Industry veterans are supporting a magnet program in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where the curriculum will center around film and television production. According to LAUSD, the academy will provide education and practical training in the art and science of filmmaking to marginalized communities.
“Physics is involved in how a cinematographer chooses a lens, math is part of the foundation for a musical score in a film, critical thinking skills are needed to design a set, scriptwriters have a strong understanding of literacy.” Foundations are required, and a makeup artist needs to know the chemistry of the different ingredients they may use — and all of this will be covered in the school curriculum. We create opportunities for kids in Los Angeles. We are excited to have the support of these extraordinary industry leaders to the region,” Superintendent Austin Buettner said in a press release.
In the city’s Westlake district, Edward R. The Royal School of Film and Television Production, on the premises of the Royal Learning Centre, will open to students in grades 9 and 10 in 2022, with plans to expand to grades 11 and 12 in the following two. years.
The founding advisory board also includes Nicole Avant, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Grant Heslov, Eva Longoria, Brian Lourd and other skilled industry professionals.
LAUSD also announced a collaboration last week with Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine to launch a high school focused on business, technology and entrepreneurship in South LA.