Students in the 3-year Filmmaking career pathway are prepared for post-secondary education and/or entry level employment in the Los Angeles media industry. This college level pathway allows for students to work in a creative and challenging environment.
First year students are introduced to the basics of filmmaking – camera operation, editing, directing. Since filmmaking is a collaboration of contributors an emphasis is placed on being a good team member, leadership and responsibility.
2nd year students develop their filmmaking skills by engaging in a series of advanced units – audio design, screenwriting, cinematography & lighting, and multi-camera production. 11th grade students are advised to apply for the TIP (the intern project) program that is targeted at junior year students. Students are given PAID internships with a variety of major media companies around LA including Illumination Entertainment, Wild Card Advertising, Fullscreen Entertainment, and Bad Robot to name a few.
Seniors in the program complete the three-year pathway by writing and producing a “thesis” film. These films are shot using aspiring professional actors and must be shot off site. Senior year also allows for the students to break out creatively through a variety of projects – experimental, documentary, and visual poetry. Senior classes are also articulated with Los Angeles Mission College, where students are given 3 college credits for the third year class. LAMC also teaches two other college courses on our campus for our students – Screenwriting & History of Film.
There are many opportunities for students to engage in beyond the curriculum. Some of the highlights include: annual visits to two of the top-ten film schools in the country (Chapman University & Loyola Marymount University), a writer’s workshop taught by a member of the WGA West, guest speakers from a variety of directors, producers, editors, and cinematographers, hands-on lighting workshops take place at Mole-Richardson, a world-wide leader in cinema lighting, and newly established, visiting the Sony Digital Motion Picture Center where students will work with professionals on a working soundstage using the latest in 4K HD cinema cameras.
We pride ourselves on being successful because we hold our students to a high standard, which they never fail to meet.