Local Screenwriting School Around Ann Arbor MI
Join The Leading Screenwriting School in the Ann Arbor MI Area!
Since 1995 MPI has been open to provide aspiring filmmakers a place to develop their craft. Our instructors help by giving our students access to professional tools of the trade, and help them to determine a logical career path - all of this in a safe and supportive environment, at a cost effective rate.
Motion Picture Institute attracts students worldwide, students come from as close as Ann Arbor MI and as far away as Asia and Europe. We continue to be the launching point for hundreds of film professionals who now work all over the world from Los Angeles to Paris. Our students "train here" but "go everywhere" with the skills, knowledge, and experience they've earned.
I really loved my experience at MPI. The focused hands on training and amazing instructors gave me the confidence to start my own production studio.Marco Aluia
Pursue A Career In Acting and Filmmaking
Our one of a kind program was designed to give students all of the necessary skills to become a filmmaker. Our hands-on curriculum has students writing, producing, directing, and editing numerous film projects throughout the year. This experiences enables students to make informative decisions on where to specialize their filmmaking careers.
Screenwriting School Daily Life
Students are guided through these productions using professional tools of the trade and employing established industry methods under the supervision of accomplished film veterans.
Each course builds on their ideas. Each assignment crafts their visions into real films. Coming to class is like going to work. But work that the student is passionate about. Learning the entire process encourages each student to explore their film interests so they may find their creative voice and develop talent in their chosen area of expertise.
Every semester each student works on each other's films in a variety of crew positions.
This practical experience gives them the opportunity to improve their skills in camera, lighting, audio and other production trades. At the end, they will have compiled enough content to produce a valuable reel of their work.
Drama & Acting Programs near Ann Arbor MI
- Program Length: 32 weeks
- Starts per Year: 1 (in August)
- Students: 18
- Session Times: 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
- Days: Tues, Thurs
- Required Courses: 8
- Semesters: 4
- Semester Length: 8 weeks
Students attend classes twice a week for thirty-two weeks.
Graduates earn a Certificate of Achievement, audition for a local talent agency, have a completed film portfolio and receive continual guidance and casting notices from our career services.
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Frequently Asked Questions about our Screenwriting School Services
Q: What funding options do you have?
A: For the Motion Picture Production Program we offer in-house payment plans up to 30 months for domestic students, up to 4 months for international students. Students must fill out a payment plan application to apply for approval. We also accept every major credit card. We DO NOT take Pell grants, Stafford loans, FSFA or Title IV funding. Other sources of funding include crowd funding sites where students can set up a funding raising campaign and look for donors to fund their tuition. See the financing page for a list of sites.
Q: Other programs require that I buy my own equipment, do I have to buy equipment for this program?
A: No. MPI has all the equipment students need to shoot their film projects. Students shoot their thesis films using Red Digital Cinema Cameras that include Ravens, Scarlets and the original Red One. This includes film and digital cameras, lens packages, follow focuses, matte boxes & filters, AC kits, camera support like sliders, jibs and tripods, light kits, grip and electric gear, and sound. The school also has a dedicated computer lab running Adobe Premiere, AVID, Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, Davinci, Lightworks and Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software.
Students are free to use school equipment or if they prefer to use their own personal equipment for certain assignments they may do so.