Jackie Headapohl

More than half of the inaugural class of film students at Unity Studios and the Lifton Institute for Media Skills in Allen Park, Michigan, reported finding work on at least one film, TV or music video production within 90 days of their January 2010 graduation, according to a press release.

"We are committed to leading the growth of Michigan's burgeoning film industry by training the next generation of movie and television workers in southeast Michigan," said Jimmy Lifton, president of Unity Studios and founder of LIMS. "It speaks to the quality of our programming and the talents of our 105 graduates that 53 have already found work in the film and television production industry."

According to the press release:

A local West Bloomfield film producer hired 15 grads as crew members for an upcoming film.

Unity Studios and its affiliate companies have also hired 36 graduates for positions in administration, film production/post production and the construction of two sound stages.

Two graduates are now on staff at Lifton's Oracle Post, one of Los Angeles' largest independent post-production audio studios.

Five students formed their own film production company, Poison Apple Entertainment, LLC, which is now producing short films in the horror genre.

Twelve sound editing graduates were hired by Unity to do post-production work for the feature-length documentary film, 'The Rescuers.'

The second glass of 93 students will be graduating next month. Classes are now forming at the Lifton Institute for Media Skills. Some students may qualify for tuition help from Michigan Works.


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