Cinematic Arts Educators

"For anyone who is just starting out, the most important thing, and it took me a long time to learn this, is don’t be afraid to fail. It’s alright to try things that are terrible or that don’t work out, because you learn as much from those as ones that win festivals.  Make another one.  That is the best thing you can do, is just keep making more films.  Get people to collaborate with you, the whole art of cinema is a collaborative art.  Be focused.  Concentrate on story, character, and great filmmaking.  Not technical stuff.  We want to really be amazed by storytelling. Be careful about things that could be derivative, don’t copy the latest trend.  Be original.  Sound is so important too.  If we can’t understand dialogue recorded from the other side of the room, it’s not really true filmmaking.”

Doug Blush
Adjunct Lecturer
School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California


“I attended the YoungArts film shoot that my student Sophia was directing. I sort of understand her, her level and her exposure. So I know what she knows and what she doesn’t. And what I saw on set, on day three, was 400% more. She was using language that I know she didn’t knew. She was using techniques that I know we have not used before on our film sets. But they were not lecturing to them and telling them 'this is how we do it' and 'this is the language we’re using', they were showing it to them or they were doing it with them. And she just picked it up like that. Because she was in charge and she was doing.” 

Monica Hoenig
Film and Video Teacher
Viewpoint School
Calabasas, CA