How does one learn to be a television or film producer? As one of the best Los Angeles producing schools, NYFA’s film production program in Los Angeles strives to imbue its students with the creative and practical skills necessary to become a successful film producer.
At NYFA’s Los Angeles campus, aspiring producers receive an immersive and hands-on education that not only stresses the fundamentals of film and television production, but also allows students the opportunity to learn on set as they guide a film project from storyboard to distribution. After all, producers occupy a unique role when making a film. To become a film producer one must understand the role of every person working on a movie—whether it be lighting, sound, or acting. When enrolling in a workshop or program at the Academy’s producing school in Los Angeles, students are constantly working on their own original films and building the skills that will lead them to a successful career in film production.
Our film producing school’s Los Angeles location allows students the opportunity to work in the heart of the film industry. Film production students supplement their education with constant exposure to the real demands of working in Hollywood. Through in-class instruction, faculty-supervised workshops, and on-set experience, producing school students learn to master both the business and creative sides to best learn how to be a successful television and movie producer. The Academy’s emphasis on practical skills has led to our reputation as one of the best film producing programs in Los Angeles.
Producing Courses LA
Upon enrolling in the Academy’s producing school in Los Angeles, students are able to take a diverse and comprehensive producing course load that includes some of, if not all, the following courses.
Introduction to Line Producing
Entertainment Law: Contracts, Intellectual Property, Negotiations, Drafting, and Ethics
Industry Speaker Series
Directing for Producers
Hands-on Producing: Reality Television
Documentary and News Magazine Workshops
Editing for Producers
Pre-Production of a Short Film
Short Film Production
Television Producing & Developing the TV Pilot Treatment
Developing the Feature Film Treatment
Developing the Pitch
Developing the Feature Film Business Plan & Television Show Bible
Industry Speaker Series
Writing the Situational Comedy or Drama for Television
Producing Commercials, Web Series & Music Videos
Advanced Production Crafts
Writing the Feature Screenplay
Advanced Backlot Workshop
Finance, Marketing & Distribution Case Studies
Branding & the Production Company Website
The Post-Production Process
Producing Classes LA
Students can enroll in a producing class at the Academy’s LA producing school throughout the year. To see the different start dates and tuition information, please click here.
Producing Degrees LA
The Academy’s Los Angeles producing school offers a range of producing degree programs.
In addition to offering long-term programs, producing school students can also choose to enroll in one of the following short-term film production workshops to learn the fundamentals of film and television producing in an immersive, hands-on environment.
For students aiming to spend a year studying producing at the Academy’s producing college in Los Angeles, we offer a one-year conservatory program that provides students with a solid foundation in producing and prepares them to enter the industry.
Part of what places the producing school at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles amongst the best producing colleges is the fact that it is host to a distinguished faculty of experienced and professional instructors who remain active as producers of film, television, and new media. Having worked on such noteworthy films and television shows as Ali, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and CSI: New York, the producing faculty in Los Angeles instruct students in both the creative and business sides of producing. Unlike the faculty at other producing schools, the Academy’s faculty is comprised of working professionals that remain active as producers. Their real-life insight is integral to helping students realize their dreams of becoming a film producer. Some of the prestigious faculty members who students study under include the following.
Lydia Cedrone, Interim Chair: Lydia earned an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Boston College. She is a former executive at The Walt Disney Co., Trimark Pictures, and Savoy Pictures, where she managed finances on more than two-dozen studio films. She oversaw company operations for filmmaker Michael Mann and for the film Ali, starring Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Voight. Her credits include the MGM release The Betrayed, starring Melissa George. She was the longtime Chair and current Interim Chair of the NYFA Producing Program in Los Angeles. She also serves as Head of NYFA MFA Feature Tracks. Lydia has developed extensive producing workshop curriculum and has travelled internationally to conduct producing workshops abroad.
Tony Schwartz: Having gained prolific experience over the course of twenty-five years serving as an assistant director and line producer for such films and television shows as Tank Girl, Ally McBeal, Freaks and Geeks, and Firefly, Schwartz has formed his own production company Kohler Schwartz Productions, which currently has several projects in development.
Ian Valentine: Working as a film producer for fifteen years, Valentine has over thirty years of experience working in Hollywood, having first served as a boom operator on the cult classic Repo Man. His production credits include the television series and movies Border Patrol, Alien Siege, Fanarchy, and Dance Cam Slam. He also has extensive experience as a literary agent at International Creative Management and has done television programming for USA Networks, ABC Productions, and Universal Television.
After completing the Academy’s producing school in LA, our producing alumni have gone on to a number of prestigious producing positions around the world in film, television, and new media.
One aspect that separates the Academy’s producing school in LA from other producing schools is that the curriculum is equally focused on preparing students to navigate the industry. Students receive hands-on instruction and experience in a variety of a production positions to best prepare graduates to realize their career goals, which may include the following positions or companies where past graduates have worked.
Feature Film Producer
Assistant Production Coordinator
Assistant to the Director
Production Office Coordinator
For more information on the LA producing school and film production programs at the New York Film Academy, please call our offices at +1 (818) 333-3558 or click on one of the below links to request information and apply online.