July 29, 2016
LIVONIA, Mich. – After scouting locations, auditioning actors, and outlining the production schedule, filming began in earnest this past week for Madonna University’s third full-length, entirely student-produced feature film. Students shot scenes in the Detroit Opera House, at a horse farm and in a fitness studio, among other locations.
As part of the unique, hands-on experience provided by Madonna University to prepare broadcast and cinema arts students for careers in the film industry, members of the capstone (senior-level) class get the opportunity to produce a movie in less than a year. Students fill the key roles of scriptwriter, producer, director, camera operator, visual effects creator, promoter, and more.
This year’s film, Married on a Monday, is a romantic comedy about a quirky musician named Jackie who becomes a baker, a cowgirl, and even a princess to obtain her dream wedding, all while keeping it from her maid of honor and voice of reason.
Capstone project instructor Suzanne Boyd said although the task of making a movie in a year is difficult, support from the Madonna University and surrounding communities makes it possible. “We give these students what very few colleges in the country do: The chance to produce a full-length feature film before they graduate from college,” she said.