Film institute celebrates 10th year

The Oklahoma Film Institute is in full swing during its 10th year on the OCCC campus and is working better for students than it has is previous years, said Greg Mellot, film and video production professor.

The program, which kicked off June 3, offers three-day seminars in production, direction, script writing, and editing. The clinics are held Thursday through Saturday and run all day.

“This is the second year which we’ve split the program up into four sections,” Mellot said. “It simply works better for students.”

Mellot, who won an Emmy for Robert S. Kerr documentary “Dream No Little Dream,” said returning to the Oklahoma Film Institute was like returning to the institute’s roots.

“OFI started here at OCCC. Its always great to come back to it during the summer,” Mellot said.

Students can sign up now for a production class in which they will produce their own short film July 12 through 16.

Students will use industry-standard equipment at the institute, said Gray Frederickson, artist in residence.

Frederickson produced all three “Godfather” movies and “Apocalypse Now.” He won an Oscar for “Godfather Part II.”

Some of the devices are Hollywood standard such as Mole Richardson Lights and Panasonic HVX-200 HD cameras.

Students at the clinics will also have access to the latest in movie-making equipment including a red camera, Mellot said.

“The red camera is a digital camera which produces an image which mimics film,” Mellot said.

Those who are interested can also enroll in directing, editing, script writing three-day clinics or the weeklong movie program.

Mellot will teach the directing workshop through June 12 as well as the script writing clinic June 17 through 19.

The editing clinic is June 24 through 26 and will be taught by Grayson Cook, 20-year veteran of KWTV-News 9.

Program fees are $300 for the three-day clinics and $500 for the weeklong course.

For more information, call 405-682-7847 or visit

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