Introduction

EEI Creative Arts (ECA) is a fully accredited private middle school and high school offering top college preparation through blended learning and specializing in professional level development and training of film and digital media. In short, the first school geared for the next generation of creative arts. 

Film and Digital Media today is radically changing. There are new production stages such as pre-visualization, new segments of the industry that needs new skills and really a new generation, trained, educated, exposed much earlier to technology-driven creativity and production quality. Traditional film programs or classes, especially for middle and high school, are stuck in the past of reproducing old media or ignoring the skill sets and tools of the next generation. There is a disconnect. Students must explore new methods, master new skills, and create next generation portfolios. The top film programs at the college/university level want it from applicants and media companies desperately need it. 

Thus, ECA was established by Hollywood’s top producers and managers to develop visionary education in film and digital media.  ECA has created a unique curriculum for aspiring artists to reach their highest creative potential with first of their kind programs. Students graduate fully equipped with hands-on experience to master their craft and the professional portfolio to bring their potential to life.

Industry Direction and Demand

ECA has at its core a team of Hollywood studio executives and film professionals who are devoted to a dynamic and holistic pathway to film and digital media education. Our students will not just learn but do real work, pre and post production, through a year on year development plan to in the end have each child produce significant professional-grade creative work worthy of not only college admission but also Hollywood recruitment.

How it Works

Academics Powered by EOS

ECA is a branch campus of Elite Open School (EOS), part of the Elite Education Group which has been focused on college preparation since 1987. EOS is fully accredited by The Western Association of Colleges WASC and by Cognia (formerly AdvancED). EOS provides University of California (UC) Approved courses and College Board Approved Advanced Placement (AP) Courses. Graduation from EOS satisfies UC A-G Requirements. EOS is also DHS/SEVIS i-20 Certified to issue student visas.

Our Mission for Students is Three Folds

We will prepare students for not only college but also an active career in entertainment - thus we must start early.

We will be at the cutting edge of technology, the world of digital media, and the growing future of diverse entertainment.

We will promote artistic athleticism: We explore and train young, hands on exp, fieldwork, and real production.

FILMMAKING IS A CHANCE TO LIVE MANY LIFETIMES

- Robert Altman -

Founders

Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. focusing on disruptive technologies and entities currently impacting the traditional boundaries of business, media and entertainment. He is an investor, producer, and considered a media visionary.

As Corporate Executive Vice President and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios, to senior management team at Creative Artists Agency for 12 years, Sandy has had a broad and storied impact on film - from Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D feature film, “U2 3D,” to Producer of “The Aviator,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which he was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Jonghwan Patrick (JP) Park has been a leader and innovator in American primary and secondary education since 1987, starting with the founding of Elite Educational Institute, one of the first and highest achieving college prep companies in the United States.

It is the vision of JP Park and Elite Open School to deliver new education solutions to students and families around the world and at home -solutions only theorized less than a decade ago but made real through the promise of technology.

ECA is a team of leaders, influencers, and industry movers and shakers that include Oscar and Emmy award winning leaders, experts, and esteemed educators from all over the spectrum of entertainment and film. They are people who want to bring a true revolution to the way we educate and train young people to own their future careers in the industry, with skills and production that will be on par with the latest technology driven media we see today. The administration and faculty of ECA is devoted to preparing our students to be the creative athletes of film and digital media today, the film program matriculants of tomorrow and the next generation of industry leaders of the global future in film and media. 

Our Advisors

Andy Wolk

Acclaimed American Screenwriter,
Television and Theatre Director

Annmarie Sairrino

President of Akatsuki Entertainment USA.
Former Head of Production at All Nippon Entertainment. American Film producer

Brian Harke

Former Dean of Students at
USC School of Cinematic Arts

Cathy Tarr

Veteran Motion Picture Agent and Former Head of the Story Department at Creative Artists Agency.

Gary Marenzi

CEO of Marenzi & Associates. Former President of World Television at MGM Studios. Former President of International Television at Paramount Pictures.

Howard Winchel "Hawk" Koch

Former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America. American Film Producer

James SeHwang Kim
‍‍
Renown Musician inducted in the RockWalk of Fame. Guitarist, Songwriter, Television Producer. Professor of Applied Music and Arts

Johnny McMahon

VP at Studios at WPT Enterprise. Esports and Digital Media Entrepreneur

Jonathan Perelman

Partner at albinen. Former Senior Executive at ICM Partners, Buzzfeed, Google

Louie Schwartzberg

Award Winning Director, Producer and Cinematographer. Pioneer in high-end time-lapse cinematography. President of Moving Art

Mark Johnson

Acclaimed American Film and Television Producer. Won Best Picture Academy Awarded for Producing Rain Man

Mel McKeon

Veteran Talent Manager and Partner at McKeon-Myones Entertainment. Formerly at Creative Artists Agency

Nancy Foy

EMMY Award Nominated Casting Director. Former Executive of Casting at Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox

Nicolas van Dyk

Former Co-President of Activision Blizzard Productions. Former Senior VP of Strategy for Walt Disney. Former Senior Executive at Artisan Pictures

Robin Jonas

Production Executive and Producer at Voltage Pictures. Formerly at Miramax Films, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Ted Mundorff

President and COO of ArcLight Cinemas. Former CEO of Landmark Theaters

Thomas B. McGrath

Tony Award winning Theater Producer. CEO of Crossroads Live. Former COO of STX Media, EVP of Viacom Entertainment, Senior Executive at Columbia Pictures

Toby Berlin

Head of Business Affairs at Twitch. Formerly at DirecTV and Sony Pictures

Yule Caise
‍‍
Award-Winning American Film Writer, Director, and Producer. Partner at Behind the Billboards

Our Advisors

Andy Wolk

Acclaimed American Screenwriter,
Television and Theatre Director

Annmarie Sairrino

President of Akatsuki Entertainment USA.
Former Head of Production at All Nippon Entertainment. American Film producer

Brian Harke

Former Dean of Students at
USC School of Cinematic Arts

Cathy Tarr

Veteran Motion Picture Agent and Former Head of the Story Department at Creative Artists Agency.

Gary Marenzi

CEO of Marenzi & Associates. Former President of World Television at MGM Studios. Former President of International Television at Paramount Pictures.

Howard Winchel "Hawk" Koch

Former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America. American Film Producer

James SeHwang Kim

Renown Musician inducted in the RockWalk of Fame. Guitarist, Songwriter, Television Producer. Professor of Applied Music and Arts

Johnny McMahon

VP at Studios at WPT Enterprise. Esports and Digital Media Entrepreneur

Jonathan Perelman

Partner at albinen. Former Senior Executive at ICM Partners, Buzzfeed, Google

Louie Schwartzberg

Award Winning Director, Producer and Cinematographer. Pioneer in high-end time-lapse cinematography. President of Moving Art

Mark Johnson

Acclaimed American Film and Television Producer. Won Best Picture Academy Awarded for Producing Rain Man

Mel McKeon

Veteran Talent Manager and Partner at McKeon-Myones Entertainment. Formerly at Creative Artists Agency

Nancy Foy

EMMY Award Nominated Casting Director. Former Executive of Casting at Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox

Nicolas van Dyk

Former Co-President of Activision Blizzard Productions. Former Senior VP of Strategy for Walt Disney. Former Senior Executive at Artisan Pictures

Robin Jonas

Production Executive and Producer at Voltage Pictures. Formerly at Miramax Films, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Ted Mundorff

President and COO of ArcLight Cinemas. Former CEO of Landmark Theaters

Thomas B. McGrath

Tony Award winning Theater Producer. CEO of Crossroads Live. Former COO of STX Media, EVP of Viacom Entertainment, Senior Executive at Columbia Pictures

Toby Berlin

Head of Business Affairs at Twitch. Formerly at DirecTV and Sony Pictures

Yule Caise
‍‍
Award-Winning American Film Writer, Director, and Producer. Partner at Behind the Billboards

Heart of Los Angeles

Certain cities are known for certain industries or certain businesses. History has shown that very few cities retain industries past one generation, but Los Angeles has stood the test of time in being both relevant and a leader in the industry of film and media. 

LA has always been where the stars of hollywood come to make or break their careers but it is still the hotbed of production companies and new technology driven media companies, ventures, and projects. The world has indeed opened in in terms of sources of media, especially digital media, but still the trend setting and bleeding edge of film is still Los Angeles. From companies as historic as MGM, to tech companies wanting to expand digital media presence such as Google and Youtube, from studios to startups, the city is a wealth of experience beyond comparison. 

And that is why we chose to place our campus in the heart of Los Angeles. We want our students to always frame their education and dream career pathway with the opportunities and goings on of LA. And when it comes time for ECA students imbed themselves in externships and internships to bolster technical knowledge and networks, we want them to be close to it all. We want their college applications to top film programs to be heavily influenced by the industry leaders this city and only this city has to offer. 

We want our students to leverage as much of LA as possible in their education and, one day, return to lead it.

A part of the
ESCAA Network

Elite Open School and ESCAA campuses are addressing our students and families greatest needs of flexible learning combined with college-admissions proven quality. Our students can efficiently complete core coursework efficiently, freeing up precious time for talent development, all the while receiving lessons and support wherever they are in the world.

Harkness
Discussions

Every week, all students gather and sit in cohorts to start the week with dynamic Harkness Table discussion based on core texts set for each grade. Students would draw upon the diversity of coursework for evidence in discussion and writing.

Academic
Guidance
& Support

Academic Coaches help reinforce student accountability with course and content mastery milestones, help set weekly and semester goals, report progress, proctor tests, render writing assistance before submissions, and help implement students’ best practices for digital study.

Project
Based
Learning

Every week, all students, according to their grade, take part in school-wide Project Based Learning with weekly, monthly and semesterly goals, all advised by Coaches so that all students have a resume of experiences and action by college application time.

Long
Term
Coaching

Students college plans and application profile strategy are built over time, year on year, from summer program preparations to college and major explorations. Families and Staff always know the plan and the stakes to stay properly motivated with all academics and activities.