At Akakū: Maui Community Television, we are committed to empowering YOUR access to media, and with a few classes you will be empowered. One of the best ways to become a proficient content producer is to learn from the best, and at Akakū, we are proud to have some of Mauiʻs finest as part of our growing Education Program.
The goal of the Education Department is to certify community producers that will go on to create meaningful, local content for our viewing community. Our highly qualified, friendly instructors are also available outside of the classroom for limited additional mentoring or extra help.
How To Get Certified
The first step is to take the Akakū Orientation/Intro to TV Production class. Once this mandatory class is completed, you are able to take any other classes on our roster and become certified in the area(s) of your choice.
At the moment, we offer these areas of Certification:
- Field Camera Certification - which enables you to reserve and check out camera equipment for the purposes of making non-commercial content for Akaku access channels.*
- Final Cut Pro X - Basic - which enables you to utilize our Media Lab and reserve an editing station for the purpose of making non-commercial content for Akaku access channels.*
- Final Cut Pro X -Advanced - which offers you professional level editing skills and ability to reserve an editing station in our Media Lab for the purpose of making non-commercial content for Akaku access channels.*
- Studio Production Certification - which enables you to reserve and utilize our production studio for the purpose of making content for Akaku access channels, or to crew a studio show.*
Akakū Production Associate Fee
The annual Akakū Production Associate (APA) fee is $35.00. This fee is included in the cost of your first Certifiable class but will need to be paid annually to continue to check out equipment, reserve the lab or receive APA discounts. Payment is required of all certified producers prior to reserving and checking out equipment, utilizing editing facilities, reserving and utilizing the production studio, and running and voting in elections to fill Producer Representative seats on the Akakū Board of Directors.
Producers can pay the fee by calling Akakū at 808-871-5554 or by visiting the front desk. Volunteer hours are available to offset the cost of the APA fee. (Hours are based on $10/hour.)
Class Descriptions Please visit each Classes page for relevant details.
Akakū/Public Access Orientation/Intro to TV Production:
This class is required before taking any other classes, even in the case of students taking equivalency exams. Students will be given a full tour of the facility, and will be introduced to the community resources and common procedures at Akakū: Maui Community Television, as well as the role of public access television in our community. This class will also include a brief overview of the production process, from pre-production to delivery and an introduction to television production and equipment. This class is 2 hours long and is taught by a member of the Akakū staff. Cost is $10
Introduction to Field Camera:
Students will work under the guidance of an Akaku-appointed instructor to become comfortable in the usage of our digital video camera packages. With a focus on proper field production methods, students will get familiar with the both automatic and manual controls on the camera, basic framing, lighting, and sound techniques. This class is intended for individuals who either already have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of video production or who have never touched a camera before! Upon completion of this class, students will need to volunteer on two Akaku field productions to solidify their field skills. Upon successful completion of the class and volunteering, students become Field Camera Certified, and are able to use the digital video cameras, lighting and audio equipment trained on through Akakū to make their own non-commercial shows and films for our channels. This class is 12 hours long over 3 days, and includes a field trip to a community event, which will be filmed by the student producers. Minimum number of students needed to run class is 3. Cost is $185 Non-APA or $150 APA or $75 for Students (12-18 years) - Prerequisite for checking out equipment is the Akaku orientation class, volunteer hours and APA fee.
Final Cut Pro X-Basic Editing:
This class will cover basic editing skills on Final Cut Pro X software in the Akakū Media Lab. With a maximum of 8 students to every instructor and one student per editing system, students will receive intimate hands-on training. Focus will be on learning the interface, basic tools, file management and basic editing skills. Students are encouraged to come to the Akakū Media Lab to practice their skills soon after completing the class to supplement their training. Prerequistes: Basic Mac computer literacy skills and Akaku Orientation Class. Upon completion of the class, students will be certified to reserve Akakūʻs Final Cut Pro X edit suites for non-commercial projects to air on Akaku. APA Fee applies.* The class is 12 hours long, usually held over 4 consecutive days. Cost is $185 Non-APA, $150 APA or $75 for Students (12-18 years)
Final Cut Pro X-Advanced Editing:
This class will cover advanced professional editing tools and techniques on Final Cut Pro X software in the Akakū Media Lab. With a maximum of 8 students to every instructor and one student per editing system, students will receive intimate hands-on training. Prerequisites: Basic FCP Editing skills and Akaku Orientation class. Upon completion of the class, students will be certified to use Akakūʻs Final Cut Pro X edit suites for non-commercial projects to air on Akaku access channels.* The class is 12 hours long, usually held over 4 consecutive days. Cost is $485 Non-APA, $450 APA or $250 for Students (12-18 years)
Intro to Studio Production:
This class introduces you to the world of studio production – which takes place in a creative environment that offers; controlled lighting, sound mixing, and video mixing. This class is designed to teach the student the operation and care of the studio. Studio productions are a team effort and require many different people in different positions, all working together to produce the video. Students will be instructed in each area of the studio and will also fulfill the duties of each position in an actual studio production. After successful completion of the class, students are then required to volunteer on four studio productions before applying for their own non-live studio show or to be a crew member on another show to Ceritfy.* Minimum number of students per class is 5, and the class is 12 hours long, held over 4 consecutive days. Cost is $185 Non-APA, $150 APA or $75 for Students (12-18 years)
Mobile Video Production- MoJo:
Use an i-Device to shoot, edit and distrbute your video over Wi-Fi, plus learn how you can broadcast LIVE to Akaku from an i-Phone! This class is very 'hands-on', teaching you how to use the VODDIO mobile editing application on an Ipod Touch outfitted with a wide angle lens and camera holder with a professional microphone. Kits will be supplied or pariticipants may use their own Idevice, such as the Iphone 4 or 5. This class is designed for short video news-magazine style shooting in the field and is the most current news broadcast journalism technology in use today. Students will have projects between class meeting to immerse them in the mobile environment. The class is 12 hours long, held over 4 non-consecutive days in 2 weeks. Cost is $185 Non-APA, $150 APA or $75 for Students (12-18 years) Class Maximum is six.
Coming in 2014:
- Basic Video Production: This cost effective class will Certify you in Field Camera AND Basic FCPX Editing! Focus will be project based training from 'capture to air'! Students see immediate results!
*For non-commercial productions only. Only non-commercial, public access projects qualify for the free use of Akakū equipment and the use of studio, after certification is complete. If producers want to produce commercial content, they will not be able to use the community equipment for commercial projects.