MCC to Host Short Film Showcase Sept. 8
The Third Annual Media Arts & Entertainment Technology (MAET) Short Film Showcase will be Monday, Sept. 8 at 5:45 p.m. in the Regional Technology Center, on the main campus of Mott Community College in Flint. The event is free and open to the public.
Films range between 10 minutes and 16 minutes, and are created from start to finish by students, including script writing, securing licensing, sound, lighting technology and editing. This year five short films will be shown in addition to one documentary film.
“Students in this class learn real skills they can apply to working on real movie sets,” said David Rembiesa, assistant professor /coordinator of Media Arts & Entertainment. “Some of our graduates are working on large commercial movies such as Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice and Transformers 4.”
The MAET program gives students the skills and experience they need to succeed in Media Arts careers, according to Rembiesa. “At MCC students learn the whole process of film making and television production,” he said, “they learn the business of film making, how to secure the rights for music and talent, how to use professional-grade equipment such as cameras, jibs, lighting and grip equipment. And most importantly, they learn about safety on a set.”
“When they do get an entry level job on a movie, they will feel comfortable in the environment,” Rembiesa said of the MAET experience. “There is still more learning to happen, but our students will understand the skills and protocols required on a professional set.”
Rembiesa said approximately 60 to 70 students have graduated from the program since it started in 2010, and that a large percentage of graduates are employed or have gone on to four year colleges. “Some are working right here in the Flint area,” he said, “a few work at WJRT-TV 12, WEYI-TV 25, or at local production companies such as Mayberry Media, and a few have started their own production companies.”
For more information on the Media Arts & Entertainment Technology program at MCC, call (810) 762-0443.