As summer gives way to fall, the Midcoast campus at Maine Media Workshops + College shows no signs of slowing down. The school still has many weekend and weeklong workshops available throughout September and October. These include new additions to the schedule focusing on documentary filmmaking, coinciding with the 10th annual Camden International Film Festival.

Fall workshops include Advanced Camera Operator with Rodney Taylor, ASC; and The Camera and Visual Storytelling with Steven Fierberg, ASC. Both Taylor and Fierberg have serious credibility in Hollywood and the international film festival circuits. Taylor, a master director of photography and camera operator, will help students capture visual performance, lighting, and composition while developing their individual style. Fierberg, known for his work on Ed Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs” with Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, will help students learn the cinematic language of shot design, composition, camera placement and movement.

“I’m excited about our focus on the filmmaking program this fall. We’re known worldwide for our hands-on style, top-tier equipment and award-winning faculty and staff, including Tawny Bradley, who recently joined us as the school’s new film program director,” said MMW+C President Meg Weston.

Bradley relocated to Rockport from England, where she worked at Sheffield Doc/Fest. As a seasoned film programming professional, she brings new courses and instructors to MMW+C, offering a fresh lineup designed for filmmakers with projects in progress.

“Perhaps the most exciting fall offering is a brand new series of workshops designed for independent documentary filmmakers who have their sights set on the festival circuit,” said Bradley.

A three-week strand, Doc Festival Prep pulls together heavy-hitting industry insiders to help doc makers hone their treatments, trailers and pitches, as well as navigate the festival circuit to secure funding and commissions. Leading off the Doc Festival Prep strand is Crafting Your Story, a week of treatment and one-sheet honing taught by former president of National Geographic TV Maryanne Culpepper.

During the second week, veteran video editor John Freeburn will lead filmmakers through the process of turning their project’s source footage into an attention-getting sizzle reel in Producing Your Trailer. Rounding out the series is a comprehensive insider’s view into Funding and Pitching with Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO and Festival Director Heather Croall.

In October, National Geographic cinematographer and photographer Mauricio Handler will lead a pair of new natural history film and photo workshops that venture beyond MMW’s Rockport home base to take in the full scope of Maine’s pristine shoreline and astounding natural beauty.

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Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or