Privileges of Membership!

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.

Sign up online for upcoming classes!

To become a member or renew your membership, you can fill out our membership form online.

TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR SPRING 2022

If you’d be interested in virtual training instead of the traditional in-person classes listed below, please contact us at 978-689-8627.

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.

 

School Vacation “Kids Program” 

**available to students from age 11 to 16

Making the Most of Your Cell Phone’s Camera              Monday, April 18 from 11am to 1pm.
Learn tips on how to best use your cell phone’s camera to record high quality video content that people will enjoy watching.

 

Tell Me Your Story – How to Share Your Ideas on Video            Tuesday, April 18 from 11am to 1pm.       
Video can share interests, imagination, and opinions. Find out how to get yours watched and enjoyed.

 

Programs designed for all ages and interests

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.

Private and small group classes are available by appointment. 

 

Operating the Podcast Studio (1 virtual session)
Learn how to operate the equipment in the MCS podcast studio.

Private and small group classes are available by appointment. 

 

Building Your Show from the Ground Up (1 session)          Thursday, April 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Creating your own television program or podcast is much more than having an idea. Join us to learn the ins and outs, simple ways to get your show off the ground, and what will appeal to your audience.

 

What did you say? Getting the best audio possible for your program (1 session)  Thursday, May 12 from 7:00  to 9:00 PM
Video is great, but without quality sound it’s just pictures. See what types of microphones and set ups will enhance your productions, as well as using natural sound and sound effects.

 

On Air Host Certification (1 session)        Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 8pm(joint session with Producing)
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)

Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 8pm (joint session with Hosting)
Bring your ideas to life.  The producer makes decisions about the show and is legally responsible for its content. Let us help!

 

Studio Crew Orientation (4 sessions)          Tuesdays, April 26, May 3 and 10 – from 3pm to 5pm
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 (1 session + 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.

**This course covers the NEW Panasonic cameras offered at MCS. If you are a current member who has not taken a Field Camera course in the past two years, this is a NEW offering for you.

April 5 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

April 19 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

April 21 – 10:00 AM to Noon

May 12 – 10:00 AM to Noon

May 17 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

May 19 – 10:00 AM to Noon

 

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

Special Notes:
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.