2020 Classes

Become a member of NCTV18 to benefit from our discounted classes. Non-members are still welcome to sign up at the open rate. Our classes are taught by seasoned professionals, this is an incredible value for anyone interested in the media arts.

Advanced Cinematography
Price $150*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: A four-day workshop. Visual storytelling using an advanced camera and lighting techniques. Also, an introduction to different filmmaking tools such as dollies, sliders, and jibs.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, January 22, 23, 29, 30
Times: 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Instructors: Dan Driscoll & Andrew Cromartie


Drones 101 for Recreational Flyers

Price $100*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: A one-day workshop for those who fly for fun. In this class you will learn the rules and regulations to fly your personal drone. You will go over interactive maps to show you where you can fly, how to get authorization and gain an understanding of airspace.


Session 1 – Thursday, January 16  &  

Times: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Preston Harimon


Photoshop Down to Business
$250*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: This class is for adults who need to use photoshop for business. Students will understand image treatment for print, web, and multimedia, learning editing production and applying color management. Students will have assignments creating projects such as book covers, advertisements, online advertising, and social media promotions, including thumbs and still frames used in multimedia.

Dates: Wednesdays, February 19, 26 & March 4
Times: 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Instructor: Arlene O’Reilly


Podcast Kickstarter

$200*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: From developing your concept to trouble shooting the technical aspects of recording your podcast. Podcast Kickstarter is the perfect introduction to the Podcast world.

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays – February 11, 18 & March 5, 12

Times: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Instructor: Doug Cote


Drone Part 107 Prep: Commercial Remote Pilots License Training 

Price $225*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: A six-day workshop for those interested or already flying for business purposes. Learn from an FFA certified Remote Pilot who will teach you the information you need to pass the aeronautical knowledge drone test.

Required Class Materials (not provided): Remote Pilot Test Prep 2020 Book 

Dates: Monday and Wednesdays, March 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Times: 5:30pm to 7pm
Instructor: Preston Harimon


Camera Shy Class
Price $100*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: A two-day workshop for individuals that aren’t so fond of the camera. Focused on reducing nervousness and increasing confidence. The class will teach you tips and tricks for presenting yourself and your organization with poise and elegance. 

Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, March 24 & 26
Times: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Janet Forest


Fundamentals of Photography 

Price $300*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: A six-day workshop for those who want to move away from using the automatic settings on their camera, and gain a basic understanding of your camera’s functions. 

Topics will include everything from button functions and basic focusing and composition, to an understanding of how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to create interesting and dynamic images.

Highly Recommended: Bring your personal DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

Dates: Mondays and Tuesdays, March 30, 31 & April 6, 7, 13, 14

Times: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Instructor: Bill Hoenk 


Visual Storytelling Step-by-Step

Price $200*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: A four-day workshop. This class will cover the basic path to developing a storyboard. You’ll learn why storyboards are necessary and how to create them from paper to screen. 

  • We’ll look at video demonstrations and presentations to show examples used in the industry.
  • Not an artist, no problem! Storyboard students here need no formal training in drawing. This course will show you how to simply convey ideas with or without an art background.
  • This course will show various methods to create a storyboard and you can select which works best for you.
  • We’ll share in class critiques to improve our craft and you will have access to the NCTV studio to use their hardware and software to complete your project.
  • Basic computer knowledge is necessary and knowledge of Adobe Creative suite is extremely helpful.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed for anyone who has wanted to learn the first steps of making a short video, animation or game design. Anyone learning these simple skills can broaden their ability to launch into a possible new career.
  • Anyone interested in entering a short film for the Nantucket Short Festival in October 2020.

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 1, 2, 8, 9

Times: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Instructor: Marianne Kelley


Portrait Lighting: Creating Light for Portraits and Interviews

Price $100*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: A two-day workshop. Learn to light faces in spaces for beautiful portraits and on-camera interviews. Using 1-3 lights, you’ll learn classic Rembrandt lighting, high-key fashion lighting and edgy or moody lighting. We’ll also cover several different types of lights, packing gear for a location shoot, and setting up and “shaping” the light.

Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, April 21 & 23

Times: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Instructor: Kit Noble


Acting for the Camera

Price $150*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: Acting for the Camera is a comprehensive, step by step course to develop the skills today’s actors need to work in the fast paced world of Film & Television.  In each class, Scenes are blocked for the camera shots, Marks are given to actors, the scene is given a dress rehearsal for the cameras and then notes are given.  Each scene is then shot using 2 cameras with live editing for playback and the end of each class for final critique.  Each week the actors are assigned a new scene that they must have fully structured and memorized and prepared for filming.  All the scenes are double cast so the actors get to see other actors making different choices with their roles.

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays,  May 11, 13, 18 & 20

Times: 5:30pm to 7pm
Instructor: Andrew Cromartie


Graphic Design Intro
$250*, limited to 8 Adult Students

Description: Understanding the foundation of graphic design and Adobe Illustrator can be insanely useful for creating graphics for web, print, signage, or anything! Unfortunately, it’s not very intuitive for beginners to learn. In this hands-on training, we’ll show you the fundamentals of Illustrator in a way that makes the program approachable for someone who’s just getting started learning the power of “vector vs. bitmap”.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29 & October 6
Times: 5 pm – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Arlene O’Reilly


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