Develop the technical expertise to lay the groundwork for creativity.
Date: Jul 22 to Aug 18, 2018
Workshop Fee: $5600
Max Class Size: 14
This class is geared toward students of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Students learn a comprehensive set of filmmaking skills, from story development to directing, cinematography, editing, lighting, and sound – developing the technical expertise to lay the groundwork for creativity.
This expansive four week course allows for a deeper focus on students’ development as artists and storytellers. Through extended mentorship, experimentation, and a variety of collaborations, each student will work toward cultivating their own interests while also being challenged to discover new things about how their unique perspective can inform their artistic practice.
With a small class size and a large professional-level equipment pool, the first week will give students a nearly unparalleled hands-on experience as they learn through a series of short-term exercises meant to build up a shared foundation of knowledge and teamwork, as well as to stimulate a freeflow of idea creation.
In the second week, students will embark on more developed documentary and experimental projects. Working in a breadth of film disciplines provides a deeper understanding of narrative storytelling and the multiple stages of creation involved in filmmaking, enabling students to develop new skills that strengthen the aesthetics of all of their work.
Finally in their last two weeks, students will develop and produce more substantial projects that will represent a culmination of their experience. This series of short films is shared on the final evening of the course with the diverse, professionally-oriented student body of Maine Media Workshops and is often celebrated as the most entertaining student work produced at the school all year.
The hand of each filmmaker wields their tools differently, and the practice of putting your hands at work does not always end in creating what you envision. Students will leave this workshop having gone through a creative journey of trial-and-error as they learn not only how to become a better filmmaker but also about what sort of films they want to make in the future.
Past Student Work:
Created by Emily Choi Lam, Rahul Manwani, and Matt Kaufman.
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.
We recommend students have access to $250 over the four-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.
Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.
Tuition Note: includes room and board
Header Image Credit: Aidan Bliss
Behind the Scenes
Instructor: Alex Bilodeau
Alex Bilodeau is a Boston-based filmmaker who has been affiliated with Maine Media Workshops for over 10 years, the bulk of which have been spent teaching in the film program. His work experience ranges from fiction and documentary film, to interactive theater, to new digital media. He has worked for several years as a freelance videographer, editor, and documentarian, including news media when he worked as a photographer/editor at the NBC affiliate in his hometown of Springfield, MA. His latest film is a documentary related to the recent Boston Common protests. Working in fiction, he has produced and directed several original short films as well as longer stage productions, including Patrick Marber’s Closer.
Alex has a particular passion for working with Young Artists, as they are energetic, unpretentious, and they take artistic risks. His students are regularly accepted to the country’s top films schools and Alex looks forward to the day when he can start watching their work on Netflix.