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DAFT’s Annual Media Teacher & Student Symposia at MPI – Dec. 4th & 11th

Partnering with Motion Picture Institute (2040 Crooks Rd. Suite B. Troy, MI 48084)

Running time 8 AM - 4 PM (with plenty of breaks in-between). Lunch is not provided.

5.5 State of Michigan Continuing Education Credit Hours (SCECHs) -

Registering and Payment for SCECHs at this link

Teachers will participate online via Zoom with some sessions conducted live from the Motion Picture Institute. Changes to on-campus attendance changed after the governor's 3-week COVID safety recommendations.

Learn about free waivers for attending the Symposia on our Memberships page.

RSVP for Teacher Symposium Below

 Sessions include:


Start Time End Time Presenter Topic
8:00 AM 8:30 AM Tara Plizga - 1st AD Keynote Q&A - Women in Film Industry
8:45 AM 9:45 AM Jeremy Schroeder Pro lighting/camera techniques
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Adam Burns
Best Use of Virtual Guest Speakers & Podcasting
10:30 AM 11:00 AM Scott Sowers Keeping online students engaged
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Bill Wolbrink
Lunch & Open Forum - Cool New Gear & Idea-Swaps
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Josh Bowren OBS Streaming & Editing Tips & Options
1:45 PM 2:45 PM Michael Kaufman Video production Lessons, Switchers and Zoom
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Mike Conrad Portraits of Democracy - Film Curricula

Topics and presenters subject to change.

Students may participate via Zoom. As of 12/7 with the state extending safety restrictions through 12/20, DAFT has cancelled on-campus events at the Motion Picture Institute .

Learn about free waivers for attending the Symposia on our Memberships page.

RSVP for Student Symposium Below

Sessions include:


8:50 AM 9:20 AM Zoom (from MI) Ted Houser & Jamila Taylor Festival Tips - Best of 2020 MSFF
9:25 AM 9:55 AM Zoom (from MI) Jeremy Schroeder Cinematic Lighting & Camera Tips
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Zoom (from MI) Ric Viers Recording Sound on Set
10:35 AM 11:05 AM Zoom (from MI) Tara Plizga Running a movie shoot as a first AD
11:10 AM 11:40 AM Zoom (from MI) Scott Norman Directing Actors for Camera
11:45 AM 12:25 PM Zoom (from MI) Josh Bowren Editing & Color-Grading
12:30 PM 1:10 PM Zoom (from LA) Blake Rochkind (DAFT alum) How agencies work
1:15 PM 1:55 PM Zoom (from LA) Rich Ferrando (DAFT alum) Gaming Animation
2:00 PM 2:40 PM Zoom (from LA) Daniel Casey (DAFT alum) Screenwriting
2:45 PM 3:25 PM Zoom (from LA) Doug Blush (DAFT alum) Documentaries
3:30 PM 4:10 PM Zoom (from LA) Pierce Brothers (DAFT alum) Horror/Suspense Directing

Topics and presenters subject to change.


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