Film/Video Production

The Film/Video Production classes at Canyon High School provide students with the training to become professional filmmakers, editors, sound designers, and broadcast journalists. Our classes utilize industry standard cameras (Canon DSLR cameras) and software (Adobe Suite, Final Cut, Cinema 4D). Students can take everything from an introductory class to learn the basics of film production to an extremely advanced class that includes summer camp training, 24- hour film festivals, and participation in many different film festivals.

Canyon has been lucky to have some tremendously talented students come through our program. In the past two years, students have been nominated and won Filmmaker of the Year, Best Director, Best Editor, Best Producer, Best Independent Film, Best Graphics, Best Broadcast Show Open, Best Short Film, Best Public Service Announcement, and Best Cinematographer, and Teacher Mentor of the Year at the Orange County Film Festival alone. Other students have placed first place in nationwide video contests and many have traveled to Sacramento to be congratulated for their films by the state government.

Students who are eager to learn more about the art of filmmaking will find that Canyon is rich in classes that will give students the direct hands-on experience they need to compete in the industry and apply to competitive film colleges.

Student Work

Then and Now

This PSA was directed by Ryan Johnston and won 1st place nationally for the Toyota Teen Driver National Competition PSA ($15,000 Award). The PSA subsequently recreated by the Discovery Channel with a $60,000 budget to be aired for broadcast. It was also nominated for Best PSA (Public Service Announcement) at multiple festivals including Harvard Westlake and the Orange County Film Festival.

 

 

Best Show Open

Created by the Media Tech Class, this show opening for our broadcast won multiple awards including Best Show Open and Best Graphics for Ennis Machta and Thomas Foroughi at the Orange County Film Festival.

 

A Mon Pére (For My Father)

This short independent film was directed by Anita Foroughi and won many awards at the Orange County Film Festival including: Filmmaker of the Year, Best Director, Best PSA, Best Independent Film. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Short Film. The film was an Official Selection at the Newport Film Festival. At the Harvard Westlake Film Festival, the film was awarded the Lizzie Award for Directing. The short film also won Best Short Film at the Screen Film Festival. Anita has since graduated and has started her own production company with another successful Canyon graduate, Ryan Johnston, called Dark Horse Productions

 

Last Writes

This PSA was directed by Anita Foroughi and won Best PSA at the Orange County Film Festival. It was also awarded the Director’s Choice award at the Harvard Westlake Film Festival and was nominated as an Official Selection at the Newport Film Festival.

 

If We All Speak Loud Enough

Directed by Nick Walker, this PSA won first place regionally and 3rd place statewide by the Directing Change organization that holds a contest to help people to recognize the signs of suicidal behavior and removing the stigma of mental illness. Nick and several other award-winning students in the class were flown to Sacramento with their families and teacher to be recognized for their work by the State government.

 

Advisor: Alex Grahm

agrahm@orangeusd.org

2017 Awards

2016 Awards

2015 Awards

  • Gold Ribbon School Award
    • Canyon High School Canyon High School’s Video/Media Production Program
  • Orange County Film Festival
    • Best Independent Film : “Pilotage” (dir. Katie Maynard)
    • Best Graphics/Visual Effects: Ennis Machta
    • Best Producer : Katie Maynard
    • 15 Nominations (including Best School Broadcast)
  • Directing Change Film Festival
    • Suicide Prevention PSA
      • 1st Place Regional Winner : “The Signs” (dir: Kim Stratton)
      • 3rd Place Regional Winner : “A Helping Hand” (dir: Nicole McCready & Kana Okafuji)
      • 3rd Place Statewide Winner: “The Signs” (dir: Kim Stratton)
    • Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness PSA
      • 1st Place Regional Winner: “Don’t Spread the Silence” (dir: Natalie Cannon, Jacqueline Lee, Ennis Machta)
    • Additional Awards & Nominations
      • Best Storyline for Knowing the Signs : “Waiting” (dir: Katie Maynard)
      • Best Storyline for Ending the Stigma : “Mute” (dir: Nick Jackson)
      • 7 Additional Honorable Mentions
  • 48 Hour Film Festival
    • 1st Place Winner - “Drawing a Blank” (Dir: Nick Jackson)
  • Yorba Linda Teen Film Festival
    • Critics Choice Award : “Pilotage” (dir: Katie Maynard)
    • Best Director : “My Iron Lung” (dir: Nick Jackson)
    • Best Script : “Viral” (dir: Nick Jackson)
  • Southern California Film Festival
    • Music Video Nomination : “My Iron Lung”
  • Orange County Register Top 10 Student Artist of the Year Nomination
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Katie Maynard (Film Category)

2014 Awards

  • Orange County Film Festival Winners
    • Filmmaker of the Year : Anita Foroughi
    • Best Director : Anita Foroughi
    • Best Broadcast Show Open : “The Comanche Insider” (dir: Nick Walker & Anita Foroughi)
    • Best Graphics/Visual Effects : (Ennis Machta & Thomas Foroughi)
    • Best PSA : “Last Writes” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Best Independent Film : “A Mon Pére” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Best Cinematography : “City Limits” (Ryan Johnston)
    • Best Short Film : “City Limits” (Ryan Johnston)
    • Best Producer : “City Limits” (Ryan Johnston)
      • 11 additional nominations
  • Southern California Student Film Festival
    • Best PSA : “Last Writes” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Best Narrative Film : “Relapse” (dir: Brendyn Gilbert)
    • Best Newscast : “A Trojan Story” (dir: Sharon Sirotnak)
    • Achievement in Acting : “Relapse” (actor: Stephen Luke)
    • Achievement in Production Design : “Relapse” (Brendyn Gilbert & Tyler Casalini)
    • Achievement in Special/Visual Effects : “Last Writes” (Ryan Johnston)
  • Directing Change Film Festival
    • Suicide Prevention PSA
      • 1st Place Regional Winner : “Hey Taylor” (dir: Kim Stratton)
      • 3rd Place Regional Winner : “Meet Kiersten” (dir: Katie Maynard)
      • 3rd Place Statewide Winner : “Hey Taylor” (dir: Kim Stratton)
    • Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness PSA
      • 1st Place Regional Winner : “If We All Speak Loud Enough” (dir: Nick Walker)
      • 3rd Place Statewide Winner : “If We All Speak Loud Enough” (dir: Nick Walker)
    • Additional Awards & Nominations
      • 3 Honorable Mentions
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    • Official Selection, Independent Film : “A Mon Pére” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Official Selection, PSA : “Last Writes” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
  • Harvard Westlake Film Festival
    • ​​​​​​​Lizzie Award for Directing : “A Mon Pére” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Lizzie Award for Sound Design : “Last Writes” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Director’s Choice : “Last Writes” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Additional Awards & Nominations
      • 2 Nominations (Best Independent Film & Best PSA)
  • Screen Film Festival
    • Best Short Film : “A Mon Pére (dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Fan Favorite : “A Mon Pére (dir: Anita Foroughi)
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
    • Festival Selection :
      • “Relapse” (dir: Brendyn Gilbert)
  • Ernst and Young’s Innovation in Education : Project Tomorrow
    • ​​​​​​​Entrepreneur of the Year :
      • Anita Foroughi
    • Innovative School Program in Math, Science, & Technology
      • Top 3 Finalist (teacher: Alex Graham)
  • Yorba Linda Film Festival
    • Honorable Mention : “No Light” (Music Video, dir: Anita Foroughi)
    • Honorable Mention : “Rolling In” (Documentary, dir: Anita Foroughi)
  • Orange County Register Top 10 Student Artist of the Year Nomination :
    • Anita Foroughi (Film Category)

2012/2013 Awards

  • Toyota SafeTeen Driver Video Contest (2013) • 1st Place National Winner - Ryan Johnston ($15,000 award & $60,000 Discover Channel remake)
  • Toyota Safe Teen Driver Contest (2012) Brandon Metcalf (Top 10 Nationally - $2500 Award)
  • Orange County Film Festival
    • Mentor of the Year (teacher: Alex Graham)
    • Best Show Open (dir: Ryan Johnston)
    • Best Graphics/Visual Effects (Ryan Johnston)
    • Best Editing (Documentary) : “Rolling In” (dir: Anita Foroughi)
  • OC Sanitation PSA Contest
    • “What to Flush” (dir: Justin Arakaki, $1500 Award)
  • CUE (Computer Using Educators) Conference
    • Presenter and Student Technology Showcase Winner (Palm Springs, CA)
  • Anaheim Public Utilities Water Conservation PSA Contest
    • ​​​​​​​1st Place PSA (“Be Waterwise”)
  • 48 Hour Film Festival
    • 1st Place Music Video

Mentor of the Year

Canyon’s Media/Film teacher Alex Graham was awarded “Mentor of the Year” by the Orange County Film Festival in 2012. He has previously taught at Santa Ana College and the Orange County High School of the Arts in the Integrated Arts and Film Conservatories and is an internationally published multimedia artist.