Protege Program

The Whitestone Protégé Program is an intensive one-year apprenticeship that requires talent, discipline, consistency, and thick skin.

Protégés learn by doing, and most are asked to produce content on a consistent (often weekly) basis. Think of it less like a school and more like filmmaking bootcamp….that lasts an entire year. You will meet with and train under the top filmmakers at Whitestone on a weekly basis, as well as get access to shadow the filmmakers as they make their films through the year. 
We basically teach the sh*t you can't Google.

For the fifth year, Whitestone Motion Pictures is excited to invite individuals pursuing the art of filmmaking to apply to its Protégé Program.

The Whitestone Protégé program is an intensive one-year elite apprenticeship that requires talent, discipline, consistency, and thick skin. Protégés learn by doing, and most are asked to produce content on a consistent (often weekly) basis. They will also be required to purchase and read books regularly.

Our goal: to teach the things you can’t Google.

Accepted applicants will meet with Brandon McCormick, Writer/Producer/Director for Whitestone Motion Pictures, on a weekly or bi weekly basis in Buford, Georgia.

Protégés must live in the Atlanta area (at their own expense) and be able to attend meetings in Buford. All the work protégés do will be unpaid. Any work assigned to a protégé as part of the program will be the property of Whitestone Motion Pictures. Any protégé who fails to attend meetings or neglects to complete multiple assignments will be removed from the program. Screen credit will be awarded as appropriate for work completed as a part of produced films.

This program is not for the faint of heart.
This is not a class.
This is not a school.
This is boot camp.

You’ll need to take harsh criticism.
You’ll need to have a desire to get better at your craft.
You’ll need to be able to work with others to accomplish something bigger than yourself.

Hobbyists and casual filmmakers need not apply. We’ll select only those who show a desire to grow and push themselves beyond the limits of what they thought they were capable of.

The Protégé program will not exclusively focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking. Anyone can look that stuff up on Google. We’ll also focus on the history, methodology, architecture and mechanics of storytelling. We’ll find out what makes a great story work, and how to tell one of our own. We’ll also focus on leadership skills. The ability to communicate and lead people is an essential and an often overlooked part of filmmaking.

Whitestone is an active and growing film company. Successful protégés become part of the Whitestone community, have access to top leaders, learn and grow in their skill areas, are developed in leadership and self-management, and get to be part of Whitestone’s vision.

Here is what we want to see in addition to an online application:

  1. A one-page document on why you want to become a filmmaker and your experiences to date.
  2. A demo reel of work done thus far.
  3. A detailed description of your technical expertise and experience using equipment: cameras , editing programs, etc.

You can email the above to:

Don’t be discouraged if you’re still starting out. The whole point of the program is to learn. This isn’t the criteria that we will be looking at that, but this is a start.

Now get to it. Don’t procrastinate. Get it done now!

Because space is limited and the admission process is highly selective.

Deadline for submissions is October 9th, 2015.

Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply by submitting new materials including a new demo reel, an updated one-page document, and updated description of experience.

For further information email: