Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet » Filmmaking


The Award-Winning Filmmaking pathway enables students to gain hands-on knowledge and experience in a career field that employs nearly 400,000 workers in Southern California. Students will have internship and job shadow opportunities available to them in the 11th and 12th grade years. Students have interned (paid) at Bad Robot, Illumination Entertainment, & FullScreen Entertainment.
• Students engage in a creative & rigorous college level program that develops their skills in every aspect of filmmaking, from writing and directing to cinematography and editing.
• Professional software and equipment allows students to become accustomed to an industry standard workflow.
• Students are prepared for post-secondary education and/or entry level employment in the film industry.
• Graduates currently work as editors, cinematographers and camera operators,  post-production executives, visual effects artists, grip & electric crew members, and as freelance employees on a variety of television and film projects throughout the country.
Through an articulation agreement with LA Mission College students who successfully complete the 3 year sequence of courses will receive college credit through LAMC that is transferrable to any public instruction in California. 

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.

Follow us on Social Media:
Twitter: @JFKFilmmaking
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YouTube:  All films produced entirely by students in the filmmaking pathway
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