Placentia Students Work Alongside Award-Winning Cinematographer and Film/Television Actress

From June 25-27, 45 students in El Dorado’s Digital Media Arts Academy attended a summer workshop where they studied screenwriting basics, camera operation, short film production and many other skills used in today’s film, television and media production industries. As an added bonus, the students had the privilege of working alongside Emmy award-winning cinematographer Curt Apduhan and film/television actress Terri Treas.

The students even walked out of the three-day workshop with completed short films which are now available on the internet at!the-films/cwzt

Now in its fourth year, the El Dorado’s Digital Media Arts Academy prepares students for college and careers in the digital arts. The school offers three distinct pathways: video production and broadcasting, animation, and photography. Students in the highly sought-after academy produce digital portfolios, a weekly broadcast show, and numerous animation/film projects using the best equipment in the business. Their recently-built recording and editing studio is complete with computers loaded with a suite of the latest industry software. Students can also earn Apple certification in Adobe Flash, Final Cut Pro and other software used by professionals in the video and film industry. Students have won a myriad of awards and one student work was even selected to the Cannes Film Festival. Alumni are now employed with companies such as Universal and MTV.

For more information about El Dorado’s Digital Media Arts Academy, visit

The school’s academy is also a finalist for the Orange County Tech Alliance Innovation in Education Awards which will be announced on October 9.

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