2600 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 117, Dallas, TX 75207
KD Studio has become one of the country’s most successful
training grounds for professionals in acting, musical theatre,
and movie production.

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.

Program Curriculum

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.

First Semester
15 Weeks


Introduction to Producing
The Creative Process
Screenwriting I
Basics of Film Production
Forms of Literature
History of Film Pop Culture
Second Semester
15 Weeks


Screenwriting II
Intermediate Film Production
Scheduling and Budgeting
Digital Editing
Digital Cinematography
Human Biology
Third Semester
15 Weeks


Post-Production Audio/Music
Screenwriting III
Production Colloquium
Advanced Film Production
Fundamentals of Speaking
Producing Independent Films
Fourth Semester
15 Weeks


Advanced Business of Film
Distribution & Marketing
Social Psychology
Advanced Development
Production Colloquium
Final Projects


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.

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