CMAC offers a variety of video production classes. The first step before you can sign-up for a class is to attend orientation. Orientation is free, open to the public, and typically happens once a month at the beginning of the month.

Once you’re done with orientation, if you haven’t already, you should pay your CMAC membership dues. This is required before you can sign-up for any other classes. Membership dues can be paid online or in-person at our media center. Call 559-266-2622 or email if you need assistance.

General Class Policies
You must sign-up in advance of the class. No walk-ups are allowed, except for orientation. All classes take place at our media center at 1555 Van Ness Ave in downtown Fresno. Please do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes before class time. If it is a weekday evening class, the front door will be locked 15 minutes after class starts, so please be on time.

Orientation (open to non-members)
Find out what CMAC has to offer. We will give you an overview of our channels, services and policies – plus answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to tell us how we can help you make the best use of your community media center. Orientation is mandatory for all CMAC members.

Monday, August 3 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Basic Classes

Explore strategies to effectively plan a community access television show in our studio or on location. Topics include pre-production, rundowns, underwriting, legal issues and post-production options. Producing is required for anyone who would like to checkout CMAC field equipment or reserve our studio. Prerequisite: Orientation.

Wednesday, August 5 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Studio Production (3 parts)
Get the hands-on experience you need to safely operate a video camera in our studio. You will also learn practical skills on the video switcher, audio board and teleprompter – as well as simple graphics. Prerequisite: Producing.

Part 1: Monday, July 27 – 2 to 5 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Tuesday, July 28 – 2 to 5 p.m. FULL
Part 3: Wednesday, July 29 – 2 to 5 p.m. FULL

Part 1: Tuesday, August 11 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, August 12 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 3: Thursday, August 13 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Field Production (2 parts)
Hands-on introduction to filming on-location, including proper set-up and break-down of the equipment, camerawork, lighting, audio techniques, basic interviewing tips, and planning for post-production. Prerequisite: Producing.

Part 1: Tuesday, August 18 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, August 19 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Editing (2 parts)
Learn basic concepts of non-linear editing by navigating menus, making cuts and dissolves, and adding narration, music and simple effects. Certification is required for anyone who would like to reserve Edit Suites at no charge. Class requires basic computer skills.

Part 1: Wednesday, August 26 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, August 27 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Advanced Classes

Short Film Boot Camp (2 parts)
Want to make a short film? In this workshop we won’t just talk about it, we’ll do it! You’ll get to experience first-hand what goes into making a short film from script to screen. We’ll split you into two groups and each will work as a team to shoot and edit. The script is already written, actors already arranged and CMAC staff will act as the directors. You’re the crew!

Part 1 is a pre-production meeting, Part 2 is when we’ll shoot and edit. You must be able to attend both parts. Sign up soon, only 8 spots are available. Prerequisite: Editing and Field Production.

Part 1: Friday, July 31 – 4 to 6 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Saturday, August 1 – 1 to 6 p.m. FULL

Mobile Production Vehicle
Want to utilize our new Mobile Production Vehicle? You will need to be certified in Studio and Field Production first, but after that, you’re ready to sign-up!

This class is by appointment only. Email



Editing class
• Mon, July 20 & Tues, July 21 - 2-5pm

Studio Production class
• Mon, July 27, Tues, July 28 & Weds, July 29 - 2-5pm

Short Film Bootcamp
• Fri, July 31 - 4-6pm & Sat, Aug 1 - 1-6pm

• Mon, August 3 - 6-8pm

Producing class
• Wed, August 5 - 6-8pm

Studio Production class
• Tues, Aug 11, Weds, Aug 12 & Thurs, Aug 13 - 6-9pm

Field Production class
• Tues, Aug 18 & Weds, Aug 19 - 6-9pm

Editing class
• Weds, Aug 26 & Thurs, Aug 27 - 6-9pm

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