Continuing Education Instructor Erik Johnson
Continuing Education Instructor Erik Johnson
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Continuing Education Instructor Erik Johnson ’08 shares his experience learning and working at MCAD and how he utilizes film to portray the unique stories of those he has met.

How did you first become interested in film and video?

My first real exposure to film and video was as an undergrad at MCAD studying media arts (film, photography, and video). Once I tried telling stories with motion pictures, I was hooked and found it to not only serve as a positive creative outlet but a viable career path as well.

“I have experienced several aspects of the learning environment at MCAD as an undergrad, graduate student, and instructor, which is a testament to its success.”

What do you do when you aren’t teaching Continuing Education classes?

Outside of MCAD, I teach film and media full time at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls as an assistant professor in the Stage and Screen Arts Department.

Erik works with his Digital Storytelling Through Video class

Johnson helping students in the Digital Storytelling through Video Continuing Education class.

 
What other creative outlets do you have?

I have a skate punk web series that started as a broadcast television series ten years ago. It was on the air for two years and was brought back in 2015 as a web series. I also express my creativity in music, specifically the drums, by playing in a couple of punk rock bands.

What do you think is unique about filmmaking classes at MCAD?

MCAD offers students amazing opportunities in filmmaking using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that are industry standard while encouraging creative expression and craft.

"Once I tried telling stories with motion pictures, I was hooked and found it to not only serve as a positive creative outlet, but a viable career path as well."

What do you find rewarding about teaching youth and adult Continuing Education students?

I enjoy the positive environment MCAD offers, which is reinforced by the awesome staff and faculty. Additionally, I find it gratifying to teach a variety of students, from youth to adults, who never cease to amaze me.

What is the learning environment like at MCAD?

I have experienced several aspects of the learning environment at MCAD as an undergrad, graduate student, and instructor, which is a testament to its success. Creativity is paramount and always encouraged, which makes the learning environment at MCAD wonderful and inspiring!

Erik helps a music video production class set the stage

Johnson setting the stage for young students in Music Video Production class.


What inspires you artistically?

A common theme in my personal work is storytelling. As a documentary filmmaker, I have had the pleasure of interviewing many unique individuals whose stories are always distinctive and compelling. I share their stories to entertain and inspire others.

If you could condense your experience into one tip for aspiring artists, what would it be?

My advice to aspiring artists is to follow your passion! I have strived to connect my personal interests and passions with my artistic work, which has been fulfilling on many levels and defines my life in art and the world.

 

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