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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 1 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 6 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Explore strategies to effectively plan a community access television show in our studio or on location. Topics include idea generation, script writing, rundowns, underwriting, legal issues, production and post-production options.
Wednesday, August 3 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 8 – 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..
Part 1: Tuesday, August 23 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, August 24 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, August 25 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 1: Tuesday, September 27 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, September 28 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, September 29 – 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.
Part 1: Tuesday, August 9 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, August 10 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 1: Tuesday, September 13 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, September 14 – 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: Tuesday, August 16 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, August 17 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 1: Wednesday, September 21 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, September 22 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Audio for Video
Can you hear me now? Nothing hurts a production more than poor sound. In this class we’ll focus on the different types of microphones you have available to you for both studio and field production. We’ll talk about microphone placement, choices, types, pick up patterns, and proper technique to help give you the best sound recording possible for your video. Prerequisite: Field & Studio Production.
Tuesday, May 10 – 2 to 5 p.m.
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.
Wednesday, April 29 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Advanced Field Production
Advanced Field Production will feature hands-on demonstrations of camera and lighting setups for a variety of scenarios; such as interviews, narrative scenes, dramatic portraits, and run-n-gun documentary. Get in-depth insight on story-driven camera and lighting techniques from guest instructor Enrique Meza, one of Fresno’s top video producers. Prerequisite: Field Production.
Enrique Meza is the owner of Meza Films, a Fresno-based video production company that serves businesses and non-profits across California. He is an expert on solo and small crew productions. Enrique creates unique videos by getting to know his clients and clearly telling their stories.
Thursday, January 28 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Final Cut Pro
Learn the basics of Final Cut Pro. A simple, yet powerful video editor for quick editing and great results. This crash course will cover the basics of importing, editing, effecting, and exporting. Class requires basic computer skills.
Tuesday, September 20 – 6 to 9 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. Email email@example.com.
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, November 20 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Saturday, November 21 – 1 to 6 p.m.
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.
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.
Thursday, August 11 – 2 to 5 p.m.
//Get introduced to After Effects, the Adobe application for motion graphics and digital effects. You’ll learn the basic interface, how to create a moving title, and composite green screen backgrounds. This class requires you to have intermediate knowledge of Adobe Premiere. Prerequisite: Editing.