High School Programs


Looking for an amazing experience this summer?


Our high school film and acting camps are jam-packed with excitement. Students in both camps are working hands-on in our studios with our equipment while they collaborate on a short film to be featured on the big screen at a real movie theater. 

 


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Summer Film Camp 2017

Dates: July 17th to July 21st, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Mon-Fri)
Cost: $495.00

  • For High School Students.
  • Act in an actual film.
  • Premiere finished film in an actual movie theater.
  • Week long intensive film acting instruction.
  • Practical Hands on experience in front of a camera.
  • Teaches acting technique and film ettiquette.
  • Get a copy of the finished film for your demo reel.
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Summer Acting Camp 2017

Dates: July 10th to July 14th, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Mon-Fri)
Cost: $475.00
Max Seating: 15 Students

  • One week intensive acting instruction
  • Introduces the most essential acting methodologies.
  • Focuses you on the technique that is right for you.
  • Invaluable feedback and coaching.
  • Helps you learn which paths to take.
  • Practical exercises in a comfortable environment.
  • Conducted in a movie studio atmosphere.
  • Small personal class sizes.
  • Walk away with a film demo of your performance.
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For Counselors

General Enrollment Information
Whether you’re a high school guidance counselor or a community college counselor you are essential to helping students reach their goals. We’ve put together some useful information to help lead your students to success at Motion Picture Institute. Join us for our next counselor event November 11, 2016 @ 7:30am. RSVP at admissions@mpifilm.com

Admission requirements:
• 2.0 GPA (Students with lower gpa will be considered with letter from counselor)
• Letter of recommendation (non family member)
• 250-word essay (focuses on career goals and how MPI can help achieve them).
• Official transcripts (will accept unofficial until official are submitted)
• Copy of high school diploma or GED equivalent prior to the start of classes

Admissions Information: CLICK HERE
Financing Options: CLICK HERE
Request Catalog: CLICK HERE

Campus Tours
Drop-in Fridays: 11:00 am
Schedule an Individual Tour: call Julie Evans (248) 528-1760

Bring an MPI representative to Your School
Motion Picture Institute enrollment department are available to visit your school. Contact our admissions office for availability at admissions@mpifilm.com

Interactive Field Trips
OBJECTIVE: To introduce media arts students to the world of filmmaking through a demonstrative and interactive film shoot on a motion picture soundstage with film professionals overseeing a variety of key departments.

LESSON PLAN: The students are introduced to the world of filmmaking through a brief discussion of the filmmaking process with a panel of film professionals. Using a prepped script and a pre-lit set the students are instructed on how a scene for a motion picture is shot. Several students are selected as actors while others step into other departmental roles to experience how a film comes together and the intricacies of each crew member’s responsibilities.

DATES AVAILABLE:  TBD
TIME: The interactive production takes about two to three hours depending on the number of students and the schedule of the school.

REQUIREMENTS:
1) Students: The field trip can accommodate up to 30 media arts students.
2) Transportation: Each school is responsible for their own transportation to and from Motion Picture Institute. Funding and grants for bussing may be available through Michigan Youth Arts at www.michiganyoutharts.com/grants.
3) Fees: $15.00 per student with a minimum 12 students.

PROVISIONS:
1) Refreshments: Motion Picture Institute provides water and snacks. (usually water, pop and donuts). We also have snack-filled vending machines available.
2) Qualified Staff: Facilitator, camera operator, gaffer, and audio mixer.
3) All necessary equipment We provide every tool needed to successfully complete the short film scene during the duration of the field trip – a professional sound stage for production, lights, a camera and accessories (i.e. lens, slate, dolly/slider, etc), props, and a partially to fully designed set.

DAILY SCHEDULE
½ Hour – Greeting, donuts/beverages, introduction to film staff. Discussion on the filmmaking process and each person’s role on a film set. Introduction to the scene being shot, shot list, and storyboards
½ Hour – Introduction to camera, lighting and audio departments
1 Hour – Demonstration on how a shot is executed. Assign students to departments. Rehearsal for selected actors. Begin filming. Discussion and demonstration as each shot is accomplished. Continue until scene is complete.
Wrap Out – Brief Q & A on the production
Depart– Thank you for coming!

To register and book a date/time contact Julie Evans at 248-528-1760 or email her at Julie.evans@mpifilm.com.


Workshops
Motion Picture Institute offers a one day introductory FILM PRODUCTION WORKSHOP for individual HIGH SCHOOL students.  Students experience the filmmaking process on an actual soundstage here at Motion Picture Institute under the guidance of our experienced professional staff and film grads. 
Students work together to craft a short script, storyboards, floor plans before going on stage to learn camera, lighting and audio techniques. Then they shoot.
Once the production wraps the students work with an editor to produce a rough cut of their production.  Each student then receives a digital copy of the raw footage (student must bring their own hard drive or USB flash drive) to take and edit their own version at home or school.

OBJECTIVE:  Students will be given a specific genre, a line of dialogue, a box of props, and a partially designed set with which they will create a two minute short film.  The film will be edited onsite by one of our editors and uploaded to our website and our Vimeo channel for all to view.
DATES AVAILABLE:  TBD
TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
LIMITED SEATING: Each workshop is limited to 12 students.  Upon registering each student will receive a confirmation email.  A workshop date is subject to cancellation due to lack of sufficient enrollment. In this instance the student will be given the option to move their registration to another open workshop date or receive a full refund.
 
PROVISIONS:
1) Lunch: Provided. Students with specific dietary need to inform us upon registration or bring a bag lunch.
2) Equipment:  All necessary equipment & staff is provided - NOTE: it is recommended that student should bring a portable USB 3.0 flash drive of 16 gigabytes or larger or a portable USB hard drive formatted for PC (Windows.) to take home a copy of the footage shot during the workshop.
 
REQUIREMENTS: 
1) Transportation:  Students, parents and/or  teachers are required to obtain their own transportation to the workshop. 
2) Registration: Students may attend by having an instructor or counselor contact Motion Picture Institute to book a date. Some dates are open registration that parents can call to register students individually.  Home schooled students or parents please call for more information.
3) Fees: $75.00 per student

To Register call us at 248-528-1760 or email info@mpifilm.com include your name, grade level, date of workshop, and phone number. 


Film Camp
The Summer Film Camp brings interested students together on a film set located on the Motion Picture Institute soundstage to learn and experience the art and craft of filmmaking with an emphasis on collaboration and networking. Students crew under the guidance and instruction of professional staff and successful film grads. They work from a specific genre, a line of dialogue, a box of props, and a partially designed set to craft a five to ten minute short film. The film is edited onsite by a school editor and will premiere at a local movie theater in October.

SEATS: The camp is limited to twenty-one students.
DATES AVAILABLE: July 17th - July 21st (Mon-Fri)
TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
TRANSPORTATION: Students must be dropped off no sooner than 8:45 am each day of the workshop. Students younger than sixteen years of age must be signed in by a parent or guardian. Parent or guardian is responsible for transporting the students to and from our facility. Camp students under 16 will only be released to authorized individual for pick-up.

PROVISIONS:
1) Lunch & Refreshments: Students are expected to bring their own lunch and drink each day EXCEPT for FRIDAY where we will provide lunch and snacks. Should a student have a specific dietary need, please inform us upon registration or have the student bring a suitable bag lunch for the last day. We also have a beverage machine available.
2) Equipment:  MPI provides all of the necessary amenities and equipment including cameras, lights, sound, editing gear plus classroom and sound stages.

REQUIREMENTS: 
1) Age:  Students are expected to be high school age either going into the 9th grade or just graduating as a senior.
2) Registration: Student/parent can register on-line by filling out the request info form. Include your name, address, grade level and phone number. You will be sent a link to the on-line application which must be completed and submitted.
3) Fees: $495.00 per student (includes camp t-shirt). Payments can be made via check/money order made out to "Motion Picture Institute". Camp fee is required to secure a students seat in the camp and is non-refundable after April 28th.

For more information or if you have questions please call us at 248-528-1760 or email info@mpifilm.com. 


Acting Camp
The Summer Acting Camp brings interested students together to grow and develop a foundation in the art and craft of film acting. The workshop spotlights the essential guidelines of developing a fundamental film acting method. This includes voice & speech training, film set etiquette, movement for the camera and how to work in front of the lens. Students work with different partners within the class for exercises on technique. The students finish by performing a scene from a popular film on camera with a partner that has them memorizing and rehearsing throughout the week before performing on camera. The scenes will be shot on the Motion Picture Institute soundstage. The final film will premiere at a local movie theater in October. Student family and friends are invited to attend. The film is then made available to the students via youtube and facebook.

SEATS: The camp is limited to fourteen students.
DATES AVAILABLE: July 10th - July 14th (Mon-Fri)
TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
TRANSPORTATION: Students must be dropped off no sooner than 8:45 am each day of the workshop. Students younger than sixteen years of age must be signed in by a parent or guardian. Parent or guardian is responsible for transporting the students to and from our facility. Camp students under 16 will only be released to authorized individual for pick-up.

PROVISIONS:
1) Lunch & Refreshments: Students are expected to bring their own lunch and drink each day EXCEPT for FRIDAY where we will provide lunch and snacks. Should a student have a specific dietary need, please inform us upon registration or have the student bring a suitable bag lunch for the last day. We also have a beverage machine available.
2) Equipment:  MPI provides all of the necessary amenities and equipment including cameras, lights, sound, editing gear plus classroom and sound stages.

REQUIREMENTS: 
1) Age:  Students are expected to be high school age either going into the 9th grade or just graduating as a senior.
2) Registration: Student/parent can register on-line by filling out the request info form. Include your name, address, grade level and phone number. You will be sent a link to the on-line application which must be completed and submitted.
3) Fees: $475.00 per student (includes camp t-shirt). Payments can be made via check/money order made out to "Motion Picture Institute". Camp fee is required to secure a students seat in the camp and is non-refundable after April 28th.

For more information or if you have questions please call us at 248-528-1760 or email info@mpifilm.com.