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School of Film


In the School of Film

The Renaissance School of Film seeks to foster students’ creativity and build technical skills in the Cinematic Arts to produce at the next level. 

Upon graduation, a Renaissance film student will know: 

  • How to write and format a professional screenplay
  • The process of film production such as budgeting, scheduling, casting, and location scouting
  • The skills to direct,  including shot selection, directing the actor, and the language of film
  • The fundamentals of photography and cinematography such as composition, lighting, shot range, angle, and movement
  • The theory behind sound design, editing, and mixing

A School of Film graduate will be ready to leverage their set of technical skills engage in the art of filmmaking at the next level, whether it be film school, their own enterprise or trado film school or create their own video business


Entrance Criteria
As in all schools at Renaissance High School for the Arts, students need a driving passion within the school they choose. Regular attendance and scholarly behavior will increase each school's experience by the individual. RHSA is not a spectator school and demands students engage within the community to make a greater whole!  At Renaissance, students learn and DO!

Sample Schedule

Grade 9

  • Introduction to Screenwriting and Film Studies
  • English 1-2 Accelerated
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry
  • Biology: The Living Earth
  • Spanish or support class
  • Fitness/Recreation or Dance
  • Arts Elective

Grade 10

  • Photo & Video 1-2
  • English 3-4 Accelerated
  • Geometry or Algebra 2
  • Modern World History
  • World Language
  • Fitness/Recreation or Dance
  • Arts Elective

Grade 11

  • Photo & Video 3-4
  • English 5-6 or AP English Language
  • Algebra 2 / I.D.S. / Pre Cal
  • U.S. History or AP U.S. History
  • Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective or LBCC course

Grade 12

  • Advanced Media Production
  • Diverse Voices or AP English Literature
  • I.D.S. or Pre Cal
  • U.S. Gov't/AP U.S. Gov't and Economics
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective or LBCC course


“Sometimes a dream almost whispers… it never shouts. Very hard to hear. So you have to, every day of your lives, be ready to hear what whispers in your ear. ”

– Steven Spielberg
California State University Alumni

Work-Based Learning

  • Film Festival
  • MMS Internship

Industry Partners

  • Coming Soon

Meet the director:

Mr. Tran is a K-12 graduate of Long Beach Unified. He grew up on the working-class North Side of Long Beach.

He holds a BA in History and MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA, an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, and an AA in Film from El Camino College.

He was written two complete screenplays and still actively submits to screenplay competitions. He was also a board member with the Vietnamese International Film Festival where he worked on press and marketing. 

Mr. Tran is also an award-winning journalist and author. His writing has appeared in the Orange County Register, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Stranger’s Guide. 

His interests include traveling, running, coaching basketball, and spending time with his family 

For More Information

Contact Mr. Tran at or (562) 901-0168

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