Learn filmmaking from accomplished filmmakers and working professionals.

Date: Jun 24-Jul 7, 2018
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee: $3100
Max Class Size: 16

This workshop is for teens who want to learn the latest skills and techniques in filmmaking from accomplished filmmakers and working professionals. The workshop is intense and offers hands-on opportunities to use HD cameras as well as professional sound and lighting equipment. Students design shots, plan action, light scenes, conduct interviews and direct a crew and actors. Students learn the roles of director, cinematographer, camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer and boom operator.

Participants in the Young Filmmakers workshop produce music videos and dramatic shorts. Scripts are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own ideas to develop. Professional editors work with students to complete projects. Students receive a DVD of their projects and leave with an understanding of the filmmaking process and a sense of their individual talents. Students can attend master screenings and lectures, hike, swim and explore the beauty of Midcoast Maine.

Image Credit: Devin Altobello

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students, selected staff, and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.


“So glad I had the opportunity to come here! An amazing course to learn the basics in film. Great for any filmmaker!”
– Maxwell Bradshaw, Bangor, ME

“It’s really a dream come true to do what you love day in and day out, and that’s an understatement of what you get at Maine Media.”
– Noah LePage, New Sharon, ME

“Having creative freedom and a group of people with your same interests, who are willing to help you make your dreams a reality, makes for a great 2 weeks.”

Behind the Scenes: Young Filmmakers with Jamie Companeschi 2017

Header Image Credit: Christian Randolph

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Instructor: Jamie Companeschi

Interested in telling stories visually, Jamie has been involved in production since the 80’s. Specializing in camera, he has freelanced as Camera Assistant, Steadicam Operator, and Cinematographer; on commercials, feature films, and television movies. With a passion for education, he is currently working as Production Specialist at Boston University, College of Communication Film and Television Program. Effectively blending his knowledge of motion picture academics with his experience in the entertainment industry, classes are informative, engaging, and most importantly, fun. Affiliated with the Maine Media Workshops since 1993, Jamie has enjoyed instructing and mentoring students in the cinematic arts for the past 25 years.