Filmmaking courses, some free, some not!

26 12 2012

Winter/Spring 2013

Documentary Filmmaking Courses


Happy Holidays from The Maysles Institute!  In the spirit of renewal and growth, we’re excited to announce hands-on opportunities to explore the craft and power of documentary filmmaking with our Winter/Spring 2013 course offerings.

(Deadline to Apply: January 18, 2013)

The Filmmakers Collaborative for Adults is a 10-week documentary producing course centered on story development and fundraising.  Participants learn the key ingredients in crafting the narrative arc in documentary filmmaking while developing a standard industry proposal for funding.  Since its inception, the Filmmakers Collaborative has mentored over seventy community producers, and as a result, is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Dates: Saturdays, February 23, 2013 to May 4, 2013
Time: 11am-3pm
 To Apply:
(Deadline to Apply: rolling until spaces filled)
The Junior Filmmakers Program gives students, ages 10 to 13, fun and engaging opportunities to learn about documentary films and work in teams to make a short documentary. Under the guidance of film professionals, students learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking including an approach that emphasizes direct observation and personal experience, working with HD cameras, Final Cut Pro editing software, and an introduction to integrating Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator into their final films.  The 10-week program culminates in a public premiere of the students’ films at The Maysles Cinema, and a personal meeting with Albert Maysles to discuss their artistic vision and a career in film.

Dates: Saturdays, February 2, 2013 to April 13, 2013
Time: 12pm-3pm
To Apply:

(Deadline to Apply: rolling until spaces filled)
The World Cinema Film Club, for children ages 7 to 11, is a 8-week film club program for children to begin thinking critically about what they watch, but also to have fun and develop an appetite for something other than the usual Disney fare. Film club participants will screen powerful films from Morocco, France, Italy, Congo, and Tibet– and discuss the themes in a dynamic, active environment punctuated by popcorn and movement.

Dates: Sundays, January 27, 2013 to March 17, 2013
Time: 1pm-3pm
To Apply:

This is a comprehensive introduction workshop for those interested in learning non-linear editing with Final Cut Pro 7.  You will learn basic system setup and interface for FCP7, basic 3-point editing, video transitions, advance editing tools including trimming and roll edits, media management, ingesting both tape-less and tape based media, logging, creating titles and importing graphics and other media.  This introduction to Final Cut Pro gives a solid foundation to those new to editing and non-linear editing software, and provides hands-on experience enabling you to feel comfortable to edit on it.

Monday February 11, 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Monday February 25, 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Register: (open until spaces filled)


This is a comprehensive introduction workshop for those interested in learning non-linear editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.  Whether you’re new to editing, or an experienced Final Cut Pro editor looking to expand your skills, Premiere Pro is quickly becoming an important editing system in the world of post-production. You will get an overview of software interface, system set-up, editing tools, keyboard shortcuts, logging, 3-point editing, video transitions, creating titles, adding video effects, media management, color-correcting, ingesting tape-less and taped-based media, working/editing with files created in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and exporting your edited sequences.

Monday March 4, 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Monday March 11, 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Register: (open until spaces filled)


CMS/NMT end of the year reception today @ 6pm

17 12 2012

Hey CMS and NMT students! Want to see what your fellow students have created?  Stop by for a snack and to check out some of your fellow students’ amazing work!

MPT conference room, 3rd floor

Class trip to the Brooklyn Museum Thurs 12/20

14 12 2012

Please respond to this post if you are interested in going.  I have 5 get in free guest passes.  We’ll leave NWK Penn Station by 3 pm.  Check out the exhibits and more at:


I’d like to stay for a screening of Easy Willy B at 7pm for folks who are interested.

Low light DSLR Photography Tips

14 12 2012


8 12 2012
SPRING 2013 
The Film Department Museum of the Moving Image is now accepting applications for spring 2013 semester-long, for-credit unpaid internships. Qualified candidates will be advanced undergraduate or
graduate students pursuing degrees in a relevant field. Under the supervision of
department heads, interns have the opportunity to become familiar with the full range of
Museum operations.
Film Department Interns will assist in research, preparation, and implementation of screenings and
discussion programs, and will assist with various web projects.
Applicants must be able to work at least ten hours per week at the
Museum between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To apply, please submit
a resume and cover letter specifying your interest in applying to the Film Department to:
Museum of the Moving Image is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Rachael Rakes

Assistant Curator of Film
36-01 35 Ave Astoria, NY 11106
Direct 718.777.6828