Film institute offers crash course in production

It’s not too late to enroll in the final four classes of a five-week crash course in film production hosted by Oklahoma Film Institute, said Gray Frederickson, artist in residence and OCCC studio coordinator.

Frederickson said the course is divided into five clinics, each focusing on a different area of film production. The cost for each clinic is $300, he said. Production class is already in session.

The remaining classes are: Script Writing, June 12 through 14; Directing, June 19 through 21; Cinematography, June 26 through 28; and Editing, June 10 through 12.

Each three-day clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Frederickson said students can take one clinic or more.

The Oscar-winning producer of the “Godfather” trilogy said participants are able to work on actual projects during the clinics.

For example, he said, production students are preparing a film schedule. In Cinematography, they will be given experience with cameras.

Frederickson said the clinics do not count toward college credit. Instead, he said, they help students find out what their interests are.

“[The clinics are] a sort of trial,” he said.

“A whole semester is part of your life, whereas you can come in for three days and say, ‘Well, yeah. This is for me. I think I’ll take the [full] semester (class).’”

Although geared toward beginners in film, Frederickson said, even full-time OCCC film students have returned for the summer to take the clinics.

He said while other film institutes focus more on film history and film theory, many of them fail to teach students the technical aspects of film.

Frederickson quoted former OCCC President Bob Todd, saying, “We teach people hands-on things. Vocational teaching.”

Students can register for the clinics online.

“Go online and pay with a credit card,” Frederickson said. “That’s the best way to do it … .

Those interested in the clinics can go to the college’s website at, choose Community Programs and Events, then choose Oklahoma Film Institute and follow the online registration link on that page, he said.

Frederickson said spaces are still available. For more information or to sign up for a clinic, visit

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