Maria Agui Carter is teaching an excellent course this summer at MassArt: MPFV208-1 Producing the Documentary (runs Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, June 22 through June 26, 2009). You should consider attending this class if you’re planning to direct or produce a serious documentary in the future. Check out the schedule of Film/Video Summer courses at MassArt for more information and/or to register. Maria’s course will give you a working overview of how to approach taking a film from idea and proposal to reality. She will discuss the basics of managing your team, providing leadership, and creating a productive work environment. From defining the parameters of a producer’s responsibilities to learning how to maximize your production dollars, this course is a valuable crash course that will help you avoiding the most common mistakes and understanding how to plan ahead not only for your production, but for the things that can go wrong. She will analyze sample production budgets, call sheets, releases, insurance requirements and paperwork, as well as review how to break down a script. Maria is a director and producer who has made dozens of documentaries and has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships. I had the pleasure of working with her as an editor at the Latino Producer’s Workshop. I highly recommend her class this summer. To register for the class or for more information, visit MassArt Professional and Continuing Education on the web or call (617) 879-7200.