Shelly Lipkin

Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

The Art Institute of Portland

Shelly Lipkin

Do the hard work it takes to succeed. Shelly Lipkin , Instructor , The Art Institute of Portland
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

The moment I got on stage in college in a production of
Midsummer Night’s Dream.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I share the things I’ve experienced in the film industry over the past 40 years.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

In my Fundamentals in Screenwriting class, students work up a script idea based on a character we’ve created as a group. This helps them justify that character’s intentions, motivations, and needs. It's a lot of fun and very creative, and we usually come up with fascinating stories.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Never give up, even in the face of an extremely competitive environment. Be realistic about those obstacles, and do the hard work it takes to succeed.