Aspiring and experienced media producers can find a variety of classes to increase their skills at the Media Center. Our classes are taught by seasoned instructors who can guide you to the next level, whatever your skills are now. We’re continuing many of our classes on Zoom during the COVID19 shelter-at-home order.

    The classes listed here are open to students 14 and older. Check out our programs aimed specifically at youth.


    Here are our class categories:

    We also offer one-on-one and small group custom classes.

    Online Classes

    Podcasting Basics

    This 90-minute online workshop is designed to get you started toward creating a podcast of your very own – from the comfort of your own home! Together, we will discuss:

    • – The use of basic audio recording equipment (smartphones included!)
    • – How to plan and structurally outline your podcast
    • – Tips and tricks for editing audio files like a pro
    • – Your options when it comes time to publish and distribute your work


    This course will be hosted over Zoom. Classes will be small and interpersonal, so students are welcome to come with specific questions about their podcasting projects.

    Screenwriting Basics

    This 90-minute introductory course will guide you through the basics of Film and TV storytelling and screenplay development. Together, we’ll discuss:

    • – Cinematic storytelling structure
    • – Reliable formulas to get you through your first draft
    • – Industry-standard formatting
    • – Loglines and pitching your screenplay
    • – Tips for taking the next step from screenplay to production


    This course will be hosted over Zoom. Classes will be small and interpersonal, so students are welcome to come with specific questions about their screenplay goals. Students will leave feeling ready to take those next steps toward writing a screenplay of their own!

    TikTok Essentials

    How do you tell a good story in under 60 seconds? In what ways can you apply professional filmmaking techniques to improve a video made with no set, only yourself as a performer, and a single smartphone for a camera?

    This 90-minute online remote course strips the TikTok video production process down to its elements. Together we’ll examine the common visual and storytelling tools employed by TikTok creators and use this understanding to produce our own engaging, entertaining, and “like”-worthy content.

    This course will be hosted over Zoom. Classes will be small and interpersonal, so students are welcome to come with specific questions about their TikTok ideas.

    Zinemaking Basics

    A zine is a self-published, non-commercial digital or print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches. They are used to showcase digital art, poetry, photos, personal stories, playlists, recipes, book reviews — anything worth sharing. This 90-minute workshop will guide you through the basics of outlining, designing, and distributing a digital zine. Through this workshop, you will be empowered and encouraged to experiment with the zine artform and to create something that captures and reflects your unique human experience.

    This class will provide:

    • – A Discussion of Zinemaking history
    •  – Printable Zine templates
    • – Example Zine Outlines
    • – Zinemaking and Online Zine Library resources


    Whether you’re a traditional or a digital artist, zine-making is a valuable and highly customizable form of artistic expression that puts you in total control. This course will be hosted over Zoom. Classes will be small and interpersonal, so students are welcome to come with specific questions about their zinemaking goals.

    Document It! Remote Documentary Workshop

    Midpen Media is offering an affordable course in documenting these unpredictable moments of the coronavirus pandemic. With 8+ hours of coaching and support on a schedule that works for you, Midpen Media instructors will work with students in a small online workshop setting (via the Zoom videoconferencing tool) to plan, produce, and complete a documentary film about the rapid changes that the coronavirus has brought to our world.

    Students will be trained in conducting and recording interviews from a safe distance, obtaining emotionally evocative video of their personal experience, and assembling video and audio with video editing software of the students’ choosing. Everything is changing. Some things may never be the same. Don’t miss this opportunity to capture our world’s transformation and make it into something of your own.

    Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X

    These three-hour tutorials are aimed at people who know the basics and want to dive a little more into deeper details in one or the other of these two popular editing programs:

    Multi-Screen / Multi-pane Videos.  You’ve seen the Zoom videos of a group of musicians playing “together” or the grandkids telling a story, all appearing together on the screen.  Learn how to do this.

    Multi-Camera Editing.  If you’ve shot the same scene with several cameras…a play, an interview, a concert…and you’re looking to make a finished video that switches from one angle to another throughout, then you want to use the powerful multi-camera tools available in today’s editing program.  Learn how to set this up and use it effectively and some of the common pitfalls.

    Get it Done NOW.  Video editing is a time-consuming process, and to get much done, you have to learn to execute your ideas efficiently.  This class will speed up your work by showing you the keyboard shortcut keys for the operations you do most.  Humans as a species are very good at learning to push buttons, and you can make this work for you.  We’ll also look at fast ways to do ripple, roll, and slip edits; L and J cuts, and using adjustment layers.

    Principles of Color Correction.  Almost every video shot can use at least a little tweaking to improve the look, because the lighting wasn’t ideal, because you’re going for a certain look, of just because…well…video cameras don’t always do a fabulous job of capturing what’s in front of them.  This class shows you the basic process of making video look better as well as some advanced techniques, and you’ll learn to use your tools to do it.  You can use much of what you learn in this class whatever editing tool you’re using.  Instructors sometimes use Final Cut Pro and sometimes use Adobe Premiere Pro to demonstrate.

    Graphics, Plain and Fancy. Adobe Premiere’s “Essential Graphics” tool gives you a selection of stock graphics for your videos and allows you to create your own, either from scratch or by modifying the stock graphics to your taste.  A lot of capability is hidden within this tool that can make it a lot easier to create interesting graphics with a lot less effort than you might expect.

    Restoring Memories – A hands-on class in how to digitize, restore and transform your old photos, slides, and negatives

    This three-hour class will show you various techniques (and services) to digitize your slides, negatives, and prints; ways to enhance images that have deteriorated with time; how to repair damaged (cracked, torn, etc.) photos, remove imperfections, eliminate scratches and dust marks, correct discoloration, and correct color casts and image fading.


    Zoom Production Consultation

    Put Your Best Zoom Face Forward.  You’ve likely been on Zoom conferences in which participants looked like they were two feet tall; or like they were shady characters from noir films, or sounded like they were reporting in from the bottom of a well, or looked like they were in the witness protection program. Avoid that. In just an hour, we can help you and a small group of presenters look and sound their best. Contact Dave Sorokach to make arrangements.

    Studio Production

    Comprehensive Television Studio Basics

    Want to produce or star in your own cable TV show or want to help other community members bring their show ideas to reality? In this class, you’ll learn all the necessary skills in our high-definition, all-digital studio. As a class, you’ll PRODUCE, CREW, or STAR in your own show, which will air on the Midpen Media Center’s cable channels and simulcast on the Web.

    Advanced Control Room

    This three-hour class builds upon the knowledge from the Studio Class, reviewing the basics, then exploring more advanced functions. We’ll talk about aux mixes on the audio board, audio patching, feedback problems, advanced Tricaster capabilities, and advanced video routing. We’ll then use this knowledge to incorporate phone and Skype calls into a show.

    Studio Music Mix

    This all-inclusive, hands-on, advanced audio workshop shows you how to mic and mix live musical performances in the TV studio environment, from theory to an actual recording with a LIVE musical group. You’ll learn:

    • The Fundamentals: SIGNAL PATH! SIGNAL PATH! SIGNAL PATH!…and Compression, Gain Stages, Gating, EQ, Effects
    • Micing/Staging: Mic Selection, Channel Lists/Band Plots, Band Setup, Mic Placement
    • Monitoring: Monitoring for the musicians, audience, technician
    • Mixing: Multi-track mix practice with pre-recorded, as well as live tracks

    Your instructor is field-seasoned Musician and Sound Engineer Byron Binns (drummer with MidLife Vices; principal at TecStiX Productions).

    Mix/Effect Buses and Virtual Sets

    In this three-hour class, we’ll explore the Tricaster’s extensive capabilities to combine video images of talent from the studio with a synthesized set. We’ll explore

    • Using the mix/effect busses to create a secondary video mix
    • Combining multiple video sources into one image
    • Tricaster display configuration
    • Greenscreen shooting
    • The Tricaster’s “virtual camera”

    Field Production and Editing

    Zoom In Field Video Production Workshop

    Want to get started shooting video in the field? This intensive 15-hour video workshop is for you! You’ll learn the professional techniques to plan and shoot video, use lights and microphones, and edit your footage into a compelling story. You’ll even produce your own short video. We provide all of the equipment you’ll need and a comprehensive manual for later reference.

    Editing with Adobe Premiere

    Get the knowledge and experience you need to tell your video stories using Adobe Premiere, one of the most powerful and versatile editing tools in the business.

    In this eight-hour class, you’ll learn the basics of Premiere and of video editing and get hands-on time to practice and explore this widely used program. With class size limited to eight, each participant can count on individualized instructor help. Some previous experience with video editing is strongly recommended; beginners will find that this class moves very quickly.

    Editing with Apple’s Final Cut Pro

    In this eight-hour class, you will learn the basics of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), enhanced video editing software to “create and deliver your story at the speed of thought” ( This hands-on class provides you with ample time to explore and experiment with many of the user-friendly, intuitive features of FCPX. Making the transition from Apple’s iMovie to FCPX is seamless since they share an interface design philosophy. With class size limited to eight, each participant can count on individualized instructor help. We provide practice footage and everything else you need to try out your new skills. Some previous experience with video editing is strongly recommended; beginners will find that this class moves very quickly.

    Sound Recording for the Field

    Want to capture great audio for your field interview, event, or narrative production? This four-hour hands-on workshop is for you. It covers the essentials of sound recording in the field, knowledge that can also be applied in the studio:

    • Basics of Sound
    • Audio recording technology
    • Microphone types and applications
    • Boom Operation
    • Interfacing with House Audio
    • Production Set Tips



    Other Classes


    “An enemy,” wrote Quaker peace activist Gene Knudsen Hoffman, “is one whose story we have not heard.” Shape and present a story from your life…useful for team building, activism, community and consensus building…in the workplace, classroom, communities of faith, and at events. During this three-hour class, we work as partners and in small groups in a supportive environment to build and hone our personal stories and to present them in compelling ways. We illuminate the ingredients that make stories come alive.