You can be a part of the programs you watch by becoming a member of MCS. Our members can develop the necessary skills to produce their own local television programming. Members are also encouraged to network with other members in order to facilitate the production of more programming.
Free training on professional grade television equipment
Free usage of the production equipment for the creation of programs for MCS*
MCS newsletter and other mailings
Invitations to participate in special events- including Workshops and Members’ Nights
Voting privileges at the Corporation Annual Meeting
Producing and Hosting your own television programming for all of the community
*There is no charge for membership except for Podcast studio usage. It is renewable on an annual basis. Membership is only available to Methuen Residents 16 years of age or older. Children ages 13-16 can become junior members if their parents are supervising their participation.
TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER & FALL 2020 – DATES COMING SOON!
Some of our training will be offered virtually continuing through the end of 2020.
MCS requires that members are certified on the equipment that they are using to create programming for Methuen Community Studios. We offer a full curriculum in television production to our members. Training is free!
Please feel free to call us at (978) 689-8627 to ask any questions and pre-register so that you can get YOUR program ideas up and running.
Producing Your Podcast (1 virtual session)
Learn how to plan and produce podcasts and what the rules for using MCS’s facilities are. This is open to anyone who is interested in using the podcast facilities. A membership form will need to be filled out in advance of booking the facilities. A membership fee will need to be paid for the first production.
Operating the Podcast Studio (1 virtual session)
Learn how to operate the equipment in the MCS podcast studio.
Making the Most of Your Cell Phone’s Camera(1 session)
Learn tips on how to best use your cell phone’s camera to record high quality video content that people will enjoy watching.
On Air Host Certification (1 session)
Learn how to host and interview guests for a TV program.
Please note: This orientation qualifies the member to HOST a show ONLY. Every show must have a PRODUCER who has completed the training listed below. It can be the HOST or ANOTHER MEMBER who has agreed to produce the show for the host. Appropriate school or job experience will be taken into consideration.
Producer Certification (1 Session plus completion of Prerequisite Host, Director or three Field Camera sessions)
Bring your ideas to life. The producer makes decisions about the show and is legally responsible for its content. Let us help!
Virtual Classes are being offered. Click on the link to sign up!
Studio Crew Orientation (4 sessions)
Learn the ins and outs of working in a professional, state of the art television studio from the ground up. Along with your fellow crew members, you will create quality programming to share with the Methuen community.
Field Camera Certification (3 sessions + 1 Producer session)
Do you like to attend local lectures, concerts or awards banquets? Share them with the community! Learn how to videotape events effectively with a single HD camera.
ALL TRAINING LISTED BELOW** IS ONLY OPEN TO MEMBERS WHO MEET THE PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS OR SHOW RELEVANT EXPERIENCE IN PRODUCTION.
**Director Certification (2 sessions plus completion of Prerequisite Studio Crew sessions)
Learn how to direct the studio production.
**MULTI CAMERA FIELD PRODUCTION CLASS (1 session)(Prerequisites: Field Camera Workshop/Studio Workshop)
Take your studio production out in the community. Learn about setting up cameras, tripods, multiple microphones, and the DataVideo system.
Please check back at a later date for times and dates
Non-linear editing (Final Cut Studio), graphics creation (Broadcast Pix/Motion) and additional training is available on an individual or small group basis. Appointments can also be scheduled individually with MCS staff.
To sign up for these training, please call the studio at 978-689-8627, send us an e-mail request or visit the studio in person at 20 Aegean Drive, Unit 11. All people taking training must qualify as members of Methuen Community Studios and fill out the appropriate membership form.