"Modern stories should make the mind stretch, challenging stereotypes, meaning." - D.L.
A I R
An After-School Project
We are all one, but tragically don't know it. On the surface "Air" is a perplexing narrative, but the film has off-beat scenes and growing intensity have engaged audiences at LACMA, Children's Comic-Con, and the International Children's Film Festival. Working in conjunction with the Science Academy to formulate a quantum mechanics-based plot (we are not individual entities and the non-linear perception of time), "Air" is about bully who has an asthma attack, then awakens to find herself residing inside of the bodies and lives of her scared victims. With the bully's fearless, dispassionate soul inhabiting different bodies, her journey through different human vessels forces her to embark on a non-linear journey back to her asthma-stricken body. This film was an "Official Selection" of the highly competitive International Children's Film Festival, which screened at LACMA & the Children's division of Comic Con in San Diego.
"It is the Tao of mixing this cosmic weirdness with the practical and physical, which will allow you to move, moment by moment, through parallel worlds to achieve your dreams.” - D.L.
raw clips from "Nube" - music added
released May 25th, 2016
Media literacy means having the ability to filter all forms of media before they become beliefs and values that shape our thinking.
Louis De Barraicua entered filmmaking as an award-winning fiction writer from USC. He started started making 2-3 narrative short films per year about ten years ago. His instruction focuses on teaching the basic storytelling elements that use the classical formula with a heroic character that overcomes difficult obstacles to eventually triumph. In class, the focus is on creating backstories for characters as a launching point for creating a story that focuses on visual storytelling and that focuses on using natural sounding dialogue that enables actors to deliver realistic on-screen performances.
Though just an amateur photographer, Louis De Barraicua focuses developing the visual aesthetics of student films by dedicating at least one day of instruction per week to image composition (cinematography).
One of the main focuses of the program for students is to learn a creative process that allows students to develop their raw ideas into an organized blueprint for a film. If students meet the qualifying behavior and pre-production portfolio requirements by a specified date, they are put into a film group. Learning to collaborate to produce short film is often one of the greatest challenges students encounter during the semester. In the Advanced Program, students actually make their films (not the parents) during class with a zero dollar budget and often challenging circumstances. To screen for students who do not contribute or have the needed work effort, qualifications have be set in place to maximize the success of film groups.
The films that meet the specifications of the film rubric and have appropriate content are shown at school-wide assemblies. A handful of our films have been invited by local promoters seeking high quality content for their film festivals. Recently, our film "Sunny" won "The Best Experimental Film" and "The Drama Game" and "Air" were selections at the Comic-Con-based International Children's Film Festival and the LA Shorts Film Festival at LA LIVE! by the Staples Center.
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Change the Story, Revolutionize Consciousness.
“The more we delve into quantum mechanics the stranger the world becomes; appreciating this strangeness of the world, whilst still operating in that which you now consider reality, will be the foundation for shifting the current trajectory of your life from ordinary to extraordinary. D.L.
The Drama Game
-Officially Invited to the Academy Award-Qualifying Los Angles Shorts Film Festival, 2015
Rivals take a routine game to the limits when a group of drama students compete to stay in character the longest.
Tales of Miscommunication & Fractured Personalities
Highlights from "Let Me Out" and "Conduit." These student films are about miscommunication and how media influences the personalities of our optimistic youth.
Millikan Middle School
A commercial produced for Millikan Middle School
A clip about President Obama's fictional youth
The Teenager Problem
a delusional student gets peer counseling that helps him escape his plight in life.
Change the Story, Revolutionize Consciousness.
Los Angeles' Community Recognition of MillikanFilm.com
The LA Shorts Film Festival
The kid brother to the LA Film Festival, the LA Shorts Fest is an internationally recognized and celebrated festival for short films of exceptional caliber. In 2015, thousands of films were submitted for consideration. Held in September at the LA Live! venue (next to the Staples Center), this festival applauds iconic and breakout filmmakers with awards, panel discussions, and world premieres for shorts from production companies such as Pixar.
We have actors, cinematographers, and film development professionals talk to our students about telling a better story. Checkout this clip of Elliot Blake explaining what a modern day film studio looks for in a narrative project.
Visual Literacy according to Martin Scorcese
The important of what we we're learning.
Visual literacy and vocabulary is an essential tool in today's participatory media landscape.
George Lucas on Teaching Visual Literacy
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Our Winter Film Festival will be Saturday December 12th in Burrill Hall @ 7 pm
Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences
Media Literacy Education Lessons
provided to our film program by the
MILLIKAN FILM PRODUCTION
How do I get into the Millikan Film Production Program?
Talk to your counselor about getting into a Beginning film. If you have a high interest or skill level in filmmaking, contact Mr. De Barraicua about joining the Advanced Film Program.
What's the difference?
Advanced Film requires more interest, energy, and commitment. Projects are more advanced, and you're expected to complete projects that require a much higher skill level. While you're not expected to come in with that skill level you are expected to pick up the skills quickly from classmates, the teacher, and on your own.
What do we learn?
Our focus is to learn what it takes (grit, collaboration, photography, storytelling, editing, acting) to get better at telling stories through making short films and music videos. Storytelling is powerful because it reframes information to give cohesion to information that's easy to forget. The classical narrative structure is taught. That is, creating a character within a narrative who encounters a great deal of obstacles to achieve a seemingly impossible goal.
What are the requirements for your Advanced Film Production program?
Be prepared to work a lot, get along with a lot of people different than you, and have manners. Grading is an issue for some students. Joining Advanced Film without doing the work can result in a negative impact on your grade. Making a film requires the highest level of thinking, which is writing and producing a film from scratch. Because storytelling is a talent, it's not always easy to know whose good at what parts. Please contact Louis de Barraicua to be considered for Advanced Film. Slots are limited.
What's the benefit of joining Advanced Film Production?
We spend a lot of time filming during school as opposed to making projects at home. Our goal is to show the best student films at an assembly at least once per semester. We also have a film festival after school at the end of the year.