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Our Writing Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

August 14, 2017

When you’re trying to find the perfect college screenwriting emphasis, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our ...

Our Sound Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

August 14, 2017

When you’re trying to find the perfect audio emphasis, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our incoming students to ...

Our Producing Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

August 14, 2017

When you’re trying to find the perfect producing emphasis, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our incoming students ...

Our New Media Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

August 14, 2017

When you’re trying to find the perfect new media emphasis, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our incoming students ...

Our Editing and VFX Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

August 14, 2017

When you’re trying to find the perfect film production emphasis, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our incoming ...

Our Cinematography Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

August 14, 2017

When you’re trying to find the perfect college cinematography program, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our ...

Our Directing Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

August 14, 2017

When you’re trying to find the perfect college directing emphasis, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our incoming ...

CCH Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Leyco

July 18, 2017

Recent Columbia College Hollywood graduate and full-fledged filmmaker, Rachel Leyco is taking the film festival circuit by storm with her socially-relevant short, Bicultural. With official selections ...

Validus Makes Waves with YouTube Hit, Life as a Mermaid

July 14, 2017

Besides being one of the top film schools in California, Columbia College Hollywood is also home to several student-created and operated production companies. These production companies are the ...

Our Acting Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

July 12, 2017

When you're trying to find the perfect college acting emphasis, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our incoming ...

5 Skills Every Director Needs to Succeed

May 30, 2017

  When you think of being a director, you may picture yourself in a canvas-backed chair, issuing instructions to a competent cast and crew. You may imagine yourself standing on a large stage in front ...

Musical Improv Workshop with Laura Hall!

May 26, 2017

Columbia College Hollywood students had the amazing opportunity to work with the improv world’s music master, Laura Hall. Many know Laura Hall as the lovely lady on the keys from the hit show, Whose ...

CCH Aluma Brings Great Honor with Tatara Samurai

May 24, 2017

Columbia College Hollywood loves to hear about Alumni activity, especially when they are involved in big events or projects. CCH Alumni, Shoko Watanabe graduated in 2010 obtaining a Bachelor of Fine ...

Columbia College Hollywood Students Turn Up the Volume

May 19, 2017

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Columbia College Hollywood Student Film to be Featured on KCET!

May 17, 2017

KCET has provided an outlet for up-and-coming filmmakers with their flagship public television series, Fine Cut. Fine Cut provides the much needed opportunity for student filmmakers to have their ...

7 Things You NEED to do the Summer Before Senior Year

May 16, 2017

You just finished your junior year, and you are on top of the world. As the seniors prepare for college in a flurry of stress and excitement, you put your feet up, your shades on, and relax. You're ...

Meet Our Newest Staff Members!

May 15, 2017

Columbia College Hollywood is continually striving for success and is always looking for ways to improve the connection and communication with students. In an effort to better our student’s ...

Columbia College Hollywood Takes Part in "Every 15 Minutes" Program

May 12, 2017

Tarzana, May 10, 2017: The number of DUI related auto deaths in the United States on a yearly basis is alarming. It is only when we begin to look at the daily statistics and the ones that involve ...

15 Easy Ways to Improve Your GPA

May 9, 2017

Grade Point Average, or GPA is a number that represents the average of all of a student's course grades throughout their high school career. But if you are looking to raise yours, you probably ...

4 Super Hero Effects You Can Use in Your Next Film

May 2, 2017

  Over the last decade or so, super hero movies have gotten unbelievably popular. In the last five years alone we've seen Man of Steel, Thor, Suicide Squad, Iron Man, The Amazing Spiderman, Deadpool, ...

3 Rules Every Beginning Cinematographer Needs to Know

April 18, 2017

In the world of cinematography, there are no rules. I know, it's surprising to hear that with a title like "3 Rules Every Beginning Cinematographer Should Know," but it is true. Just like you have ...

High School Students: 6 Ways to Get Motivated

April 11, 2017

Whether you're preparing for your final exams, the ACT, or trying to get a few college applications done, getting motivated can be incredibly difficult. With summer vacation just around the corner, ...

High School Students: Finding Time for Film

April 4, 2017

It is your senior year of high school. Every day you wake up and go to school. After school, you have practice for that sport, a meeting for that club, or rehearsal for that show. After that, you ...

10 Ways to Improve Your Study Habits

March 30, 2017

  Whether you are preparing for a final exam or just an upcoming quiz, studying can be tough to manage. It seems like every time you open your book, you get a text or a Facebook notification, and ...

5 Tips for Writing the Perfect College Essay

March 28, 2017

Your college essay reveals something important about you. It goes beyond your grades and your extracurriculars. It shows more than your SAT and ACT scores ever could. It makes you more than just a ...

Editing 101: 7 Editing Cuts You NEED to Know

March 23, 2017

Batman has his utility belt; Iron Man his suit. Thor? His hammer. And you… you have your cuts. To be an editor of super proportion, you must arm yourself with as many different types of editing cuts ...

Film Majors: Bouncing Back from Failure

March 21, 2017

              "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill                      "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this ...

3 Ways a High Schooler Can Get Ahead Academically AND Financially

March 16, 2017

Between applying for colleges, scheduling campus visits, researching degree programs, and generally planning out the next four years of your life, you may find it hard to think of the here and now. ...

Aspiring Filmmakers: Turning Your Idea into a Reality

March 14, 2017

You're hanging out with friends talking and laughing about which super power would be the best to have in real life (a common argument in your friend group) when suddenly a brilliant idea hits you. ...

How to Prepare for Your College Acting Audition

March 9, 2017

So you've been accepted to all of your top college picks, you've created a financial plan with your parents, and you have one foot out the door. There's just one tiny thing standing in your way. You ...

3 Skills Every Producer Needs to Succeed

March 7, 2017

When I was first starting out in the film industry, all I wanted to do was create. I wanted to write my own screenplays, direct my own movies, and film my own scenes. But as I grew older, I started ...

How to Find Your Voice as a Writer

March 2, 2017

What is the one thing that sets all great screenwriters apart from the rest? Having a unique and identifiable voice. From Tarantino to Kaufman, all of the greats have a voice that makes their movies ...

4 Tips for Aspiring Editors

February 28, 2017

So, you've finally done it. After countless hours of deliberation, you've decided what you want to do. You are going to be an editor. You love cutting together different shots. You love sorting ...

4 Ways a High Schooler Can Prepare for Film School

February 23, 2017

If you are a junior or senior in high school, you have probably heard all you will ever need to hear about college prep. You should take these classes, be a part of these clubs, volunteer at these ...

3 Things You'll Learn When You Go to College for Directing

February 21, 2017

There is a lot of controversy over whether or not students who want to pursue film should actually go to film school. In fact, if you search "why should I go to Film school" on Google the top two ...

Why Should I Go to College for Acting?

February 16, 2017

You've been acting since middle school. You've done every show possible at your high school, you've participated in community theater, you've even been the star of a few short films produced by ...

5 Ways to Improve Your Sound Skills Right Now

February 14, 2017

You never walk around without a pair of earbuds. When you watch movies, the soundtrack is one of the key things you pay attention to. During animated films, the only thing you can focus on is ...

Film School: Networking to a Better Future

February 9, 2017

We have all heard the saying "it's not what you know, but who you know." We would like to believe it is false, and it is for the most part, but the phrase does hold a little truth. You have a lot ...

What Does a Producer do?

February 7, 2017

When you think about creating a film, you probably think about everyone you'll need for the process. You need a writer (or at least a script), you need actors, you need a sound guy; you need a lot of ...

4 Ways to Narrow Down Your College List

February 3, 2017

When you are first starting your college search, it can be incredibly hard to focus on any one thing, which makes narrowing down your options a difficult task. Is the school known to graduate top ...

"Star Wars: A New Hope" Screening in Honor of the Late Carrie Fisher

February 2, 2017

CCH will be holding a memorial screening of Star Wars: A New Hope in honor of actor and author, Carrie Fisher in the upstairs Main Theatre from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, February 3rd 

Aspiring Filmmakers: 5 Things to do BEFORE You Start Shooting

January 31, 2017

You have a brilliant idea for a short film. You've written a rough outline of the script, you've gotten a few friends interested in participating, and you know exactly how you want to shoot it. But ...

4 Reasons You NEED to Visit a College Campus

January 27, 2017

Whether you live 5 or 5,000 miles away from a college campus, visiting is always a good idea. A webpage can only tell you so much. If you want to see what a college is really like, you need to visit ...

It is Columbia College Hollywood Open House Time!

January 26, 2017

With the New Year started and the winter quarter up and running, CCH opens its doors once again for our informative and fun Open House on Saturday, January 28th. The event runs from 10am to 2pm and ...

4 Acting Excercises You Can Do on Your Own

January 24, 2017

They say that if you want to become a professional at anything, you need to practice every day. But when it comes to acting, that isn't exactly easy. Of course, you can rehearse a monologue, read a ...

5 Things Juniors Can do Right Now to Prepare for College

January 19, 2017

Junior year isn't exactly easy. You have the ACT, SAT, and it is your last year to really get your GPA before college. With all that on your plate, you probably aren't looking to add much more, ...

5 Things to do BEFORE Starting Your College Applications

January 17, 2017

It is the final semester of your senior year, which means the Senioritis is probably hitting you pretty hard. You have all of the usual homework to deal with, but on top of that, you are supposed to ...

5 Tools Every Writer Should be Using

January 12, 2017

One of the perks of being a writer is that you need practically nothing to create. While your peers lug around bulky cameras and equipment or are tied to a computer to do their work, you can create ...

How to Prepare for a Directing Degree

January 10, 2017

You want to study directing in college, but there is one problem. You don't know all that much about directing. You have taken a film class or two, but you feel a little underprepared. You want to ...

College Level Film Courses for High School Students

January 5, 2017

If you've read our blog posts "Our High School Sumer Program" and "High School Summer Program: FAQ" you should already know a little about the program we offer. However, we have yet to cover the ...

3 Benefits of Going to a Small College

January 3, 2017

One of the questions that seems to come up during the college search is " Do I want to go to a big school or a small one?" It is not a question that is often asked by friends or family members, but ...

How to Convince Your Parents "the Arts" aren't a Bad Idea

December 29, 2016

When I was a senior in high school, all I wanted to do was write. I wanted to write plays, novels, short stories, everything really, but when it came time to make my decision, I went into business. ...

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Senioritis

December 27, 2016

It is that time of year again. The fall semester is over; the holidays are under way, and pretty soon thousands of high schoolers everywhere will be thinking: 'Just how do they expect us to do any of ...

High School Summer Program FAQ

December 22, 2016

If you have read our blog post " Our High School Summer Program" or visited our High School Summer Program Page, you probably know a little bit about what our program has to offer, but our guess is ...

Happy Holidays from Columbia College Hollywood!

December 21, 2016

As we wrap up the year here at CCH, we are reflecting on all the great changes and progress we have made in 2016. We gained new faculty and staff and most importantly, we continue to gain bright new ...

Film School: From College to Career

December 20, 2016

One of the biggest fears of most students pursuing the arts is that they will not end up with a secure job after they graduate college. The stereotype of the starving artist has become so popular ...

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Your College Major

December 15, 2016

It is December. We are roughly half way through the school year. And somewhere out there in the world, a high school senior is scared to death because they will soon have to decide what they want to ...

Our High School Summer Program

December 13, 2016

If you've read our blog post: "And...Action! How do I Academically Prepare for Film School," you know that things like A.P. course can help you get a jump-start on your college career, even in Film. ...

4 DIY Lighting Rigs for Young Cinematographers

December 8, 2016

  If you are a high schooler who is interested in cinematography something that has probably crossed your mind is 'how can I get the perfect lighting for my shot.' Of course, there are plenty of ...

CCH Makes a Presence at The Culver City Film Festival 2016!

December 7, 2016

Columbia College Hollywood is pleased to announce that two of our very own students, Garrett Schecher and Michael Gretzinger presented films at the 3rd Annual Culver City Film Festival last weekend. ...

How to get Experience as a Young Actor

December 6, 2016

If you know you have a passion for acting and you are only in high school, you have a head start on a lot of people. Actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, and Tim Allen didn't start ...

Columbia College Faculty Member Recognized At The 34th Annual Caucus Awards!

December 6, 2016

Columbia College Hollywood would like to congratulate our Lead New Media Instructor, Frank Chindamo on receiving the Distinguished Service Award at the 34th Annual Caucus Awards. Frank is an ...

What Can I do With a Directing Emphasis?

December 1, 2016

When you think of film school, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I would bet that you think of shooting a big Hollywood Film, right? You probably picture creating a film of your very own. ...

Columbia College Hollywood Showcases International Talent!

November 30, 2016

Columbia College Hollywood will be hosting a special film presentation of “The Precinct” Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm in the main theatre. Written and directed by Azerbaijani filmmaker Ilgar ...

Film Festivals: Showcasing Your Talent

November 29, 2016

As a young filmmaker, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the creative process of filmmaking without giving any thought to the business side of things. For example, once you are finished with your ...

What Can I do With an Acting Emphasis

November 24, 2016

There is a lot more to acting than just memorizing lines and sitting in front of a camera. Actors learn to convince, to communicate, and to perform. They learn how to sell, create, and innovate. ...

Scheduling Courses: Morning, Afternoon, Night

November 22, 2016

It seems like it wouldn't be hard to schedule your courses. If you hate mornings schedule later in the day. If you're up every day at 7:00AM, get your classes out of the way early. It seems that ...

Scheduling Courses: What Classes do I Take?

November 17, 2016

One of the first things you do upon choosing the college you want to go to is schedule your classes. The thing is, with the choice of where to go looming over your head, it can be easy to forget that ...

CCH Guest Speaker Series: David Madden

November 16, 2016

CCH is excited to invite you to join us Thursday, November 17th in the Columbia College Hollywood Theater for an informative Q&A with our guest speaker David Madden in a panel moderated by ...

8 Skills You'll Learn While Studying Acting

November 15, 2016

Making the decision to go into acting can be hard. It isn't easy to constantly hear that you are fighting an uphill battle or that other fields are safer options. But what people don't often seem to ...

Top 10 Scholarship Resources

November 10, 2016

One of the biggest concerns students have when deciding on a college is the price. College is expensive and student loan debt is no joke. No matter where you decide to go, we want you to have every ...

CCH Guest Speaker Series - Beau Flynn

November 9, 2016

  Columbia College Hollywood is thrilled to announce their informative Q&A panel with famed producer, Beau Flynn in CCH’s main theatre on Thursday, November 10th from 7PM to 9:30PM. The speaking ...

4 Reasons You Need a Mentor

November 8, 2016

  When I was growing up I always wondered why real life wasn’t like fantasy. Why there was no magic to learn, no dragons to slay, no castles to siege. Its weird though, the thing that always bothered ...

Young Directors: Finding Your Voice

November 3, 2016

While a writer controls what is said and by who, it isn't the writer's voice that shines through in a movie. It is the director's. The director is the teller of the story and as such it is the ...

What Can I do With a Writing Emphasis

November 1, 2016

The work of writers is around us all day everyday. Every word on a webpage and sentence on a sign. Every news story, article, and blog post. Every book, magazine, and movie, were written by writers. ...

Need a Scary Movie to Watch this Halloween?

October 28, 2016

Columbia College Hollywood invites you to get ready for Halloween with the VOD & DVD release of our former student, Brandon Scullion’s feature: Consumption. Consumption was released earlier this year ...

5 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in College

October 27, 2016

Let's be honest here, it is college, you are going to have a hard time saving. You are going to want to go out with friends, buy new clothes, and grab a coffee and a bagel when you wake up two ...

And the Winner is....

October 27, 2016

  On October 14th and 15th, Columbia College Hollywood showcased their 2016 Film Festival. With over 350 people in attendance, this year’s festival proved to be a HUGE success. The festival not only ...

6 Incredible Tips for Young Filmmakers

October 25, 2016

When I was in high school I remember trying to throw together backyard movies spur of the moment. It would be me and a bunch of friends (who had no idea how to act) basically improvising scene after ...

Los Angeles Film School: Why Location Matters

October 20, 2016

When choosing a Film School, some of the top things you consider are probably what school is the most renowned, who has the top equipment, and what school has graduated the most students who have ...

Why Should I Go to Film School?

October 18, 2016

At this day and age, it seems like you can learn ANYTHING online. Between Google searches, Youtube tutorials, and free online courses, pretty much any knowledge you could hope to gain is at your ...

5 DIY Rigs for Young Cinematographers

October 13, 2016

So you want to be a cinematographer....the problem is, you're 17. You don't have access to any fancy equipment or gear. Getting a camera was hard enough, getting actual equipment on top of that would ...

Columbia College Hollywood Blood Drive – October 18th

October 13, 2016

No, this isn’t a call to all vampires out there…..CCH in conjunction with the Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive to help those in need on Tuesday, October 18th in the living room set area in the ...

What Can I do With an Emphasis in Editing and Visual Effects?

October 11, 2016

Every Youtube video you see, every T.V. show you watch, every movie you go to has been edited and re-edited to be the absolute best it can be. And most have probably had special effects added as ...

CCH Announces 2016 Film Festival Keynote Speaker

October 7, 2016

 

10 Helpful Tips For Young Writers

October 6, 2016

  When you are just starting out as a writer, it can be incredibly hard to gain any kind of momentum. You know you need to practice but with school, work, and trying to maintain some semblance of a ...

What Can I do with a New Media Emphasis?

October 4, 2016

Whether you know it or not, you have probably been interacting with new media your entire life. Blogs, podcasts, online videos, social media websites, pretty much any form of 21st century ...

Introducing Our New Dean, Peter Hawley

October 3, 2016

 

CCH's 2016 Film Festival is Almost Here!

October 3, 2016

Save the dates: October 14th & 15th – Columbia College Hollywood is excited to bring back their film festival in 2016. After a year hiatus, the festival is back in full swing and preparing for a ...

CCH Guest Speaker Series: Producer Arianne Fraser

September 30, 2016

Columbia College Hollywood is excited to announce their informative Q&A panel with Producer and co-founder of Highland Film Group, Arianne Fraser, in CCH’s Theatre on Thursday, October 6th at 7pm. ...

Our Degree Programs (And What You Will Learn With Each)

September 29, 2016

  So its been your life long dream to be a filmmaker. You want to be a cinematographer, a director, a writer; you want to do it all! You taught yourself everything from how to turn on a camera to how ...

California Living: CCH Housing Options

September 27, 2016

     When I was first starting college, something I never really considered was my living situation. I didn't really ask myself where I was going to be living, how I'd be living, or who I would be ...

CCH Guest Speaker Series - Michael Bremer

September 27, 2016

Columbia College Hollywood is excited to announce their informative Q&A panel with Director of Student programs at the Cannes American Pavilion, Michael Bremer, in CCH’s Main Theatre on Thursday, ...

CCH Alumni Helps Spread Awareness of Veteran Suicide

September 23, 2016

It is always great to see Columbia College Hollywood Alumni putting their learned skills to work; but what is even better, is seeing them use those skills to give back to their communities.

Transfer Students: Adjusting to CCH

September 22, 2016

Transferring isn't easy. Let's be honest, you have spent a year or two making friends, learning your way around campus, and getting adjusted to the culture, and now you have to do it all over again? ...

CCH in the News

September 21, 2016

  When you are living your dream you shine like a beacon and the world is drawn to you. Columbia College Hollywood is full of people pursuing their dreams, exploring their interests, and following ...

Exploring the Majors of CCH

September 20, 2016

  If you have read our post All About the Film Majors: Best Advice to Help You Make Your Choice, you might know how to choose your major, but before you choose, shouldn't you know exactly what your ...

Part-Time Jobs and Film School: A Balancing Act

September 15, 2016

  When I was younger I was always fascinated by the circus. The animals, the clowns, the acrobats, I loved them all. But more than anything, I loved the tightrope walkers. I never understood how ...

Film Emphases: Best Advice to Help You Make Your Choice

September 13, 2016

You are at your favorite restaurant sipping on the water that got dropped off 5 minutes ago. You look up from your phone, and to your horror, your waitress is making her way to your table. Looking ...

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Film School for You

September 8, 2016

7 Things to Ask When Visiting Film School

September 6, 2016

Fine Arts: Bachelor's vs. Associate—What Do I Need for Each?

September 1, 2016

Generally when someone is referencing college, we think of the standard four year degree program. Our minds immediately jump to the Bachelor's Degree, but that isn't the only type of degree out ...

Insights From A Recent Alumna

August 30, 2016

  It can be hard to make the choice to follow your dreams. One of the scariest parts about it is not knowing exactly what following your dreams means. I mean sure, you love film, but what does a ...

Want to Transfer to CCH? Don't Worry, We Can Help!

August 25, 2016

4 Things to Consider if You Want to Go to Film School

August 23, 2016

Film School = Hands-on Learning

August 18, 2016

Roll Call: How to Prepare for a Career in Cinematography

August 16, 2016

Cinematographers, they are the director's right hand man (or woman). They take the director's vision of a scene and bring it to life. They tell the story using camera movement and light manipulation, ...

AP Courses Really DO Prepare You for Film School!

August 11, 2016

4 Things to Consider When Financially Planning for Film School

August 9, 2016

And...Action! How do I Academically Prepare for Film School?

August 4, 2016

CCH's Fall 2016 Scholarship Program

August 4, 2016

CCH's Graduation Plan: Outlining The Plot of Your College Career

June 28, 2016

 I would be willing to bet, that like most people, you don't want to know the entire plot of a movie and all the twists and turns the plot takes before you even set foot in a theater or press play. I ...