PRODUCING & ENTERTAINMENT EXECUTIVE PROGRAM
The Act One Producing & Entertainment Executive Program offers a comprehensive overview of the industry, access to established Hollywood professionals and a highly coveted internship where practical industry experience is gained.
Come and learn how to excel at your craft, deepen your faith and connect to an authentic community of Christians pursuing careers in the mainstream entertainment industry
Dip your toe in the water or dive right in, as this summer program is the foundation for launching your career.
The Summer Producing Program is a series of intensive lectures, workshops, discussions and Q&As designed to offer a comprehensive overview of everything a producer or executive needs to know to fast track their career. We kick things off with an all-inclusive, 5-day Intensive Workshop that is filled with foundational classes on story, the intersection of faith & film, and the spiritual journey of a Christian in the entertainment industry. For the rest of the Summer Program, Workshops are held on Saturdays in Hollywood and are taught by top producers and executives working in the industry. Curriculum includes film-finance, creative development, production, marketing, distribution and exhibition.
The Summer Program is supplemented with an industry Internship at a production company, agency, marketing firm, television network or film studio. Internships are tailored to your career goals and can range from one to five days a week.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAM
“I have been a part of programs at UCLA, USC, and numerous other industry training seminars and by far, Act One’s Executive Program is the most thorough educational and inspirational program targeted to young professionals in the entertainment industry.”
- Todd Burns, Act One graduate, Co-Founder, MPower Pictures
“The Act One Producing Program offers its students a unique and one-of-a-kind learning experience that prepares them for the business of show business in order for them to be successful in manifesting their spirituality within media.”
-Anne Marie Gillen, Producer, Fried Green Tomatoes, Under Suspicion, Into Temptation
“The increasing quality of the entertainment professionals Act One recruits as faculty and the rising preparedness of their students each year testifies to the quality and wisdom of the program’s design.”
-Charles B. Slocum, Assistant Executive Director WGA West
“The Producing & Entertainment Executive Program was the ideal next step in advancing my career. It perfectly mixed the practical and theoretical – with great lectures and seminars complementing and augmenting real-world, industry internships. It challenged me creatively and intellectually, all while fostering amazing fellowship to the larger Act One community.”
-Terence Berry, Act One graduate, Producer, That Evening Sun
“Act One is a positive answer for the development of filmmakers who will impact the spiritual, moral, and patriotic values of America.”
–Lloyd J. Ogilvie, Chaplain Emeritus, United States Senate
Q: How do I contact Act One?
A: Act One can be reached at 2690 N. Beachwood Dr., Hollywood, CA 90068. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (323) 464-0815. We are more than happy to schedule phone calls to go into more details about our various programs and services.
Q: What is the deadline for the Summer Producing Program?
A: The Early Deadline for the 2013 Summer Producing Program is December 31st, 2012. The Regular Deadline for the 2013 Summer Producing Program is April 1st, 2013.
Q: What is the application fee?
A: $25 (Early Deadline) and $50 (Regular Deadline)
Q: How soon will I hear back from you?
A: We accept applications on a rolling basis. Once your application is received, we will notify you of your status within 30 days. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll hear back on whether you’ve been accepted and the sooner you can begin to prepare for the program.
Q: What kind of applicants are you looking for?
A: We’re looking for students who are interested in becoming producers, creative executives, entertainment lawyers, etc. Often, our strongest candidates are those with, or currently getting an MBA, or other advanced degrees and those who have worked in finance, marketing or advertising. As well, we tend to look for candidates who have had some experience with production, but this is not a requirement. Ultimately, we are looking for applicants who love film and TV and are serious about their Christian faith.
Q: What can I expect to accomplish in the Summer Producing Program?
A: The Summer Program is designed to offer a comprehensive overview of everything a Hollywood producer or executive needs to know to fast-track their career. The Summer Program is also coupled with the opportunity to participate in a coveted, industry internship – often at a production company, network or studio. Internships are tailored to your goals and most companies who know Act One’s reputation offer larger projects and more hands-on experience than the typical college internship.
Q: If I elect to do an Internship during the Summer Producing Program, what will be expected of me?
A: We expect our students to intern a minimum of 2-3 days/wk for 8 weeks at their internship. Interning one day a week is possible, but not recommended. Some students elect to intern 5 days/wk, but that makes for a very challenging schedule. Interning 2-3 days/wk is ideal because it leaves room for students to have part-time jobs, work on their own projects, attend classes and special events, complete homework, and take full advantage of the Act One alumni network. All internships are unpaid.
Q: How is my Internship placement determined?
A: After a student is accepted, he/she has an in-depth internship consultation with the Producing & Entertainment Executive Program Director. In that meeting, the student has the opportunity to further express his/her goals for the Summer Internship, articulate interest in specific companies or areas of the industry, and hear about the companies connected to the Act One community. Three top companies are identified, and the director works to set up interviews. We work hard to secure one of the top three choices for you, but all internships are subject to seasonal availability, so sometimes students are placed in their fourth or fifth internship choice.
Q: Will my Internship provider hire me at the end of the summer?
A: This does happen on occasion, but it typically takes 2-3 internship experiences to be considered for an entry-level position in the entertainment industry. Usually it is a company connected to your internship provider that affords you your first paid opportunity, or second internship, or temp position. Six months from the start of the Summer Program is a good estimate to find paid work directly related to the entertainment industry. Getting established in Hollywood takes some time, so be conservative in your financial planning as you prepare to transition.
Q: How much producing or executive experience do Act One students typically have?
A: Our students range from beginners with no experience to working professionals. According to the surveys we conduct at the completion of each program, students of all experience levels find the program challenging and valuable.
Q: How old are most Act One students?
A: Act One students are typically between 22 and 45. At minimum, applicants must have completed their junior year of college.
Q: What is the structure of the Summer Producing Program?
A: You begin in early June with an all-inclusive and overnight, Opening Retreat which typically runs anywhere from 3 to 5 days. After the Opening Retreat, you will have Workshops on Saturdays throughout the rest of the summer, and an internship during the week. (Note – the Internship is optional)
Q: What is the structure/schedule of the Opening Retreat?
A: The Opening Retreat is typically held in early June and runs anywhere from 3-5 days and is overnight. During the Opening Retreat, students will attend class up to ten hours each day, with a few hours of quiet time for worship and reflection scheduled intermittently. Due to the intense schedule, students should completely clear their schedules from all other obligations for the week of the retreat.
Q: What is the structure/schedule for the rest of the Summer Program?
A: After the Opening Retreat, students move on to the Workshops which will be held every Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, from mid June through the end of August. There’s also the occasional special event during the week, at night. But the program is designed for working people, whether that be an internship, part-time or full-time position. Students can work up to 40 hours a week and still participate in all the Act One Summer Program.
Q. Does Act One still offer the Year-Round Certificate Program, or only the Summer Program?
A: Act One does still offer the Certificate Program. However, you must first apply to and be accepted into the Summer Program before you are eligible to apply to the Certificate Program. In your application to the Summer Program you should indicate whether or not you are interested and available for the Certificate Program.
Q. What does the Year-Round Certificate Program consist of?
A: Once you’ve completed the Summer Program, you are eligible to apply to the Certificate Program, which is a smaller, more competitive and hands-on program for a select group of our current students and alumni. The Certificate Program is broken up into two semesters: The Fall Semester (September – December) and The Spring Semester (February – May). In the Certificate Program, students go deeper into the four main areas of Producing: Creative Development, The Business of Hollywood, Production, and Marketing & Distribution. Students in the Certificate Program have more homework and group assignments and are afforded the opportunity for an additional internship/mentorship.
Q: Do I need to live in Los Angeles to go through the Producing Program?
A: Yes. Unlike the Writing Program, the Producing & Entertainment Executive Program does not offer online courses. This is because it is nearly impossible to jump-start a career as a producer or executive without living in Los Angeles.
Q: Does Act One help students find housing?
A: After Opening Retreat, students are responsible for their own housing. Act One does not officially facilitate or find housing for students. That said, we often hear about available housing, and pass along that info to students. We also have an alumni Facebook page, where alums often post housing notices. Church classifieds and other students are usually your best bet for finding housing.
Q: Why do you need my resume/future plans/etc.?
A: Act One’s primary focus is training students who are seeking careers in the mainstream entertainment industry and/or the production of independent films targeted at mainstream audiences. Because classes are limited in size, knowing your career journey and future plans helps us to choose applicants who will most benefit from our focus. (Please note that Act One does not discriminate based on Christian denomination, gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, age, or disability.)
Q: Do I have to stay overnight at the retreat center while attending the Retreat or can I commute from my home in LA?
A: Due to the retreat-style format, it is not possible for students to commute. The number of class hours and overall experience require students to be present at all times.
Q: Does Act One provide financial aid or scholarships?
A: Act One does NOT offer traditional financial aid. However, we do allow our students to spread out the cost of the program over several months, and for those who have a genuine need, partial scholarships are available. (“Genuine need” implies that participation in the program is contingent upon financial aid.) Please see Tuition & Financial Aid for more information.
Q: When is tuition due?
A: A deposit is required upon acceptance into the program to hold your spot. After that, payments may be spread out over monthly installments for 12 months.
Q: What kind of professional recommendation are you looking for?
A: We prefer professional letters of recommendation from people of influence or high standing who know you well and can speak to your character as an employee or leader.
Q: Do you accept applications by mail or fax?
A: No. Applications are accepted via email only. See the last page of the application for more details.
Q: How much homework is assigned during the Producing Program?
A: All students are assigned extensive reading and viewing assignments prior to the start of the Summer Program. During the Summer Program, the focus is more on your internship experience than homework. Students who move on to the Year-Long Program can expect more assignments.
- 5 Day Intensive Workshop: Tuesday, May 27th to Friday, May 30th, 9am – 6pm
- 10-Week Saturday Classes: June – August 2014
- Additional Events: Periodically throughout the summer, special classes, panels, screenings and other events will take place on select weeknights.
- Internship: Throughout the summer – anywhere from 1 to 5 days a week, depending on student’s availability.
$3825.00 (Payment due in full by the launch of the class.)
For those not able to pay the full amounts upfront, we offer the following payment plans — please note that tuition does go up:
4-Month Payment Plan
12-Month Payment Plan
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