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.

At the midway point of the school year, students choose two concentrations from Film Directing, Sceenwriting, Film Production and Film Editing. These challenge students creativity, enhance their skills, and offer hands-on experience. Students must select as at least one of the two as a major. International students are required to take all four concentrations with at least one as a major.

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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Core Classes / Film Career Preparation

First Semester:

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

Second Semester:

212 - Screenwriting 2: Writing the Thesis Short
214 -  Film Directing 2: Directing Talent
216 - Cinematography 2:Cinematic Elements and Visual Organization
218 -  Production Lab 2: Lighting for Film
220 - Edit Lab 2:Advanced Digital Editing
222 - Production Management 2: Film Budgeting 

Third Semester: Students Also Begin Classes in Their Concentration

300 - Technical Film Analysis: Developing the Critical Eye 
310 - Advanced Production Lab: Short Film Production 
314 - Film Directing 3: In the Style of 
316 - Cinematography 3: Advanced Cinematic Techniques and the Camera

Fourth Semester:

400 - Crew Call: The Production Office Team 

Fifth Semester:

500 - Feature Producing: Film Finance 
510 - Feature Producing: Film Distribution and Marketing 
515 - Film Career Preparation: The Business of Freelance 
514 -  Film Directing 5: Creative Analysis

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Film Production Concentration

All of the core classes, plus:
318 - Production Lab 3: The Camera Assistant
416 -  Production Lab 4: Thesis Production
418 - Production Lab 4a: Grip and Electric
516 - Production Lab 5: Commercial Production Techniques 
600- Feature Lab: Elective and Production Concentration 

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Film Editing Concentration

All of the core classes, plus:
320 - Edit Lab 3: The Film Editor
322 -  Edit Lab 3a: Intro to Adobe After Effects
420 - Edit Lab 4: Advanced Adobe After Effects
424 - Audio Post: Intro to Audio Editing and Mixing for Film 
520 - Edit Lab 5: Advanced Post Production  

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Screenwriting Concentration

All of the core classes, plus:
312 - Screenwriting 3: Story Development
412 -  Screenwriting 4: First Draft
512 - Screenwriting 5: The Business of Screenwriting

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Film Directing Concentration

All of the core classes, plus:
414- Film Directing 4: Directing the Thesis

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