independent work for clients including Zillow, Carnegie Mellon University and Datto Inc. 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.