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    Monthly Video Contest Videos Now on YouTube!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Videos for the Monthly Video Contest - "Stranger With A Good Heart" are now on YouTube. The video with the most "likes" and faculty points wins $200! Start SHARING via social networks your favorite videos and ask them to "like" your favorites - the more success from this contest the larger the cash prize will get!!! See the videos here.

    Video Symphony Alumni Tell What Attending the Institute Taught Them

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Once you have graduated from Video Symphony, how will the knowledge you have gained benefit you? This video features Video Symphony graduates speaking about their time in school and how it gave them the tools they needed to succeed in their chosen careers.

    You’ll hear from both AVID and Pro Tools programs alumni, who speak positively about their experiences. Video Symphony training provides a broad knowledge base, teaching the editing process in addition to how to use the right tools. From the great people you’ll be working with to the creative film and sound editing techniques you’ll learn, you will reap many benefits from your time at Video Symphony.

    To learn more about what a Video Symphony education can do for you, call us today at (818) 557-7200. We offer programs in film and sound editing, as well as graphics certification and animation certification. For more information about enrollment, check us out on the Web.

    Mike Flanagan Biography: President/Founder, Video Symphony

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Mike Flanagan is the president and founder of Video Symphony, a company he initially launched in l994, first as a firm renting Avid video editing systems, and later “morphing” it into a leading Hollywood TV, Film & DVD Education Center.

    As a child, Flanagan moved and changed schools frequently, fashioning his self-described flexible nature. After studying physics at Wheaton College, he graduated Summa Cum Laude in Applied Math from the University of Nebraska and then attended Cornell Law School.

    With lofty goals early on (Flanagan once envisioned himself as a United States Supreme Court Justice) it was during his first year at Cornell that he became more likely to be found reading business magazines like "Success" and "Entrepreneur" than pounding the law books. "When I should have been studying law, I was, instead, spending my time devouring entrepreneurial magazines and books," Flanagan says.

    During his first year of securities law practice at Troy & Gould in Century City (LA), his entrepreneurial spirit took flight as Flanagan pursued a burgeoning interest in desktop computers. He started a desktop publishing business, Southern California PrintCorp in Beverly Hills, to produce financial publications and books. He followed that up several years later with his foray into desktop video, christening his new company “Video Symphony”. By 1997, the Burbank-based business employed 45 people and housed 70 Avid editing systems.

    "The mid-90s was a very formative time with everything transitioning from analog to digital," he says. "I noticed a lot of ambiguity and vagueness in the market." One thing Flanagan was certain about was a blossoming need for skilled editors in the industry. "Whether it's Hollywood-style story telling or helping a company sell something—which I call ‘story-selling’--there's a huge need for people to communicate through video and film editing," he notes.
    His persistence and business sense has helped played a vital role in the careers of thousands of successfully-trained Hollywood professionals--from
    those just launching into “The Industry” to those who already have years of experience but are in need of upgrade training. Video Symphony is now one of the largest authorized training centers for Avid in the world, serving the likes of Hollywood heavyweights like Fox, CBS, Universal, and Warner Bros., as well as many hundreds of production companies and freelance professionals.

    Today, Video Symphony offers more than 70 courses taught by the top teachers in the industry. "Because of our location, we have many of the best instructors in the world," says Flanagan. He also emphasizes the flexible nature of Video Symphony’s programs. "Our career programs are designed to help our students become proficient, connected, and working in the marketplace within a reasonable amount of time—anywhere from 6 to 18 months,” he adds.

    With solid technical programs carefully developed to cover work competency areas in Video & Audio Editing, 3DFX/Animation, and DVD, Flanagan and his staff are constantly improving the school's curriculum by integrating the latest industry equipment and production processes along with a stable of
    highly skilled professional-level instructors. They remain committed to providing students with a supportive learning environment.

    "There's a tremendous vitality at Video Symphony...learning is a very dynamic and fun venture," he concludes. "As we teach our students, we are constantly learning ourselves." And when asked about those ever-present lofty goals for the future, Flanagan answers simply, “To run the foremost educational center in the world for job-centric training for Hollywood ... oh, and to run a quality and rewarding business at the same time.”

    Casey Mandel: Love What You Do

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Video Symphony graduate Casey Mandel is proof that loving the art of editing is key to becoming successful at it.
    The 2005 Avid professional program graduate, who attended VS after studying theater arts at USC and working in the industry, started as an assistant editor and has since worked on everything from sizzle reels and trailers to documentary and reality-based projects.
    “I just fell in love with it,” says Mandel, about the world of theater and storytelling. “I love the work itself but my comfort zone is in an isolated room where I can use all my training and build a story."
    Simply put, Mandel’s dream to ”tell stories through moving pictures at a professional level” qualifies as one to be checked off the bucket list.
    While some of Mandel’s past projects range from being an editor for season 4 of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” to doing trailers for Fox Movie Channel, he is currently working on a pilot for the OWN network about Chicago comediennes.
    Mandel feels he’s finally found his niche in drama-based material and attributes his time spent working on a variety of projects and his ability to work well with others to the strides he’s made in his chosen field.
    “Sometimes it’s about how much somebody likes you,” says Mandel. “I just try to make myself easy to work with and I work hard to bring stuff to the work. It’s really about being a good listener when it comes to what people want and doing your best to give that. They don’t want just a button pusher.”
    Although he appreciates the formal education he acquired at USC, Mandel, who researched many schools with editing programs (including NYU) before choosing Video Symphony, credits classes like Sue Kinzie’s real-life workshop with realistically preparing students to succeed in the field. 
    “Her course is probably one of the most honest courses there because of the pressure she puts on you,” explains Mandel. “She’s preparing you for something. The school is designed amazingly to prepare you.” 
    He also appreciates VS’s job placement program with being to the plight of a new grad searching for work.
    “Education is education and work is work,” says Mandel, “The fact that VS even has a supportive job placement program is pretty rare.”

    Interested in the Media Production Industry? Visit Video Symphony Today!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Once you obtain a certificate from Video Symphony, there’s a good chance you’ll land an amazing job in media production. Visit these links to find out more about the media production industry:

    • Your education at Video Symphony will look great on a resume and get you many interviews. Hone your interview skills with this advice from
    • Avid Media Composer is an indispensable tool for professional film and video editors. Learn more about this powerful program at Avid’s official website.
    • As a student at Video Symphony, you’ll get hands-on editing experience using Avid. Find out what Avid can do in this article from
    • If you’re interested in a career in media entertainment, experience a day in the life of a film editor with this post from The Princeton Review.
    • This page from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can tell you what to expect from a career in film and video editing.

    Once you’re ready to get started on your new career, call Video Symphony at (818) 557-7200.

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