The Maine Film Association (MFA) advances the art, craft, and business of filmmaking in Maine. Our vision is to make Maine a great place to live and work as a filmmaker.

We’re a trade organization made up of an active group of production companies, film and video professionals, TV stations, students, actors, musicians, writers, crew members, and others interested in advancing the film industry in Maine. If you envision the same future for the film industry in Maine, join as a member today!

Upcoming MFA Workshops, Fall 2017


Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1-5pm
Bowdoin College

Join MFA filmmakers, students, and film industry professionals for the Oct 14th Introduction to Digital Production Workshop at Bowdoin College. This immersive workshop introduces the procedures and systems for successful motion picture preproduction, and goes on to highlight the basic camera and lighting tools for digital production.

Throughout the workshop, students will actively learn the language of cinema. They will explore techniques of camera and lighting for digital production through demonstations and hands-on exercises.

The digital production workshop features digital camera systems from Panasonic and Black Magic Design, along with LED lighting systems courtesy of Litepanels and VITEC, with additional support from High Output in Portland.

Instructors:
Matt Siegel, PGA/AICP producer and ICG director of photography. Former arts professor, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
Neil Shelley, ADOBE Premiere Certified Expert. Adjunct lecturer, University of Maine, Orono.

This workshop has sold out! Please consider attending another one of our Fall Workshops.
COST:
FREE for MFA Members (Sign up to be a member today at mainefilm.org/membership!)
$15 for non-members
Payment will be accepted at entry.
Priority registration will be given to Bowdoin students.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 1-4pm
High Output, 83 Bell Street, Portland

Join MFA filmmakers, students, and film industry professionals at the Oct 21st Lighting and Grip Workshop, hosted by High Output in Portland!

Tweenies? Astras? Mafers? Wall busters? Pole Cats? Do you speak the language of Lighting and Grip? Whether you are a one-man band or third hammer, the lighting and grip workshop will help you understand the tools of these departments and how to apply them to your work.

This one day workshop highlights the latest in LED technology and emphasizes how to light and shape light in today’s fast paced production environment.

Featuring camera systems courtesy of ARRI, Talamas-Boston, and Black Magic Design.
Lighting and grip equipment provided by High Output, Portland.

Instructors:

Matt Siegel, PGA/AICP producer and ICG director of photography.
TBA, Gaffer
TBA, Key Grip
Click here to reserve your spot for this workshop!
COST:
FREE for MFA Members (Sign up to be a member today at mainefilm.org/membership!)
$15 for non-members
Payment will be accepted at entry.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10am-4pm
Southern Maine Community College

Join MFA filmmakers, students, and film industry professionals for the Nov 4th Digital Camera and Visual Storytelling Workshop at SMCC. This visual storytelling workshop opens with an overview of digital camera essentials, featuring the ARRI Alexa and URSA Mini 4.6K camera systems. (Courtesy of Talamas – Boston and Black Magic Design)

Participants go on to explore tools and systems for pre-visualization and proper pre-production. From a simple shot list, participants are then ready to watch a live demonstration of LED lighting styles and camera methods when filming with digital cinema cameras for narrative and documentary productions.

Click here to reserve your spot for this workshop!
COST:
FREE for MFA Members (Sign up to be a member today at mainefilm.org/membership!)
$15 for non-members
Payment will be accepted at entry.
Priority registration will be given to SMCC students. Lunch will be provided.

Previous MFA Events

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MFVA 2016 HIGHLIGHT
: PBS, MERCY STREET PREMIERE

At MECA’s Osher Hall the MFVA hosted the MAINE PREMIERE of the primetime episodic drama for National PBS, MERCY STREET. Co-creator and Executive Producer Lisa Quijano Wolfinger of Lone Wolf Media in South Portland, presented and participated in a Q&A after the screening.
mercystrLisa collaborated with co-creator David Zabel, (showrunner/writer for NBC’s ER) and Executive Producers David Zuker (The Good Wife) and Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Thelma & Louise).
It will surely be of interest to hear about Lisa’s collaboration with some of the industry’s very top producers and writers.

Capitalizing on the enormous success of Downton Abbey, MERCY STREET is PBS’ first foray into original drama. Click here for more info on the past event

FeverBTS-85The MVFA/SMCC Winter 2016 Cine Master Class with Matt Siegel? 
This One-Hour Film School The Pre Production (Intensive Workshop with Matt Siegel, head of production at Imageworks-LA plus guest agency producer) will be available on our web site as a webinar soon for MFVA Members
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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THE MFVA SUMMER FILM WORKSHOP!

Award-winning Director of Photography Matthew J. Siegel lead this intermediate level camera and lighting workshop and demonstration. The session focused on tips for lighting and composing Faces & Spaces, and explore camera techniques and settings that help filmmakers capture dynamic and captivating images.

This workshop was free for all MFVA Members. Click here for more information and pics of the event


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MFVA Lightning Master Class : The MVFA/Emerge Festival 2016  Master Class with Lighting Director Pat Grosswendt  Workshop Day Session: The Master Class will delve into the latest in LED lighting technology and techniques.  Using a shooting scenario with camera, monitor and talent, Grosswendt will work backwards to demonstrate five-point, three-point, two point and one-point lighting techniques for a complete understanding of the art of lighting. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO