Learn the latest skills and techniques in filmmaking from accomplished filmmakers and working professionals.

Photo by: Danni Scully

Register by January 31 and earn a $100 discount!

This workshop is for teens who want to learn the latest skills and techniques in filmmaking from accomplished filmmakers and working professionals. The workshop is intense and offers hands-on opportunities to use HD cameras as well as professional sound and lighting equipment. Students design shots, plan action, light scenes, conduct interviews and direct a crew and actors. Students learn the roles of director, cinematographer, camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer and boom operator.

Participants in the Young Filmmakers workshop produce music videos and dramatic shorts. Scripts are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own ideas to develop. Professional editors work with students to complete projects. Students receive a DVD of their projects and leave with an understanding of the filmmaking process and a sense of their individual talents. Students can attend master screenings and lectures, hike, swim and explore the beauty of Midcoast Maine.

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 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.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.


"So glad I had the opportunity to come here! An amazing course to learn the basics in film. Great for any filmmaker!"
- Maxwell Bradshaw, Bangor, ME

"It's really a dream come true to do what you love day in and day out, and that's an understatement of what you get at Maine Media."
- Noah LePage, New Sharon, ME

"Having creative freedom and a group of people with your same interests, who are willing to help you make your dreams a reality, makes for a great 2 weeks."


Jamie Companeschi

Jamie Companeschi has over 20 years of motion picture production experience and is currently a Technical Manager for Boston University, College of Communication Film and Television Program. For the past 14 years he has taught BU graduate and undergraduate students production and post production technology.
Prior to working at BU, Jamie worked on feature films as a freelance Camera Assistant and Steadicam Operator. He also has Director of Photography credit on short films. In addition to his camera experience, he has produced, shot, and edited several promotional videos for the Major League Lacrosse, Boston Canons and S.C.O.R.E. Boston inner-city youth hockey.
Jamie effectively blends his knowledge of motion picture academics with his experience in the entertainment industry in a fun and engaging style.
Affiliated with the Maine Media Workshops since 1993, Jamie continues to educate and mentor students in the cinematic arts.