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Brooks Institute (Motion Picture)

A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.
-Orson Welles

Brooks’ comprehensive film and video production curricula offer hands-on study of professional filmmaking and production techniques, everything from proposals and budgeting to scripting, directing, and editing.
The film program began at Brooks Institute in the mid 50's. Considered by those in the industry as one of the field's best kept secrets, this program has a long standing history of graduating some of the best in the field. Isidore Mankofsky, Cinematography for The Muppet Movie and Somewhere in Time; Dominick Palmer, Cinematography on the TV series M*A*S*H; Robert Legato, Academy Award winner for Best Effects (Digital Domain) on the movie Titanic, and Visual Effects Supervisor for The Aviator; and most recently, graduate Boris Undorf, Best Cinematography at New York's VisionFest '04' Festival for Sonata.

Hollywood blockbusters and independent art house films both require the collective talents of specially trained people. The Feature Film major is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the numerous aspects of narrative film production, from conception to post-production of a final project.

Films aren't just made for Hollywood; they are made for schools, businesses, and organizations. Films aren't just made to entertain; they are used to educate, persuade, and train. The Commercial Film major is designed to allow for a diverse educational experience in all areas of media production. The filmmaker with these skills is prepared to enter into alternative job market opportunities that may arise outside of the traditional narrative filmmaking paths.

Movies are not just filmed. Increasingly they use elements that exist only as bits of code in a computer. The Visual Effects/Animation major addresses the new world of moviemaking. Students can learn the basic foundations of the creation of live elements to create a composited visual effect as well as 2D and 3D animation. These are the essential skills for the Visual Effects Supervisor who has knowledge in all areas of visual effects but it is not necessarily a specialist in any one area of expertise.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree can be completed in as little as three years. This year round program is comprised of six eight-week terms, during which a student usually takes one core film/video production class paired with one general education course.

School name:Brooks InstituteMotion Picture
Address:5301 North Ventura Avenue
Zip & city:CA 93001 California
Phone:(888) 276-4999

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