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Course Catalog

MCM Course Catalog

Introductory Courses

The first and required step toward volunteering or producing at MCM and gaining access to MCM’s broadcast quality professional equipment, is to take Introduction to Video Basics.  This class offers an overview of services and opportunities for community members and prospective volunteers. You’ll learn about our policies and your options for getting involved. In addition, you’ll explore the basics of video production. This class prepares students for all class options offered at MCM.

Studio Production Courses

Technical Director Switching Board

Studio classes teach students the elements of producing in the studio and trains you on all studio and control room equipment.

Studio Director is offered as a 12 week class.  Find out how to call the shots, frame camera shots and build a program in real-time during various types of studio productions.

Studio Producer class teaches students to produce programming using Montgomery Community Media’s two studios.

Studio Technician is 12 week class that teaches students all Studio Basics and Studio Control Room course positions.

Field Production Courses

Field (remote videotaping) classes teach students the essentials of producing programming in the field. It’s flexible and skills learned will help you in Studio classes.  Classes are scheduled to run concurrently so students are working on various components of productions at the same time. Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled class shoots and edits sessions – you must participate in class productions and pass all tests in order to become certified.
Field Camera class teaches stduents lights, cameras and microphones for remote shooting.

Field Editor is a 5 week class that teaches students the basic operating techniques of Final Cut Pro 7.

Field Producer class teaches students to produce a 4 minute short-form video, directing field technicians and field editors.

 

Workshops offer training on specialized media topics and equipment.

  • Photoshop for Producers – TBD
  • Studio Lighting – TBD
  • “Smart” Video Workshop  TBD

Video Journalism

Video Journalism is a form of broadcast journalism where the individual is the reporter, camera operator and editor. These individuals have the ability to get into their neighborhoods and communities to get the stories that matter to them. These reporters are vital to getting the word out in Montgomery County.

Backpack Journalism class teaches the basics of Backpack Journalism and is open to Montgomery County High School students (Grades 9-12). Students will learn story composition, shooting and editing. Students will be able to use their segments and MCM’s Backpack Beat TV program and be a part of other programs that air on The Montgomery Channel and Access 19.

Citizen Journalism class teach students to report, film, produce, and edit their own feature news stories that will air on The Montgomery Channel and Access19.

Upcoming Class Schedule

Start DateClass
06/16/2015Join the Video Revolution Class June 16 2015
This cutting-edge training will teach even the technologically challenged how to create great marketing videos with an iPhone, in just 3 hours.
Prerequisites: None
Length: Three hours
Fee: $299.00
06/16/2015Leading With Intention: Foundations
Laura Mendelow CEO of Mendelow Consulting Group has been providing leadership and team development programs to individuals and organizations since 1994. Their mission is to develop dynamic leaders that are self- aware ,connected and inspired to achieve great results.
Prerequisites: none
Length: 4 hrs
Fee: $299.
06/22/2015PSA Summer Camp-2015
Did you ever wonder how commercials and public service announcements are made? MCM offers this great opportunity to start the path to success in the growing digital world. With professional HD equipment Media Creators (students) will produce, shoot, and edit a public service announcement about their subject of choice. Their final PSA project will be aired on MCM TV channels and , uploaded to You Tube.
Length: 1-week
Fee: $300
06/29/2015Summer Backpack Journalism June 29 – July 10, 2015 – Session 1
Backpack Journalism, open to 7th - 12th grade students in Montgomery County. During this two week course, will learn story composition, shooting and editing.
Prerequisites: None
Length: 2 weeks
Fee: $300
07/01/2015COMING SOON- MCM First Online Class
This class will be a work on your own once registered. You will then come in for a hands on practice session to see how the online information works with the equipment. You can then schedule time to take a hands on test for certification.
Length:
Fee: TBD
07/13/2015Green Screen Summer Camp 2015
Class is full, waiting list only
The Media creators will create a program in our TV Green Screen Studio. They will all rotate through the equipment in the control room and the studio on actual shows and at the same time be learning the studio operation. Upon completion of the class they will get certified as a MCM Studio Technician. The students get SSL hrs for this class and once certified can work on the many volunteer production at MCM.
Length: 1 week
Fee: $300
07/20/2015Backpack Journalism: July 20 – 31, 2015 – Session 2
Backpack Journalism, open to 7th - 12th grade students in Montgomery County. During this two week course, will learn story composition, shooting and editing.
Prerequisites: none
Length: 2 weeks
Fee: $300
08/10/2015Introduction to Video Basics -August 10 2015
One two-hour class, includes basic terminology and theory behind video production. The starting point for all classes offered at MCM.
Prerequisites: None
Length: One 2-Hour Session
Fee: $10.00
08/17/2015Video Journalism Camp at the Fair
Learn from professionals how to create a video and edit for the web using Smart Phones, Tablets or HD Cameras.
Prerequisites: None
Length: 5 days 10am-4pm
Fee: $300
09/08/2015Introduction to Video Basics Sept. 8 2015
One two-hour class, includes basic terminology and theory behind video production. The starting point for all classes offered at MCM.
Prerequisites: None
Length: One 2-Hour Session
Fee: $10.00