Checking in with 2017 Grad Michael Turner


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Q: How have things been going since you graduated MPI?

A: Things have been going great for me since graduating MPI.  A few weeks after graduation I moved to Los Angeles, staying with a friend for a few months, until I was able to get my own apartment.

Q: What were you working on in Los Angeles?

A: I decided to follow the production accounting track, my decision was to work my way up through the various positions offered in production accounting.

Using the networking that was available through the faculty at MPI, I met a very influential person in helping me start my career.  The first film I was able to work on was The Happytime Murders with Melissa McCarthy.  I was an Accounting Clerk for the last three weeks after the film wrapped shooting.  The Accountant on The Happytime Murders referred me to a friend, and I was hired on Captain Marvel with Bree Larsen, and Samuel L. Jackson, as an Accounting Clerk.  I worked on the entire project that came to an end August 10.

Q: Where was that gig?

A: The Happytime Murders accounting office was in Burbank, CA with STX Films.  Captain Marvel’s office was at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA.

Q: How did the project in Hawaii come about?

A: As my gig on Captain Marvel was coming to an end I was contacted by the person who was my 1st Assistant Accountant on The Happytime Murders.  He just started a 2nd Unit shoot in Honolulu, HI.  He offered me a job as his 2nd Assistant Accountant.Checking in with 2017 Grad Michael Turner - MPI News -  Motion Picture Institute in Troy MI - IMG_5628

I was ecstatic to accept the job as this was a move up from an Accounting Clerk.

I am currently working as a 2nd Assistant Accountant on a war film titled Midway starring Woody Harrelson, and Mandy Moore.

Q: Did you enjoy your experience at MPI?

A: I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at MPI.  The extensive knowledge and experience from everyone of the faculty members was something I looked forward to everyday.  The chance to bond with my fellow classmates and create such great films with them gave me joy. The knowledge that I left MPI with helps me on a daily basis, even in the accounting office.

Q: What are some of your favorite MPI memories?

A: I loved working as a Producer for 5 of the great thesis films for the evening class.  Working on each of the sets gave me many memories that I will always cherish. I had the pleasure of working with, and being taught by, some of the smartest passion driven filmmakers I have met to date.

Q: Did you ever imagine you'd be flown to Hawaii to work on a major Hollywood movie?

A: I didn’t even think of the possibility of being flown to Hawaii to work on a film, especially at this early stage of my career.

Q: Are you living your dream?

A: Yes, I am.  I have exceeded the goals that I set for myself.  Last year I was living in Michigan working and going school.  This year I am living in Los Angeles with a career in the film industry.

Q: Any recommendations for someone thinking about going to school at MPI?

A: Choosing to go to MPI was the best decision I ever made.  If are serious about a career making movies, and can work hard, ………..MPI will get you there.Checking in with 2017 Grad Michael Turner - MPI News -  Motion Picture Institute in Troy MI - M_Turner_%231

 

 

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