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1 Year Hands-On Filmmaking Program in Michigan

The Motion Picture Production Program

This 1-year filmmaking 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.  Our diverse and all-inclusive filmmaking courses taught by film industry professionals 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, Toledo, NY, LA, Memphis, and Atlanta choose to complete their film training at Motion Picture Institute because of the professional foundation and real filmmaking experiences they can receive at MPI beginning the very first day. 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 Term:

BCS 100 - Basic Camera and Sound
SCN 112 - Scripting the Narrative Short
DIR 114 - Visual Storytelling
CIN 116 - Image Capture and the Camera
PRL 118 - Film Set Production
EDL 120 - Digital Editing and Film Styles
PRM 122 - Preproduction

Second Term:

SCN 212 - Feature and Television Writing
DIR 214 - Directing and Staging Talent
CIN 216 - Cinematic Elements and Visual Organization
PRL 218 - Lighting for Film
PRL 219 - Motion Picture Sound
EDL 220 - Advanced Editing Techniques

Third Term:

PRL 316 - Camera Operation and Assisting
PRL 318 - Film Art and Design
PRL 320 - Commercial Production Techniques
PRL 330 - Thesis Project

Fourth Term:

PRL 412 - The Business of Screenwriting
DIR 414 - Test Screening
EDL 420 - Visual Effects
FPF 450 - Film Career Preparation

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