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Film and Television

Directing

Kate Rees Davies, Certificate in Directing

“UCLA Extension gave me the confidence to go out and build a film career. It was a great environment where you learned not only from the lecturers—people who worked in film—but also from the people in your class, because of the experience they had in other fields.

I recently graduated from the UCLA Extension Directing Program and was given the opportunity by Women in Film (WIF) to direct one of the Public Service Announcements in conjunction with Santa Monica TV. We are now in the final stages of edit and I have been lucky to be paired up with Suzanne Edwards who will score the piece for me. Suzanne recently graduated from the UCLA Extension Film Scoring Program and won an Emmy on one of the PSA’s she scored for last year…My short film Cell Phone also screened at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

To have an opportunity like this so soon after leaving the program is wonderful.”

 

Ellie Wen, Student of Susana Casares (Making the Short Documentary for Digital Platforms)

I took “Making the Short Documentary for Digital Platforms” taught by Susana Casares in the Fall of 2015. As part of that course, we each made our own short documentary and mine was called “Single Mother Only Daughter.” I will be forever grateful to my instructor Susana and the course for giving me the confidence to consider myself as a director and to tell my own stories. I never went to film school, so this was my first directing course I’d ever taken. I’m so grateful to UCLA Extension for providing high quality education from established, experienced, working professionals. I had an incredible experience and highly recommend enrolling in a course at UCLA Extension!

After the course ended, I was invited to screen my film at the 2016 UCLA Extension Film Festival (UCLAxFilmFest). It was such an honor to premiere the film in that setting with friends and family in attendance! After the screening, I was approached by [UCLA Extension instructor and 2016 UCLAxFilmFest judge] Kim Adelman who programs the American Cinematheque’s Annual Focus on Female Directors. She shared the film with her fellow programmers and I was so honored and happy to have it be invited to the 12th Annual Focus on Female Directors showcase. It just screened this past January at the Egyptian Theatre in a lineup of so many terrific short films directed by fellow female filmmakers. It was a wonderful evening and I’ve been so touched to hear from so many audience members about how they connected to my film. My film will be screening in another festival in a few months (yet to be announced) and then that will be followed by its online premiere on a prestigious platform (yet to be announced). I’m so grateful to my instructor Susana and UCLA Extension where it all began!

 

Alvaro Ron, Certificate in Film, TV, & Digital Entertainment Media and Directing

untitled-min“I was extremely lucky to get a scholarship to complete UCLA Extension’s “Film, TV and Digital Entertainment Media” Certificate Program. I spent three years (between 2001 and 2004) specializing in producing and directing and they were some of the best years of my life. I made lots of friends from around the world who were talented and passionate filmmakers, and I had some wonderful professors who taught me not only about film, but about life. To all of them I am forever grateful: Michael Knue, Lisa Chess and Debra Magit, Yemane Desmissie, Judith Merians, Bruce Block, Kim Adelman, Richard Greenberg, Beverly Sanders, Deland Nuse, Charlie Rose, Gene Allen and Corey Kaplan, Daniele J. Suissa and Peter Abrahams to name a few.
[I] was present at the 26th Producers Guild Awards as one of the finalists of the “Make Your Mark Competition” organized by the PGA and sponsored by Cadillac to help emerging filmmakers launch their careers. [My] film “The Red Thunder” tells a superhero story from a female perspective.

“I spent three years specializing in producing and directing and they were some of the best years of my life.”

[I, along with the other two finalists,] Michael Burke and Ian Wagner, and Tim Wen and Chidi Onyejuruwa, created short films with mentors Bruce Cohen (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) and Peter Saraf (“Little Miss Sunshine”) who was [my] mentor throughout the whole process. The judges were Kathy Bates, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Hawk Koch (“Source Code”), Gary Lucchesi (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Lori McCreary (“Invictus”), Chris Moore (“Good Will Hunting”), Craig Bierley, and Matthew Zelley, executive creative director at Lowe and Partners.

[My] new short film, “The Red Thunder”, is executive produced by Rosana Tomas (“Weeds”) also a UCLA [Extension] Alumni and Greg Haggart (“Act of Valor”), Patrick Rousseau (“Suburgatory”) is the Cinematographer, Vicente Perez (“My Bakery in Brooklyn”) is the editor, Cesar Benito (“Ways to Live Forever”) is the composer, and Guillermo Marin (“Cantinflas”) is the Sound Mixer. The screenplay is penned by Rafael Alvarez (“The Wire”), Clara Viola and [myself]. The film stars Allie Grant (“Weeds”, “Suburgatory”), Miles Heizer (“Parenthood”), Karen Strassman (“Weeds”) and Doug Olear (“The Wire”).”

 

Ryan Condercuri, Certificate in Directing

“I have learned so much. I feel that the program has helped me become a better director. My final film has been accepted by two film festivals so far and it would not have happened without the program.”

 

Jody Hart, Student in Producing and Directing Programs

“These classes and instructors provided assistance and guidance to ensure the overall success of my production.”

“My story is a bit different I guess. I have been working in the Entertainment Industry for 19 years. In 2013, I decided to take advantage of the Veterans Affairs benefits to
move my career more toward producing and directing, so I enrolled at UCLA Extension in 2014. While attending, I produced / line produced a SAG Low Budget Feature film called Street. I used a lot of the information from my classes and instructors to build the budget and secure financing for the film. Theon-the-set-of-Street three classes that helped me the most
were: “The Art of Line Producing” with Paul Hellerman, “Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television” with Kelly Kiernan, and “Low Budget
Filmmaking” with Richard Friedman. These classes and instructors provided assistance and guidance to ensure the overall success of my production.

For the next 8 months, I used the education I received from the instructors throughout the development of the film. I secured the title of Producer & Line Producer via a contract that was
developed from my education and instructors from “The Art of Line Producing,” “Pre Production for Film and Television,” and “Low Budget Filmmaking.”  On October 2014, we went into a 15 day shoot of the film.  The film has a small theatrical distribution deal with Brenden Theaters.”

 

Juliette Beneich, Student in Directing Program

62649_10151554357509088_1056623252_n“I had the chance with UCLA Extension to meet a lot of amazing people. What is great with this institution is that every teacher we have is or has been in the industry, and has something true to tell us, from the memory of a film set to advice that can change the way we see a film.

I met two people who really meant a lot to me at UCLA Extension.  First, Jennie Tugend, who wrote for me a very touching recommendation letter when I told her my ambition to get my master’s at USC. She has been there for me, even a year after our class, and helped me in a lot of ways.  Second, John Rosenberg, who not only taught us a great class, but asked to see the film I was going to submit and gave me editing advice in the best way possible. I could never thank them enough for their help in achieving my dream.  Thanks to Jennie and John, and UCLA Extension, I sent my application to USC knowing I had those amazing people supporting me. And it means a lot.

Getting into the Master of Fine Arts of Film & Television Production at USC is already an accomplishment itself.

“[Instructor Jennie Tugend] has been there for me, even a year after our class…”

I will start the Master in a few days, at the beginning of January so, for now, I think I still do not really realize how this can and will change my life. USC has been my goal for a long time, and I couldn’t have done it without everything I learnt at UCLA Extension. I had the chance to learn a lot in Paris, where I studied film for 3 years at Paris 8, but UCLA Extension taught me how the American industry works and how to become a part of it.

I believe my “success story” has started with UCLA Extension and will just reach the next step with USC. Then, who know what the future holds?
I just know it’s gonna be a little bit brighter every day.

Also, I had the opportunity in David Martin-Porras’ class to direct my latest short film, “Another Way,” which has a great success at UCLA [Extension] and also many other places. I am convinced that it helped my USC application a lot.”

Nathalie Sejean, Certificates in Entertainment Studies and Directing

nathalie“While doing my Directing Certificate, I had the opportunity to write, direct and edit several short films, including Double, that went on to represent UCLA Extension at the San Sebastian Film Festival International Film School Meeting in 2009. I also met and learned from peers and professionals about the film industry in ways that have deeply changed my understanding of stories and creativity, and set me on a path of growth.

Since then, I have created a filmmaking blog that is dedicated to continuing education for storytellers and filmmakers who want to build a lasting career in the 21st century.

Last year I co-wrote with fellow UCLA Extension alumni Gizem Evcin, directed and animated an interactive video, Ticking Bomb, that was finalist at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival/Genero TV contest.

We also co-founded a creative shop named GizLie where we create and sell stories under many shapes and forms.

I’m currently working on a feature film screenplay, and an animation short; and using my blog as a tool to connect with fellow filmmakers and learn.”

 

Eva Merz, Certificate in Directing

“My experience in the Directing Certificate has been amazing, especially the workshop classes that had me exercise the craft frequently with three films in each workshop class.”

D706002_1“The Entertainment Studies division is well connected with the industry and truly cares about the future career of their students. Thanks to their helpful Internship Advisor, I was able to secure an internship at my favorite production company that will help me get my foot in the door.

In addition to the internship, my experience in the Directing Certificate has been amazing, especially the workshop classes that had me exercise the craft frequently with three films in each workshop class. Also, the “Developing Non-Fiction for Film & TV” class by Kirk Saduski was a great start to develop my first feature film, which has already caught the attention of potential producers.

Having been honored with a Hummel Scholarship last quarter, I want to continue focusing on writing classes in addition to my Directing certificate in order to finish my feature film script.

More recently, I took part in the Filmmaker’s Alliance ‘SHOOTOUT’ 48 hour competition and thanks to the UCLA Extension workshops, I was already experienced in organizing small-scale productions in a very limited amount of time. It was a great experience and I’m happy to report that we won the competition!  I am planning on using the film services that came with the prize for my thesis film in Directing.”

 

Weibo Hu, Certificate in Directing

“I very much enjoyed my time at UCLA. I learned a lot from the program that I can’t imagine I could have learned anywhere else. I enhanced my knowledge in film through classes and gained lots of hands-on experience while shooting for our assignments. I was able to network and meet students from all around the world that are valuable connections for my future.”

 

Taylor Chen, Completed Courses in Directing

2B6A9427“I was able to transfer my experiences into my full-time position as a script supervisor on feature films and commercials. A script supervisor must understand every detail of the script, and monitor every detail of the shot in filming. We need to understand every department, and have a firm grasp of set politics to communicate and correct problems when technical issues in continuity, screen direction, matching, etc. arise. We are the director’s “second pair of eyes”. What I learned in my Entertainment Studies classes were tremendously helpful, since my job requires me to have a holistic understanding of film, and I would not be able to be so critical and knowledgeable of our filming without this experience.”

 

Ryan Wardwell, Certificate in Directing

“The teachers really want to see you succeed and are always willing to put in extra time and go out of their way to support you. The same goes for classmates putting in long hours on shoots and the overall program’s evident goal of creating learning experiences for students that will lead them to the next step in their careers.”

 

Mio Hu, Student in Directing Program

“UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies has opened the door to Hollywood for me and has allowed me to elevate my skills in directing and filmmaking.”

unnamed“I’ve always loved being both in front of and behind the camera. I’ve taken some filmmaking classes from a film school before, and yet the program in UCLA lead me to another level of learning and master the essence of directing. My first quarter I just finished gave me a great deal of insight into the film world.  For example, the unique points of view from my course “Craft of the Director” with David Martines allowed me to analyze a film in different angles.  I just had my first class in Post Production with Wes Irwin, who works at Fox, and is a very knowledgeable instructor. I already learnt so much from the first class.  We also have field trips to the world-class studios and guest speakers in every class. UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies opened the door to Hollywood for me and has allowed me to elevate my skills in directing and filmmaking.

Attending the Directing program has also helped boost my acting resumé. I noticed that many casting directors favored actors with filmmaking knowledge. I recently was cast as a supporting role and shot a short film set in Japan called “Before the End.”

I also landed an internship with a production company for winter quarter, which will be a great chance to incorporate what I have learnt in class into hands-on experience.”

 

Hemant Verma, Student in Directing and Producing Programs

“Having grown up in 14 cities across three continents I can honestly say that UCLA Extension has the most diverse student body I’ve ever come across. This diverse student body is what makes creative learning at the extension such an extraordinary experience. The faculty is motivated and encouraging. The administration is sensitive and very proactive to student suggestions and feedback. Being situated in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, this program is excellent for anyone wanting to build on a foundation in entertainment/film studies or like in my case hone on my existing skills.”

 

Maria Alvandi, Student in Directing Program

Screen-Shot-2015-11-28-at-6.24.26-PM“The most inspiration I’ve gotten so far as a director has come from “The Language of Filmmaking” class taught by Alessandro Pirolini.  He shows lots of various video clips which engages my creativity.  After every class, I leave with a lot of ideas to incorporate into the projects I am working on.  I shot a short film, “Taste to be Wicked,” and created a character [for my short film] that is hugely due to his class.  Also, this class has given me the idea I am currently working on for my thesis movie.  Thank you, Alex!

Besides my short film “Taste to be Wicked,” which has screened at AMC Times Square, NY at the AAHSFF, I have also recently worked as a paid production intern with CBS on Dr. Phil.”

 

 

Alejandro Trigos, Student in Directing Program

“I have studied filmmaking and worked in the film industry in my home country for the last eight years; yet, every day I learn something new in UCLA Extension. I have had the chance to learn from the best professionals in the American film industry and share my thoughts and opinions with them. In addition, I have experienced a multicultural environment where the University prepares students to research, propose new ideas and to be unique. I take classes with professionals from more than 20 different countries; we express ideas and learn from different points of view, creating as a result new networking groups.

This has been one of my best decisions in life; it’s shaping my academic, professional, and personal life. I’m proud to be part of UCLA Extension.”

 

Lia Chapman, Certificate in Directing

“The [directing] certificate has been an excellent learning tool for me. From the beginning, my goal for joining the certificate program was to be more knowledgeable in all areas pertaining to making a film as a director. I have to say that my goal was accomplished; I can now call myself a director without shrinking an inch. I saw my growth with each class and with each assignment, day after day. This was also verified to me by the instructors and by my fellow students. I loved that I was surrounded by equally talented individuals from all over the world. I made great friends with whom I’ll be collaborating for years to come. They’re all now part of my life. I’m very grateful to all the people involved in the certificate program that I came in contact with.”

 

Daniela Arguello Abate, Certificate in Directing

“UCLA Extension gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and industry professionals who pushed me to keep improving and becoming better in my work by providing their advice, knowledge, and the tools to do so.”

Acting

Jamie Nicole Sutton, Student in Acting Program

Headshot-Fave“The UCLA Extension Acting Certificate program has contributed to my success in a huge way by helping me actually start my career! Before I joined the program in 2014, I was busy working a full-time job I loathed and dreaming of my acting career, like I have done all of my life. Not being from Los Angeles, I had no idea how to begin my career or even what to research, to start a legitimate professional acting career. Now, through one of my favorite instructors, Toni Attell, I have signed with The Brogan Agency.  Instructor Adam Lieblein also helped me to narrow down realistic goals within my business plan for my acting career.  This program has helped me face my fears dead-on in a nurturing environment and build skills that are essential to making it in the business. I can not believe how far I have come and I would be nowhere without this amazing program!”

 

 

 

Leonard Hennessy, Certificate in Acting

“As a retired U.S. Navy Commander, I appreciate a well-organized and efficient training program. Like anything, you get out of the UCLA Extension courses exactly what you put into them. The instructors have the right tools to deftly coach and mentor you as you build a foundation for a new career. I found myself challenged far more than I initially expected, and found much satisfaction and enjoyment in pushing myself to employ all of the acting techniques I’d been taught in my UCLA Extension courses and yet still finding ways to get better results through effective coaching by the instructors. The fact that the UCLA Extension instructors are also industry professionals with contacts is very helpful. The occasional field trips to industry locations (post-production facilities, music studios, etc.) have been exceptionally enlightening. UCLA Extension has my highest possible recommendation!”

 

Fanny Henriksson, Certificate in Acting

“UCLA Extension has great teachers who challenge you and help you figure out your acting abilities. I appreciate not only getting feedback on my acting and my journey, but also learning about the business side of the world of entertainment–especially when you are an international student and everything is both new and very different in how you will continue pursuing acting after graduating (visa-wise, for example). I have learned so much in my time at UCLA Extension.”

 

Shahrad Fredotti, Student in Acting Program

Behind-the-Scenes-Free-The-Pain-EDITED“I am surrounded by instructors who feel me, who understand me and my fears, and know best how to make me open my wings.  I am surrounded by

students who want this as badly as I do, we are a team, no competition, our job is to achieve our goals and pull each other up, higher and higher.  A friendly environment that helps people like me (that were, or still sometimes are, intimidated by Film and Music fields and professionals) feel at ease, feel at home and welcome.

I come from an Engineering background, a field with solid and certain future, where there are no “What if I don’t make it?” nor “I told you there is no future
in this.”  I come from a background that people do not take art seriously, they do not understand the hard work that an Actor, Director, Producer, Singer, or a Screen-writer does, and all of it might not even get anywhere.

“[UCLA Extension created] a friendly environment that helps people like me…feel at ease, feel at home and welcome.”

At this time five years ago I gave up a field that I have five international awards in, and started my dream.  At the age of 27, I said goodbye to my fears, and even though there was doubt in my life everyday.  Now, I have produced my first album after five years of hard work, the hardest five years of my life.  My first album is being released in a week and I am finally here in LA, at UCLA Extension, surrounded by instructors that are real supporters, and believers, surrounded by students who want something as badly as I do and who understand me and push me.

I hope, and I know that five years from now I will write the same story about my acting. Leaving language and culture barrier behind me, I have nothing to lose!”

 

Jennifer Dellapina, Completed Courses in Acting

“Since the age of five, I knew I wanted to be an actress, but fear held me back throughout the stages of my life. I was too scared to embarrass myself in front of classmates, too scared to study drama in college in lieu of a more stable career path, too scared to be an older acting student. At the age of 45, I received a catalog from UCLA Extension and thought, ‘well, UCLA is a great school and [UCLA Extension’s] entertainment program is highly regarded. So what am I waiting for now?’ I went for it, and found an amazing, nurturing, eye-opening experience. My classmates were enthusiastic supporters, of all ages and from every corner of the globe, and my instructor was inspirational.

On the first day of my first acting course at UCLA Extension, I cowered in the corner until nudged out by my instructor. Now, four courses later, I can’t even remember what I was so scared of. I owe so much to UCLA [Extension] and I am so thrilled to be pursuing a lifelong passion that is only now bubbling to the surface. And guess what? I landed my first role in a stage production. I’ll be making my theater debut in two weeks, and I have no fear.”

Anna-Maria Elli Achlatlis, Certificate in Acting

“The UCLA Extension acting program made me “dust off” my acting skills and previous knowledge of acting. It also made it possible for me to connect with like-minded people and gave me a decent amount of networking opportunities.”

 

Zacharias Christofi, Certificate in Acting

“I valued the diversity of the material within this program. Learning about directing, cameras, and acting gave me a variety of tools to master my craft. The incredible knowledge that I received from such reputable professionals in the industry was incomparable.”

 

Magnus af Sandeberg, Certificate in Acting

“What I loved about the Acting Certificate was the hands-on approach. It is built around the actual business and focuses in many ways on how to succeed as an actor. I’ve had a lot of great teachers and guest speakers and I’ve met many people in the business which has been perfect for networking.”

 

Essence Wallace, Certificate in Acting

“UCLA Extension has given me an opportunity to learn from industry professionals, network with upcoming artists, and set personal goals for my career. I now feel equipped and ready to take on the industry.”

 

Dalila Lutz, Certificate in Acting

“Throughout the duration of my studies at UCLA Extension’s Acting Program, I learned the tools to help me excell in my career and book numerous jobs.  I learned set etiquette and techniques that helped me develop interesting characters.”

 

Olga Maria de la Luz Rendón Treviño, Certificate in Acting

“My experience at UCLA Extension was a second opportunity to improve my career.  It changed my path, and all my professors and the UCLA Extension personnel helped me to design the life I love.”

Cinematography

Beste Oneren, Certificate in CinematographyPhoto3

“As a fresh literature graduate, I had no idea about film-making or cameras. But I knew I wanted to film stories I wrote and did not want to rely on anybody while doing it. I remember talking to [UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies representative] Mike Lammers for a couple of hours to determine which certificate would be the best. We decided Cinematography was. I was scared; I remember telling him I wasn’t camera-savvy at all. How could I? He encouraged me all the way and I ended up getting A’s from all the classes that I took. Shooting on film was the perfect experience–I have not filmed with 35mm since. Watching everything we filmed on a big screen gave me great confidence. I still think of a question [cinematography instructor] Deland Nuse asked during a lecture: could anyone write a pattern or formula for film? Almost impossible, but very intriguing. I also remember [cinematography instructor] Charles Rose arriving with a new camera each class; he was the first to let me know there actually will be apps on iPhone for cameras. I kept that in mind and I was probably one of the first people to download that kind of technology. This program gave me confidence and truly a broad vision on what I can achieve as a young film-maker. Studying in L.A. was the best decision I’ve made, in that sense.

I’ve been working since I returned to Turkey, and I believe that in itself is a huge success. But, in addition to that, there are couple of projects which really do stand out.

On best-selling documentary, The Beginning:
“The day I handed in the last episode of the season, protests broke out in Istanbul, Gezi Park against the government…I grabbed my camera and filmed every detail I could for the next three weeks.

In June 2013, I was directing a TV show with one of the most famous designers in Turkey, Barbaros Sansal. The day I handed in the last episode of the season, protests broke out in Istanbul, Gezi Park against the government. While some TVs chose not to show it, my channel went straight live and stayed live for the next month, 24/7. So I grabbed my camera and filmed every detail I could for the next three weeks. The amount of pepper gas I inhaled was enough to burn my lungs the whole summer but I kept going, I kept filming. The protests began to spread to the whole country; everyone chanted for the Republic, Secularity, Constitution, Freedom. After three weeks, a fellow director and I thought we should start cutting now and release the documentary right away so that the movement has its objectives on film. We did. We slept in an office, which was very close to the Gezi Park, and under extensive smoke of pepper gas we cut the documentary. Our office was raided by the police twice, but luckily we kept copying all our data and securing it outside the office everyday so the raids could not stop the editing process. I was taken into custody for three days because I carried a camera around. In the end, The Beginning was released. We called it that because it was the beginning of the end of an oppressive government. The documentary was shown in every continent. I traveled with it to Washington, New York, London. I Skype chatted with followers in Germany, Australia, Canada. It is a best-seller in Turkey. No other documentary has sold more.

After The Beginning, the fellow director and I worked on two other very important documentaries. One is called The Gulen and the other 1915 with Armenian Documents. Both still have special screenings in the U.S. And they’re considered to be the most influential political documentaries ever made in Turkey and about Turkey because they feature both Turkish and foreign point of view and make very solid cases. For example, for GULEN, I interviewed and filmed three American journalists myself. 1915 has been traveling the U.S. universities throughout this Spring. It is 85% English and brings together many historians of different nationalities.

I am currently working on a new documentary and a feature-film script. I will be traveling to Syria, very soon, to film something incredible. It’s a better world when you have a point to make, a story to back it up and film is the most powerful way to achieve that. I am thankful to UCLA Extension for making that possible for me.”

Roman Zenz, Certificate in Cinematography, Student in Entertainment Studies Program

Urban Fruit, my feature length documentary about Urban Farming in LA, got funded; it premiered a year later, won several awards, and just got picked up by Amazon Prime.”

me2015betterWEb“During the course “Documentary Filmmaking” with Petra Haffter, which I took as part of the Certificate in Cinematography, I developed my idea for a feature length documentary.  The feedback from the instructor as well as my co-students helped me make the right decisions about protagonists and storylines, and the deadlines were helpful to keep me focused and forced me to deliver.  Urban Fruit, my feature length documentary about Urban Farming in Los Angeles, got funded; it premiered a year later, won several awards and just got picked up by Amazon Prime.

Besides working on my documentary, in 2014 I was camera operator on the traveling cooking show Bite This for the Cooking Channel and in 2015 I was Director of Photography for a new show about inventors It’s called Eureka and premieres in January on The History Channel.”

 

 

Jason Knutzen, Instructor in CinematographyJason Knutzen

“This past summer I was the cinematographer on a low-budget feature. I was able to bring on several of my students to assist in my camera and lighting teams. It was fantastic, an extension of the classroom, put into practice in a “real-world” situation.”

 

 

 

Daniel Lindqvist, Certificate in Cinematography

“The Cinematography Certificate helped me narrow down what I need knowledge-wise to reach my artistic goals as a filmmaker while going down my own path. Realizing how the industry operates from different perspectives gave me a good confidence boost in order to keep growing and progressing. I honestly could not be more happy with my choice of education. Going with Extension in Los Angeles is one of the best decisions of my life thus far.”

 

Otavio Magalhaes Cardoso Lima, Certificate in Cinematography

“It was amazing to be in Los Angeles, the core of the entertainment business, and learn from teachers who are currently active in the industry. Also, I had a great experience getting to meet people from all over the world and all sharing the same passion for filmmaking. I strongly recommend the certificate for those who are starting their careers in the film business.”

 

Lance Williams, Certificate in Cinematography

“This has been a phenomenal experience for me. I learned so much about camera work, lighting, set design. I feel equipped to go out into the field, and be productive! Thank you so much UCLA Extension!”

Development

Aleksandra Kochoska, Certificate in Development

“UCLA Extension has given me a career in the States. So far, I’ve been able to intern for CBS Studios, Fox Network, and NBC. These connections have opened many doors so far and I would highly recommend this program, especially for international students.”

 

Sara Marijuan de Areba, Certificates in Development and Producing

“Both Producing and Development certificates at UCLA [Extension] have helped me to expand my knowledge in the Entertainment Industry. As an international producer born and raised in Spain, I have learned the differences between the European and American markets. The certificates at UCLA Extension have helped me in meeting people from the industry and starting my career in the US.”

 

Vivian Arber-Moore, Certificates in Development, Producing, and Business & Management of Entertainment

“From my studies/work at UCLA Extension, I was the first American selected for Rutger Hauer’s Filmfactory.”

“From my studies/work at UCLA Extension, I was the first American selected for Rutger Hauer’s Filmfactory. At the Factory, I produced a short film for the Rotterdam Film Festival and a commercial for NBC. Since then, I have had many exciting projects, and recently produced the multi-format program How to Make a Billion and Save the World for BBC World Service. UCLA Extension provided me with the education, skills, and relationships that create opportunities for work and continued success.”

 

Daniele Cocchi, Certificate in Development

“This year spent at UCLA Extension has been a wonderful experience. I met people from all over the world, each one of them with a different background, a different story, but all of them inspired by the same dream: leave their mark on the entertainment industry. I’ve never experienced such an amazing and stimulating atmosphere as here in LA. The classes at UCLA Extension were really informative; this is not surprising since all the instructors are accomplished professionals in their own fields. Thanks to UCLA Extension, I can now make my first step in the entertainment industry with confidence.”

 

Firat Uran, Certificates in Producing, Business & Management of Entertainment, Development, Entertainment Studies

“I came to Los Angeles to achieve my dreams of working in the film industry. UCLA Extension helped me discover and develop my talents.”

Entertainment Studies

Andrea Carlton, Student in Entertainment Studies Program

“After only three months of classes at UCLA [Extension] I have now appeared in Uncle Buck, Last Man Standing, and Criminal Minds.  I owe my progress and success to the staff and faculty of UCLA [Extension].”

20151211_142837_HDR“Most people only dream about being an actor or actress. Until recently, I was one of those people. After spending 12 years in the U.S. Army, I decided to go back to school and make my dream a reality. I thought it would take a lot of time, but the Entertainment Studies program at UCLA [Extension] has made it so simple. All of my classes have been fun and interactive. All of my instructors have been industry professionals that have shared knowledge that you can’t find in a book.

Since I started taking the classes I have broken into an industry that is almost impossible to break into. I started off by finding a new career that I love which is casting. I have also registered with Central Casting Agency to perform as a background actor for now. After only three months of classes at UCLA [Extension] I have now appeared in Uncle Buck, Last Man Standing, and Criminal Minds. I owe my progress and success to the staff and faculty of UCLA [Extension]. Thank you for giving me the courage to pursue my dream and new career.”

 

Roman Zenz, Certificate in Cinematography, Student in Entertainment Studies Program

Urban Fruit, my feature length documentary about Urban Farming in LA, got funded; it premiered a year later, won several awards, and just got picked up by Amazon Prime.”

me2015betterWEb“During the course “Documentary Filmmaking” with Petra Haffter, which I took as part of the Certificate in Cinematography, I developed my idea for a feature length documentary.  The feedback from the instructor as well as my co-students helped me make the right decisions about protagonists and storylines, and the deadlines were helpful to keep me focused and forced me to deliver.  Urban Fruit, my feature length documentary about Urban Farming in Los Angeles got funded, it premiered a year later, won several awards and just got picked up by Amazon Prime.

Besides working on my documentary, in 2014 I was camera operator on the traveling cooking show Bite This for the Cooking Channel and in 2015 I was Director of Photography for a new show about inventors It’s called Eureka and premieres in January on The History Channel.”

 

Lucia Sherman, Student of John Rosenberg (The Art and Craft of Film Editing)

“I am moving through the final stages of completion for a 23-minute live-action/ animated film that I wrote, directed and co-produced.  Some time ago, if you had asked me if I was happy with this project, I would have likely hesitated, or worse, might have openly questioned my ability as a screenwriter and director. Even though I was told by industry friends that my short had “good bones,”LSShootinginPortugal I felt my fledgling film had limited wind beneath its wings.

I had edited the initial rough cut—and although I tremendously enjoyed the process—I knew I needed the help of a pro. It was then that I perused the UCLA Extension catalogue and ultimately signed up for John Rosenberg’s “The Art and Craft of Film Editing.” Over the course of that twelve-week class, I learned volumes.

John is an excellent instructor; he’s an extremely talented professional, who not only has great passion for his chosen field, but also possesses a natural aptitude for teaching. He’s a master editor, who also cares about and supports his students and their artistic visions.

John pointed out that the film had all the necessary ingredients: strong story, solid performances and dynamic 3D animation — everything that was required to bring it to life. He explained that his job was to adjust the pacing, focus the story and characters, and create compelling transitions. I learned even more through this process—and I’m now happy to say my film finally works.

Bringing this project to fruition has been a long road, but I’ve arrived at a very satisfying destination. So, in the near future, I’ll be submitting it to various festivals around the globe and looking forward to an exciting year ahead! ”

 

Maria Brasero, Certificate in Entertainment Studies

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“UCLA Extension helped me to get a foot in the door of Hollywood.  Coming from Spain where the movie industry works completely differently, it was a great introduction to the do’s and the dont’s.

[Since graduating from UCLA Extension,] I have been an assistant to an agent at WME, a sales coordinator at a Sales Distribution company, and [have worked in] creative development at Gael García Bernal’s and Diego Luna’s production company, CANANA.”

 

 

 

 

Ayoola Jarrett, Certificate in Entertainment Studies

“This program has provided me with countless lessons that I feel I wouldn’t have been able to have learned as quickly or hands on in most institutions. I left each course more knowledgeable than when I entered and the program in general has really helped me narrow down what interests me in the film business.”

 

Nastassia Epskamp, Certificate in Entertainment Studies

“Even though it was hard work finding an agent, I am lucky to say that after signing one month with my agency I booked my first commercial.”

Nastassia-Glamour-small“Due to UCLA Extension I have found my passion for Acting. I came to LA to learn about the business of entertainment. The certificate in Entertainment Studies allowed me to learn about the different aspects that take place within the business, including an acting class. As soon as I started the class I knew that this is what I wanted to do and make it my profession.

As soon as I finished my certificate I went to look for an agent and am happy to have signed with a wonderful agency M.O. Artist Agency. However it was a hard time since I noticed that many agents where not familiar with OPT and said that would love to sign with me but that I needed to get my O1 visa. However, even though it was hard work finding an agent, I am lucky to say that after signing one month with my agency I booked my first commercial (which was also my first official commercial audition).

Once again I want to thank UCLA extension because it is of this source that I had the opportunity to get where I am today!”

Daniela Escobar, Completed Courses in Entertainment Studies

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“The UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies program is wonderful. I had excellent teachers whom I will never forget. I wanted to be an actress, but UCLA Extension showed me that I had so many other options as well. Now I am able to direct, produce, write, analyze scripts, work with very small budgets, and achieve great lighting. This program was worth each day and each dollar I spent.

Since studying at UCLA Extension, I have co-produced two movies in Brazil, as well as written 4 screenplays. I am now negotiating a contract with a production company to become their Content Specialist, my new dream job!”

 

 

 

Andrea Caston, Certificate in Entertainment Studies

“I have several advanced degrees and this has been by far the most enjoyable learning experience and pursuit that I have experienced to date. UCLA Extension and its instructors are exceptional, continuously striving to expose students to the latest industry trends, updates, and professional insiders. My learning experience here has been outstanding and invaluable.”

 

Susana Hornil, Certificate in Entertainment Studies

“I have a lot of respect for higher education and I myself had the privilege of attending wonderful Universities, but I believe you cannot go to school to be a good filmmaker. However, the Entertainment Studies Certificate is short and flexible enough so that you can be selective and learn what you need, and have plenty of time to grab a camera and shoot as many little movies as possible, and in my humble opinion, that’s what makes a good filmmaker.

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Susana Hornil at the BFI Q+A for “The Face of an Angel”

The Entertainment Studies Certificate gave me the right tools. I met amazing people from all over the world following pretty much my same goals, and we honed our skills all together. Filmmaking is about teamwork too. I not only met wonderful and inspiring friends there, but also business partners for some projects.

I recently Executive Produced Michael Winterbottom’s feature film The Face Of An Angel, starring Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, and Daniel Brühl. The movie is inspired by the book Angel Face, drawn from crime coverage by Newsweek/Daily Beast writer Barbie Latza Nadeau.

With my own production company, Hornil Brothers Productions, among other projects, I am now focusing more on my career as a Director. I just directed the short film Missed Call starring Arrow’s super hero Caity Lotz, and coming to the film festival circuit this year. I am also developing my first feature film as Writer/Director, entitled Hearing Voices.”

Nathalie Sejean, Certificates in Entertainment Studies and Directing

nathalie“While doing my Directing Certificate, I had the opportunity to write, direct and edit several short films, including Double, that went on to represent UCLA Extension at the San Sebastian Film Festival International Film School Meeting in 2009. I also met and learned from peers and professionals about the film industry in ways that have deeply changed my understanding of stories and creativity, and set me on a path of growth.

Since then, I have created a filmmaking blog that is dedicated to continuing education for storytellers and filmmakers who want to build a lasting career in the 21st century.

Last year, I co-wrote with fellow UCLA Extension alumni Gizem Evcin, directed and animated an interactive video, Ticking Bomb, that was finalist at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival/Genero TV contest.

We also co-founded a creative shop named GizLie where we create and sell stories under many shapes and forms.

I’m currently working on a feature film screenplay, and an animation short; and using my blog as a tool to connect with fellow filmmakers and learn.”

 

Remy Ashe, Certificate in Film, TV, and Digital Entertainment Media

295834_10150274603986748_3111999_n“The entertainment studies program was a great learning experience for me to discover the different areas of film studies.  It gave me a good foundation for my M.A. program at Cal State LA.  After I finished the UCLA Extension program, I also created a short story for a possible animation film, a project I have been developing for a few years now.  Overall, I enjoyed the industry perspective in the classes I took.

I started teaching as an adjunct faculty at California State University, Los Angeles.  I also teach at West LA College and Los Angeles Valley College.  Besides my current teaching experience, I have had success with my Masters thesis.  I was second place in California for my research presentation for my Masters thesis and I also presented my thesis at an international conference.  During my academic years, I presented and won a  few awards for my research and presentations at the University level.”

 

 

Gian Franco Tordi, Certificate in Film, TV, & Digital Entertainment Media

Gian-Franco-Email“I moved from Europe with basically nothing. I didn’t know anyone, nor did I speak the language very well. I started taking classes with [UCLA Extension] Entertainment Studies program, focusing personally on acting. I am now an American citizen and I’m working and making a living as an actor.

I have had roles in films such as Ocean’s Twelve, The Good German, Monster in Law, and the upcoming film The House with Will Ferrell. I’ve also been on many TV shows, including General Hospital, Monday Mornings, and Heroes. In addition to acting, I also do stand-up and have performed at the Comedy Store, Flappers, and Laugh Factory.

 

 

 

 

Arunbabu Baluchamy, Certificate in Entertainment Studies

“Networking events and constant evaluations also improved my overall learning outcomes.”

“UCLA Extension provided me with a unique educational opportunity towards attaining my professional goals. I’ve benefited from taking classes that involve a diverse student body, instructors with strong field expertise, flexible in-class and online learning, an up-to-date curriculum that focuses on hands-on experience and a strong theoretical foundation. Networking events and constant evaluations also improved my overall learning outcomes. I highly recommend this institution and am proud to be a part of the iconic UC system.”

 

Karina Farah, Student in Entertainment Studies Program

karina-farah-300x200“The Entertainment Studies courses have given me opportunities to talk to working professionals I would not have access to otherwise. I am able to ask questions, get advice, and learn from people who are actually doing what I want to be doing. It’s been incredible!”

 

 

 

 

Firat Uran, Certificates in Producing, Business & Management of Entertainment, Development, Entertainment Studies

“I came to Los Angeles to achieve my dreams of working in the film industry. UCLA Extension helped me discover and develop my talents.”

Producing

Cunxia Wang, Student in Producing Program

“There is no way I could have expected that within the first quarter of the program I would write, produce, and direct my first short film!”

IMG_2113“UCLA Extension helped me successfully transition from an entertainment business professional to a creative filmmaker, a title I had never thought I would be able to give myself so soon.

Originally from China, I came to the U.S. to study Entertainment Industry Management and earned a master’s degree in that field from Carnegie Mellon University. Along with my study, I realized increasingly strongly, what I really want to do is to create entertainment content myself. My boyfriend, having taken creative writing classes at UCLA Extension, convinced me to enroll into the Producing program at UCLA Extension.

I thought it would take me a while to gain enough knowledge and resources. There is no way I could have expected that within the first quarter of the program I would write, produce, and direct my first short film!  Thanks to the course “Making Your First Short Film” under the instructor Susana Casares, I went through the entire filmmaking process, and am now capable of making things on my own. I highly recommend the class to anyone, who does not have much experience but is hungry for some real filmmaking experience.

Now that I have successfully completed my first short film, I’ve been submitting to festivals, networking with fellow filmmakers and working on other projects. I am also on my way to produce and direct my next short. The various classes and amazing instructors at UCLA Extension have been continuing to teach me every aspect I need to know in order to make films. I believe it won’t be long before I make my first feature! ”

 

Alexander Menu, Certificate in Producing

“UCLA Extension gave me the chance to learn from Hollywood professionals. Thanks to many teachers, guest speakers, and fellow film students, this program gave me a once-in-a-lifetime experience I’ll never forget. A year ago, I decided to leave everything behind in my home country and I can proudly say that it definitely paid off. I had the great opportunity to meet lots of new people and it opened doors to future collaborations and film projects. Don’t wait for opportunities, but create them yourself, because life only begins at the end of your comfort zone!”

 

Yali Wu, Certificates in Producing and Business & Management of Entertainment

“Studying at UCLA Extension in the Producing and Business & Management of Entertainment certificate programs has given me a lot of inspiration. I came here with no background in the industry and now I am interning at an entertainment company. I really appreciate the amazing instructors who taught us using their rich experiences without reservation, and being surrounded by friends and classmates from all around the world was an amazing experience. Studying at UCLA Extension is a unique life journey that I will never forget!”

 

Daria Suvorova, Certificate in Producing

“The UCLA [Extension] Producing certificate program is a great opportunity to learn from high-profile industry professionals and to get insight into the business of filmmaking as it is done in Hollywood.”

 

Sanghee Lee, Certificate in Producing

“I was hired by Deluxe Digital Studios, and I managed to convince them to sponsor me for the H-1B visa. Recently, the US immigration office approved it.

I want to thank you for the opportunity you provided me with the program. It’s a great program for foreigners like me who want to make our dreams come true in Hollywood.”

 

Jody Hart, Student in Producing and Directing Programs

“My story is a bit different I guess. I have been working in the Entertainment Industry for 19 years. In 2013, I decided to take advantage of the Veterans Affairs benefits to on-the-set-of-Streetmove my career more toward producing and directing, so I enrolled at UCLA Extension in 2014. While attending, I produced / line produced a SAG Low Budget Feature film called Street. I used a lot of the information from my classes and instructors to build the budget and secure financing for the film. The three classes that helped me the most were: “The Art of Line Producing” with Paul Hellerman, “Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television” with Kelly Kiernan, and “Low Budget Filmmaking” with Richard Friedman. These classes and instructors provided assistance and guidance to ensure the overall success of my production.

For the next 8 months, I used the education I received from the instructors throughout the development of the film. I secured the title of Producer & Line Producer via a contract that was developed from my education and instructors from “The Art of Line Producing,” “Pre Production for Film and Television,” and “Low Budget Filmmaking.”  On October 2014, we went into a 15 day shoot of the film.  The film has a small theatrical distribution deal with Brenden Theaters.”

 

Joanna Joao Abdallah, Certificate in Producing

“I was lucky to find UCLA Extension and get hands-on experience from professionals in the field.”

“I’ve built my career in a variety of industries and roles; I come from a Marketing/Public Relations background with a love for production, which has brought me to LA. While a student in the Producing Program at UCLA Extension, I had the chance to learn the entertainment business from the inside out. The program provided valuable learning for entry into the wider creative industry, from pre-production class to post-production and entertainment financing, marketing, and distribution. I was lucky to find UCLA Extension and get hands-on experience from professionals in the field.”

 

Edna Silva, Certificate in Producing

“I am an accountant by profession with no entertainment experience. After completing my certificate, I feel accomplished with what I have learned about the industry. The [UCLA Extension producing] program has taught me a lot about entertainment. Now, I have written stories of my own, directed and produced a short film, and made new friends. I intend to pursue a career in entertainment and apply what I have learned in the entertainment industry to fulfill my dreams.”

 

Vivian Arber-Moore, Certificates in Development, Producing, and Business & Management of Entertainment

“From my studies/work at UCLA Extension, I was the first American selected for Rutger Hauer’s Filmfactory. At the Factory, I produced a short film for the Rotterdam Film Festival and a commercial for NBC. Since then, I have had many exciting projects, and recently produced the multi-format program How to Make a Billion and Save the World for BBC World Service. UCLA Extension provides me the education, skills, and relationships that create opportunities for work and continued success.”

 

Giulia Cardamone, Certificate in Producing

“The producing program has been extremely useful not only for the amazing people I met, but especially for the variety of classes offered from pre-production to distribution. Everything was very well-taught and I loved it!”

 

Michael Masucci, Certificate in Independent Producing

“This program was an essential part of my career training and focused on the field as it exists today. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in independent film production.”

 

Sara Marijuan de Areba, Certificates in Development and Producing

“Both Producing and Development certificates at UCLA [Extension] have helped me to expand my knowledge in the Entertainment Industry. As an international producer born and raised in Spain, I have learned the differences between the European and American markets. The certificates at UCLA Extension have helped me in meeting people from the industry and starting my career in the US.”

 

Nathaniel Jay Pope, Certificate in Producing

“The producing program at UCLA [Extension] provided a worthwhile supplement to previous undergraduate studies in film and media. Specifically, the program offered the practical tools and network necessary to harness life as an independent filmmaker leading to my work on the indie feature INTO THE WHO KNOWS.”

 

Roberta Della Nave, Certificate in Producing

“I came to this certificate after working as a PA, On Air and Post Production Coordinator at Fox International Channels (Italy). Thanks to UCLA Extension, I expanded on my previous experience by involving myself in the US media market, and I became versed in the producing methods of the US movie industry.”

 

Jorge Tapia Del Valle, Certificate in Producing

“[The UCLA Extension Producing certificate] surpassed all my expectations. I learned a lot and made good connections with industry insiders. I loved every minute.”

 

Colombe Michaud, Student in Producing Program

“The Producing Certificate has not only given me knowledge and confidence, it has also given me the chance to work/intern for a promising and successful distribution company, AMBI production!”

“The Producing Certificate has been a tremendous opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of making movies in the United States. In just one term, I have learned so much about story development, line producing, entertainment financing, and production. The Producing certificate has not only given me knowledge and confidence, it has also given me the chance to work/intern for a promising and successful distribution company, AMBI production!”

 

Kirk Saduski, Instructor in Producing

“It’s not just academic; for the entertainment industry especially, the “real-world” experience students acquire here is invaluable. Studying with a working professional means a level of added legitimacy and authenticity that can’t be read in a textbook or experienced without the right instruction.

The art of film is about telling a story. This is where you start to write yours.”

 

Hemant Verma, Student in Directing and Producing Programs

“This program is excellent for anyone wanting to build on a foundation in entertainment/film studies or, like in my case, hone my existing skills.”

“Having grown up in 14 cities across three continents I can honestly say that UCLA Extension has the most diverse student body I’ve ever come across. This diverse student body is what makes creative learning at the extension such an extraordinary experience. The faculty is motivated and encouraging. The administration is sensitive and very proactive to student suggestions and feedback. Being situated in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, this program is excellent for anyone wanting to build on a foundation in entertainment/film studies or, like in my case, hone my existing skills.”

 

Alejandro López, Student of Instructor Kim Adelman (Low-Budget Filmmaking)

“I enrolled in Low-Budget Filmmaking with Kim Adelman, and her insights have been determinant to understanding what was wrong with my project and what had to be redone.

Last year, my startup Producer Database, a platform in which independent filmmakers can geolocalize their YouTube/Vimeo videos and tag their crews, was chosen by Universidad de Sevilla and Spain Tech Center to spend one month in Silicon Valley at Rocket Space (Uber, Spotify, etc.), becoming the first Spanish technology/film related project to be awarded such an honor.

What I learned there helped me improve my technological and marketing skills, but there was still a very important factor missing: the independent filmmaking know-how, which I got here [at UCLA Extension] and helped me rebuild my project.

Thanks to the classes I took at UCLA Extension, I discovered what should be tweaked and rethought. Now the Seville City Council is negotiating to start a test run of my platform. If everything goes well, I can now say that I have a future.”

 

Firat Uran, Certificates in Producing, Business & Management of Entertainment, Development, Entertainment Studies

“I came to Los Angeles to achieve my dreams of working in the film industry. UCLA Extension helped me discover and develop my talents.”

The Business and Management of Entertainment

Oluwatimilehin Adeyeba, Certificate in The Business & Management of Entertainment

“The [Business & Management of Entertainment] certificate course at UCLA Extension is highly underrated because the level of exposure, information, and knowledge disseminated is beyond just a “certificate;” it is undoubtedly on par with a masters degree, if not even more advanced. From my enrollment in the Business & Management of Entertainment program, my knowledge of the entertainment business has been broadened and well-shaped by the extraordinarily experienced lecturers and well-grounded industry professionals who come in from time to time as guest lecturers. I can stand with anyone, anywhere in the world, with bold confidence as a knowledgeable entertainment business and management professional.”

 

Sarah Newswanger, Certificate in The Business & Management of Entertainment

“The [UCLA Extension Business & Management of Entertainment] program fully prepared me to work in film development. I received a job offer before I had even finished the program. The classes on film financing, running a production company, and the legal primer were really helpful, and as a result I knew more than many of my peers about financing and potential legal issues.”

 

Yali Wu, Certificates in Producing and Business & Management of Entertainment

“Studying at UCLA Extension in the Producing and Business & Management of Entertainment certificate programs has given me a lot of inspiration. I came here with no background in the industry and now I am interning at an entertainment company. I really appreciate the amazing instructors who taught us using their rich experiences without reservation, and being surrounded by friends and classmates from all around the world was an amazing experience. Studying at UCLA Extension is a unique life journey that I will never forget!”

 

Tiffany Kwong, Student of Instructor David Wienir (Legal Primer for the Entertainment Business)

“I took David Wienir’s entertainment law primer at UCLA extension right after graduating college and I know for a fact I would not be where I am today had I not taken that class and met him. headshot
UCLA extension classes are unique in that most classmates are business professionals that are passionately interested in the course. This creates a space that not only provides education but networking opportunities as well. David truly invests in his students and has remained a mentor and friend to me since I took his class in 2011 guiding me through law school, taking the California bar exam and to landing my current job in the entertainment industry.

It is due to the education I received at UCLA Extension and the guidance provided by David Wienir that I am a licensed attorney and now work in the business affairs department at the prestigious United Talent Agency along with David himself. David has guided me and given me opportunities in the entertainment industry that I would not have had otherwise having spent the past 3 years in San Diego studying law and being removed from the industry. I now work alongside David negotiating deals for a variety of clients in motion picture, literary, theater, music, gaming, social media and television projects. As with my experience in his class, I am blessed to have the privilege to come to work every day and learn from one of the leading lawyers in the industry.”

 

David Wienir, Instructor in The Business & Management of Entertainment

David WienirMany of my students have gone on to work at top entertainment companies. It’s always exciting when I see students on the other side of a deal. My class is all about the real world, and teaching real-world skills. It’s so fulfilling to see students put their knowledge to use and advance in the industry.

[After taking my course] students leave with a sense of empowerment by learning essential skills and invaluable knowledge, which until now, has only been known by a select few. This creates an unprecedented degree of transparency and forever transforms how they see the world of entertainment. They leave with the ability to address legal issues with sophistication, and navigate deals with class, civility and confidence.”

 

 

Colleen Stanton Cassidy, Student of Instructor Ken Markman (Licensing Entertainment: Strategies in the Global Marketplace)

“[Licensing Entertainment] was meticulously planned and executed and the extremely high caliber of guest speakers gave me the wealth of knowledge I was seeking.”

“I was in the process of making a career transition from Television Marketing to Consumer Products. I had some experience as a liaison between TV Marketing and the Sony Pictures Consumer Products team, but knew only one area – product development – with any fluency. When I saw that Ken Markman was teaching a LIMA sponsored class in Entertainment Licensing I hoped that his class would expand my knowledge base in consumer products and enable me to get more work in the field. This class was meticulously planned and executed and the extremely high caliber of guest
speakers gave me the wealth of knowledge I was seeking. 

Since taking this class I have been hired on by both Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television as a Consumer Products consultant.

I have been working with the International Licensing team in the theatrical division on all aspects of entertainment licensing for the upcoming Ghostbusters movie reboot from creating and givingColleen-Winchester-05 sales pitches to managing and tracking contracts to product development for hard lines, soft lines, and publishing.

As a consultant for the Sony Pictures Television division, I am one of three people building a brand new Game Shows Consumer Products group from the ground up. We are tasked with creating and executing on consumer products brand strategies for the two most successful game shows in television history, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Additionally we manage and expand on existing relationships with licensees in the Gaming & Lottery industries, Publishing, and Toy categories.”

 

Vivian Arber-Moore, Certificates in Development, Producing, and Business & Management of Entertainment

“From my studies/work at UCLA Extension, I was the first American selected for Rutger Hauer’s Filmfactory. At the Factory, I produced a short film for the Rotterdam Film Festival and a commercial for NBC. Since then, I have had many exciting projects, and recently produced the multi-format program How to Make a Billion and Save the World for BBC World Service. UCLA Extension provides me the education, skills, and relationships that create opportunities for work and continued success.”

 

Kara MacLean, Certificate in Business & Management of Entertainment

10408915_10155585695005596_4871886095655058409_n“Several of my courses at UCLA [Extension] have proven to be very helpful in terms of gaining important knowledge within the US industry, as well as meeting new people, many of which turned into great friends and colleagues.

I found that many UCLA [Extension] courses are taught by instructors who are working in their respective fields within the film industry in Los Angeles, which was great in terms of hearing strategies and success stories from people currently working in the fields they are teaching us about.  One of my instructors, Ellen Pittleman, introduced me to one of her friends, who is someone I now frequently work with.

I am currently co-running the US office of Touchwood PR, a North American and international publicity firm specializing in film and entertainment with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto.  [At] Touchwood PR, [I now help] represent films and events at all the major festivals and markets around the world, including Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and AFI/AFM.”

 

Madisun Leigh, Certificate in The Business & Management of Entertainment

“UCLA Extension provided a wonderful opportunity for me to reinvent myself!”

“UCLA Extension provided a wonderful opportunity for me to reinvent myself! The courses, instructors and guest speakers were top-notch. They provided practical, hands-on experience, book knowledge, as well as a great deal of enthusiasm regarding the entertainment business. I was more than pleased and continue to recommend Entertainment Studies to all my peers. It truly changed my life.”

 

Barbara Chiodo, Certificate in The Business & Management of Entertainment, Instructor of “A World of International Filmmaking”

“UCLA Extension has been instrumental in successfully switching from a career in traditional investment banking to a career in entertainment.”

“I arrived in Los Angeles at the beginning of 2012 leaving behind a career in Investment Banking, and wanting to break into Film Finance. Quickly realizing that I had to learn the technicalities of the Entertainment business and build my network of professional contacts within the industry I enrolled into UCLA Extension in the Business and Management of Entertainment Certificate.

I quickly found a position first working for a film finance fund, the moving on to other roles in production until a former UCLA Extension Professor referred me for my current position as Finance lead for The Exchange, one of the major Sales Agencies.
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UCLA Extension has been instrumental in successfully switching from a career in traditional investment banking to a career in entertainment. I honestly believe that it would have been a lot harder without the knowledge and the network provided me by UCLA Extension.

During last few years, I have developed an expertise in financing production incentives globally, including tax credits and tax shelters. I was very proud when UCLA Extension gave me and my teaching partner, Peter Bevan, the opportunity to teach the subject at UCLA Extension.

Since 2014, I have been an instructor for the class “A World of International Filmmaking.” I am proud to be able to give back to the school similar learning and opportunities that I have received.”

 

Alejandro Gatti, Student in The Business & Management of Entertainment Progarm

Me“After working for almost 10 years in the Argentinean film industry, I decided to enroll the Business and Management of Entertainment program [at UCLA Extension] to move my career more toward an international level.  Since class one, “A World of International Filmmaking” with Peter Bevan and Barbara Chiodo, I was introduced to a completely new idea of the entertainment business.

Being part of this school and program helped me from the very beginning.  I worked as a filmmaker for several online channels around the world, but I never could reach any clients from USA.  While I was still in Argentina making all the paperwork to send to UCLA Extension, I read that a Start Up located in Los Angeles was looking for someone to develop all the videos for an online channel.  I sent my reel, résumé and wrote a letter saying that I was enrolling in this program and also taking some classes that might be helpful to their project.  After a couple of days, we had an online meeting to start developing the new media website.  I’m sure that after completing this program things are going to get even better.”

 

Gwendoline Chausse, Certificate in The Business & Management of Entertainment

“I only came here at first for three months and three courses, but I got to know about the entertainment programs and I was so interested and enthusiastic about my courses that I decided to stay over a year.”

“Originally from a business school, I became interested in the film industry. Going to UCLA [Extension] exceeded my expectations. I only came here at first for three months and three courses, but I got to know about the entertainment programs and I was so interested and enthusiastic about my courses that I decided to stay over a year. The courses are really great, the professors are from the industry and their knowledge gives us a powerful vision of ‘how it works out there.’ I feel incredibly comforted in my choice to go further in the industry – especially in the producing part. I learned so much that I feel like a professional ready to work and understand this new world.”

Célia Thibaudat, Certificate in the Business and Management of Entertainment

“Thanks to UCLA Extension, I have been able to study what I always wanted: a subject that I am passionate about and that I truly love. Moreover, there is not any better place than Los Angeles to learn about this subject matter, as it is the center of this particular industry. The quality of the courses that I took combined together with a professional internship that I did are allowing me to build myself as a future successful professional.”

 

Firat Uran, Certificates in Producing, Business & Management of Entertainment, Development, Entertainment Studies

“I came to Los Angeles to achieve my dreams of working in the film industry. UCLA Extension helped me discover and develop my talents.”


Music

Music Business

Joe Del Rio, Student in Music Business Program

IMG_3486_1“My music business courses at UCLA Extension have helped me navigate various career opportunities and have even contributed to my becoming a better songwriter. Classes like Chris Nilsson’s Entrepreneurship for the Indie Artist have taught me better promotional strategy and how to gather and maintain professional contacts in the industry. Other courses like Adam Moseley’s class on The Record Production Process have shown me step by step what it is to create a professional record from start to finish while keeping artistry and emotion at the forefront.

In November 2015, I will be releasing my first self-produced and self-promoted studio EP. The project has garnered attention from press sources such as the Daily Bruin and LA Talk Radio. Additionally, I will be starting work in November on a new record with indie start-up label All Welcome Records. I would attribute much of my approach to production, promotion, and branding to concepts I learned in my courses at UCLA Extension.”

 

Patricia Portaro, Certificate in Music Business

“I came to UCLA [Extension] thinking I knew a lot about music business because I already had a Masters Degree from Westminster University (UK) and already worked in the area. But this Certificate program has opened my eyes to so many different aspects of the business and trained me to become better in the areas that I work in, such as Copyright Law and Music Licensing. Besides that, the program also gives you the amazing opportunity to study in other programs like Film and TV, in which I also did some classes. Finally, living in Los Angeles has been an unforgettable and wonderful experience for me.”

 

Edwin Harb, Certificate in Music Business

“The Music Business certificate program at UCLA Extension exceeded my expectations in many ways as I was able to not only learn in-class theories but also got the chance to go to recording and mixing studios, as well as learn from well-established guest speakers and instructors who are industry professionals by day and great teachers by night.”

 

Matt Lieberman, Certificate in Music Business

“…our music has been used in Suits, MLB Network, You’re the Worst, Graceland, and most recently in the feature film Certain Women.”

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“Getting my certificate at UCLA Extension helped me make sense of the complex world of music licensing and publishing and made it easier for me to make industry contacts and negotiate deals. My band, Magic Bronson, just finished up a residency at the Satellite, and our music has been used in Suits, MLB Network, You’re the Worst, Graceland, and most recently in the feature film Certain Women.”

 

 

 

 

Nelson Kerr, Certificate in Music Business

“One of the ways I benefited from this program was seeing successful people in different facets of the music business over and over again. We start to see some of their consistent traits, like being empowered to start businesses and work hard to become successful entrepreneurs. This was one of the hallmarks of this program: lots of successful and generous people in the business giving their time to impart their expert advice. I can’t say enough good things about the instructors and classes in this program. It was a truly rich and inspiring experience.”

 

Cynthia Blondelle, Certificate in Music Business

“I owe my current position to this program – my employer was one of the guest speakers in the program. I started as an intern and ended up doing OPT with the same company.”

 

Alexandre Azeredo, Certificate in Music Business

“I was hired as a marketing and merchandising coordinator in a new record label just two weeks after finishing my studies at UCLA [Extension] and coming back to Brazil.”

10710570_873040882741157_2236690929385374435_n“UCLA [Extension] was fundamental to my professional development. The course gave me more than knowledge; it gave me confidence. One of the most important points was the passion that my teachers showed in class. They really love what they do and it inspired me to follow my dreams and be confident to face the challenges ahead.

I was able to learn the big picture of the music business from the creative side to the legal aspects.

I was hired as a marketing and merchandising coordinator in a new record label just two weeks after finishing my studies at UCLA [Extension] and coming back to Brazil.

Besides this, I’m managing a rapper and his career is rising fast. He went from 10k to 400k fans on Facebook in 6 months and is gaining great media exposure.”

 

Maura Duval, Completed Courses in Music BusinessMaura-Duval-head-shot-2016

“Mid-college, I moved from Denver, Colorado to Los Angeles to take several classes at UCLA Extension and complete an internship at Universal Music Group. I was a fresh faced transplant to not only the music industry but to Los Angeles and consequently, I came to town knowing no one. My time at UCLA Extension allowed me to meet a variety of music industry professionals and develop relationships with them. Not only did I land a second internship at The Collective because of a UCLA Extension connection, but through one of my UCLA Extension professors I was led to what would be my first full-time post-college job as a day-to-day artist manager. I am beyond grateful for my time at UCLA Extension for giving me real-world knowledge and relationships, which have proved to have monumental effects on my career in music.”

 

 

Mark Trout, Certificate in Music Business

In 2009, I began taking courses in the music business and eventually chose the specific “Music Business” as my certificate. As a working adult it took until June of 2012 to receive my certificate. During my time there, the courses were all amazing as they were taught by many of the best working professionals in the industry. It was common for internship opportunities to be presented and both instructors and guest speakers would often make their contact info available. We were made aware of various industry organizations that proved to be invaluable, including the CCC, AIMP, and NARIP. My own interest in music publishing led me to pursue others and I have also attended meetings at the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Entertainment Law division.

Most instructors encouraged the students to network with each other as well. This led to various opportunities that I would never have found otherwise. One of my fellow students started a record label which a number of students, including myself, became a part of. This was a great experience but eventually I moved on and started my own record label which I operated for about three years. Eventually, I closed it and started a Music Publishing company with a focus on assisting bands with placement in film and television. To this day I remain in touch with many of my fellow students, including some of the international students. In the fall of 2015, and winter of 2016 I re-took the Music Publishing and Music Law courses to refresh my knowledge of those specific subjects. These courses were taught by Steve Winogradsky and Dina LaPolt, both long term instructors at Extension, and at the top of their respective fields. This was 6 years after my initial experience in these classes and both proved to be worth the time and money.

My current position as of January 2017 is working on a Web TV series in New York for Scribe B Productions. I am wearing multiple hats, first as Music Supervisor, Script Supervisor, and Line Producer. This is a direct result of my experiences and network, reaching back almost 20 years and includes people across the country and some outside of the country.

Throughout 2016, I had the opportunity to attend various networking events sponsored by UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies. There was a “speed networking” event at which all participants were seated opposite each other for three minute rotations to meet, introduce, and exchange contact info if desired. There was also open networking which is always a great thing. Next there was the “Pitch Nights” where one would register in advance, provide info of what project they were going to pitch and what they needed for this purpose in terms of audio/video presentation. This was another fantastic evening as students spoke about their projects, mostly film and what they were in need of. The follow up to these was to have students post and connect through Canvas, the online bulletin board/messaging system utilized for all classes as well. At the time I did not make any immediate connections to utilize but I did exchange contact info with others as a reference for the future.

I have always remained on the email lists for Entertainment Studies. It would be foolish to neglect the seemingly endless resources provided by Extension, even after completing one’s certificate. And when you consider this is all at no additional cost to the student, it is an amazing value.

 

Jaime Pitillas Salva, Certificate in Music Business

“The Music Business program at UCLA Extension is the perfect way to do the first step in the music industry.  The teachers are all outstanding, with amazing experience and incredibly passionate.  They helped me from day one until graduation.  They connected me with amazing people and companies; I did four internships during my two years here.

I will never forget how I started working in the music industry, and a big part of that is due to UCLA Extension.”

 

Elliot Jaillet, Certificate in Music Business

“The UCLA Extension Music Business certificate program taught me everything I needed to know about music business. As I came from a different background, it allowed me to gain enough knowledge to find multiple internships in this field. My last internship was in A&R at Warner Bros. Records. It also gave me the opportunity to build my network in Los Angeles through my fellow classmates.”

 

Andrew White, Certificate in Music Business

“This firsthand, face-to-face interaction is a necessity in an industry that really cannot be taught from any textbook.”

“The UCLA Extension Program has been the first educational institution I have encountered to offer real-world, practical knowledge for use in today’s work environment. The Music Business Certificate has provided me with access to professors, lecturers, and guest speakers that are actively involved in the industry. This firsthand, face-to-face interaction is a necessity in an industry that really cannot be taught from any textbook. As an international student, I am also grateful for the gateway into the Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program, where I can gain practical experience in my chosen profession in the U.S. market. This opportunity is also thanks to the internship elective available as part of the program. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this program to anyone in the future and I am grateful to have had the experience.”

 

Mengting Hou, Certificate in Music Business

“By taking the music business certificate program at UCLA Extension, with the help of all my great instructors like Dina LaPolt and Steve Winogradsky, I learnt almost every aspects of the music industry, including music publishing, A&R, management and marketing, legal issues, starting an entertainment production company, music supervision for TV and films, audio production theory, touring etc. The music business certificate program gave me such a great opportunity to get my first step into the music business. I enjoyed my study and made a lot of friends in this area. I’m very grateful to all the help and support I received from UCLA Extension.”

 

Ana Carolina Nogueira Rodrigues, Certificate in Music Business

“When I decided to move to LA to take this certificate, I had no idea how much I would benefit from it. At UCLA Extension, I met great teachers, made new friends, learned a lot about my field of study, and had the opportunity to take internships at some of the main companies in the business – all of whom were very impressed by the name “UCLA [Extension]” on my resume.”

 

Rui Gao, Student in Music Business Program

“I have spent years of my life devoted to music. Ever since I was a child I dreamed that I would someday be able to make a living off of what I truly am passionate for. After finishing my master’s degree in Australia, I chose to apply for UCLA Extension’s music business program and came to pursue my dream in Los Angeles.

The past months of my study have been very instructive and educational for me. UCLA Extension courses have offered me opportunities to learn and develop myself in many areas. I gained a lot of experience. I got to explore the music business. I learned how the promotional activities occur. I also learned how the administrational process occurs by maintaining contact with the music supervisors, directors of music, composers and music executives.

I also became stronger in my English oral and written communication. I have achieved this by writing articles and communicating through the social media tools, writing the pitching notes and research plan and my assignments in English. I also had fun attending seminar events that were held by UCLA Extension.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the results of my study at UCLA Extension program. I was able to use my knowledge and apply it to a real organization. This internship was definitely beneficial for me and I’m grateful and thankful that I got to experience and learn many things.”

 

Thanai Phornphong, Certificates in Music Business and Independent Music Production

“I really enjoyed studying at UCLA Extension in the Music Business and Independent Music Production certificate programs. The course materials were very solid and really gave me the fresh perspectives and a well-rounded understanding of the music industry. The instructors also care a lot about the success of the students. One of my favorite classes here is “Music Licensing: Turning Talent into Dollars” taught by Gary Greenberg. Gary shared a lot about various types of music licensing and his own experience in music licensing contract negotiations.”

 

Bella Enahoro, Certificate in Music Business

“My studies at UCLA Extension gave me the ‘how to’ aspect of my vision.”

“For me, the great benefit was the practical aspect of my studies. Being the holder of several academic degrees, it was now important for me to be able to put my vision and ideas into practice. My studies at UCLA Extension gave me the ‘how to’ aspect of my vision.”

Independent Music Production

Riccardo Di Stefano, Certificate in Independent Music Production

“Music has always been my passion since I was eight years old. I studied piano performance, composition, and orchestration while I was studying Business Economics. I started to work as a composer for TV shows and commercials since I was twenty-four. Two years later, I started to focus on music production and audio engineering. In 2007, I funded my own music production company in my country, Italy.

My entire life is devoted to studying and working in the music field, always supported by people I love. I am really happy for what I have achieved so far, but my particular engine continues to push me to learn more, to perfect my skills, and to pursue the path of humility. These are the reasons that bring me to UCLA Extension. When I arrived in Los Angeles, my expectations were very high. What I have experienced in these seven months is by far the most unique and compelling learning adventure I have ever had in my life.

All the instructors are not only great professionals in the music industry, but are great teachers as well. They are able to adapt themselves to the average knowledge of the students, and make everybody comfortable with the subject, even if it is really demanding.

Moreover, being in classes with students from different countries and creating strong relationships with them is something that enriched me as a person and a professional. I found great talents among my classmates and I am looking forward to make great music with them.”

 

Darryl Swann, Instructor in Independent Music Production

Darryl Swann“My goal is to leave each and every student with actual, tangible skills and exposure to navigate their unique career-paths in the business.”

 

 

 

 

Brandon Fernandez, Certificate in Independent Music Production

“UCLA Extension has opened up many doors to me, not only by giving me the opportunity to meet people with similar interest as a music professional, but also giving me the opportunity to meet, connect and network with industry professionals in my career field of the Music Entertainment industry.

I came from Florida to attend [the Independent Music Production certificate program] in January of 2015 and I am so glad I did. Since then, I’ve worked with fellow scholars and kept in contact with instructors I’ve met at UCLA Extension. I highly recommend anyone to attend UCLA Extension as the first step in pursuing a professional career for your future!”

 

Chelsea Shear, Certificate in Independent Music Production

“During my time in the program, I was able to improve my technical skills in music production, as well as learn the business side of the music industry. Outside of the program, I began an internship at a record label in Los Angeles in the A&R Department. After a year, I was made a staff employee. My education through the UCLA Extension program has proven to be instrumental in my everyday work and career path.”

 

Selen Akkaya, Certificate in Independent Music Production

“I wouldn’t have believed that all these Grammy-winning artists would be my teachers.”

“Hands-on practice with professionals from the top of the music industry in Hollywood—I am honored to have met and learned from such teachers. I wouldn’t have believed that all these Grammy-winning artists would be my teachers. I’d like to thank every single person working at UCLA Extension and Entertainment Studies for preparing such a high quality program!”

 

Brad Downs, Completed Courses in Independent Music Production

“UCLA Extension is a door swinging wide open to an exciting new world of possibilities.

Enrolling in Marty Panzer’s “Writing Lyrics that Succeed and Endure” helped me tap into a well of creative energy that went underutilized in my daily life and career as a real estate agent.  Listening to music has always been a passion of mine, but never did I think I would be creating it.  Each week in class brought a new challenge… class participants were asked to dig deep within, and in the process of writing an original song lyric, helped to reveal truths about themselves and about the world around them.

Although the focus of the course was to write song lyrics rather than melodies, the act of creating was so inspiring to me that, after the quarter ended, I found myself in the recording studio bringing life to the lyrics I had written by setting them to music.”

 

Atul Dwivedi, Certificate in Independent Music Production

“This is the best industry program I’ve attended so far. You get to know the inside out of the industry business. Not only do you get knowledge about music production, arrangements, mixing and mastering, but this is the best place for a songwriter to learn and collaborate. It was a great experience to learn from the masters and it was really useful in album creation. Now I have great industry connections and I know what I want from my career.”

 

Richard Scordato, Certificate in Independent Music Production

“I feel very comfortable applying for jobs in the music industry as a result of the excellent education I received at UCLA Extension.”

“The Independent Music Production certificate program was engaging, edifying, and excellent overall. I thought every course had a unique curriculum that offered useful insights into each instructor’s professional expertise in the music business. I feel very comfortable applying for jobs in the music industry as a result of the excellent education I received at UCLA Extension.”

 

Thanai Phornphong, Certificates in Music Business and Independent Music Production

“I really enjoyed studying at UCLA Extension in the Music Business and Independent Music Production certificate programs. The course materials were very solid and really gave me the fresh perspectives and a well-rounded understanding of the music industry. The instructors also care a lot about the success of the students. One of my favorite classes here is “Music Licensing: Turning Talent into Dollars” taught by Gary Greenberg. Gary shared a lot about various types of music licensing and his own experience in music licensing contract negotiations.”

 

Diego Alejandro Rocha Fonseca, Certificate in Independent Music Production

“This program allowed me to learn from instructors who are or have been working in the music industry by gaining a massive amount of knowledge from their experience. It is also an amazing networking opportunity in which I got to meet a lot of people from the industry, make a lot of friends, and create connections that I’m still benefiting from.”

Film Scoring

Nuno Dario, Certificate in Film Scoring

“Here at UCLA Extension, I got to meet a lot of people and I got to network a lot as well. Because of this, I got the chance to score a web series which is expected to have about 3 Million views per episode. Also, there was another opportunity called the BMI Jerry Goldsmith Scholarship, which you could apply for, and I was very fortunate that I applied and I won the scholarship. This is great for publicity, this is great for your own personal marketing as well, and it is an enormous help for your career.

Since earning my Certificate in Film Scoring from UCLA Extension, I have been awarded with two Silver Medal – Outstanding Achievement awards in the categories of Originality/Creativity and Classical/Avant-Garde/Cross-genre at the Global Music Awards for my work “Four Poems in Search of a Music Play” composed upon texts by nobel prize winner Harold Pinter.”

 

JJ Eboli, Certificate in Film Scoring

JJEboi edit“The certificate program in Film Scoring gave me all the tools necessary to become a better music composer. It also gave me a lot of confidence to move my career forward here in Los Angeles. After completing with distinction the certificate program in Film Scoring, I was chosen to attend the prestigious Mentorship of The Society of Composers and Lyricists. I had the chance to go to scoring sessions, visit personal studios and interact with some of Hollywood’s A-list film composers and their teams.

I wrote original music for several short films. To highlight a couple, the animation Goodnight Molly was the winner of the 2011 Stop Motion Magazine Film Festival and mentioned in a NY Times article about stop-motion. Accumulating Process was part of the event Muse2Music commissioned by the Association of Music Producers and covered by SHOOT Magazine.

I had music licensed for TV shows featured on The History Channel, Spike TV, VH1, Amazon on demand and channels in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico. I also wrote original music for a TV pilot presented to Telemundo.

For many years I’ve been composing music for commercials in Brazil and US, with works for McDonald’s (Audio Box), Carrefour (Single), Nescafe Taster’s Choice (Trivers Myers Music), Kanbanpad (The Hybrid Group), among many others.”

 

David Patrikios, Composer, Former Student in Film Scoring Program

David Patrikios“Taking film scoring classes at UCLA Extension really helped my music career. I was able to produce a portfolio of work that showcased my abilities and helped me win gigs. Since attending I’ve scored films, licensed original music, developed sonic identities for brands, and opened Orchard Recording Studio in New York to help other musicians record their music.

The classes are sequenced perfectly. After orchestration and film scoring classes, you record original compositions with a live orchestra. These serve as perfect portfolio pieces. And there’s nothing like hearing your music come to life in a Hollywood studio.

The best thing about the classes is the supportive environment. Constructive feedback from the instructors and students challenged me to develop my compositional style and recording quality. I still rely on those lessons every time I write new music or record someone else’s.”

 

Jeff Broadbent, Certificate in Film Scoring

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“Attending the Film Scoring Program provided me with great training to enter the the film/television/video game/trailer music scoring world. The courses were taught by professionals that had many years of experience in their fields. As such, their insight and advice was very applicable and helpful. I really enjoyed the video game music course, taught by Lennie Moore. This course got me excited about video game scoring, and Lennie provided us with some great techniques and insights.

Since UCLA Extension I’ve been fortunate to work on many video games, including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Expendables 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online), Lego Legends of Chima (Warner Bros), Marvel Avengers Alliance 2 (Disney), and more.

I’ve also composed trailer music (placements with film trailers/promos including X-Men, Dragonball Z, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, etc), have had music used in various television promos (NCIS, Stalker, Once Upon A Time, Hawaii Five-O, etc), and in dozens of television shows and specials (Marvel: Assembling A Universe, The Curse Of Oak Island, Ancient Aliens, etc).

In addition I’ve received several awards, including three Hollywood Music In Media Awards, a Telly Award, a Global Music Best of Show/Gold Medal Award, a Game Audio Network Guild Award, and more.”

Andrés Montero, Certificate in Film Scoring

andres-3-small“I am from Bogotá, Colombia and I came to LA to do the Film Scoring Program at UCLA Extension. I took the class “Fundamentals of Conducting: From the Symphony to the Scoring Stage” with instructor Jonathan Merrill, and for one of the classes there was a special guest to talk about studio conducting. Tim Davies, a very experienced Australian musician who has conducted many recording sessions in Los Angeles and London and is one of the busiest orchestrators in Hollywood, was our guest speaker. In the last 15 minutes of the lecture, he spoke about his work as an orchestrator. I was intrigued by his working process and ideas about orchestration for movies, TV and video games today. To be honest, I was quite shy to talk to him after the lecture. However, two days later, I ran into him at a special event hosted by The Society of Composers and Lyricists.

We kept in touch and exactly one year later, my OPT got approved and I was looking for work in the industry. I contacted Tim again and it happened that he was looking for someone qualified to help on a few projects. It was perfect timing! I went by his studio, and in a couple of hours I was trained by his assistant Ryan Humphrey (who also took a few classes at UCLA Extension). The next day, I was working for Tim Davies.

During my OPT year, I worked on a couple of projects for Tim. He was lead orchestrator on the video game Batman: Arkham Knight. He wrote additional music and was the conductor of the orchestra for the animated feature The Book Of Life (FOX) (music by Gustavo Santaolalla). He was also the orchestrator for composer Fil Eisler on the TV Shows Revenge (ABC) and Empire (FOX) and was the lead orchestrator on Minions (music by Heitor Pereira).

I was very fortunate to help on all of those projects – doing MIDI transcriptions, preparing sketches for orchestrators, and proofreading scores. Apart from these projects, I did the orchestrations for composer Camilo Sanabria on the film Alias Maria (part of the official selection at Cannes) and the documentary Carta a una Sombra (winner of two awards at the Cartagena International Film Festival). I also did a few orchestral arrangements for the Colombian folklorist Alfredo Gutierrez, for his concert with his band and the Bogota Symphony Orchestra in September 2015.”

 

Romain Zante, Certificate in Film Scoring

RZ_RedCarpet_300dpi“The film scoring program at UCLA Extension helped me in many ways to move my career forward. As a concert composer, I had always been interested in writing music for films, but I didn’t really know how to get into that particular field. Deciding to enroll to this certificate has been a life changing decision. I left my isolated village in the french countryside and all of a sudden, I started learning from very valuable professionals in the industry, in the heart of the exciting and vibrant capital of entertainment. All the instructors were very knowledgeable and helped me a lot in my personal and professional growth. I also made many connections, within the industry but also, thanks to UCLA Extension’s networking events, with some amazing students from my field or different programs, and started prolific collaborations with some of them.

I would say that one of the best things about this certificate is also the opportunity I have been given to record my music with some of the best musicians in the world–the same A-list musicians who play on dozens of film scores, by legendary composers. Meeting them and having the great honor to work with them, as well as encounters with some of the most renowned composers made me feel like I am now a part of that film music community I had dreamt to join. I learned a lot from this experience: how a professional film scoring recording actually works, how to be efficient in a very limited time, how to collaborate with all the other people engaged in the film scoring process, etc.  I now feel confident, and, which is vital, well prepared to face all the challenges attached to a career in composing for films.

Shortly after the completion of my certificate, I got to score my first short film, Things Happen (dir. David S Dawson). I was extremely fortunate to have my score nominated at the 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, in the best original score – short film category. I didn’t end up winning the award, but it was a thrilling experience to see my name on the same list than very famous and successful composers, selected in different categories (Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri, Mychael Danna, Michael Giacchino, Austin Wintory to name a few). My score also recently won the award for Best Musical Score at the San Diego Film Awards.

After that, I worked on many other short films, as well as some commercials.  I also work as a composer in the brand new “Solo Music Production Inc.” (Irvine, CA), created by talented composer and great friend Solo Wang, one of my former classmates from the certificate program.

In conjunction with my work for films, I have never really stopped writing concert music. Actually, my studies at UCLA extension resulted in an increase of the amount of concert music commissions. Noticeable recent works include commissions by Amenti Quartet (Belgium), the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium), Sax4 (France), the Cercle Musical Royal d’Aubange (Belgium), Laura Sandrin & Zerkalo Quartet (Italy), among others.”

 

Ryan Wood, Certificate in Film Scoring

“The certificate program brought forward the tools and real life experience that one must be acquainted with to fully grasp the concepts of this specialized field. Being exposed to the musicians and studios used for recording the compositions made all the difference.”

 

Ryan McLean, Certificate in Film Scoring

“UCLA Extension gave us a reel – to show proof that we composed the music, we conducted it, we mixed it, and we did it ourselves. I was able to build my reel and that helped me get jobs.”

“In my classes, we did score analysis, and we analyzed the styles of different composers – Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, etc. We had a chance to record with professional musicians, and had a chance to see what a studio looks like, and how it runs, and what the pacing is like. I graduated in 2012, and have completed a few feature films and have also done trailers, ringtones, and commercials. The program here gave me a chance to work. By that I mean, UCLA Extension gave us a reel – to show proof that we composed the music, we conducted it, we mixed it, and we did it ourselves. I was able to build my reel and that helped me get jobs.”

 

Brian Ralston, Instructor in Film Scoring

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Firman Maulana, Certificate in Film Scoring

“Being enrolled in the Film Scoring Certificate Program was a life-changing experience. I’ve gained so much knowledge and expertise in the field of Film Scoring after being taught and trained by professional instructors at UCLA Extension. I certainly benefited from the world-class education and the network to the entertainment industry, getting a chance to meet well-known film composers, recording with LA’s top studio musicians, not to mention meeting all of the amazing friends from all over the world during my studies at UCLA Extension.”

 

Daniel Raijman, Certificate in Film Scoring

“This certificate not only gave me the unique opportunity to have my music played and recorded by the most talented and well-known musicians in town, it also provided me with important connections in the industry…”

“Enrolling in UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring Program is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Since the first day I’ve been learning from experienced instructors and colleagues that made my experience in this program invaluable. I feel much more confident composing and writing after this process and I really feel that I’ve learned and taken the most from this program. This certificate not only gave me the unique opportunity to have my music played and recorded by the most talented and well known musicians in town, it also provided me with important connections in the industry that will definitely help in my career as a composer. I had the unique opportunity to meet top A-list composers in the Film Scoring industry. I’m glad I decided to move to LA to attend this program and as I said, it’s one of the biggest steps I’ve ever taken…I feel confident about my future now that I’m a UCLA [Extension] graduate.”

 

Stefano Sacchi, Certificate in Film Scoring

“Before coming to UCLA Extension, I wasn’t really prepared. I knew how to write music, but I didn’t know how to work with the real orchestra and real players, because mostly I was composing with computers. I would write what I wanted and the computer played what I wanted. A real orchestra is completely different. You have to interact with people. It’s important to know how to work with them and how to prepare for a real recording session – in terms of orchestration, music preparation, time, and costs as well.”

 

Mark Watters, Instructor in Film Scoring

“What separates the talented working composer from the talented unemployed composer is his/her ability to collaborate with others, take direction willingly, and never, ever be late or unprepared.”

“Dramatic composition is not something that can be learned simply by reading a book. The only way to learn it is from someone who has, and is, doing it!

Talented composers are everywhere! What separates the talented working composer from the talented unemployed composer is his/her ability to collaborate with others, take direction willingly and never, ever be late or unprepared. My class requires that students compose, produce, and record five dramatically different compositions.”

 

Alexandre Pfeiffer Fernandes, Certificate in Film Scoring

“The Film Scoring program was really important for my career as a composer. The recording sessions with the best studio musicians in Los Angeles, together with the feedback given by teachers that are actually working in this business, gave me a unique learning experience! After finishing the program, I feel much more confident and capable to find solutions to the challenges that I will face in the “real world”. Thank you for everyone at the UCLA staff for all the support and for helping me develop my skills!”

Charles Bernstein, Instructor in Film Scoring

Charles Bernstein“UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies Program is a rare blend of practical training, artistic encouragement, and professional career guidance.”

 

 

 

 

Shimira Durgah, Certificate in Film Scoring

“The film scoring program exceeded my expectations by far. I learned so much about the industry. The amount of social networking available is unbelievable! I truly enjoyed every single one of my classes and its teachers. Even though I’ve completed all of my required courses for this program, I will surely take more as I know each of them are undeniably beneficial. The hands-on experience is just what I needed for my career in music.”

Hope Thal, Student in Film Scoring Program

“When I got to the end of my undergrad I was unsure what the next step was for me. All I knew was I wanted to keep studying music, but not go into crazy amounts of debt. My husband encouraged me to “see what’s out there” for education in film scoring and I found UCLA Extension. Not only has it been completely worth relocating, it has been completely a dream come true. My experience at UCLA [Extension] so far has been everything I had hoped it would be, and more.”

 

Dong Ryun Lee, Certificate in Film Scoring

“This program has trained and taught me about the film industry, which helped me acquire the skills that I needed to get a few jobs in this business. Landing any jobs in the film music world is extremely difficult, but this program helped me prepare for the opportunity when it presented itself.”

 

Gregory S. Simmonds, Certificate in Film Scoring

“This program gave me a unique opportunity to study with respected industry professionals where encouragement and support provided stimulated growth. My abilities, but more importantly, my confidence to contribute to the industry, grew exponentially.”

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