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About the Program

The Cinematic Arts Academy is a three-year program from grades 6-8. In 2012, the LAUSD Millikan Middle School Charter for the Performing Arts launched the Cinematic Arts Academy and it quickly became the only middle school film program of its kind in Southern California winning 20+ film awards by the spring of 2013. The program has been recognized by the White House as a program of excellence and continues today through the generous support of its academic leaders, parent association, and community of sponsors.

The Cinematic Arts Academy begins with basic storytelling techniques, and develops into advanced screenwriting, cinematography, sound and picture editing. Students learn screenwriting on Final Draft, filmmaking on professional Canon video cameras, and editing using Adobe Premiere and After Effects. They will create both individual and group-based projects.

Beyond the classroom setting, the Academy hosts three film festivals for its students each year garnering the opportunity to see their hard work play out on the big screen while family and friends fill the audience.

As part of the larger community of filmmaking, the teachers, parents, and community also bring forward relevant opportunities for the students to explore cinematic arts such as: how to apply to industry film festivals, how to apply for scholarships to film camps, and how to apply to guest judge at youth focused film festivals around the globe. Cinematic Arts Academy students learn skills that can be applied to every walk of life and career choice.