Filmmaker-in-Residence: Post-Production/Production Emphasis – Interlochen

Interlochen Filmmaker-in-Residence


Second Semester – January 3 – May 29, 2010

Interlochen Arts Academy is a premier arts school located in Northwestern Lower Michigan. Students study one of six arts majors: Dance, Motion Picture Arts, Music, Theater, Visual Arts or Creative Writing and complete a rigorous college preparatory academic curriculum. Interlochen graduates go on to the finest post-secondary educational institutions and programs across the country and throughout the world. They receive numerous honors and scholarships for their academic and artistic achievements. The Academy has had more Presidential Scholars in the Arts than any other school in the nation, and each year it has a significant number of National Merit finalists. Additional information about Interlochen is available at


The Filmmaker-in-Residence for Production/Post Production Emphasis is a one-semester position teaching secondary students in the Motion Picture Arts Division. Teaching responsibilities include one section of Production Workshop and one Post-Production Elective beyond the scope of our production electives already offered: Lighting and Cinematography. The FIR is also responsible for weekly Thesis Advisor meetings with a share of Thesis Students’ student productions from script to screen. Interlochen’s weekly schedule is Tuesday through Saturday with Sunday-Monday weekends. Other responsibilities include tutorials with students, department activities, regular meetings, and daytime/evening location productions. Professional behavior and appropriate use of facilities/equipment required.


Applicants should have an in depth understanding of postproduction techniques, the Final Cut Studio 2 suite of software and a working knowledge of an XServe XSan workflow. Experience with location production, equipment and safety is required. Teaching experience is required. Previous experience working in a high school setting with secondary education students is desired.


Filmmakers-in-Residence are provided with an office, classroom, computer, e-mail/network account, lunch, one-bedroom apartment, stipend of $7500.00, optional insurance, a formal screening of work. They also enjoy the camaraderie of other filmmakers and the pleasure/challenge of teaching young filmmakers.


Candidates should send cover letter, resume/vita (teaching experience required), list of screenplays, publications and/or production credits, three samples of writing, and a brief overview of the screenplay/professional work they would like to complete while in residence and list of at list three references, or three letters of recommendation that may be sent under separate cover. Materials should be sent directly to:

Michael Mittelstaedt, Director
Motion Picture Arts Division
Interlochen Arts Academy
Box 199
Interlochen, MI 49643


Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Primary consideration will be given to applicants whose materials are received by Oct 10, 2009.


Phone: 231-276-7342

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