For the last 18 years, Video Symphony has been providing professional-level training in entertainment media production. Our students receive more than just a traditional education experience - they work on the same equipment used by professionals with Industry Professional Instructors that are working on the latest entertainment projects.
Our mission is to be the best professional media production training center in Los Angeles, while training and placing qualified people in entertainment industry jobs within two years or less. Our students experience a job-centric blend of working professionals, new career aspirants, and industry-veteran instructors all centered around a small class learning environment with lots of hands-on time. For career bound students and newcomers alike, we provide Hollywood-grade training in, a network of connections and job placement.
What Makes Us Different?
Our dedication to professional-quality training for all of our students is one of the many facets that we feel are necessary when deciding on media production classes and training, such as:
Having friendly, caring, and extremely qualified, staff and instructors who take pride in getting to know their students and providing them with the best tools to be successful in the industry.
Receiving personalized one-on-one attention from staff and instructors in a small class size learning environment
The use of the latest, state-of-the-art technologies and equipment in the classroom.
Training from Industry Professional Instructors
Industry-Authorized courses and training available for current media production professionals
Nationally Accredited Institution: Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).
Video Symphony believes that every student can be very successful upon completion of their training. Our primary goal is to ensure that our students are able to excel once they land a job and know that they received the highest quality and level of education and training in entertainment media production. For more information about our school, please visit our website or give us a call at (818) 237-3545.
I am graduating next month from the Avid TV and Film Certification Program and I feel it was a great decision to attend the school. I had been a self taught editor up until that point, and had recently made the move out to LA. Deciding that I needed a more formal education, I discovered VS. I read a lot of the reviews online and despite the negative comments, decided to take my chances. I could not be happier with that decision.
What I've discovered is that the majority of the people posting negative reviews are the ones who went to the school expecting not to put in any effort during the program. I have sadly seen a lot of these types of students, and it is extremely obvious of who is actually putting in the time to practice and who is just trying to slide by.
The teachers are very passionate about their craft and will also tell you about their real life experiences that you cannot learn from books or online tutorials. I've learned plenty from the mistakes they made when they were starting out, and in turn that will allow me to avoid those mistakes.
All of the teachers have different teaching styles (some are more hands on while others are more lecture based), but you are always allowed to retake classes if you want to learn the same topic from a different point of view. I love that we screen and critique all of our work because it really shows how editing is not just button pushing. Even with the same footage, if you have 10 editors you will have 10 totally unique cuts. I always notice something I would never have thought of in each persons cut, and that inspires me to think more outside of the box for my future projects. It also gives you a safe environment to make mistakes and to learn from them.
When it comes to job placement, you can't just expect to sit back and let the school hand you a fantastic job. They teach you everything you need to know to network and present a professional attitude while interviewing and working. They teach you how to find jobs and how to apply in a way that will make you shine. If you don't network then you won't get anywhere. Use the opportunities like pizza and post every month and other networking events the school hosts to your advantage. You never know who you will meet that could help you out in the future.
If you are unsure about what you want to do in the industry but think editing is just fast easy money, then you will be in for some harsh realities. It takes a lot of time and practice to really master the software, and even more to master the art. In the real world, be prepared to work 10-14 hour days with crazy deadlines. If you are not 100% set on being an editor but know you want to work in the industry, then I would recommend going to a film school that covers every aspect of filmmaking instead. However, if you know editing is your thing, then this is the best school for you.