McCallum High School?s Cinematic Arts is an award winning, four-year, script-to-screen program where students explore the creative and technical aspects of moving images and production. Cinematic Arts Majors are presented with numerous opportunities to participate in the aspects of film. Students will write, cast, edit, and produce their own films.
Cinematic Arts students will learn skills that pique their interest and prepare them for careers in the film industry. Whether moving on to college film programs, technical schools, or straight to industry, Cinematic Arts students develop skills like storytelling, editing, and technology fluency that prepare them for the next level in their academic or professional development.
Our hands-on approach to teaching and project based curriculum is designed to reflect the real-world environment while encouraging students to explore their own creative passions using our state-of-the-art equipment.
Students that have graduated from the program have gone to universities such as Columbia University, New York University, the University of Texas, California Institute of the Arts, the Pratt Institute, and Sante Fe University of Art and Design. Graduates have worked on projects that include True Grit, Fear the Walking Dead, and Godless and with directors such as the Ethan and Joel Coen and Terrence Malick.
Any McCallum zoned student can enter the program as a pathway. Students are accepted into the Cinematic Arts program through the McCallum Fine Arts Academy application process. Visit the Academy application page and Important Events to learn more.
Students are introduced to basic storytelling and screenwriting techniques, production planning, storyboards, basic editing skills, camera and lighting techniques. Story development is a big part of our approach. We spend nine pus weeks working on screenwriting and story development. Students learn to use table reads and class feedback as a means to improve their screenplays.
Students are introduced to advanced screenwriting, advanced lighting techniques and to the world of the grip. Various projects are designed to increase skills in lighting, camera, editing, and storytelling.
Students will create four 5 minute film projects for competition as well as learn to write a business plan, create a film package, and hold casting calls. Students must earn 20 internship ours through outside programs.
Students will create a 5 minute film for competition along with their 20 minute Capstone project. Students have the opportunity to earn scholarship credits as they get real-world experience working with clients on class projects