“Today, almost anyone can edit a TV-quality film in his or her own living room. For the price of a two-week holiday in Hawaii, amateurs can buy a laptop, a handheld camera and software such as Apple Computer’s Final Cut Pro. Five years ago, they would have had to mortgage their homes.

In the 10 weeks since it has opened, the space known as DV Dojo has attracted film students, video buffs and storytellers who squeeze into a narrow, brick and blond wood room for a weekend class, a five-week course or a film screening — the latest work by MTV animator Candy Kugel, say, or Michael Apted’s “Married in America.””

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