Core Workshops

Basic Field Camera Production: Night Class (3 sessions)

Learn basic shooting, audio recording and production skills to create quality programs.  This core class offers hands on training with the Sony Z5 (Mini DV format) camcorders, microphones and tripods. We'll also discuss equipment safety and checkout procedures.

Basic Studio Production: Night Class (4 sessions)

This four session class will certify you to produce your own TV show in our full-service studio. Learn the basics of all aspects of studio production, from camera and lighting to directing and audio. You must attend all four sessions to become certified.

Basic Final Cut Pro Editing: Night Class (3 sessions)

This three session, hands-on course teaches students to perform basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the Final Cut Pro user interface. Topics include basic setup, customizing preferences and settings, capturing video and audio, various editing and trimming techniques, basic audio editing and final output.

Basic Mac Skills (1 hour session)*

This class is great for new computer users as well as people making the switch from PCs. If you are planning to learn Final Cut Pro or other Apple software and are not familiar with the Mac interface, this is the class for you. Topics include getting to know the Mac interface, how to open applications, and file management. *This class is free and limited to Final Cut Pro class registrants. Always offered one hour before first Final Cut Pro session.

Advanced Workshops


The first stage of video production is the planning phase, and it is easily the most important. Pre-production is where you take the steps to make sure that you have the right research, equipment, crew, locations, schedule, and clear directions on the content you must capture.

Multi-Camera Field Shoots with the Anycast System

Learn how to use the Sony Anycast System to shoot multi-camera coverage of an event on-location.  This hands-on workshop will include an overview of the Sony PD-170 camera and Sony Anycast System, set-up of equipment, crew communications and troubleshooting tips.

Basic Field Lighting

This course teaches the basic principles of three point lighting and how to achieve greater stylistic control when shooting in the field. Attendees will learn how to safely operate several types of lights including Lowel Omni 500s, Lowel Pro-lights and Photoflex Starlite softboxes, how to use contrast ratios to create different ‘moods’, and how to make better use of existing conditions when few or no lights are available.

Advanced Final Cut-Pro

This three-session course will guide students looking to take their editing skills to the next level through the more advanced features of Final Cut Pro. The class will cover topics such as: advanced tools from the toolbar, the Ken Burns effect, Chroma Keying, Color Correction, Multi-camera editing, and Boris 3D titling. This course is designed for students comfortable in Final Cut Pro who want to expand their workflow or work on more complex projects.

Uploading Videos to the Web

In this course, students will learn the basics of uploading videos to the web. Starting with selecting a video hosting site, the course will go step by step through the compression/encoding process, to ultimately upload a video. Students will be expected to bring in a Standard Definition Quicktime video clip under ten minutes to use for the course. will be used as the video hosting site, but the class will also show students how to submit the video to Marin TV's On Demand Site as well as distribute it to other video sharing sites.


This workshop series is meant to help writers of all levels learn the nuts and bolts of fiction screenwriting, with the end goal of writing their own scene, pilot, or short film. Students will learn how to generate ideas, create characters, writeconvincing dialogue, follow story structure, and put it all together. Watching examples will help demonstrate concepts and writing exercises will help push imagination to the limits.

Social Media

This three-session course will introduce social media, the fastest growing platform for connecting to a global world. Learn how this many-to-many relationship can assist you in promoting your media. Topics include: an overview of social media, reviewing the basics of various social media sites, how to be an effective social media user and how to customize your social media pages.