You must attend orientation and become a CMAC member before registering for any classes. To register please call 559-266-2622 or email us at No walk-ups are allowed. All classes take place at our Community 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.

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.

Tuesday, February 3 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Monday, March 2 – 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, February 4 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Studio Production (2 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: Tuesday, February 10 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, February 11 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1: Tuesday, March 10 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, March 11 – 6 to 9 p.m.

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, February 17 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, February 18 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 17 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, March 18 – 6 to 9 p.m.

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, February 25 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, February 26 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 24 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, March 25 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Advanced Classes

Field Audio
Can you hear me now? Nothing hurts a production more than poor sound. In this class you’ll learn how our various field microphones work and audio challenges commonly found in field production. We’ll talk about microphone placement, microphone choices, and proper technique. Prerequisite: Field Production.

Thursday, March 12 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Studio Audio
In this class we will focus on the different types of studio microphones, their uses and practicality. We’ll also give you an in-depth look at our digital audio mixer. It’s more than just fading up and down, learn how to have more control over your live sound as it’s being captured. Prerequisite: Studio Production.

Thursday, February 12 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Find out what it takes to conceptualize a short film from start to finish, including basic terminology and formats used in screenwriting, step-by-step story development and narrative techniques. Prerequisite: Producing.

Monday, March 30 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Short Film Boot Camp
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, February 27 – 4 to 6 p.m.
Part 2: Saturday, February 28 – 1 to 6 p.m.

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. Contact MPV Engineer Andrew Toschi at



Producing Clinic
• Tue, Jan 27 - 6-8pm

Editing class
• Wed, Jan 28 & Thu, Jan 29 - 6-9pm

Editing Clinic
• Mon, Feb 2 - 2-5, 6-9pm

• Tue, Feb 3 - 6-7:30pm

Producing class
• Wed, Feb 4 - 6-8pm

• Thu, Feb 5 - 5-8pm

Studio Production class
• Tue, Feb 10 & Wed, Feb 11 - 6-9pm

Studio Audio class
• Thu, Feb 12 - 6-9pm

Field Production class
• Tue, Feb 17 & Wed, Feb 18 - 6-9pm

CMAC Board Meeting
• Tue, Feb 19 - 3:30-5pm

Mixer: Art of Storyboarding
• Thu, Feb 19 - 6-8pm

Producing Clinic
• Tue, Feb 24 - 6-9pm

Editing class
• Wed, Feb 25 & Thu, Feb 26 - 6-9pm

Short Film Boot Camp
• Fri, Feb 27 - 4-6pm &
Sat, Feb 26 - 6-9pm

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