The Los Angeles Film School Presents: FAME Week and Spotlight Awards!

Get ready to join our biggest event of the year! FAME Week doesn’t officially start until Monday, August 30, but we are kicking things off early starting with our pre-FAME Week celebration Breaking Down the Beat featuring Leon “Kwikstiks” Kittrell II and LARS Live. This is a special FAME Week edition of our regular LARS Live event and will showcase student creators from various degree programs. All events are open to students and alumni with a select few exclusive events requiring pre-registration via Student Connect. Pre-registration on Student Connect opens Thursday, August 19!

READY…SET…WATCH!

Virtual Events Schedule


THURSDAY, AUGUST 26

BRING THE BEAT WITH LEON “KWIKSTIKS” KITTRELL II

Did you know that a beat breakdown is one of the most important elements of a hit song? For this event, we invite performing artist Leon Kittrell II to break down famous beats over the years, as well as a few student-submitted songs. Infused with fun games like “Guess the Groove,” Leon will take us on a musical journey where we strip away the vocals and other instruments and focus solely on the drums & percussion of some of today’s biggest hits.

Start Time: 4:00 p.m. PT // 7 p.m. ET

Pre-register for this exclusive event on Student Connect.

LARS LIVE: FAME WEEK EDITION

LARS Live presents a special FAME Week LIVE show featuring student musical artists, filmmakers, and animators—the best of each category! You won’t want to miss this talent-packed livestream show. Join us as we kick off FAME Week with this amazing event! 

Start Time: 6:00 p.m. PT // 9:00 ET

Watch on Facebook.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

PAINT JAM

Come mix, mingle & vibe out with students, alumni and fellow artists as we bring you our virtual Paint Jam! This interactive live art battle will feature submissions from the hottest street artists along with our incredibly talented students and alumni.

Start Time: 5:00 p.m. PT // 8 p.m. PT

Watch on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe AND ring the bell to get notified of when we go live!


MONDAY, AUGUST 30

GOOGLE PRESENTS: RESUME BUILDING

A professional and presentable resume makes the difference between a maybe and a hire. Do you need to create a new resume or do you have one that you’d like to clean up? Join an expert group of Google executives in this resume-building seminar for great ideas to showcase your skillset and build a creative resume.

Start Time: 1:00 p.m. PT // 4:00 p.m. ET

This is an exclusive event. Please pre-register on Student Connect.

HOW TO FUND YOUR PROJECT’S KICKSTARTER

Looking to raise money for your next dream project but don’t know where to begin? Alumnus Rylend Grant has assembled a panel of creative professionals who have run successful film and comic project crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter to show you the way.

Start Time: 3:00 p.m. PT // 6:00 p.m. ET

Watch on Facebook.

BREAKING DOWN A COMEDY SCRIPT WITH MATT MAZANY

Alumnus and Emmy-nominated comedy writer/director Matt Mazany is back and this time he’s breaking down some of his funniest scripts beat by beat! We’ll learn how some of Matt’s most popular sketches went from script to video and everything in between. 

Start Time: 5:00 p.m. PT // 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe AND ring the bell to get notified of when we go live!


TUESDAY, AUGUST 31

VIRTUAL GEAR DAY

Experience the virtual Gear Day at The Los Angeles Film School! This is a special gear expo that takes place during FAME Week where you get an inside look at prominent companies like Sony and AVID’s new technologies. As a student or alum of our school, you have the chance to win gear giveaways from each company while you watch LIVE technical demos and much more!

Gear Day Schedule: 

  • Roland  11:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT
  • Quasar Science  11:30 – 12:00 p.m. PT
  • Sony  12:00 – 12:30 p.m. PT
  • Mo-Sys  12:30 – 1:00 p.m. PT (time subject to change)
  • Arturia  1:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT
  • Western Digital  1:30 – 2:00 p.m. PT (time subject to change)
  • AVID  2:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT
  • Apple  3:00 – 3:30 p.m. PT

The times of each event are subject to change.

Watch on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe AND ring the bell to get notified of when we go live!


CONTINUING THE LEGACY: JEFF BARNES LARS ALUMNUS AND PRESIDENT OF RECORD PLANT

The L.A. Recording School highlights Record Plant President and LARS Alum, Jeff Barnes, as he strikes a candid and laid-back conversation about pursuing your dreams and creating a long-lasting legacy in the music industry.

Start Time: 4:00 p.m. PT // 7:00 p.m. ET

Watch on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe AND ring the bell to get notified of when we go live!

BEYOND THE TECHNOLOGY WITH FACEBOOK, OCULUS AND BEAT SABER

A virtual panel that will take a deep dive into what it’s like to work on a team like those at Facebook, Oculus and Beat Saber. As we go beyond the ever-changing and cutting-edge technology that drives these companies – guests will get an up-close and personal conversation on what it’s like to be a part of the teams who help design projects that are at the forefront of virtual reality.

Start Time: 5:00 p.m. PT // 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch on Facebook.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

BREAKING DOWN HIT SONGS WITH DANIEL ZAIDENSTADT

2021 Spotlight Academy Inductee, Daniel Zaidenstadt, is a hit-making machine! Daniel has worked with top artists from Zayn Malik and Lady Gaga to the inimitable Bruce Springsteen, cranking out platinum and gold hits! Join us to learn the magic behind the music as he takes us beat by beat, sharing what makes a song work and offering sage advice to those entering the industry. 

Start Time: 3:00 p.m. PT // 6:00 p.m. ET

Watch on Facebook.

LIGHTS, CAMERA… ANSWER!

20+ questions on movie and tv trivia, focusing on “The Sitcom.” Whoever can answer the most question quickly and correctly will be the winner. Bonus points for a “sitcom” themed virtual Zoom background and/or costume.

Start Time: 5:00 p.m. PT // 8:00 p.m. ET

This is an exclusive event. Please pre-register on Student Connect.

TYPE TO DESTROY! INTERACTIVE MONSTER BATTLES WITH COREY DRAKE

In this live interactive presentation. Help Corey Drake, our 2021 Spotlight Inductee, control a battle between robots and monsters. You’ll be able to control DMX lighting output, special effects triggering, animatronic control that will trigger the destruction of iconic buildings that will reveal prizes that you can win. Viewers in the chat type in specific commands, and the real-world action unfolds!

Start Time: 11:00 a.m. PT // 2:00 p.m. ET

Join this live demo on Twitch.


ALUMNI HOMECOMING

Get a chance to reconnect with fellow alumni, faculty, and staff! Learn what is new and exciting on campus and online. Have a breakout virtual reunion with classmates. Watch alumni videos and trailers. Listen to alumni music and beats. Pitch your work and ideas to other important alumni. Networking, networking, networking…and don’t forget there will be celebrity guests and prizes you won’t want to miss!

Start Time: 6:00 p.m. PT // 9:00 p.m. ET

This is an exclusive alumni event. Please pre-register here.


THURSDAY, SEPT 2

3RD ANNUAL SPOTLIGHT AWARDS CEREMONY

Get ready to celebrate the 3rd Annual Spotlight Awards on September 2, 2021. Six alumni will be inducted into The Los Angeles Film School Spotlight Academy. Every year the Spotlight Awards ceremony inaugurates a new class into #LAFSSpotlight on the final day of FAME Week. These individuals have shown their unyielding commitment to excellence in their professional careers and selfless contribution to our students. We are proud to announce Kevin Atkinson, Corey Drake, Angelina Faulkner, Alex Ferrufino, Ari Levine, and Daniel Zaidenstadt as our Spotlight Academy Class of 2021.

Start Time: 5:00 p.m. PT // 8:00 p.m. ET

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Meet the Spotlight Academy Class of 2021

Learn more about our six amazing alumni who will be inducted into the Spotlight Academy this year!