Sony, Maine Media Workshops Look to Educate Students, Professionals

Starting this summer, Maine Media Workshops will launch a series of workshops that allow give students and working professionals a chance to get their hands on Sony’s new handheld Super 35mm PMW-F3 and NEX-FS100U camcorders, and XDCAM EX camcorders.

Courses cover a range of topics, from nature and wildlife documentary to advanced digital cinematography to feature film lighting. A full schedule, with information on how to register, is available at www.mainemedia.edu.

“Working with Maine Media, we’re able to offer something for everyone in digital production,” says Wayne Zuchowski, marketing manager at Sony Electronics. “As students prepare for their careers in the digital media world, it’s critical that they have access to state-of-the-art production technology, the very same gear that they’ll be using in a professional environment. And working professionals need to continually refine their craft. These specially focused and highly targeted workshops are designed to provide the tools and hands-on experience needed to succeed.”

The workshops are led by working professionals with diverse backgrounds in digital production. Doug Jensen is an HD cinematographer, producer/director/editor, consultant and founder of Vortex Media, as well as a member of Sony’s select Independent Certified Experts (I.C.E.) team. He will teach “Digital Cinematography with Sony’s Super 35mm HD Camcorders,” August 7-13; and “Production of Broadcast-quality Training and Promotional Videos,” August 14-20.

“Every aspect of digital production is changing at an extremely fast pace,” Jensen says. “Workshops like these are invaluable for helping students and professionals keep pace. Regardless of your level of experience coming in, the goal is to have participants leave these workshops well-equipped to use the newest technology in the most effective and efficient ways.”

Other courses are also scheduled to be led by top professionals, such as Francis Kenny, ASC, a veteran DP and cinematographer, who will teach “Advanced Digital Cinematography,” a master class in digital motion picture and TV production, June 26–July 2 and September 18-24.

“Sony’s cameras and camcorders have been industry leaders in digital production for years,” says Kate Fletcher, director of marketing for Maine Media Workshops. “We’re extremely excited about their support of our workshops, and we’re confident that our participants will benefit tremendously from their experiences here.”