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Program Overview

The Cinematic Arts Academy at Millikan (CAAM) program is a three year program in grades 6-8.

In 2010, the Millikan Middle School film department launched its full-fledged Academy and quickly became the only middle school film program of its kind in Southern California, winning 20+ film awards by the spring of 2013.

The Cinematic Arts Academy, run by veteran filmmaker and teacher, Karen Bennett, begins with basic filmmaking techniques, and develops over the three year program into advanced screenwriting techniques, cinematography, sound, picture editing, and visual effects editing.

Academy students learn how to use professional equipment and study all styles and genres of filmmaking in the following classes:

6th Grade CAAM:  For incoming 6th grade students this class offers basic filmmaking techniques in screenwriting, production, and editing using Adobe Premiere.

VFX Lab:  For 7th and 8th grade students, this class offers advanced work in Adobe After Effects while continuing work in screenwriting and production techniques.

Advanced Production:  For 7th and 8th grade students, this class offers advanced techniques in cinematography and camera work while continuing work in screenwriting and production techniques.

CAAM students win on average 130+ awards in filmmaking per year and to date have received more than $150,000 in scholarships for summer programs and high school tuition.  For more information about the program please visit the CAAM website:

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AWARDS

2013
  • Official Selection: International Student Film Festival Hollywood, Slenderman
  • Official Selection: International Student Film Festival Hollywood, Out of Order
  • Official Selection: National Film Festival for Talented Youth, Slenderman
  • Digital Voice Award: English Connection and Best Overall Middle School, Slenderman
  • Official Selection: Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, Slenderman
  • Video in the Classroom Award Best of Festival and Technical Arts Award, Slenderman
  • Official Selection: National Film Festival for Talented Youth, The Amulet
  • Digital Voice Award: Technical Arts Award and Best Film Production, The Amulet
  • Official Selection: Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, The Amulet
  • California Student Media Festival Award, The Amulet
  • Official Selection: Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, The Only Living Boy in New York
2012
  • Digital Voice Award and History Connection for original film, Odysseus and the Labyrinth
  • Digital Voice Award and English Language Arts Connection for the original film, Runaway
  • VIC Best of Festival and Technical Arts Awards for original film, Runaway
  • Funds for Teachers Grant: Documentary Filmmaker for Project Zawadi, Tanzania

2011
  • Bravo Award Filmmaker (Recipient: Millikan Middle School)
  • VIC Award for Best of Festival and Visual Arts Awards for original film, Alice
  • CA Student Media Festival Best of Festival and Arts Award for original film, Alice

2010
  • VIC Best of Festival and Visual Arts Awards for original film, Outcast
  • CA Student Media Festival Best of Festival and Arts Award for original film, Outcast
  • Los Angeles Short Film Festival Official Selection for original film, Outcast
  • International Student Media Best of Festival Best Festival and Arts Award, Outcast
  • Dance Camera West Best of Festival Award for original film, Outcast

2009
  • VIC Best of Festival, Ensemble, and Technical Arts Awards for original film, Dreamer

 

 

ALUMNI UPDATE

Roger Cordon (age 20) is a graduate of the Inner-City Filmmakers and is getting his foot in the door on music videos for Finnaticz, Six Reasons, and Adjoa Skinner.

Cameron Covell (age 18) is attending USC Film school this fall. This summer, he was honored as a U.S. Presidential Arts Scholars for the Cinematic Arts and his film “The Most Beautiful Thing” is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

Alex Brisker (age 16) won several top honors at the Moon Dance Film Festival at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts and had his short film “Somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota” screened at Steven Spielberg’s home.