The Dark Below Screening at L'Etrange Film Festival
Pictures and re-cap from The Dark Below screening at L'Etrange Film Festival in Paris, France.
Wicked Channel Gives The Dark Below 9 out of 10 In Review
Horror and thriller film review site gives The Dark Below 9 out of 10 in a recent film review.
MPI Alumni Win Big at Reel Michigan Film Festival
MPI Alumni Robert J. Butler and Ashray Drividian win big at Reel Michigan Film Festival.
"Within" Wins Audience Choice Award At Cinetopia Film Festival
"Within" by Alumnus Robert J. Butler wins Audience Choice Award at Cinetopia.
World Premier of The Dark Below at Fantasia This Summer
Learn more about the world premier of The Dark Below at Fantasia in Montreal, Canada this summer.
Vince Longo Brings First Feature Film By Orson Welles to Cinetopia Film Festival
Orson Welles feature film to be show for the first time ever at Cinetopia Film Festival.
Vote For Motion Picture Institute by June 19
Vote for Motion Picture Institute by June 19 for Chase Main Street Grants.
MPI Produced TV Show "The Monster Show" Pilot Kicks Off at Motor City Comic Con
New MPI Produced TV Show "The Monster Show" kicks off at Motor City Comic Con 2015.
Career Tech Field Trip on May 29 at Motion Picture Institute
Join us on May 29 for the Career Tech Field Trip at Motion Picture Institute.
Alumnus Paige Erlich Wins Gold Hermes Creative Awards
2012 alumnus Paige Erlich wins Gold Hermes Creative Awards. Learn more inside!
Steve MacLaren's "Nothing To Lose" Accepted Into 2 Film Festivals
Steve MacLaren's "Nothing To Lose" was recently accepted into 2 film festivals. Learn more inside!
Thesis Film "Reflux" from Phil Rossi Wins Best Picture
Congratulations to Phil Rossi on his Best Picture award! Learn more inside!
Open Casting Call May 9 at Motion Picture Institute
Open Casting Call for all ages set for May 9 at Motion Picture Institute. Details inside!
Come To Movie Night on Friday, April 17
Motion Picture Institute is hosting Movie Night on Friday, April 17. Learn more inside.
The Film "Within" by Alumnus Robert Butler Selected for 3 Film Festivals
The film "Within" by Motion Picture Institute alumnus Robert Butler receives the nod for 3 film festivals. Learn more inside.
2015 Oscar Predictions From Robert J. Butler
Last year Robert Butler correctly predicted 24 of the 25 Oscar winners. How will he fare this year? See inside!
The Top 10 Best Films of 2014
Award winning filmmaker Robert Butler reviews and rates the top 10 films of 2014. See inside.
Review Of Oscar Nominated Film "Mr. Turner" By Robert Butler
Award winning filmmaker Robert Butler reviews the film "Mr. Turner". See the complete review inside!
Michael Goi asc Visits Motion Picture Institute
Michael Goi asc visited Motion Picture Institute to discuss his work on American Horror Story, Glee, Salem and the art of cinematography.
Review Of Oscar Nominated Film "Two Days, One Night" By Robert Butler
Award winning filmmaker Robert Butler reviews the Oscar-nominated film "Two Days, One Night".
American Horror Story Student Essay Contest
Essay contest for High School Seniors and Juniors inside.
Aeron Sanchez Named MACCS Scholarship Winner
Meet Aeron Sanchez. Motion Picture Institute student and MACCS Scholarship Winner.
Update on Michigan Film and Digital Media Incentives
An update on the new guidelines for film and digital media incentives in Michigan.
Movie Night Moved to February 27
An update on Movie Night on the campus of Motion Picture Institute. Learn more inside!
Animal Rescue League Donations
Learn how you can help the Animal Rescue League during your next visit to Motion Picture Institute.
Motion Picture Institute Holiday Hours
Hours of operation for Thanksgiving week 2014,
Film Screenings for Motion Picture Institute Alumni in Royal Oak
Details on film screenings for alumni Robert Joseph Butler, Jonathan D'Ambrosio, and Jeremy Schecter tonight!
Motion Picture Institute Graduating Class of 2014!
Meet the graduating class of 2014. Well done!
Film Review from Award Winning Film Maker and MPI Alumnus Robert Butler: "Gone Girl"
Film Review from Award Winning Film Maker and MPI Alumnus Robert Butler: "Gone Girl". See the review inside!
Q&A Interview with Our Founder and Filmmaker Doug Schulze sits down with the Founder of Motion Picture Institute Doug Schulze.
Student Film Update: Lucie Gillespie
Film debut for Lucie Gillespie at Emagine Theater in Novi October 19.
September Directors Cut
Events, updates, and happenings at Motion Picture Institute in September.
Film Review from Award Winning Film Maker and MPI Alumnus Robert Butler: "Calvary"
Motion Picture Institute Alumnus and Award-Winning film maker Robert Butler reviews the film "Calvary".
Film Review from Award Winning Film Maker and MPI Alumnus Robert Butler: "Boyhood"
Award-winning filmmaker and MPI Alumnus Robert Butler offers insight and perspective in his review of the film "Boyhood".
Alumni Film Update: On The Set of Batman vs Superman
See the long list of Motion Picture Institute Alumni on the crew of Batman vs. Superman.
"The Fourth Wall" Wins First Place at Holly Shorts Film Festival in L.A.
"The Fourth Wall" won First Place at the Holly Shorts Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Film School Tuition Financing Options
Learn about the creative ways with which to finance film school tuition.
"The Dark Below" Filming in Michigan
“The Dark Below” is a feature film and psychological- thriller that is filming in Michigan.
Zak Bagans Praises The Elite Film Program at Motion Picture Institute
Alumnus Zak Bagans (Ghost Adventures) credits Motion Picture Institute for setting the stage to his successful career.
Michael Moore Gives Rave Review to Divide In Concord
Director Michael Moore gives rave review to "Divide in Concord" at Traverse City Film Festival.
Film Production and Acting Program Enrollment Deadlines
See the enrollment deadlines for the Motion Picture Actors Program and Motion Picture Production Program.
"Broken" Wins Telly Award
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National Guard Members Eligible for Film School Tuition Assistance
National Guard Members in Michigan now eligible for Film School tuition assistance. Learn more inside!
Nominate Motion Picture Institute as a Top 10 Film School
Nominate Motion Picture Institute as a Top 10 International Film School. See how inside.
Alumni Update: Greg Mitchell
Alumnus and Director Greg Mitchell launches Twiztid & Blaze: Sickman video.
Ask The Director on Friday June 20
Ask The Director on Friday, June 20 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Casting Call Backs and Open Auditions for May 31
Open Casting Call and Call Backs are set for Saturday May 31 at Motion Picture Institute.
2014 MACCS Award Winners
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Student Film Auditions Set For Saturday May 31
Auditions for roles in student films will be held on Saturday, May 31 at Motion Picture Institute. More details are inside.
Recap of Batman vs. Superman Casting Call In Troy Michigan
Thousands turn out for the recent casting call for "Batman vs. Superman" in Troy, Michigan.
Alumni Film Update: "Broken"
"Broken" by Alumnus Jonathan D'Ambrosio takes home award from Houston International Film Festival. Learn more inside.
Alumni Film Update: Amber Fritz
Can you guess what movie start is pictured with our Alumnus Amber Fritz?
Your Career Awaits at Michigan's Top Film School
See why students choose Motion Picture Institute for their careers in film production.
The April Directors Cut
See inside who made The Directors Cut this month!
Batman vs. Superman Casting Call
Learn more details about the April 27 casting call for Batman vs. Superman.
Dial A Prayer
Motion Picture Institute Students Work on Feature Film "Dial A Prayer".
Alumni Film Update: Aaron Russman
"Fear the Crooked Corpse" by Motion Picture Institute Alumnus Aaron Russman.
"Divide in Concord" by Kris Kaczor
"Divide in Concord" by Motion Picture Institute Alumnus Kris Kaczor makes U.S. premier at Nantucket Film Festival.
Alumni Film Update: Srini Gujjula
Learn about the new film called "The Stand Off" by Motion Picture Institute Alumnus Srini Gujjula.
The Dark Below - A Feature Film By Students and Alumni
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Alumni Film Update: Antonio Harris
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Student Teddy Dorsette Needs Your Help
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Alumni Film Update: Colin Duerr
See the trailer for a musical short film by Motion Picture Institute Alumnus Colin Duerr.
Detroit Unleaded Released on DVD and VOD
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The 86th Academy Awards Recapped
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In Memoriam: Harold Ramis
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Alumni Film Update: Marco Aluia
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The Dogs' Fighter
The Dogs' Fighter is now available via Amazon Video On Demand!
Alumni Film Update: Jeff Tuttle
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Ben Goldman Wins Scholarship to Motion Picture Institute
Learn more inside about the recent winner of a scholarship to Motion Picture Institute.
In Memoriam: Shirley Temple
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The Directors Cut
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Meet The Film and Acting Experts on February 19
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In Memoriam - Philip Seymour Hoffman
Motion Picture Institute remembers the successful career of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
High School Film Workshop
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MIMESIS: Night of The Living Dead Being Released in France
On March 3, MIMESIS: Night of the Living Dead will be released to blu-ray and dvd in France.
Winter Editing Workshop Saturday January 25
Join us for our Winter Editing Workshop on Saturday January 25
Camp Metamora Used For Batman vs. Superman Scene
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Casting Call Saturday January 18 at Motion Picture Institute
Casting call starts at 12:00 noon Saturday, January 18 at Motion Picture Institute.
"Love By Chance" by Motion Picture Institute Alumni SREEKANTH R VEMPATI.
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Motion Picture Institute promotes Kathryn McDermott to Director of Education
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Alumni Film Update: Heidi Philipsen
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Marcus Austin Wins MACCS Scholarship
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Donation Drive for HAVEN Shelter in Pontiac, Michigan
Motion Picture Institute is holding a donation drive for HAVEN now through December 20. Learn more inside.
This Year's Best Performers in 11 Short Films
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Motion Picture Actors Program Gives Students Incredible Film Opportunities in Michigan
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"Star Wars" open casting call brings in more than 1,000 hopefuls to Troy
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Kurt Mayry of Motion Picture Institute Elected to MACCS Board
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MPI grad Jonathan D'Ambrosio wins Platinum Award at the Blue Water Film Festival
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U.S Theatrical Release for The Citizen
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Calling All Actors In Michigan
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Transformers 4 Hires Motion Picture Institute Students and Graduates
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Dreadlock Mike: This Is Ours
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Dog Fighter Movie Benefit
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Special Effects Movie Makup Seminar July 14
Learn special effects hair and makeup techniques for movies from expert Dan Phillips.
Zombie Con 2013 at MPI
Zombie Con 2013 set for August 17 and 18 at MPI.
Doggy Con at The Motion Picture Institute
Join MPI for Doggy Con 2013 on Saturday July 27 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Director of Pixar's Monsters University Visits MPI
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Monterey Media Secures U.S. Passage for 'The Citizen'
Register for Summer Film Camps at MPI
Register today for Middle School and High School Summer Film Camps at MPI.
Mimesis Quickly Gaining Reputation of a Cult Classic
Yahoo! Finance recently released an article about how Mimesis: Night of The Living Dead is quickly gaining in popularity like so many other classic cult films.
Insane Clown Posse Video Tours Detroit
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MPI Film Students Depict The Holocaust
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Scholarship Offered at Michigan Student Film and Video Festival
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Mimesis Featured on Channel 7 Action News
Mimesis was recently featured on Channel 7 Action News Detroit.
Mimesis Available on DVD February 12
Anchor Bay Films is releasing Mimesis: Night of The Living Dead on DVD on February 12.
MPI Graduate and Director Bryan Hopkins on Dirty Energy
2008 Motion Picture Institute Graduate Bryan Hopkins shares pictures and a background on his film 'Dirty Energy'.
Annual Open Casting Call
Join us for the Annual Open Casting Call at the Motion Picture Institute on 1/12 at 12:00 p.m.
Mimesis Wins Best Feature at The First Living Dead Film Festival in Chicago
“Mimesis”, a film directed and produced by MPI recently earned several awards of distinction in the first ever Living Dead Film Festival in Chicago.
Detroit Maintenance: An MPI Graduate Film Diary
MPI Graduate Felix Rodriguez shares his experiences as the Director of "Detroit Maintenance".
Acting and Drama School in Michigan Offers Movie Roles for Graduates
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MPI Film School Graduate Wins at Toronto Film Festival
MPI Feature Lab Film Hits Festival Circuit to Positive Reviews
MPI 2008 Grad Bryan Hopkins documentary "Dirty Energy" makes splash at Santa Barbara Film Festival and in Cleveland
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High School Workshops

MPI to hold Winter Casting Call on January 18th, 2014!






Motion Picture Institutewould like to announce our JANUARY OPEN CASTING CALL & AUDITIONS! Our current students will be casting many diffrerent roles for their thesis films.

Auditions will be held from

Noon-4 pm on Saturday, January 18th

with a VIP call beginning at 11am. 

*All ages and experience levels are welcome and needed!*

Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one!

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience and meet and network with talented filmmakers. Don’t miss out!

Call ahead to be placed on the VIP list!


The auditions will be held at MPI 

2040 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48084