Mark Raines, Envision Cinema Coordinator, is in his 5th year at Canyon Crest Academy. He was named the National 2008 Association for Career and Technical Education Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher. For more information about Mr. Raines' experience and background, click here.
CCA Film an Official International Skateboard Film Festival Selection
Fractured, a 2012 Canyon Crest Academy Envision Cinema Conservatory film, is one of four short films selected to screen in the Best Short or Web Video category at the International Skateboard Film Festival. The festival is open to veteran and new filmmakers, and it is held December 6th-7th in downtown Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent Theater. The film was produced in the spring of 2012 by CCA students Blake Johnston, Jesse Ostroff, and Jason Segal as part of the Envision Cinema Conservatory program. You can watch the short film on-line here: https://vimeo.com/43713693.
2nd Annual MiniCine Fest is HERE!!
Students from all San Dieguito Union High School District schools are invited to compete in CCA's annual 48-hour film competition, MiniCine Fest. The competition is the weekend of October 12th-14th. Forms and registration fees are due to CCA room G201 on October 3rd or 4th between 10am-5pm. The MiniCine Fest show is October 27th at 6pm. Prizes will be awarded to an overall winner and an audience choice winner. CLICK HERE for all the details, rules, and entry forms.
Envision Cinema Film Selected for International Student Film Festival
Envision Cinema Conservatory's 2012 film Erasing the Lines is a finalist in the Interlochen Center for the Arts Future of Cinema Film Festival (FOCFF) in Interlochen, Michigan. The film was produced by CCA students Alex Powell, Jennifer Smart, Adelyn Chan, and Richard Liu in the spring of 2012. FOCFF is for the high school film maker seeking a global community of other passionate, driven high school students in cinema -- a dedicated showcase of new filmmakers' talent. The fifth annual Future of Cinema Film Festival, November 1-3, 2012, will screen the best national and international work of high school students.
Exhibiting student filmmakers receive a $500 scholarship to the Motion Picture Arts summer program at Interlochen Arts Camp for summer 2013, and each category winner additionally receives an iPod touch and a $2000 scholarship to the same camp. The Best of Fest winner walks away with a MacBook Pro as well as one half-tuition scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school for the 2013-14 school year.
You can watch the film Erasing the Lines at https://vimeo.com/43716943. The film was also the overall winner at the 2012 CCA Student Film Festival.
Envision Cinema Film Selected for New York Science Film Festival
The Envision Cinema Conservatory film Binary has been selected to be part of the 5th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival in New York (November 8 - 16, 2012). The film was produced by CCA students Hunter Peterson, Alex Powell, Alvin Lin, and Blake Johnston. The film was also screened at the 2012 LA Film Festival this past summer. The 2012 Imagine Science Film Committee will feature the largest selection of science films to date.
As one of the leading organizations that promotes science in film, the 5th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival will also feature special events and programs to help spark the public's excitement about science. For more details, please visit: http://www.imaginesciencefilms.org/festival/
You can watch Binary on the Envision Cinema Vimeo website at this link: https://vimeo.com/42801535.
Envision Cinema Water Film Nominated
CCA Student Alex Powell and an Envision Cinema Conservatory film are nominated in an international water film competition. The film, Quotient, is one of six finalists for the 2012 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition. Powell will attend the event on October 17th at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills where they will screen the videos and announce the winners. There is a $10,000 grand prize and the $5,000 Audience Choice prize. For more details: http://www.iuowfilm.com/
CCA Wins Big at the 2012 SDOCE iVIE Awards
CCA Envision Cinema won five awards out of six video nominations, including the top recognition award for high school video at the 2012 San Diego County Board of Education K-12 Innovative Video in Education awards at the San Diego Civic Theater. CCA also brought home three video cameras and a check for $500. There were 400 entries county-wide. Please congratulate our Envision Cinema Conservatory students when you see them, because they all helped make these awards possible. The individual winners are:
Fiction -- Richard and Allan Duan
Non-Fiction Special Achievement for Creativity -- Jacob Morrison, Jason Segal, Zac Brown
Broadcast Journalism Special Achievement for Creativity -- CCA-TV
Video in the Classroom Teacher Category -- Mark Raines
Grand Recognition Award for High School -- Jason Segal
CCA Student Film Festival in the News!
The 6th Annual CCA Student Film Festival is this weekend at 7pm in the Proscenium Theater at CCA. Check out the article The Del Mar Times about our program, the festival, and our recent successes.
CCA Student FIlms to Premiere at LA Film Festival
Two Envision Cinema films have been selected to premiere in the 18th annual Los Angeles Film Festival, June 14 to 24, 2012. "Whither from Above" directed by Joshua Masters and "Binary" directed by Hunter Peterson both will be featured in the Future Filmmakers showcase at the LA Film Festival. This is the second time CCA has been featured in this festival, one of the largest independent film festivals in the country that draws 90,000 people each year. Other Envision Cinema students involved in the production of these films include Richard Liu, Alexander Powell, Alvin Lin, and Blake Johnston.
Envision Cinema Wins Six Nominations in the SDCOE iVIE Competition
The San Diego County Office of Education Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) program released nominees in it's K-12 iVIE student video festival. This is the first year Envision Cinema has participated in this county-wide festival, and we have six videos nominated for awards: Broadcast Journalism Category -- "CCA Spring Break" produced by CCA-TV Staff, Fiction Category -- "Detective John and James" produced by Allan Duan, Richard Duan, and Alexander Au, Non-Fiction Category -- "Jenna," produced by Jason Segal, "Smiley Face," produced by Zac Brown, Jacob Morrison, and Jason Segal, And "Preparation of a Generation" produced By Alexander Powell, and in the Video in the Classroom Teacher Category -- "Haitian Hope: Field Hospital" produced by Mark Raines and Envision Cinema Conservatory. The winners will be announced at theiVIE Awards ceremony at the San Diego Civic Theater on June 7th.
Envision Cinema Student Video Selected to Represent National Day of Silence
Envision Cinema Conservatory student Alex Powell's video submitted to GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) National Day of Silence Video/Essay Contest was one of three selected nationwide to be featured on GLSEN's website on the National Day of Silence, April 20, 2012.
Here is the link to the announcement: http://blog.glsen.org/announcing-day-of-silence-video-and-essay-selections/
Here is the link to the video: http://vimeo.com/39910424
Envision Cinema Film Selected for Largest Youth Film Festival in the World
CCA's Envision Cinema Conservatory film "Bottles & Cans" has been selected to appear in the National Film Festival for Talented Youth next month. CCA student filmmakers Joshua Masters, Richard Liu, Allan Duan, and Jennifer Smart produced the short film on recycling in the Fall of 2011 as one of eight Cinema Conservatory films produced that semester.
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), the largest youth film festival in the world, received nearly 700 entries into the 2012 Festival, which will be held April 26-29, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Films have been submitted by filmmakers 22 and under, from 40 states and 22 countries. The filmmakers who submitted this year represent a cross-section of backgrounds and ages, with the youngest filmmaker being seven-years-old.
Now in its sixth year, NFFTY has continued to grow year-after-year. Festival programmers are also exposed to insights about the voice and stories of this generation. This year, NFFTY is seeing similar story content about love, teen angst and coming of age and then darker subject matter about war, suicide and loss of hope, likely a reflection of the current state of the world.
A sample of countries NFFTY received submissions from this year include: Armenia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, India, Singapore, South Korea and more. After making the final selections, NFFTY expects to screen more than 200 films at the festival in April. Last year, NFFTY drew more than 7,000 in attendance.
Envision Cinema Guest Artist's Film Plays at Sundance Film Festival
Envision Cinema Guest Artist Destin Cretton's first feature film, I Am Not A Hipster, is premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival. Cretton works with the Envision Cinema day classes (Video/Film, Adv. Video/Film, ROP Media Production) and Envision Cinema Conservatory at CCA. This is his fifth year working at our school. Destin previously won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for the short film Short Term 12. You can watch a preview of the new film here: http://iamnotahipster.com/. Also, Envision Cinema Guest Artist Brad Kester was a second unit director on I Am Not A Hipster, and served as an assistant director on Short Term 12. This is Brad's first year working at CCA.
A short story about Destin's feature film and its music is featured in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine: Rolling Stone Article
The movie is also reviewed in Wired magazine: WIRED ARTICLE
Destin and Brad's participation in the Envision Cinema classes is provided solely by donations through the CCA Foundation, so thank you for your continued support. Please congratulate Destin and Brad when you see them at CCA!
Cinema Conservatory Films Honored in Disability Film Festival
"The Kingsman" won Third Place honors in the Eighth Annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival. "Confessions of a Bully" received an Honorable Mention award. Both short films were created in 2010-2011 Envision Cinema Conservatory Program. To learn more about this film festival goto http://www.ctdfilmfest.org/competition.html
You can watch both films on the Envision Cinema Vimeo site: http://vimeo.com/album/151739
CCA-TV Anchors Join MTV Staff for Global Production
CCA-TV staff members and Envision Cinema Conservatory seniors Hunter Peterson and Jason Segal have been handpicked to be part of the MTV International Founding Global Correspondents, a highly competitive pool of talented individuals selected to help MTV craft, build and define an entirely new, entirely original project. The correspondents are a diverse group ranging from 17-29 year olds, representing 12 different countries and over 30 different states/regions. All the videos, articles and photo/visual captions created by Hunter, Jason, and the other correspondents will be translated into four different languages and featured on MTV properties worldwide for a global audience.
Envision Cinema Student Wins Adobe Contest
Hunter Peterson, an Envision Cinema Conservatory senior, won the $10,000 prize in the first round of the Abode Imagination Challenge. Hunter plans to donate $1,000 of his winnings to the Envision Cinema Conservatory program. Another Cinema Conservatory student, Joshua Masters is in the second finalist round of the competition. He also plans to donate a percentage of the prize to Conservatory if he wins. To vote for Joshua's image goto: https://students-adobe.com/NA/gallery/ViewEntry/411/Period2.
To read more about the competition and Hunter's award goto: https://students-adobe.com/NA
CCA Debuts 48-Hour Film Competition -- 2011 MiniCine Fest
Envision Cinema is holding it's first ever 48-Hours filmmaking competition, open to all students in the San Dieguito Union High School District. Students who enter will write, film, and edit a short film on the weekend of October 14th, then see their film on the big screen at 6pm on October 22nd. Entry fee is $30 for teams of 1-4 members. Participants will receive a promotional 2011 MiniCine Fest gift, and two teams will win Cinepolis movie tickets for Best Overall Film and Audience Choice. Competitors can attend the showing on October 22nd for free. Friends and family are encouraged to attend for $5. Proceeds from CCA's MiniCine Fest will help pay for supplies and equipment for the CCA Envision Cinema club. See attached flyer for all details about the event. All forms and information about the event are on the main CCA website at http://www.sduhsd.net/cc/.
San Diego Asian Film Festival Screens CCA Student's Documentary
Envision Cinema Conservatory member Alex Powell will screen his documentary, "Preparation of a Generation," at the San Diego Asian Film Festival on October 23rd at noon in the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas. Alex was one of ten students selected to participate in the festival's "Reel Voices" summer program. Alex will also screen his film for his peers at the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Youth Day on October 25th. For more information: http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/reel-voices/.
Envision Cinema Conservatory Film Screens in Atlantic City
"Bliu the Whale" was selected to be shown in the Downbeach Film Festival's Atlantic City Cinefest.The film was created by Richard Liu, Hunter Peterson, Kush Rawal, Jason Segal, Danny Benrey, and Adelyn Chan. The film is about a man, named Sinclair, who performs a puppet show, called Bliu the Whale, for children after his son's death. Envision Theater Coordinator Michael Schwartz stars in the film as Sinclair. You can watch the film on our Envision Cinema Vimeo site: http://vimeo.com/25197595
Envision Cinema Conservatory Film Wins Solana Beach Student Competition
"Bliu the Whale" won first place in the Solana Beach Blanket Movie Night Student Film Contest. The film was created by Richard Liu, Hunter Peterson, Kush Rawal, Jason Segal, Danny Benrey, and Adelyn Chan. The film is about a man, named Sinclair, who performs a puppet show, called Bliu the Whale, for children after his son's death. Envision Theater Coordinator Michael Schwartz stars in the film as Sinclair. You can watch the film on our Envision Cinema Vimeo site: http://vimeo.com/25197595
Envision Cinema Student Wins at Delta Moon Film Festival
CCA Student Nora Chang won Best Experiemental Short Film in the 2010 Delta Moon Student Film Festival. Her film "On the Waiting Line" was created while Nora was in the Envision Cinema Conservatory. Founded in 2001, the Delta Moon Student Film Festival is exclusively dedicated to showcasing the top works from high school students nationwide. Entries are judged by a panel of industry professionals. See their website for information about how to enter the festival's 2012 festival: http://www.deltamoon.org/
Envision Haiti Documentary to Screen at San Antonio Film Festival
The San Antonio Film Festival has selected the Envision Cinema Conservatory film , "Haitian Hope: Field Hospital," to show in its professional documentary short film category on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The film was directed by Envision Cinema Conservatory students Curtis Donar and Faith Vasquez in the spring of 2010. The film will show during a SAFF session from 1pm - 5pm at the San Antonio Museum of Art - Auditorium. The mission of the San Antonio Film Festival is to serve as an accessible and inclusive platform for artists in the category of cinema and provide cinematic culture to a diverse audience. The San Antonio Film Festival showcases films from around the world while nurturing, fostering, and developing filmmakers of all ages.To watch the film: http://vimeo.com/envisioncinema.
2011 CCA Student Film Festival Winners Announced
Seymour's Tree -- Zac Brown, Brice Lampe, Amanda Cowles, Alex Powell
Best Documentary (Tie)
Shelter -- Jordan Raoufpur, Kia Zomorrodi
Tomorrow and the Next Day -- Sam Sarokin, Amanda Cowles, Olivia Klatch, Brice Lampe, Jordan Raoufpur
Perspective -- Andrey Misyutin, Daniel Osterman, Sam Engel
Anteater -- Daniel Osterman, Andrey Misyutin, Alex Mueller, Zac Brown, Matt Britt
Best Music Video
Brick Beat -- Adelyn Chan, Josh Masters, Richard Liu, Nick DeMarco, Alvin Liu
Unfaithful -- Jacob Morrison, Jesse Ostroff, Catie Ellwood, Alex Powell, Sam Engel
Tomorrow and the Next Day -- Sam Sarokin, Amanda Cowles, Olivia Klatch, Brice Lampe, Jordan Raoufpur________________________
San Diego Asian Film Festival Honors Cinema Conservatory Student
Envision Cinema Student Alex Powell, a CCA sophomore, was just selected as one of ten students to participate in the San Diego Asian Film Festival Reel Voices Program. This intense, 12-week summer internship helps students become socially conscious storytellers, learn Final Cut Pro editing, and experience all stages of production and post-production. Students receive a $500 scholarship for their work, which premieres at the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival in October. The films are also packaged onto a DVD and travels to other film festivals around the country including Los Angeles Film Festival, Urban Visionaries, Asian Cinevision, and Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Reel Voices films are also available free On-Demand on digital Time Warner Cable, channel 144.________________________
CCA Envision CinemaWins National PSA Contest
For the 2nd year in a row, CCA Envision Cinema has won the national Natural High PSA contest. Sponsored by Natural High®, Producers of NATURALHIGH.TV and the educational Natural High® DVD Series, the national contest asked young people to express via video, picture or essay their Natural High (activities they enjoy) and how using drugs and alcohol could keep them from pursuing their Natural High to the fullest. The winning video in the High School Video Category was a group entry belonging to CCA students Sam Cook, Jack Parzaile, and Brice Lampe. To view the winning entries and learn more about Natural High® visit www.naturalhigh.org/contest.html.
San Diego Asian Film Festival Honors Cinema Conservatory Student
Envision Cinema Student Alex Powell, a CCA sophomore, was just selected as one of ten students to participate in the San Diego Asian Film Festival Reel Voices Program. This intense, 12-week summer internship helps students become socially conscious storytellers, learn Final Cut Pro editing, and experience all stages of production and post-production. Students receive a $500 scholarship for their work, which premieres at the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival in October. The films are also packaged onto a DVD and travels to other film festivals around the country including Los Angeles Film Festival, Urban Visionaries, Asian Cinevision, and Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Reel Voices films are also available free On-Demand on digital Time Warner Cable, channel 144.
CCA Envision Cinema Filmmakers Honored at Best Fest America Festival
A CCA Envision Cinema Conservatory team was one of only two high school teams honored at the 2011 Best Fest America 48 Hours of Madness Festival. Catie Ellwood, Olivia Klatch, Jacob Morrison, Jesse Ostroff, and Sam Sarokin received Honorable Mention for their adaptation of the short film script "Ghost in the Machine." Teams have 48 hours during one weekend (March 11th-13th) to produce a film based on a script provided. All the competing films were shown at Ultra Star Cinemas Hazard Center Mission Valley on Sunday, March 27th.
Cinema Conservatory Students Start Video Production Business
Canyon Crest Academy juniors Jason Segal, Kush Rawal and Hunter Peterson have started their own business, Cinema 595, putting their talents and knowledge of filmmaking to work. The Carmel Valley teens can film any event, from horseback riding shows to weddings, edit together old media and create music videos or help with original films.
Envision Haiti Documentary Selected for LA Area Film Festival
The Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival selected the Envision Cinema Conservatory film , "Haitian Hope: Field Hospital," to show in its professional documentary category on January 7th, 2011. The film was directed by Envision Cinema Conservatory students Curtis Donar and Faith Vasquez in the spring of 2010. The festival is located 20 miles north of Hollywood, California, is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the art of filmmaking by providing an open forum for independent filmmakers, both professionals and students. We achieve this goal through an annual competitive film festival, ongoing film education programs for youth and fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers.
The SCV Film Festival highlights short independent films appropriate for all audiences and features a film competition for all selected works. To watch the film: http://vimeo.com/envisioncinema.
Envision Cinema Guest Artist Destin Cretton Wins Academy Fellowship
Destin Cretton is one of five writers selected as winners of the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 4.
Watch the Envision Cinema Documentary "Haitian Hope: Field Hospital" On-Line
You can now watch the 11-minute documentary about Envision Cinema Coordinator Mark Raines' mission trip to Haiti at http://vimeo.com/envisioncinema. The film was shot by Raines this spring, then edited and produced by seniors Curtis Donar and Faith Vasquez. You can also watch all the latest CCA-TV and Envision Cinema Conservatory video and film productions on our Vimeo site as well._______________________
2010 CCA Student Film Festival Winners
Comedy -- "I Got Time"Andrey Misyutin, Margaret Misyutina
Documentary -- "Natural High" Kia Zomorrodi, Tyler Wait
Drama -- "Elevator Incident" Jacob Friend, Greg Hall, Luc Fevrier-Silberman, Curtis Donar
Experimental -- "Feeding Tube" Luc Fevrier-Silberman
Music Video -- "Ukelele Song" Jesse Ostroff, Cameron Marsella, Hannah Leib, Jackson Stuart
Audience Choice -- "I Got Time," "What Friends Are For"
Overall Winner -- "Feeding Tube"
Cinema Conservatory Student Film Shows at Portland Women's Film Festival
Faith Vasquez's ECC film "Mi Raza Es Tu Raza" has been selected to play on March 21, 2010 at the Portland Women's Film Festival Family Day. You can watch Faith's film on the Conservatory section of this website.
Cinema Conservatory Student Video Shows at California Surf Festival
Matt Britt's video on the Rob Machado Surf Experience selected to show at the student showcase at the California Surf Festival on Saturday, November 21 at Noon at the Brooks Theatre in Oceanside, CA
CCA Envision Cinema Students Win "Natural High Video PSA Contest."
Grand Prize -- Kia Zomorrodi, Tyler Wait (video featuring Cody Johnson)
Runner-Up Prize -- Curtis Donar, Evan Papai, Alec Sonnier
You can see their award-winning videos at http://www.naturalhigh.org/psa.html
The Natural High® DVD Series is produced and distributed through the Sundt Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fully supported via donations and sponsorship. The Foundation's mission is to influence the hearts and minds of kids by inspiring them to choose a natural high and reject drugs. The goal is to change culture so that it is cool for kids to say "YES" to life and "NO" to drugs. The renowned Natural High substance abuse prevention DVD series is provided free-of-charge to over 110,000 schools in the United States.
Envision Cinema Teaching Artist Destin Cretton received the Best Short Film Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Mark Raines is featured in the March 2009 Techniques magazine, the national Career and Technical Education publication.
Read the article on-line: Transitioning into Teaching
Destin Cretton is getting a lot of media attention for his Sundance win.
Read the latest article from The San Diego Union-Tribune: Street People: Destin Cretton