KD Conservatory’s Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Motion Picture Production was created in response to the increasing demand for trained professionals within the filmed entertainment industry. Students gain proficiency at KD Conservatory Film School in the skills and crafts of filmmaking in a hands-on environment, focusing on screenwriting, directing, producing, and post production (editing, mixing, music, and delivery).
Our Motion Picture Production Chair, Dennis Bishop, has overseen numerous commercially successful and award winning feature and television productions including: Horton Foote’s Academy Award winning The Trip to Bountiful, Disney’s perennial favorite The Big Green, and Universal Pictures’ blockbuster The Fast and the Furious. As VP of Production for HBO Pictures he oversaw 27 movies that won 51 major awards including And the Band Played On and Barbarians at the Gate. He produced the critically acclaimed pilots Dexter for Showtime and Cane for CBS.As an educator, he served as an adjunct professor at the widely acclaimed USC School of Cinematic Arts, guest lectured at universities, trade schools and high schools, and mentored for numerous film organizations and guilds including the Producers Guild and Directors Guild programs. He is an active member of the Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a former board member of the Dallas Producers Association.
Students gain proficiency in the skills and crafts of filmmaking in a hands-on environment, focusing on screenwriting, directing, producing, and post production (editing, mixing, music and delivery). In the first three semesters each student produces, writes, directs and crews on several short films. In the fourth semester students form production teams. Each team produces a Motion Picture Production Final Project for their professional portfolio, film festival entry, or Internet distribution.
Our instructors are selected on the basis of their professional experience and educational achievement. In order to ensure the highest standards of professionalism, we seek instructors from those sectors of the entertainment industry which closely relate to the subject area being taught.