Training Oklahomans for Their Next Act

Meridian Technology Center provides affordable, practical and transferable training to support the state’s growing film industry.

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Start with Classes. End with Credits.

No matter where you are along your career path in the film industry, Meridian’s film industry training provides courses to help you achieve your goals. Classes are short, specialized and cost-effective. Participants will be set-ready upon the completion of each course.

With more than 20 course offerings this fall, we’ve created categories to help organize our offerings. When you click on a course header you’ll connect to a page with full course description, course dates and times, information on the instructor and an enrollment link. If you have any questions about a course, please contact Cara Adney at 405.377.3333 or caraa@meridiantech.edu.

Film industry training take places at Meridian’s South Campus in Guthrie unless noted otherwise. Meridian’s South Campus is located at 3025 S. Division St., Guthrie, OK 73044.

PERSONAL INTEREST

Discover the magic of filmmaking through personal interest classes in the film industry. Whether you’re an aspiring actor or filmmaker, these courses offer a unique opportunity to explore your artistic potential and bring your cinematic visions to life. Lights, camera, action – your adventure in the film industry awaits! Classes offered this spring include:

  • So, You Want to Be An Extra
  • So Your Child Wants to Be An Extra
  • Mobile Media Storytelling
  • Shooting a Short Film on Your Smartphone

View full class descriptions for Personal Interest Courses and enroll.

FOUNDATIONS OF FILM

Courses in this area serve as essential steppingstones for individuals embarking on a career in the film, television, or commercial industries. Classes are designed to equip students with the foundation knowledge, terminology, and skills necessary to pursue additional training or a career in a specialized area. Classes offered this spring include:

  • Introduction to the Camera Department in Film and TV
  • Careers in the Film Industry
  • Understanding Employment Paperwork for the Film and TV Industry
  • Radio Communication in the Film and TV Industry
  • Production Assistant Daily Responsibilities
  • Getting to Work: Creating Employment Profiles for the Film Industry
  • Introduction to Working in the Film Industry
  • Introduction to Using Drones in Film and TV
  • Drone Angles and Strategies in Film and TV

View full class descriptions for Foundations in Film courses and enroll.

CAREER GROWTH

Training and skills development is essential for individuals seeking to grow a successful career in the film industry. These courses are designed to help aspiring filmmakers develop the necessary skills to pursue careers as assistant directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and other roles within the filmmaking world. Classes offered this spring include:

  • First and Second Assistant Director
  • Producer
  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Film Festival Submission and Strategies
  • Making a Short Film: From Development to Distribution

View full class descriptions for Career Growth courses and enroll.

LOCATIONS

Learn what it takes to scout, secure, and manage film locations. From an introduction to the department to understanding the in-depth research and permitting processes to securing sites that match a script, classes in this area focus on the logistics needed to keep a production rolling smoothly. Classes offered this spring include:

  • Introduction to Careers in the Locations Department for Film and TV
  • Foundations of Location Scouting for Film and TV
  • Permits, Budgeting, Logistics and Legal Considerations in the Locations Department
  • Photography in the Locations Department in Film and TV

View full class descriptions for Locations courses and enroll.

MAKEUP FOR FILM AND TV

Throughout these courses, participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills through hands-on assignments in class, collaborate with fellow makeup artists, and receive feedback from industry professionals. Classes offered in the spring include:

  • Color Theory and Foundation Matching for Film and TV
  • Camera-Ready Makeup for Film and TV
  • Introduction to Men’s Grooming and Makeup for Film and TV
  • Tattoo Coverup and Temporary Tattoo Application for Film and TV
  • Introduction to Special Effects Makeup for Film and TV

View full class descriptions for Makeup for Film and TV courses and enroll. 

Makeup courses are scheduled from 9 AM to 3 PM. Students may stay until 4 PM for additional hands-on learning opportunities.

Due to limited instructor availability, we do not anticipate being able to offer additional makeup for film and TV courses until December 2024.

Coming Attractions

We’ve partnered with some of the state’s top talent to train the next generation of film crew workers. New courses slated for 2024 include:

  • Catering to the Film Industry
  • Introduction to the Wardrobe Department
  • Hair Stylist
  • Introduction to Becoming An Intimacy Coordinator
  • So, You Want to Be an Extra (Indigenous People Edition)
  • What to Expect When a Film Comes to Town: How Small Businesses Can Turn Big Profits

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Location Matters

Conveniently located less than an hour from three of the state’s certified sound stages, Meridian’s district includes more than 900 square miles that cover parts of Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Pawnee and Payne counties. This landscape includes Guthrie’s iconic downtown; Stillwater, America’s friendliest college town; the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, the Pawnee Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians; miles of red dirt road and sunsets that will take your breath away.

Independent filmmakers and Hollywood studios have found what they’re looking for in the Meridian district. The only thing missing is a workforce to support their creative endeavors.

Until now.