Film Production: Social Impact Filmmaking

Summer 2021

Session Dates: June 27 - July 23, 2021 (This course is currently full)

Location: Online

A hands-on intensive for socially conscious filmmakers. 

The pre-college "Beginning Screenwriting" application is currently closed.

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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 online intensive 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, we will be watching films with an eye toward analyzing their structure and filmic make-up. Also, the first at home single person film assignment will be given out. We will cover editing over a virtual lecture so that students are prepared to edit on Adobe Premiere. In addition, we will cover important topics like writing, casting, directing and editing through zoom lecture and collaboration.

In weeks two and three, students will begin production on their final film that they will shoot with any type of camera they have at their disposal in locations they can shoot in or around their home. We will also spend the last week writing a short film that students can shoot in the feature. The program will conclude with a virtual screening of students' work. 

Students who successfully complete this program will receive college credit. Students must have completed junior year of high school by the start of summer 2020 to attend.


Create Stories that Help Transform the World

Though our programming will remain online in 2021, the outcomes are still very much the same:

  • Create stories that are socially responsible 
  • Learn to collaborate virtually with peers
  • Gain a basic understanding of the filmmaking process

Hear from former #SummerLions as they reflect on their four-week experience beginning their academic careers as young filmmakers.

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

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  • Pre-College Summer Programs for high school students will be offered exclusively through online instruction in summer 2021.

    Students who participated last summer enjoyed a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities that enhanced their academic studies. Whether competing for first place in our virtual “House Competition,” receiving daily 1-on-1 and group support from current LMU undergraduates, or dropping into nightly social activities with peers – students felt that one aspect of summer they loved most was the sense of community they built during their time online with LMU.

    • Create stories that are socially responsible 
    • Learn to collaborate virtually with peers
    • Gain a basic understanding of the filmmaking process

    Students who successfully complete this course will receive university credit.

  • Application Fee: $65

    2021 Program Cost: $4,863

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for a University credit course (3 credits will be awarded on successful completion)
    • College preparedness workshops with LMU Admission and Financial Aid offices
    • Career readiness workshops with LMU's Career and Professional Development office
    • Online social activities with LMU's student ambassadors 
    • Access to current LMU faculty, staff, and students to answer any questions about the film industry, the college application process, life at LMU and more!

    A personal computer or video conferencing capable mobile device and internet access are required for this course and are not covered in the cost of tuition and fees.

    Program fees do not include access to editing software required for this program. Students can use Adobe Premiere or iMovie to edit their work. A free trial of Premiere - the industry standard software - is available through the Adobe website. 

    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

    This course is currently full.

Create the World You Want to Live In

Pre-college applications are now closed for this course. Please check back in fall for addiitonal details about our summer 2022 programming.