The Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Motion Picture Production is an intense 15-month program designed to train students for the professional world of filmmaking. Upon successful completion of the 72.0 credit hour program, the graduate may expect to possess skills in 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, cinematography, and post production (editing, dialogue, sound effects and music mixing, musical score and delivery). In the first three semesters, each student produces, writes, directs and crews on several short films. In the fourth semester, students form a production team and set up a production office to produce the Motion Picture Production Final Project for their professional portfolio, film festival entry, and/or Internet distribution. Students are introduced to the many different formats currently available in film and digital. At KD Conservatory, all film projects are produced in the digital format as the digital camera’s ease of use allows students to delve deeper into filmmaking without the burden and complexities of shooting on film. Preparing for the realities of the marketplace and the business of filmmaking, students are introduced to the industry of independent films, the major studios, over the air and cable TV networks, as well as TV commercials, corporate videos, web-based productions and other media. An emphasis is placed on students attaining proficiency in the basic skills and crafts of filmmaking needed for entry into the film industry.
To teach students a proficiency in the basic skills and crafts of filmmaking, providing them potential opportunities for entering the film industry, equipping students with the procedural processes and skills to make quality short films culminating with a Motion Picture Production Final Project in the fourth semester. An additional goal is to prepare students for the reality of the marketplace for dream projects as well as films made to fit a specific genre by teaching the business of filmmaking and how the industry works for independent films, the major studios and networks, as well as TV commercials, corporate videos, web-based productions and other media.
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.