Exposing our youth to the film industry opens their eyes to a world of possibility in the film industry and beyond.
Our staff includes three Board Directors, one student board member, three officers, 10 professional instructors, community volunteers, and a three member advisory board. Each member of the board and officers have backgrounds in education and creative arts. Our professional instructors have over 75 IMDB feature film/television series credits ranging from Video Assistant on Michael Bay’s latest movie to Unit Photographer for the Lost television series. In addition to real-world filmmaking experience, our staff includes over 20 years teaching in schools such as University of Texas to Kauai High School. The staff of our Production Assistant Course alone have Production Assistant credits from over nine major features filmed on Kauai. Our students receive the best filmmaking training Kauai has to offer.
Job Training. The Kauai Film Academy meets a need we have on Kauai – job training and job inspiration among our youth for an ever growing and important industry.
Safety. We teach SAFETY FIRST. Filming on a large set, sometimes with over 50 people using complex and potentially dangerous equipment requires clear training goals and objectives. All of our students are required to pass our On-Set Safety Exam and before participating in actual on- set professional film training.
Confidence. By intensively and comprehensively training our students before filming, their experience on the set is greatly enhanced.
Real World Application. Because we film with professional actors and professional filmmakers who donate their time, energy, and knowledge, we have to be able to meet our filmmaking schedule. Our students learn time management, let’s “make the day”, and leadership skills in a safe yet real environment.
Inspiration. It inspires our students to work in an industry that they thought was only a dream. Once they have actually done it, they realize that it’s not impossible.
STEM. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) We fill a need that is not currently available on Kauai – professional technical filmmaking training for youth. The majority of jobs in the filmmaking industry are complex technical jobs. We teach those skills.