• "Get better everyday."

    Mr. De Barraicua

    Language Arts Goals

    • Vivid Communication: Improve the ability to communicate by practicing clear, accurate, & vivid language.
    • Figurative Communication: Integrate the use of figurative language to cultivate a more impactful self-expression free of stereotypes.
    • Writing Format:  Writing should be in the appropriate format.   
    • Search & Query: Find basic information & resources independent
    • Recognize the classical story structures & genres
    • Collaboration: Helps student work productively during class & compromise with others to develop writing projects collaboratively
    • Use Evidence to back up their view of the world
    • Clearly articulate link of how evidence provided supports claims.
    • Improve Reading Comprehension by 2-3 grade levels
    • Improve Basic grammar & Punctuation skills by 2-3 grade levels

    Mr. De Barraicua

    Film Class Goals

    • Cinematography & Image Composition
    • Media Literacy
    • Classical Narrative Development:
    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Collaboration
    • Music Production
    • Character & Backstory Development
    • Clarity: Body Language & Verbal Communication
    • Story Analysis


    You'll need:

    1) Student ID

    2) email address

    3) 4-digit Pint


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    "Is it true? Is the air is mere lines of code?"


    "It’s easy not to know what an amazing gift life really is. Our lives are a cosmic blink. Even our seemingly all-encompassing world is just tiny blue dot circling an average-sized star spiraling around a galaxy of 200-400 billion stars, which itself is just one galaxy among billions more. Yet some of us, for brief moments, can experience the wonder of existence, of consciousness."

    - Human Journal of Consciousness | Affect: Gratitude| Cosmic Visibility .003%



  • "recode the human spirit" through stories

    Millikan Film Production | Los Angeles, California | Louis de Barraicua

    Millikan MS





    Creative collaboration comes with seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Advanced Film Production experience varies. For the ambitious young director, it's a chance to get some skin in the game. Likely difficult, trying, a growth opportunity.


    For others, despite A's in all of their classes, self-managed creative time isn't quite their speciality. Some learn they need to be micro-managed or else they socialize without any sense of purpose. For others, grades trump everything, they seek to blame, close themselves off, and an authentic learning opportunity is lost. Some simply want to film, use a camera. Strongly-opinionated students find out that a rigid perspective is a double-edged sword. While they may have a vision, they have a hard time finding collaborators. Some students simply want to star in a film, but when their self-interest is too obvious they can't facilitate it. Sometimes they give up, get sad, angry. This is part of the process, the growth experience of Advanced Film.


    Everyone seems driven by something, surprisingly specific, and that's the natural underlying complexity happening in film class. An ideal class must be balanced, diverse in personalities, cultures, and be motivated by a variety of factors. In the end, the question is, "Can creative will, ability, commitment, and adaptability result in a good short film?" The results vary, and often disappointment in the first few films is common.


    The focus is on the longer term goal of planting seeds that will result in more skilled storytellers. After films are completed, there's always room for improvement. We reflect without ruminating, judging, even without congratulating too much. Ultimately, audiences appreciate our work @ school assemblies with over two thousand attendees. Then? Later some films get additional recognition or even an invite to screen at a festival, but mostly, we move on to the next film.

    One of Mr. D's students who overcame many challenging obstacles to follow his dreams. Jonathan has his own production company and works for DreamWorks.


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    However, the realization of the difficultly is just another step of the growth process. Again, the goal is simply to get better.


    Coming to that realization that making a vision real is exponentially harder than most think is one of the painful lessons of an aspiring filmmaker. Understanding the operational details of the multi-faceted workflow helps students break down the process and reduce the chances of give up so easily.


    Collaboration is also a challenge. Humans are in their own head, and we think so uniquely that understanding what drives each individual comes with practical advantages. Most times, it feels like it is more challenging than it should be, and that is normal.


    Even film directors with a 300 million dollar budgets complain, even fail. Whether done well or poorly, making a film is always hard. It is reserved for those who feel like they have to do it (not kinda). It's a passion and the experience often reveals to students just how passionate they are about filmmaking. If they stay with film or not, students leave the program with an uncommon amount of wisdom and skills that will give them advantages in almost any area of interest.


    From a technical perspective, it's exciting that we are only a few years way from making affordable cameras that can shoot with the same dynamic range and resolution as film. These days, some of my former students teach me about the latest workflows and tools. That's pretty cool.


    In the end, tech is secondary to the ability to tell a story. Lead storytellers are hard-to-develop, hard-to-find, extremely rare. There not only has to be talent, but persistence and resourcefulness.


    Even so, every well-rounded aspiring filmmaker, greatly benefits from skills like being able to pick a up any camera, whether a phone or a DSLR, and capture an unusually good photo. Photography is a skill that is a mere component of film.


    Without the capacity to do solid image composition, a vision can easily fail because most camera operators aren't often skilled in this area. Any little detail can make a film feel distant from the vision.


    Modern filmmakers should know things like 1. classical storytelling basics, 2. directing actors, 3. editing, 4. sound, 5. writing, 6. story structure, 7. getting along with others, 8. producing, 9. work flows, and 10. more, 11. much more.


    Advanced film isn't for everyone. Mindset, in fact, is crucial. Students greatly benefit by being curious, and aware enough to know how little they know, all the while being self-driven. We look for receptive collaborators who appreciate the opportunity to write, direct, act, and produce films during school, as well as within their community, and at home.


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