Award Winning Director Feature--Robert Butler: Learn From the Best at our Feb 29th Open House

There are a lot of people out there who have great movie ideas. You’ve probably only heard of a few though. To be successful, you need both the vision and the drive to see things through to completion. That’s where having the proper training and picking the right school comes in.

You’re invited to step inside the journey of award winning Director and MPI alum Robert Butler. Listen to him talk about his voyage to MPI. He will share why he decided on MPI over schools in LA and New York, all of which he was accepted to.

During his time in film school, he was creatively liberated and fulfilled. He learned the power of collaboration and how to work well with others. When asked about his greatest memory in school, he talks about driving up to the UP to shoot one of his thesis films.

Award Winning Director Feature--Robert Butler: Learn From the Best at our Feb 29th Open House - Blog - Motion Picture Institute - Butler1

Get the full story on how he made the most of film school and went on to shake the festival circuit.  Attend our February 29, Open House (10 AM-11:30 AM) to learn more. Registration is complimentary and light refreshments will be served. Visitors will participate in a filmmaking and acting demonstration on a live set with equipment. They will also see our Camera/Lighting & Editing Facilities in action.

About Director Robert Butler

Robert Joseph Butler has made his impact immediately felt on the Michigan film landscape. In two short years he has gone from the best directing award at the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan to making professional short films that have been exhibited at festivals around the country. With his tremendous vision and passion, Robert has successfully directed films, gained critical acclaim, achieved distribution and drawn an audience and following to his films. 

Robert Butler’s previous short films such as THE GIRL ON THE MAT, THE SPIRIT OF ISABEL, OLIVIA’S CROSS, and WITHIN have collectively won over 40 AWARDS on the Festival Circuit. They were sold to Shorts TV, a global home of short movies with the world’s largest catalogue of high quality short movies available on TV, online & in theaters. THE GIRL ON THE MAT was placed as "Movie of the Week" by Shorts TV on the week of January 23. 

Robert Joseph Butler’s debut feature film “Love Immortal” was screened for competition at the 2019 Anthem Film Festival in Las Vegas, and the film was also awarded Best Horror Feature at the 25th Annual Indie Gathering Film Festival. LOVE IMMORTAL (trailer below) was recently picked up and distributed by film distributor ITN, a reputable film distributor which will be releasing the film later this year on the streaming platforms. Robert is currently in-development on his second feature film titled THE SEASONS OF ANNA

Award Winning Director Feature--Robert Butler: Learn From the Best at our Feb 29th Open House - Blog - Motion Picture Institute - Butler2

 

What Type Of Film Student Are You?

MPI Asks... What Type Of Film Student Are You? For 22 years the Motion Picture Institute has been offering a cost and time-effective career path into the movie industry. For many, MPI offers a sensible alternative to costly four-year...

Love & Vodka: An MPI Alumni Feature Film

MPI Alumni, Heidi Philipsen (Class of 2007), launches the kick-off of her feature film, "LOVE & VODKA."   A team of native Michiganders and University of Michigan alumni have partnered with the Ann Arbor Distilling...

Interview with MPI student, Pascal Rehm

Interview with MPI Student, Pascal Rehm MPI's Director of Enrollment, Kevin Walsh, sat down with soon-to-be graduate, Pascal Rehm, to get a glimpse into the Film Production Program.     Q:  Thanks for joining us,...

Generation Z Is Choosing Trade School Over College

  For decades, technical and vocational schools have been falling out of favor, as more and more people opt for getting advanced degrees at four-year colleges. But recently, with the job market over-promising and underpaying, the trend has...

The Movie Business is the Entrepreneur Business

The Movie Business Is the Entrepreneur Business    The Movie Business is the Entrepreneur Business, and if you are a Filmmaker or Actor make no mistake: You are an Entrepreneur. What is an Entrepreneur? The definition of an...

The De-Evolution of the Academy Awards

Citizen Kane and Raging Bull are often regarded among the greatest motion pictures of all time. They were also completely snubbed by the Academy Awards for Best Picture.  For me, the Oscars took a major nose dive when they increased the...

PRO FILM SCHOOL: On-Line isn't On Set

As the trend for online schooling continues, and the "No Film School"ers hope to hit it big by avoiding formal schooling and educating themselves thru the Internet, the simple truth is that if you're on-line, you’re not on...
(!) COVID-19 Update from Motion Picture Institute
See statement >