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Film

Dream To Screen

Our Film Program is home to artists, storytellers, and visionaries, and our students live and breathe cinema while creating a motion picture legacy

When you begin the career-focused and accredited Associate of Science Degree program at LAFS, you join a unique group of people who understand and share that desire. You’ll explore every aspect of modern filmmaking, from pre- to post-production and everything in between. Get ready — it’s time to tell your story.

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  • Producing

    Core Class

    In this course, students will explore film development and production. Students will learn how to choose, acquire and develop projects; attach talent and director; interact with agents and managers; and prepare marketing and distribution plans. The course will also investigate financing sources and resources as well as the role of the producer in preproduction, production and postproduction.
    1 Credits

    Cinematography & Directing 1

    Core Class

    Students begin their study of Cinematography and Directing in this course. Using selected scripts as source material, students will stage and film scenes. Directing and cinematography fundamentals will be combined to emphasize staging, camera placement and basic lighting. The completed work will be compiled then screened for review and feedback. Students are introduced to the basics of editing using Avid technology.
    4 Credits
  • Cinematography & Directing 2

    Core Class

    In this course, film students will explore intermediate level concepts and techniques. They will select scenes then cast, rehearse, stage, and film them. Directing and cinematography skills will be enhanced through the process. The completed work will be assembled and then screened for review and feedback.
    3 Credits

    Film Theory

    Core Class

    Film Theory is the introductory course into the film program designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experiment and explore their aesthetic and professional goals as they begin to shoot quickly and expressively right from the very first day. Students will spend these 4 weeks collaborating on a series of short film projects that will explore everything from basic story structure, lighting techniques, screenplay analysis and director’s preparation.
    3 Credits
  • Screenwriting 1

    Core Class

    This course exposes the student to the basics of filmic storytelling in written form: the screenplay. This class teaches a set of skills that allow students to analyze scripts and write their own screen stories using industry-standard authoring tools. The course objective is to introduce students to the art and form of screenwriting- the process of writing a story to be filmed, presented in a specific format, with action and dialogue, and using dramatic elements. This course prompts students to explore their skills as screenwriters to tell their stories, and covers how and why a screenplay is written in its specific format. Through lecture, analysis, creative writing assignments, and peer review, students learn dramatic strategies for writing in film.
    1 Credits

    Screenwriting 2

    Core Class

    This course exposes the student to the basics of filmic storytelling in written form: the screenplay. This class teaches a set of skills that allow students to analyze scripts and write their own screen stories using industry-standard authoring tools. The course objective is to introduce students to the art and form of screenwriting- the process of writing a story to be filmed, presented in a specific format, with action and dialogue, and using dramatic elements. This course prompts students to explore their skills as screenwriters to tell their stories, and covers how and why a screenplay is written in its specific format. Through lecture, analysis, creative writing assignments, and peer review, students learn dramatic strategies for writing in film.
    1 Credits
  • Production Design

    Core Class

    This course focuses on the techniques of pre-visualization that are used in the art department to communicate to the Director, Special Effects departments, Set Decorating and Construction departments, Producers, and Cinematographers. It introduces the principles of Production Design and addresses the language of design for film: How to tell the story in the physical aspects of filmmaking, character and story manifestations in the environment of the film through set design, location modification, color, shape, and costumes. In addition, the student will learn drawing, drafting, exploring 3D space and computer programs that are used in the industry.
    3 Credits

    Sound in Film

    Core Class

    Sound in Film is an introduction to the use of audio in filmmaking. Over the course of five lectures students will be exposed to the basic elements that comprise the audio portion of a film including Dialogue, Music, Sound Effects, Foley, and Background Ambiences. Special attention will be given to the ways in which sound, specifically in post-production, is used to engage the viewer emotionally and support the visual storytelling process. At the start of the month students will be given a small sound FX library and tasked with creating an Audio Only Story using a software program of their choosing. Finished assignments will be played during the final class.
    1 Credits
  • Art Direction

    Core Class

    This course uses classroom presentations and hands-on experience to teach the student professional methods of designing towards the implementation of a script. Working with a student’s final project script, the student will receive instruction on drafting, including elevations and illustrations from plans and research, scenic painting, set dressing, prop construction, costumes, model building, and designing for set and location, moving the student from concept toward realization of the final project “thesis” films.
    3 Credits

    Cinematography & Directing 3

    Core Class

    In this course, advanced directing and cinematography instruction will emphasize lighting, camera dynamics and coverage. Using Film Project scripts as material, students will organize shooting crews and prep productions as part of the preproduction for their final projects. The students will stage and film scenes using cast talent. These scenes will be edited, screened and reviewed so that students can make adjustments towards a successful final project.
    3 Credits
  • Production 2

    Core Class

    In this course students work autonomously to produce short films by serving in each of the positions involved in a professional film production. Participation in lectures and labs gives them theoretical as well as hands-on experience in every aspect of production. Working with professionally configured systems, the course examines the entire filmmaking process from pre-production to editing. Subjects covered include set construction, scenic painting, set decorating, directing, working with talent, cinematography, shooting styles, lens selections, location and stage mixing, production organization and hierarchy, video capture and non-linear editing, with a focus on collaboration and the role of the crafts in storytelling.
    4 Credits

    Post-production

    Core Class

    In the Postproduction course, students examine the standard definition non-linear postproduction process using industry standard digital video editing workstations. Students learn timing and transitions to enhance the story telling process while working with using various forms of content.
    3 Credits
  • Producing Independent Film

    Core Class

    In this course, students explore the world of line producing, production management, and the infrastructure of film production. Students will learn how to breakdown a script, the scheduling process, budgeting, casting, crewing, locations, and a wide range of concepts pertaining to planning and executing a successful production.
    3 Credits

    Final Project

    Core Class

    In the Final Project course, students will apply what they have learned throughout the program to the creation of short film “thesis productions.” The student will work in different roles on several different student-produced productions. This will enable the student to combine the skills that have been learned into a short film finished to industry standards for inclusion on their demo reel.
    3 Credits
  • Advanced Post-production A

    Core Class

    The Advanced Postproduction A course focuses on advanced non-linear online editing techniques using multiple platforms. Students study advanced aspects of editing theory, editing technique, video effects, compositing, color correction, and edit lists. Throughout the course, students are working to meet milestones on time and deliver a completed final cut for evaluation.
    3 Credits

    Production 1

    Core Class

    The Production 1 course allows students to take part in the production of a 30-minute comedy or drama. Students crew for and are mentored by a Director, Cinematographer, Sound Mixer, and other professionals normally found on set. The students learn the specific skills needed by the various departments and the collaboration essential to becoming successful filmmakers.
    3 Credits
  • Advanced Post-production B

    Core Class

    The Advanced Post Production B course takes the student into advanced audio postproduction techniques in a project-based setting. Students work to complete the sound design, soundtrack and score for film projects in surround sound utilizing digital audio workstation and postproduction techniques from previous coursework. Students collaborate to meet project deadlines in delivering a completed film for theatrical presentation.
    3 Credits

    English Composition

    General Education

    This course is designed to help students refine their own writing processes while developing an in-depth personal and intellectual inquiry into a subject of their choosing. The course connects personal reflection with critical analysis, providing varied opportunities for writing and for strengthening language skills. As the course unfolds, a series of assignments leads students through a continually deepening creative research process, which then develops into a complex and detailed written project.
    3 Credits
  • Aesthetics & Culture

    General Education

    Aesthetics and Culture is designed as a chronological survey of the social organizations, systems of government, intellectual/philosophical traditions, aesthetic assumptions, art and architecture, theatre, music, and literature of a wide array of historical periods and geographical regions. While examining important artists, cultural figures, theorists, critics, genres, and experimental forms, Aesthetics and Culture will attempt to illustrate how fluid cultural values have affected the various manners of artistic conception, creation, and reception. Primary emphasis will be placed upon locating and defining the idiomatic, idiosyncratic scheme of cultural assumptions, socio-political structures, and aesthetic values which characterize the various epochs and regions under consideration.
    3 Credits

    College Mathematics

    General Education

    The College Mathematics course is designed to enable students to build skills and confidence in algebra that are required to succeed in math and core courses. Students will begin with basic concepts and build upon these ideas by completing work that uses algebra in practical situations.
    3 Credits
  • Film and Society

    General Education

    Film and Society is designed as a general introduction to the socio-political structures, historical developments, theoretical applications, and stylistic conventions which have informed and governed the cinematic arts as both an artistic and commercial endeavor. Primary emphasis will be placed upon the manner in which fluid and dynamic cultural/societal values have shaped both the advent and evolution of the cinematic arts, and the degree to which the cinema has influenced a disparate array of cultural assumptions. Secondary emphasis will be placed upon those individuals and artistic movements which have pioneered, codified, nurtured, and challenged the foundations of cinematic grammar while shaping the manner in which those foundations have been received, assimilated, and interpreted by audiences.
    3 Credits

    Pathways to Personal and Professional Productivity

    General Education

    This course helps students develop persistence and high achievement skills to establish a foundation upon which to build essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning. The concept that individuals are responsible for their own actions and can regulate their own behavior and success through goal setting, self-reflection, self-management, and self-evaluation are central to the philosophy for this course. Students are exposed to basic motivation and success theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles. The nuances of professional and technical communication are introduced and students develop critical thinking skills through reading and written exercises. The elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing and presentation design are taught in the context of completing assignments and communicating ideas. The course takes all students from the “thinking only” mentality to putting action to their personal, professional, and academic goals and aspirations.
    3 Credits

Total Credits: 60

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  • Our Brain Lobby is a gateway to a world of learning and discovery. A light and airy place to take a meeting, relax and eat a snack, check your email using our high speed wifi or watch movies and TV on our giant 12 foot Stewart Filmscreen StarGlass display.  

  • It seems like a pretty simple idea, but we at The Los Angeles Film School believe that movies are meant to be watched in a movie theater. Checking out a DVD in the comfort of your living room is great, but when you’ve just spent a year learning the art of filmmaking, you deserve to see the movie that you’ve created brought to life on the big screen, with amazing sound, and in front of an audience. Experience your films in The Los Angeles Film School’s Theater. It’s a complete theatre-going experience, designed to showcase the best our students have to offer.

    • Screening facility for 35mm & 16mm film, 4K, High Definition and most other video formats
    • 345-seat stadium-style theater
    • 24P 4K Sony R320 High Definition Projection System with an integrated DCP server
    • THX Certified and complete with Dolby Digital SR-D plus Dolby EX surround sound capabilities
  • In the far corner of our Brain Lobby there’s a doorway to the career path of your dreams. It’s the starting point of a facility tour that will capture your imagination. A 32 seat HD screening room that showcases the work of our students and alumni. It’s an image and sound experience that will open your eyes wide and shake your seat.  
     

    • Sony 24p HD Video Projection
    • JBL/Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound audio system
    • Stewart FilmScreen adjustable aspect ratio high contrast video screen
  • The sets have been struck, the soundstages swept, and the picture locked, but the work on your film isn’t done yet. You need to make sure your movie sounds as good as it looks, and that’s where The Los Angeles Film School’s Dubbing Stage comes in. Pull up a chair behind the mixing console, queue up your footage on the big screen, and get to work; this is the final stage of post-production. The Dubbing Stage at LAFS is a fully functional movie theater with Digidesign ICON 64-fader D-Control ES running the show. All of the sound, including the actors’ dialogue, sound effects, and original score will need to be mixed into the final cut before it’s ready for an audience. 

    TECH SPECS:

    • 64-fader ICON D-Control ES
    • Digidesign Pro Tools HD 3 Accel Digital Audio System
    • Avid V10 Media Station
    • Digidesign Sync I/O HD Modules & 192 Digital I/O Modules
    • THX Certified Stewart Filmscreen Corp. Video Screen
    • Lexicon 960L Multichannel Digital Effects System
    • ION/ATOM Series 8000 Control Module
    • VIRPAD Motion Controller
    • 3 Terabyte storage system
  • CHAPLIN • FELLINI • HITCHCOCK • KEATON

    The Los Angeles Film School’s Midterm Production Spaces are named in honor of some of the greatest film directors of all time. Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, and Buster Keaton have found their places in motion picture history, and by naming these production spaces after them, we encourage our students to remember these masters as they complete their own films.

    These four work areas of various sizes are in constant states of production. During a shoot, you might visit the Chaplin production space and find that it’s a newsroom bustling with activity. The next day, the very same space could be set as an alien planet. One of the best things about the Midterm Production Spaces is that they’re always changing. And in this fast-paced industry, these film sets are as real as it gets. Get ready to set up, shoot, tear down, and do it all again the next day.

  • A film production comes to life on set. And here at The Los Angeles Film School’s Sunset Soundstage, we’re continually in production. Just about every day of the year, you'll find students hard at work, lights staged and adjusted, and students hustling to pull their films together on this elaborate, permanent film set. 

    This 3,000-square-foot soundstage boasts a full interior and partial exterior of a multi-architectural-style bungalow, and uses age-old industry tricks to simulate the surrounding exterior environment: a green screen, 16-by-40-foot hand-painted background of the Malibu coastline, and a back-lit high-resolution photograph imprinted on translucent film, known as a trans-light. A suspended catwalk hangs from the ceiling grid to give maximum lighting flexibility, and students can control lighting configurations with a Strand GSX computerized dimming console that features unlimited pre-programmed settings and cues. The stage is outfitted with Mole Richardson fixtures, which include the impressive Mole Space Lights for daylight reproduction and giant Mole Sky Pans to illuminate the trans-light. There’s even an 18-foot oak tree in the backyard.

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  • Cinematography, in its most basic form, is the control of lighting and camera placement in shooting film or video. At once art and science, cinematography is one of the most critical elements in filmmaking, and our Panavision Cinematography Lab is one of the most important labs that students will work in.

    Dedicated to one of the biggest names in the movie business, the Panavision Cinematography Lab is a small soundstage with a self-leveled concrete floor. Blackout curtains enclose the interior of the room, and a full lighting grid hangs from the ceiling, allowing for easy light placement and manipulation. Students use this lab to practice and explore a variety of lighting and camera techniques.

  • The unique Advanced Post-Production Lab features networked and fully loaded Avid Media Composer workstations with triple displays, each running High-Definition content on Dell Precision computers. Using the peripheral hardware, students can transfer their projects from standard- or high-definition sources into the stations to complete the post-production process.

    TECH SPECS:

    • 25 Avid Media Composer Nitris DX Editing Workstations
    • 25 Avid Video RAID RTR 1.25TB RAID Array
    • 25 12-Core Mac Pro Media Workstations with 24GB of RAM and three Dell Precision HD Monitors
    • Sony HDCAM and XDCAM Hi-Def Capturing
    • 2 Sony VPLFE40 1080DP Hi-Def Projectors

We Are The Hollywood Connection

It's no secret: an important part of being successful is being connected. Our location in the center of Hollywood offers our students unparalleled access to entertainment industry professionals who speak with our students and share their insight and experience. Some industry leaders we've hosted are Kevin Smith, Jeff Bridges, Quentin Tarantino, Cheech & Chong, Samuel L. Jackson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, among others.

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    Graduation Day

    Congratulations, Graduates! Please click here for information regarding ceremony times and more. We are so proud of you! Read More

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    Event Recap: Whiplash Screening and Q&A with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller

    Event Recap: Whiplash Screening and Q&A with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller

    On Tuesday, October 7, The Los Angeles Film School hosted a screening of Whiplash, a film depicting the struggles of a drummer (played by Miles Teller) and his mercurial conductor (played by J.K. Simmons). The film is an intimate illustration of fervent passion and perseverence, and channels remarkable performances by its two leads. Read More

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    Event Recap: I Am Ali Screening

    Event Recap: I Am Ali Screening

    On Monday, The Los Angeles Film School hosted a screening of I Am Ali, followed by a Q&A with writer Leo Quinones. Special thanks to everyone who attended the screening, and check your emails frequently for news regarding upcoming events! Read More

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    You're Invited to Sunscreen Film Festival 2014

    You're Invited to Sunscreen Film Festival 2014

    The second annual Sunscreen Film Festival West is coming up this weekend, October 10-12, and it will be taking place in the South Bay at Hermosa Civic Theater and Hermosa Beach Community Center. Read More

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    You're Invited to Sunset & Dine 2014!

    You're Invited to Sunset & Dine 2014!

    TONIGHT! The Los Angeles Film School proudly invites you to join Sunset & Dine 2014, a culinary event celebrating the best of Los Angeles cuisine.  Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Where: Taglayan Complex 1201 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA Ticket Cost: $25 Read More

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    Social Network Solutions!

    Social Network Solutions!

    In today's world there are dozens of social networks clamoring for our attention, each with its strengths and weaknesses. Here is a breakdown of best practices for updating each network, and maximizing your marketing efforts Facebook Read More

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    You're Invited: Made In America

    You're Invited: Made In America

    A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival, created by rap superstar Jay Z and directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. Read More

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    Event Recap: Mall Screening and Q&A with Director / Linkin Park member Joe Hahn

    Event Recap: Mall Screening and Q&A with Director / Linkin Park member Joe Hahn

    On September 23rd, The Los Angeles Film School hosted a screening of the film, Mall. Afterward, Joe Byron, our Director of Student and Alumni Engagement, joined a Q&A with Director / Linkin Park member Joe Hahn to discuss the production of the film. Read More

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    You're Invited to a Screening of Men, Women and Children!

    You're Invited to a Screening of Men, Women and Children!

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    Event Recap: Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival

    Event Recap: Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival

    On September 19th, The Los Angeles Film School hosted the 2014 Brazilian Film Festival in our THX-Certified Main Theater. Guests from all over the world attended the event, where Brazilian filmmakers celebrated their latest work in our 347-seat theater. Read More

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    You're Invited to a Screening of Two Night Stand!

    You're Invited to a Screening of Two Night Stand!

    Students are invited to attend an advance screening of Entertainment One’s new film, TWO NIGHT STAND.  TWO NIGHT STAND Tuesday, September 23rd @ 7:30 PM Arclight Hollywood 6360 W Sunset Blvd Read More

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    Attend a Panel with The Creative Team From The Simpsons!

    Attend a Panel with The Creative Team From The Simpsons!

    The Academy of Scoring Arts is proud to present a very special panel discussion with the creative team from THE SIMPSONS!   Read More

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    You're Invited to a Screening of Mall, followed by Q&A with Linkin Park Bandmember Joe Hahn!

    You're Invited to a Screening of Mall, followed by Q&A with Linkin Park Bandmember Joe Hahn!

    Join Joe Hahn for a very special screening of his feature film directorial debut, Mall. Read More

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    How We Make Movies event at Canon

    How We Make Movies event at Canon

    The next How We Make Movies(HWMM) will be this upcoming Tuesday, Sept 23rd at Canon Hollywood. Students can RSVP and get details here: hwmm.eventbrite.com Read More

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    Event Recap: Godzilla screening and Q&A with screenwriter Max Borenstein

    Event Recap: Godzilla screening and Q&A with screenwriter Max Borenstein

    On September 17th, Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein arrived at our campus for a screening of Godzilla. Afterward, a Q&A was held with Jeff Goldsmith, producer and host of the podcast, Backstory. Max imparted on the audience some of the lessons he's learned while writing the film. Read More

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    Event Recap: Kyle Newacheck's Short Film Screening

    Event Recap: Kyle Newacheck's Short Film Screening

    On September 16th, Workaholics creator and Director, Kyle Newacheck returned to our campus for an evening of short and wacky films. His brother, Director Adam Newacheck, joined him, along with LAFS alumnus Jason Alacrity aka Jason Jensen (August 2004). Read More

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    Black List LIVE!

    Black List LIVE!

    Students can receive discount tickets to the Black List Live! event - starring Nathan Fillion, Alison Brie and more! With the code LAFilm, they'll be able to access $20 tickets (that's $15 off!). Read More

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    Global Speed Index Seeks Production Interns

    Global Speed Index Seeks Production Interns

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Program News

  • You're Invited to IndieCade 2014!

    October 3rd, 2014

    What it is: IndieCade is a three day independent game festival full of panels, workshops, and lots of games. We celebrate independent games from around the world and advocate for and with artists, designers, programmers, developers, and storytellers whose projects impact and define a new generation of entertainment.

  • Whelmed Productions Seeks CREW MEMBERS FOR AN UPCOMING SHORT FILM:

    September 29th, 2014

    Whelmed Productions is shooting an ultra low budget short film on November 1, 2, 8, and 9. We are in need of a:- GAFFER- BEST BOY- KEY PA

  • I am MTV Seeks Submissions

    September 26th, 2014

    MTV is now casting for a new project called I AM MTV. We are looking for thenext MTV star and that could be you!!!

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