MSUToday
Published: Sept. 13, 2012

Faculty conversations: Peter Johnston

Contact(s): Courtney Culey Media Communications courtney.culey@cabs.msu.edu

Every year it seems as though a new project gets started on Michigan State University's campus.

This year, one of the big projects that was completed was a renovation of Wells Hall. The building was expanded and offices were added.

One of those offices belongs to Peter Johnston, film and digital media production manager in film studies. Wells Hall also is home to a new film screening room and film production lab, and the expansion is expected to help students grow and develop their skills.

"We're kind of expanding the opportunities that students are able to take advantage of," Johnston said.

MSU students have multiple options relating to film studies: Concentrations, minors and specializations are readily available.

In his role, Johnston helps faculty integrate production capabilities into the classroom and helps students learn all aspects of film.

"I'm really excited to get to work with students on their projects; it's great," he said. "I'm a filmmaker myself, and I get lots of ideas and lots of inspiration from students."

Johnston said he's always working on projects outside of MSU. He premiered a short film just recently, and he's producing a variety show for the Lansing public access cable channel.

But he's not done yet. He said there are a couple of long-term stories he's got in mind. His ideas haven't yet hit paper, but he said he won't rush the process.

"When the time is right, they'll get done," Johnston said.

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Peter Johnston, film and digital media production manager in film studies. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

Peter Johnston, film and digital media production manager in film studies. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

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