Are you new to film production and wondering what actually happens on a film set? Get a solid grounding in production dynamics.

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This week-long workshop gives participants a solid overview of the physical dynamics of film production. You’ll learn what happens on a film set, the way a film crew operates and interacts, and you’ll collaborate in the making of a short film. This “boot camp” is an ideal way to get the big picture of how everything works before taking other workshops and intensives that allow you go deeper into specific craft areas.

After getting an overview of how a film set works, with a particular focus on the role of the cinematographer and the camera department, the class will collaborate in the making of a short film directed by the instructor.  By serving in different crew roles, students learn who does what, the flow and interaction of responsibilities, and the nuances of collaboration.

Students will also learn set etiquette and safety, the fundamentals of recording production sound, basic lighting and grip concepts, and the essentials of visual storytelling. As the short film is edited by a staff editor you will have an opportunity to learn about the editors process and workflow. Throughout the week there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

While the workshop will introduce certain aspects of visual storytelling, you will be able to go more deeply into exploring cinematic aesthetics and tools in The Art of Cinematography the following week. Even better, take this as part of the 5-week Cinematography Intensive followed by the 4-week Directing Intensive and spend your summer with us.

Dive into the dynamics of filmmaking and learn how to walk onto a set with confidence.

PLEASE NOTE: An hour-long training session on Set Etiquette and Safety will be required of anyone registered for a workshop that involves production. Students only need to participate in this session once during their time on campus.

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David Martinez

Instructor: David Martinez

David Martinez is a producer and cinematographer originally from Puerto Rico. He is better known for his cinematic approach to visual storytelling through reactive camera work.

Since completing the Cinematography Intensive program at Maine Media Workshops in 2014, David has been working as a cinematographer and colorist on a wide variety of projects. His immersion in film productions, both in the camera department as well as the post-production department, has given him a great perspective on the relationship between the creative and technical aspects of visual storytelling.

As a media producer, his clients include The New York Times, United Nations, Universal Music, Warner Music, McKinsey & Company, and Volvo. David has been teaching workshops at Maine Media since 2016 and he also conducted a series of lighting workshops for Pixar Animation Studios in 2022.

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 experience with a vast range of companies and artists. His passion lies in creatively tackling the many challenges that come with telling stories through film.