About the Cinematic Arts Academy
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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO THE CINEMATIC ARTS ACADEMY, AND MILLIKAN IS NOT YOUR RESIDENT SCHOOL, YOU FIRST NEED TO APPLY TO THE AFFILIATED CHARTER SCHOOL LOTTERY. TO APPLY TO THE CHARTER LOTTERY, CLICK HERE: AFFILATED CHARTER LOTTERY
Students interested in the Cinematic Arts Academy must include the following with their application:
A letter of intent, written by the student, detailing why they are interested in being part of the Cinematic Arts Academy.
A link or attachment to an example of their filmmaking (via YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, etc)
Film should be 2-5 minutes in length
Subject matter may include: Documentaries, Short Narratives, School Projects, etc.
Film must be written, directed, and edited by the student with minimal help from parents and teachers.
Optional letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor.
- We are not looking for professional films, only that the students are motivated to complete the application film themselves.
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. It is the only public school program of its kind in the entire country!
The Cinematic Arts Academy begins with basic storytelling techniques, and develops into advanced screenwriting, cinematography, directing, sound and picture editing. Students learn screenwriting on Final Draft, filmmaking on professional Canon video cameras, and editing using Adobe Premiere. They continuously create individual and group-based projects.
Beyond the Classroom:
Beyond the classroom setting, the Cinematic Arts Academy hosts three student film festivals 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.
Cinematic Arts Academy students will be expected to maintain academic and behavioral excellence every report card or be exempt from participating in events and film festivals. Upon acceptance, the students are immersed in an academic experience along with filmmaking. Their film work strengthens their understanding of the academics they are pursuing.
In 7th grade the Cinematic Arts Academy students will have a rigorous, in-depth language and mechanics curricula, as their film teacher will also be their Honors English teacher, incorporating structure and standards. This pairing strengthens test scores, and formal writing, in preparation for high school.
Millikan Middle School is located close to many major Hollywood studios, and as a result, has had an incredible variety of guest speakers and industry professionals who lend their time and talents to help coach our young filmmakers. It also allows for yearly field trips to studios and working sets for front-row views and hands-on experiences.
We are sponsored by our wonderful parent-run booster club, CAAMERA, a 501c3, which helps supplement equipment in the classroom, field trips, film festivals, and other amazing events.