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deadCenter University could be a treat for budding filmmakers

Led by film industry professionals, students attending deadCenter University on June 9-10 will learn how to create short films, with a focus on directing, camera operations, lighting, l sound recording, style and filming procedures. (Photo illustration by Jakob Owens on Unsplash)

OKLAHOMA CITY – High school students who aspire to star in movies or other filmmaking roles may want to attend deadCenter University, an intensive two-day program designed to spark interest in the growing film industry of the United States. Oklahoma, scheduled for June 9-10 this year.

“Oklahoma’s film industry is jam-packed (and) the college deadCenter is a wonderful place for students to consider a career in film,” said program director Harry Wolohon.

Metro Technology Centers partnered with the deadCenter Film Festival to plan the experience for students in grades 9-12. Wolohon is an accomplished producer, director, and instructor in Metro Tech’s Digital Cinema program.

Under the guidance of film industry professionals, students will face the challenges of creating short films, with an emphasis on directing, camera operations, lighting, sound recording, styling and filming procedures. Guest presenters from the 22nd annual deadCenter Film Festival will also share their insights and experiences to give attendees insight into the film industry.

There is no cost to attend deadCenter University. Registration is now open for the program, which runs both days from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seats usually fill up quickly, according to a press release.

Now in its seventh year, Metro Tech’s partnership with deadCenter Film is helping fill a niche in Oklahoma City — to educate and develop aspiring artists who can learn from top film industry professionals, organizers say.

For more information or to register, go to or call (405) 595-4403.

The Oklahoma Film and Music Office (OF+MO) reports that it recruited 34 film and television projects that used the state film incentive in fiscal year 2020, which employed 3,960 Oklahomans and contributed to a direct impact of over $32.8 million on the state’s economy. In FY21, 11,004 local career opportunities were created with a direct impact of $170.4 million from 32 film and television productions using the state incentive program.

That impact included no more than 150 productions outside of the state incentive program, including commercial projects, music videos, student films and other projects, OF+MO said.

MovieMaker Magazine ranked Oklahoma City No. 13 on its 25 Big Cities list and Tulsa No. 5 on its Top 10 Small Cities list for the best places to live and work as a filmmaker in 2022.