The three-week screenwriting program is your opportunity to work one-on-one with a seasoned screenwriter to develop short scripts and screenplays. You will also experience elements of production, including camera technique, on-location production and editing. By the end of the program, you will have developed and completed a short script to include in your portfolio.
A masterclass with Mad Men writer and executive producer Janet Leahy.
Working with a faculty of professional screenwriters, filmmakers, and visiting guest artists, you will have daily instruction and lab time to work individually on scripts and screenplay format. Classes include:
- Screenwriting Workshop
- Film Production Survey
- Film History
- Screenwriting Lab
- One visual arts elective class (view list)
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 may bring their own laptops for practice during their free hours. The MPA program is an all-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
Interlochen also offers the following summer programs, which may be of interest:
- Creative Writing
- College Counseling and Test Preparation Institute (June 18-24, 2016)