Students can select between either of the following workshops:
Session 1: July 6 - July 30, 2016
Session 2: July 11 - August 6, 2016
Session 3: July 18 - August 13, 2016
Classes meet from 9 am – 5:30 pm Monday thru friday (and an occassional Saturday) with special events and activities on weekends and industry field trips on select weekdays. So that you get the individual attention you expect, each class has no more than 12 students.
1. The workshop offers high school students a unique opportunity to learn the art of Film and Television production from experienced entertainment professionals in a collegiate setting. Each student will Direct their own short film under the instruction of experienced entertainment professionals, some of whom are Emmy and Academy Award winners.
2. Our students have worked on some of the biggest films in Hollywood including Avatar, Spiderman, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Maleficient, Mission Impossible, The Hunger Games, Transformers 3 and the upcoming Avatar 2, and also some of Television’s highest-rated shows including CSI, NCIS Los Angeles, Gotham, The Voice, True Blood and Criminal Minds, just to name a few. Our 85,000 square foot campus features a film and television soundstage, editing facilities, digital classrooms, permanent shooting sets and two theatres.
3. Our campus is located in suburban Los Angeles with every major entertainment studio nearby. Our students have access to top-notch equipment and facilities including permanent shooting sets, separate film and television soundstages, Avid and Final Cut Pro suites, Rehearsal Labs, and a High Definition theater to showcase your work.
The best filmmaker has a thorough understanding of all aspects of the filmmaking process! After taking intensive instruction in writing, directing, lighting, casting, art direction and many other key areas, students are divided into teams – or, as we know them, crews. While one student directs, others work in supportive capacities to make their group project a success. They then switch key roles and move through various crew positions. Each student directs at least one of the films, but all come to appreciate the collaborative nature of the film medium.
Click here to watch “Blind Date”, the film that won the Best Picture award at a previous High School summer film program!
You learn screenwriting from initial story idea to final draft. You learn how a director brings that script to visual life. You also learn how the camera operates, and how to use light. There is instruction in acting so you can better communicate with your performers, and a casting professional offers you knowledge of how to find the best actor for the role. We also have a professional make-up artist show you how to make the character look as written on the page, and an art director teaches the importance of focusing on every aspect of the frame.
You shoot your film and the films of the other students. Directing combines with cinematography and lighting so you understand how to visually represent what is on the page.
Time to edit as you learn the basics of post production while you complete the process of creating your film.
Commuter Option: $2,795
Residential Option: $4,695
Fees include all equipment and supplies needed and a daily lunch. Residential students also receive breakfast and dinner on weekdays, brunch and dinner on weekends and daily shuttle transportation to the Columbia College Hollywood campus. A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available to all students and early application is encouraged to guarantee a space in the workshop of your choice.
Each session culminates with a Saturday film festival that recognizes your accomplishments. This includes a screening, awards ceremony and barbecue with all the trimmings. Family and friends are, of course, invited!
Students desiring housing are accommodated at either Oakwood Housing or at Meridian Point adjacent to the campus of California State University Northridge, both located approximately 4 miles from our campus. Housing provided is in a shared double-room with another workshop participant. Students living in housing are supervised by our live-in female adult Housing Coordinator.
A completed Application form signed by both the student and parent. You may Apply Online or you may apply by mailing in a Paper Application Form. When applying online, if any item does not apply to you, simply write N/A.
A $50.00 non-refundable application fee that will be credited toward the session cost.
A one-page personal essay describing your interest in film and television production. The essay helps us gauge the area of film and television that most interests you, and should be typed or neatly handwritten.
The above materials should be sent to us at the following address:
Columbia College Hollywood
Summer High School Filmmaking Workshop
18618 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: (818) 345-8414
Fax: (818) 345-8153
Film Program Video
I am entering high school as a freshman in September after your workshop begins. Am I eligible?
Yes, as long as you’ve finished junior high (or middle school) and are about to enter high school, you are eligible to participate.
What do we do on weekends?
When not shooting, activities are planned for each Saturday and includes a tour of Hollywood and a tour of a movie studio. Sundays are generally free to do whatever you like as we want you to have fun as well! However to be able to leave unaccompanied, you must have a Parental Consent form on file.
Do I earn college credit for attending your workshop?
Yes, you can earn 4 units of college credit toward for your attendance and we will send you an official transcript if you successfully complete the workshop. However, as with all credits, it is up to the college you decide to attend to determine whether they will accept your credit toward your graduation requirement.
I just finished high school and am about to attend college. Can I still participate?
Yes, as long as you haven’t been out of high school for more than six months and have not taken any college courses, you can participate.
I don’t have any film experience. Would I feel out of place?
Of course not. Although many of the workshop students have made student films before, many have not. Our instructors tailor their instruction based on each student’s skill set.
How do we get actors to act in our movies?
You will place a casting call on LA Casting and select professional actors from the casting call just like in a Hollywood production. You will love some and you will reject some. It’s Hollywood!
Who are my crew members?
Your fellow students are your crew members as we want all participants to learn all the various positions on a film set.
Do I get a copy of my movie to take home?
Yes. You get a copy of your movie and all the other movies also.
Can I sit in on some of CCH’s college courses?
Yes. You can speak to your Academic Advisor about setting this up once you are enrolled in the program and we encourage all participants to do this.
What are the important items for Boarding students to bring?
To see a list of recommended items to bring if you will be staying in our Housing facilities, please click here.
Does the College provide transportation from the airport?
Yes. One of our drivers will meet you at the airport and transport you to our housing facility You only need to complete a Travel Itinerary/Pickup Request form.