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Note: Class meets on-campus on Thursdays, Mar 23-May 25, 2023 from 9am–5pm ET for 10 weeks.

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 editing process, and the fundamentals of visual storytelling. In this course, we will move into 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 the 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 lectures, film analyses, and short-form exercises. For the latter half of the term, students will be able to utilize the many resources at their disposal, including gear, peer collaboration, and in-depth instructor critique, to develop and create their thesis.

Minimum enrollment of 5 students is 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 freelanced in Production for over 9 years and is a co-founder of the Maine-based Production company, Tailwind Media. 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.