Media Arts


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The Media Arts Department offers technical and conceptual training in audio, film, and video recording and production. Young artists receive the tools to create artistically, exploring and developing their own voice, in a field that often emphasizes collaboration. Media Arts students master skills in audio recording, animation,cinematography, directing, editing, lighting, motion graphics and script writing. In addition, all students in media arts gain an understanding of the history, theory and aesthetics of communication arts in order to appreciate the art form and to make informed decisions in their own work.

Audition Expectations: 1) Auditioning students are expected to present a sample of their work (portfolio) in film, video, audio recording, motion graphics or animation including a short statement that describes the portfolio work. Students who do not have portfolio material may submit one of the following: a) a storyboard with text and visual instructions for a short film, video, or animation; b) a series of photographs that tell a story (at least 15); c) a detailed critique of the sound/music and visual elements of a feature film or television production that discusses the atmosphere, emotional content and overall effect of these elements; d) a short screenplay (no more than 10 pages).  2) Candidates should be prepared to answer a series of questions about their portfolio, expertise, favorite film, video and television production, music album, or animation. 3) Students should be prepared to critique the visual and sound elements of a short film shown at the audition.

Students currently in 8-11th grades are eligible to apply.

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Awards and Screenings:

  • Downbeat Awards in Engineered Studio Recordings and Engineered Live Recording
  • National and regional Scholastic Gold Key and Silver Key Award winners in filmmaking: Sarah Devlin, Kayla Elorza, Jessie Haycraft, Evander Stephens
  • National Gold Metal Portfolio Winner, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Sarah Devlin
  • 2009, U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Holden Brown
  • 2012, Semifinalist for Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Sarah Devlin
  • Winners, National Young Arts Awards:  Holden Brown and Sarah Devlin- and one honorable mention –Tyler Dixon in the Cinematic Arts category.

Multiple festivals have screened our students’ work:

Toronto Film Festival, Atlanta Student Film Festival, WaterSprite Film Festival, Hot Docs Student Division, Reel Teens, Josiah Film Festival, and the Lovett High School Film Festival, and locally the New Orleans Film Festival, the Louisiana Film Festival, NOVAC Louisiana Shorts Festival, Ozone Film Festival, Nunez Community College Pelican d’Or Festival, and the St Charles Parish Satellite Center Video and Animation Festival.

Past Master Classes in film and audio:

  • Ken Burns
  • John Sayles
  • Jonathon Demme
  • Oley Sassone
  • Anthony Dominici
  • Godfrey Reggio
  • Bennett Miller
  • Todd Haynes
  • Taylor Hackford
  • Ivan Neville and Dumpsta Funk
  • Patrick Smith
  • Curtis Pierre
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Tia Lessen and Carl Deal
  • Leslie Smith
  • Douglas Spotted Eagle