Discover creative ways to bring your imagination to the big screen during our six-week digital filmmaking program. From learning how to communicate your vision into a screenplay, to shooting and editing, you'll experience the entire artistic and collaborative process of cinema.
Working with professional filmmakers and visiting guest artists, you will have daily instruction and hands-on lab time to practice technical production and postproduction skills. Classes include:
- Production Workshop
- Tech Skills
- Film History
You will then practice what you learned in class when you head out on a series of location productions. The program concludes with a public screening of student work.
While you will not participate in elective classes outside the filmmaking curriculum, you will have opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and guest artist presentations in music, theatre, visual art, dance and creative writing.
Tools and Resources
The Motion Picture Arts (MPA) department is centrally located on Interlochen's campus in the 26,000-square-foot DeRoy Center for Film Studies. Its features include four editing suites, a sound stage, a 180-seat 2K HD projection space, and classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology. View 360-degree virtual tour.
Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops for practice during their free hours. The MPA department is an Apple Macintosh environment using Final Cut Pro for video editing and Final Draft for screenwriting. Your personal cameras and laptops will not be used for daily location production or editing class projects, but your equipment allows for individual practice of skills learned in class.
Guest filmmakers and an ongoing collaboration with the Traverse City Film Festival bring new learning opportunities to students each year. Past guests of the motion picture arts department include: Janet Leahy, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer who is now the executive producer of Mad Men; Gordon Radley, former president of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic; Vanessa Bayer, cast member of Saturday Night Live; Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore; and many others.
PDF file: 1-2 page personal essay detailing your interest in filmmaking and what inspired your application to Interlochen.
AND one of the following three items:
- PDF file: 5-page sample screenplay or fiction short story
- Image files: 10 photo stills
- Video file: Short video/film or animation
Digital Filmmaking students may also attend the one-week College Counseling and Test Preparation Institute, June 18-24, 2016.
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a motion picture arts major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.
Director and Instructor of Motion Picture Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp