Film Production: Social Impact Filmmaking

Summer 2021

Session Dates: June 27 - July 23, 2021

Location: On-Campus

A hands-on intensive for socially conscious filmmakers. 

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This summer, focus on stories that matter.

Creating media that is socially responsible and highly effective, students in this four-week intensive introductory film program will gain insight into the process of collaborative content creation and an overview of media literacy.

Elevate your knowledge of filmmaking from one of the best film schools in the nation.

In week one, students will be placed into working groups, receiving in-class instruction as well as hands-on lab experience for a full overview of the filmmaking process. Topics include workshops in writing, casting, directing and editing. In weeks two and three, students will begin production on their final film with the final week focused on editing and post-production. The program will conclude with a screening of student work for friends and family. All students will leave with their own three-minute film and will assist as production crew on classmates' projects, giving all participants well-rounded insight into the production process. 

Students who successfully complete this program will receive college credit. Students must have completed junior year of high school by the start of summer 2021 to attend.

Create Stories that Help Transform the World

Why Social Impact Filmmaking?

Hear from former #SummerLions as they reflect on their four-week experience living and learning on LMU's Los Angeles area campus and beginning their academic careers as young filmmakers.

Earn 3-units of college credit on successful completion of this program.

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  • LMU is planning to offer in-person pre-college summer programs in 2021. However, in the event that public health officials do not deem it safe to return to campus, we are prepared to transition the program online and will notify impacted students immediately. The final decision to host the program in person or online will be made in Spring 2021.

    For additional information, please visit our FAQ page. We will update this regularly as new information becomes available.

  • Students enrolled in Film Production: Social Impact Filmmaking will have the opportunity to tour a local film or television studio.

    • Create stories that are socially responsible 
    • Learn to collaborate in groups
    • Gain a basic understanding of the filmmaking process

    Students who successfully complete this course will receive university credit.

  • Application Fee: $65

    2021 Program Cost: $9,450

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for a University credit course (students will receive three units of electvie credit upon successful completion of the course)
    • Housing for 4 weeks
    • All meals
    • Course materials
    • Use of campus recreation facilities
    • Class field trips
    • Three social field trips on the weekend

    The cost does not include transportation to and from the program itself, personal spending money, or other incidentals.

    For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Fees Page

  • This class is open to rising high school seniors only.


    • Online Application 
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Sample Work: Learn More About How to Submit
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • Official High School Transcripts
    • $65 Application Fee

    The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

Create the World You Want to Live In

Film production pre-college applications are now open!