Immerse yourself in this hands-on course covering all aspects of the art and craft of film and video production.

Dates:  Mar 25-Apr 21
Levels:  Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee:  $2995
Class Size: 14

The demand for individuals with the skills and knowledge required for film and video production continues to grow. This hands-on workshop is for new filmmakers, film students, graduates and those who have yet to make their first film, or work professionally in the field. During this four week course students gain a solid foundation in film theory, learn to work both individually and with a crew, and by the course’s end, each create a short narrative or documentary film.

This course will be a full immersion into every facet of filmmaking, all the way from the development of an idea, through editing and finishing. Through lectures, in-class exercises, and projects, students will learn story structure, shot design, preproduction, set-etiquette, camera operation and movement, lighting design, composition and scene coverage, how to work with actors, audio acquisition, and post-production workflow.

Each student will gain first-hand experience working in a variety of roles such as writer, producer, director, assistant director, director of photography, camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer, script supervisor, sound recordist, and editor. There are lectures, critiques, screenings and discussions of technical, procedural, aesthetic and ethical issues. Class time is comprised of demonstrations, exercises, and group projects in the field and studio. Students use evenings for writing and planning individual and group projects, and support one another on-set for the final productions, rotating through the major roles of a film crew, and getting a taste for the responsibilities of each. The overall emphasis of the class is cinematic visual storytelling and working with a crew to achieve a common goal.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475 per week. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125 per week.

Image Credit: Kara Birnbaum, Header Image Credit: Hannah Drabin



This Workshop is Weeks 1-4 of the Spring Semester of the Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking

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Created by Ignacio Bermejo Muñoz


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Instructor: Neil Shelley

Born and raised in southern Maine, Neil Shelley is a film director, cinematographer, writer, editor and an Adobe Certified Expert. He has extensive experience working on short & feature length narrative & documentary films, reality television for major commercial networks, as well as his own independent films, that have seen festival play and received award nominations. He teaches a wide variety of filmmaking courses at Maine Media as well as at the University of Maine, where he is currently completing his MFA degree.