Looking back and moving forward

  • Matthew McGaughey (second from right) looks on as the students share their progress.

February 20, 2018

On Feb. 2, Motion Picture Arts students celebrated a successful Fall Semester and Inter*mester with a screening of original films.

First-year motion picture artists showcased their one-minute films that either revealed a hidden world or personified an inanimate object. Students of Matthew Arnold’s post-production course demonstrated their new skills with short documentary or mockumentary films. Several students also showcased their Inter*mester projects, in which they teamed up with singer-songwriters to create music videos. The evening concluded with “teaser trailers” for the seniors’ thesis projects.

The second semester also saw the arrival of DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Filmmaker-in-Residence Robert Milazzo. Milazzo is the founder of The Modern School of Film, a series of event-cinema presentations in which notable filmmakers and artists show and discuss the films that influence their work. Notable guests of the series include documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, actor Willem Dafoe, composer Danny Elfman and novelist Salman Rushdie. Milazzo will be in residence at Interlochen through the end of the spring semester.

Motion picture arts students also welcomed alumnus Matthew McGaughey (IAC/NMC 90, IAC 91-93, IAA 93-95) back to campus on Feb. 12. McGaughey, a film score composer, spent six days collaborating with a small group of motion picture arts and visual arts students to create an animation of the new music complex.