Ian Bensman Keeping Busy on Commercial Work, Kathryn Bigelow Film

Flying under the radar is what it's like working in the Detroit area film arena. But there is work and opportunity. Ian Bensman graduated from Motion Picture Institute in 2011 and has been working gainfully in the film industry locally and across the regional Midwest ever since. You'll find him wearing different hats on corporate commercials working with production coordinators and unit production managers. Some of the commercial and corporate clients who've hired him are One Reverse Mortgage, HoMedics, Ellia & Ponto, and Lifeline Sciences Training. He has also worked on several University of Michigan spots as well as music videos for artists Mike Posner and Travis Scott.

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In addition to his corporate work, he crewed last October on Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow's "untitled Detroit Film Project" about the 1967 Detroit riots. He worked for two months in the production office where he assisted the production coordinator, location department, and various production heads. 

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Ian also has two personal feature projects in development with fellow Motion Picture Institute grads Andy Bisaha (2013) and Jacob Chapman (2013). If that's not enough, he recently recorded a music album with a friend that he plans to turn into one of the features, with each song appearing throughout the project not unlike the Who's Quadrophenia. The three have been filming on weekends little by little over the past year and will continue to do so until they have enough footage for a full length completed film.

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Ian says he is living his film dream by working on the numerous local productions and making his personal projects on the side. "It's all I've ever wanted to do."


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