1 Year Hands-On Film Program

The Motion Picture Production Program

This program gives students the skills to become a complete filmmaker. Our hands-on curriculum has students writing, producing, directing, and editing numerous film projects throughout the year. These experiences enable students to make informative decisions on where to specialize their filmmaking careers.

Students from around the U.S. including those who hail from Chicago, Memphis, and Georgia have chosen to train at Motion Picture Institute because of the professional foundation in film certification received from our expert instructors. Click on the semester tabs and learn how you can train here, and go anywhere


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The Motion Picture Production Program Course Sequence

First Semester:

SCN 112 - Screenwriting 1: Writing the Short
DIR 114 - Film Directing 1: Visual Storytelling
CIN 116 - Cinematography 1: Image Capture and the Camera
PRL 118 -  Production Lab 1: Production Principles
EDL 120 - Edit Lab 1: Introduction to Digital Editing
PRM 122 - Production Management: Breaking down a Film

Second Semester:

SCN 212 - Screenwriting 2: Writing the Thesis Short
DIR 214 - Film Directing 2: Directing Talent
CIN 216 - Cinematography 2: Cinematic Elements and Visual Organization
APL 218 - Advanced Production Lab: Short Film Production
EDL 220 - Edit Lab 2: Advanced Digital Editing
PRM 222 - Production Management 2: Film Budgeting 

Third Semester:

CCO 300 - Crew Call: The Production Office Team 
SCN 312 - Screenwriting 3: Story Development
DIR 314 - Film Directing 3: Preproduction 
CIN 316 - Cinematography 3: Advanced Cinematic Techniques and the Camera
PRL 318 - Production Lab 3: The Camera Assistant
PRL 319 - Production Lab 3a: Lighting for Film
EDL 320 - Edit Lab 3: The Film Editor

Fourth Semester:

TFA 400 - Technical Film Analysis: Developing the Critical Eye
SCN 412 - Screenwriting 4: First Draft
DIR 414 - Film Directing 4: Thesis Production
PRL 416 - Production Lab 4: Thesis Production
PRL 418 - Grip and Electric
PRL 419 - Field Audio Recording
ELD 420 - Edit Lab 4: Into to Adobe After Effects

Fifth Semester:

FPF 500 - Feature Producing: Film Finance, Marketing and Distribution 
SCN 512 - Screenwriting 5: The Business of Screenwriting
DIR 514 - Film Directing 5: Creative Analysis
FCP 515 - Film Career Preparation: The Business of Freelance
PRL 516 - Production Lab 5: Commercial Production Techniques
EDL 520 - Edit Lab 5: Advanced Post Production

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