MAPS-SKC Film Class

MAPS MEDIA INSTITUTE is a nationally recognized, free-of-charge, after-school media arts program located in Hamilton, MT. MAPS has served students of Ravalli County since 2004 and is nationally awarded as one of top 50 after school programs in the country by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Beginning in April 2017, MAPS will bring its 8 week after-school film program to the students of Lake County, MT. Salish Kootenai College will host the program and MAPS will provide the instructors and curriculum.


Dru Carr Film Instructor

Instructor Dru Carr is an award-winning filmmaker in Missoula, MT. After receiving his M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 1996, he co-founded the independent filmmaking team High Plains Films in 2000.  Carr is also a founding board member of the Big Sky Film Institute, which runs the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. 

MAPS Program Goals:

  • Provide a safe after-school mentoring program for Lake County middle, high and home school students
  • Develop skills in communication, teamwork, community awareness, problem solving
  • Develop skills in media arts and digital literacy
  • Promote creative and intellectual curiosity and collaboration
  • Increase economic, vocational and post secondary educational opportunities

Film Class Objectives

  • Learn how to use the filmmaking process and media literacy to communicate ideas
  • Students collaborate in writing, producing, directing and editing an idea from concept to big screen
  • Learn idea generation, storyboarding, camera skills, lighting techniques, principles of film production, audio recording, editing and post production processes
  • Gain technical proficiency with professional equipment (iMac computers, Canon DSLR cameras, TASCAM audio recorder, microphones, lighting, Celtx screenwriting program, Adobe Premiere Pro film editing software)
  • Students learn self-expression and gain confidence through group collaboration


  Class Length: 2 hours
  Days: Wednesdays & Thursdays
  Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  Dates: April 5 – May 25
  Location: Three Woodcocks Building, SKC Campus


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