The MFA Production Bootcamp

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland

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The MFA Production Bootcamp is open to all. Serving as the foundation for the 2019 MFA EDU programs and workshops, the class provides a comprehensive overview of equipment (digital camera, lighting, and grip), terminology, and best practices.

Maine film community members come in all shapes, sizes, and experience levels. Whether you are a one-man/woman band or working on the set of Avengers 8, the industry-at-large is demanding that we all have solid tech skills and in-depth production know-how.

So, try the quick 2019 MFA Production Bootcamp YES or NO Quiz:

  • Are you OK taking that solo dive into your camera’s menu settings?
  • Have you figured out your camera’s CODECs, log and raw settings?
  • Do you know a mafer from a quacker from a Cardellini?
  • Can you name a brand of LED fixture? Do you know about its CRI rating?
  • Are you sure that you’re safely setting that c-stand?
  • Can you run to get that ½ apple, zip cord, and polecat from the grip truck?
  • Do you know the difference between a DIT, a Data Manager, and a Digital Utility?
  • Can you balance a gimbal?
  • When the AD goes emergency 10-1, can you lock it up and call the roll?

Any NO’s or hesitations? You should join us for The Bootcamp.

The MFA Production Bootcamp is an introduction to the foundation of motion picture production–a comprehensive day of education on the production nuts-and-bolts that you need to know.

The Production Bootcamp is designed to bring you up to speed by providing a comprehensive overview of the following: Camera systems; lighting fixtures; grip terminology and tools; roles of the producer, director, assistant director; crew designation; and set protocol and procedures.

The MFA Production Bootcamp is open to all, and we encourage those who intend to take our intermediate and advanced production workshops later in 2019 to attend. Along with those filmmakers and crew members who want to move up in the production ranks and prove themselves to be valuable, multi-talented assets to any film production.


Matt Siegel, Director of Photography.
Matt Siegel has over 20 years experience with narrative filmmaking, working on Hollywood’s largest films and television’s most popular episodic shows. He has extensive experience writing and producing independent features and shorts, with films that have screened at Sundance, Slamdance, Toronto, and Cannes. He is a former professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has taught directing and camera workshops around the world. When not on set or in the classroom, Matt is head of production for Bones + Blubber in Los Angeles.

Neil Shelley, Multimedia Artist, Instructor, and Producer
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 teaches a wide variety of filmmaking courses at the University of Maine, where he is currently completing his MFA degree in Intermedia.

Cost: $25 MFA Members; $75 non-members
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Join the Maine Film Association today for free or discounted admission to all MFA workshops and events, and many additional perks:

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*Scholarship opportunities are always available for any of our educational events. Please email us at to inquire!