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2018 MFA Calendar of Events & Workshops



The preliminary schedule below is subject to instructor availability, weather, and pre-registration sign-ups. Click each event title for more information. More information will be added as it becomes available!


Saturday, Feb. 10, 1-5pm, Portland Media Center
Full details available at mainefilm.org/maine-filmmaking-2018

Join the MFA and some of Maine’s most celebrated Net-Gen filmmakers for a unique opportunity to pick up production tips and advice from professional writers, directors, and producers. The panel will be followed by a moderated Q&A and networking happy hour.

Scheduled Panelists: Mariah Klapatch, Josh Gerritsen, Sean Meshaw, Corey Norman, and Sam Brosnan.
Moderated by Eric Mofford of Lone Wolf Productions, and hosted by Tom Handel, MFA Co-Chair

Cost: $5 students; $10 MFA Members; $15 non-members.
Register to attend today through Eventbrite
Registration includes two drink tickets (beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverages) during our networking happy hour!

Saturday, March 24, 1-5pm, Portland Media Center
Full event details available at mainefilm.org/sound-crash-course

This intro to location sound recording is a beginner-level crash course in professional audio production. This workshop will cover topics such as “the science of sound,” best recording practices, post-production workflow, and fixing bad audio. Attendees will be instructed on several levels of audio equipment, starting with consumer-level gear and then moving on to professional-grade audio recorders, shotgun microphones, and wireless systems.

Whether you’re interested in learning how to construct your first audio kit, or simply want to make your current audio sound better, this is the workshop for you.

Instructor: Aaron Boothroyd, Photo/Video Specialist at The Jackson Laboratory and Adjunct Professor of New Media at the University of Maine

Aaron Boothroyd is a filmmaker, educator, and media specialist. He has over a decade of professional experience, spanning multiple mediums, including location sound recording, audio design, digital composition, digital filmmaking, and still photography. He is an assistant professor of new media at the University of Maine, where he designs and instructs courses on 3-D modeling, animation, digital art, special effects, and audio production. He also works as a photo, video and audio specialist for The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Cost: $25 MFA Members; $50 non-members
Register today through Eventbrite!

Saturday, April 14, 10am-5pm, Portland Media Center
Full event details available at mainefilm.org/videography-workshop

This one-day basic camera workshop is designed for still photographers and novice videographers. Working in small groups, participants will receive hands-on training using cameras like the Panasonic GH-4, Canon T5i, Canon 7D, and Canon 5D Mark III.

Students will leave the workshop with the fundamental skills to create higher quality images, control these images, and to work efficiently and effectively using a DSLR and DSLM camera system for basic cinematography and visual storytelling.

Instructor: Matt Siegel, Director of Photography.

Matt Siegel is an award-winning producer and director of photography. He conceives, designs, composes, and lights for commercials, features, documentaries, and branded content.  He balances his professional film career by conducting camera and lighting workshops around the world, demonstrating production techniques and new technology for ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Panasonic. Matt is a former professor of cinematography at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and will be teaching cinematography and lighting workshops this summer at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport.

Cost: $75 MFA Members; $150 non-members
This full-day workshop is limited to 16 participants and is SOLD OUT!
You can join the WAITLIST to attend through Eventbrite!
This full-day workshop is limited to 16 participants.

Saturday, April 28, 1-5pm, Emerge Film Festival, Lewiston
Full event details available at mainefilm.org/making-it-in-maine

In conjunction with the Emerge Film Festival, join the MFA as we host two panels of Maine filmmakers who will share their experiences and expertise when it comes to making films in Maine and a networking hour between the two panels!

Cost: Must possess All-Access Pass or Saturday Pass to Emerge to attend.
RSVPS for this portion of the Festival are appreciated! Help us plan ahead by letting us know you’ll attend the Making It in Maine panels HERE.

Saturday, May 12, 10am-5pm, Portland Media Center
Full event details available at mainefilm.org/camera-assistant!

To assist Maine camera crews in understanding and adopting the professional standards recognized by the motion picture industry, the MFA has created a one-day intensive Camera Assistant Workshop which outlines the tools, techniques, protocol, and procedures associated with the job of camera assisting.

Instructor: Matt Siegel, Director of Photography

Matt Siegel is an award-winning producer and director of photography, and…a former camera assistant.

As a Union camera assistant and operator, Matt worked his way up through the camera department before assuming the duties as a director of photography. He assisted and operated for the world’s finest directors of photography including Allen Daviau, Haskell Wexler, Conrad Hall, John Alonzo, Bob Primes, Nancy Schreiber, and Vilmos Zsigmond.

From 2003-2007, Matt was head of nationwide training and new technology education for the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) IATSE Local 600. He also worked with Doug Hart, author of The Camera Assistant: A Complete Professional Handbook, and for 15 years team taught his famous Camera Assistant Workshop at The Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Matt balances his professional film career by conducting camera and lighting workshops around the world, demonstrating production techniques and new technology for ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Panasonic. He is a former professor of cinematography at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and will be teaching cinematography and lighting workshops this summer at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Cost: $75 MFA Members; $150 non-members
Register today through Eventbrite!
This full-day workshop is limited to 16 participants, and has sold out. Visit Eventbrite to get on the waitlist!

Sunday, June 3, 10am-5pm, USM Communication & Media Studies Production Center
Full details at mainefilm.org/adobe-premiere-bootcamp

The Adobe Premiere Bootcamp will be a thorough introduction to Adobe’s professional digital video editing software, Adobe Premiere, led by Adobe Certified Expert, Neil Shelley. This workshop will teach participants the fundamental workflow from capture to export, to effectively and efficiently produce high quality digital videos utilizing Adobe Premiere.

Throughout the workshop, participants will learn the language and the various proper techniques of capturing, editing, exporting and archiving footage. In addition to students gaining an in-depth understanding of the Adobe Premiere Pro ecosystem, emphasis will also be placed on the art and craft of editing to better tell a story.

All students will be provided a workstation to get hands-on experience using the software throughout the boot camp.

Instructor: Neil Shelley, Adobe Certified Expert

A Maine native, Neil Shelley has worked as a digital imaging technician, drone operator, editor and assistant camera for a variety of projects including feature-length films, documentaries, and commercials. As Maine’s only Adobe Certified Expert, Neil currently teaches at the University of Maine and Maine Media Workshops.

Cost: $75 MFA Members; $150 non-members
Register to attend through Eventbrite!
This full-day workshop is limited to 18 participants.

Sunday, July 15, 10am-5pm, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth 
Full details at mainefilm.org/documentary-shooting!

Join natural history and wildlife documentary filmmaker Mauricio Handler in this one-day on-location workshop that explores the world of a wildlife cameraman. The workshop will include a combination of screenings, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, show and tell, and hands-on filming with the tools of the trade.

Mauricio will introduce filming techniques and expand your current knowledge of what it takes to get the shots for documentary work, with a primary focus on the natural history realm. He will show you the tools of the trade including field tripods, long wildlife zoom lenses, 3-axis motion controllers, underwater housing, field lights, portable jibs, back packs, and much more.

Cost: $80 MFA Members; $180 non-members.
Register to attend through Eventbrite!
This full-day workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10-5 pm
Location TBD
More details coming soon!

Saturday, Sept. 22, 10am-4pm, USM Media Lab
More details coming soon!

Instructors:
Geoff Leighton, Leighton ImagesGeoff has produced numerous short documentaries,  and has been a cinematographer, editor, and producer of many documentaries, feature films, and shorts. Geoffrey teaches Special Effects and Animation at University of Southern Maine, and has shared his wealth of knowledge and experience by teaching at at MECA and SMCC.

Cost: $30 MFA Members; $75 non-members
Registration coming soon!
This full-day workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Saturday, October 20, 1-5pm, High Output, Portland
More details coming soon!

Instructors:
Matt Siegel, Director of Photography
As an award-winning director of photography, Matt conceives, designs, composes, and lights for commercials, features, documentaries, reality/adventure TV, branded content, and corporate communications. He balances his professional film career by conducting camera and lighting workshops around the world, demonstrating production techniques and new technology.

Cost: $35 MFA Members; $75 non-members, FREE to students
Registration coming soon!

Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-5 pm
Location TBD
More details coming soon!

This event is exclusively for MFA Members. Join today at mainefilm.org/membership!

Cost: FREE for MFA Members
RSVP coming soon!

Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-5 pm
Portland Media Center
More details coming soon!


Join the Maine Film Association today for discounted or free admission to all MFA events.

Scholarship opportunities are always available for any of our educational events. Please email us at info@mainefilm.org to inquire about the details!

Maine Film Association Cancellation Policy for Workshops, Courses, and Events

Maine Film Association (MFA) reserves the right to refuse/cancel a registration or event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the registration or event nonviable. Workshops will be cancelled 5 days prior to the event if there is low enrollment at that time. Should circumstances arise (weather, instructor illness, etc.) that result in the postponement of a registration or event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer the registration to the same workshop/event at the new future date.

Registration Cancellation by Participant

Registrants for MFA events may cancel their registration 30 days prior to the date of the event and receive a full refund. The attendee must process the refund through the Eventbrite account through which the registration was purchased.

Cancellations within 30 days of the event are not eligible for a refund.

MFA Members who can no longer attend an event due to illness or emergency circumstances may request a transfer of that event registration to another person, or credit to be used towards MFA membership or registration for another event. Requests for transfer or credit must be emailed to info@mainefilm.org no later than 3 hours before the beginning of the event. Requests for transfer of registration or credit should include the reason for cancellation, and will be reviewed for approval. If credit is granted, the credit must be used within 6 months of the original event date towards MFA Membership or event registration.

The MFA is not responsible for the inability of any participant to participate due to issues beyond our control.