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)




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