Outside Arcadia LTN Film Festival Nominations and Awards

Outside Arcadia was an official selection at the Low to No Film Festival in Las Vegas. The film received multiple nominations for Best Short, Best Director, Best Sound, and Best Cinematography with Best Supporting Actor nominations for Dan Michael, Roman Kyle, and...

Directing Actors by Judith Weston

If you read only one of these books, make it this one. She shares the do’s and don’ts of dealing with sensitive actors who pour their souls out in front of staring crew members as well as script analysis to understand the subtext and undertones of each line and each...

Dialogue by Robert McKee

Is it any wonder after finishing Story that I immediately bought Dialogue? Answer: No. It’s the next logical step. Except that in this case I actually read Dialogue first, then Story. See… I am an enigma. Which of the two books should you read first? You pick. But...

Outside Arcadia is a 2018 Memphis Film Prize Top 10 Finalist!

DAI’s Outside Arcadia is a well-crafted sci-fi drama about a brother and sister that see an opportunity to right a past wrong. No spoilers. The film was crewed and produced by the students of DAI and directed by our founder, Robb Rokk. Our crew ranged from 13 to...

Story by Robert McKee

Buy it. Read it. Read it again. Study it. Dog ear the pages. It’s a veritable treasure trove of story knowledge. McKee is a genius and a master when it comes to story. I put off reading it because so many people have said it’s a difficult read. Wrong. Ignore those...

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics by Michael Rabiger

Honestly, I am currently struggling to read through this one. But that’s only because so much of it is beginner level and quite basic. But every now and then it shocks me to run across something I haven’t thought through on my own. So I will definitely finish it. We...

DAI Moves Into New Studio Space

Desoto Arts Institute is moving into a new studio space on the north side of South Point Church in Southaven, MS. The space is part of the old Lollipops Skating Center. At approximately 6200sf, the space will house a film sound stage, audio/music production recording...
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