On a quiet stretch of San Fernando Boulevard, a few blocks south of Downtown Burbank, bright red and black letters on a large poster call attention to a place where students learn as cameras roll.
Inside, on a recent Wednesday evening, a small group of would-be filmmakers and a teacher discussed lighting and the history of the camera. Among them was Jason Barr, 17, an aspiring screenwriter.
“There is a lot of opportunity to learn, there are only four of us in the class, and our teacher has a lot of time for each of us individually,” Barr said. “It's one of my favorite things so far.”
The screenwriting portion of the course just wrapped up, and Barr said the instruction included a lecture during which the teacher/mentor would share the different aspects of writing, and “then we would get to work on a screenplay that we're working on as a class. He would walk us through it and teach us all the tips and tricks for writing.”