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Kim Segel/Saint Claire Media Center
Film and media production school opens in San Fernando
San Fernando, CA – Friday, March 22, 2019
A new state-of-the-art production training facility opens today in the city of San Fernando. Saint Claire Media Center (SCMC) stclaire.edu will leverage diversity to give women and men the training and education to access jobs in film, television, and new media. 15 industry specialists will be teaching topics like lighting, glamour makeup, script writing, and editing, as well as new media areas like game design and virtual reality.
Saint Claire is spearheaded by Kim Segel, an entertainment industry veteran, who has worked professionally as a director, editor, and visual effect artist. Segel was staff at NBC-Universal for 16 years, as well as working freelance for diverse clients including Honda, Activision, Infinity, and Hilton Hotels. Segel has a passion for teaching, with his previous 5 years television intern program reaching over 700 students; many of whom went on to stellar careers in film, television, and video games. Now he wants to scale up that success, with a custom-built facility, and instruction by a diverse array of working industry experts.
“Everyone has a story,” says Segel. “The traditional gatekeepers of expensive equipment and studio distribution are gone. The only thing that keeps people from telling their story with professional looking content is professional training. And that’s where we come in, with professional training that anyone can afford. People need a creative space and instruction to tell their story.”
The grand opening will be Friday, March 22nd at 4:30 PM, with city officials, many of the SCMC team, and actor/producer Jacob Vargas (‘Traffic’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’) in attendance.
The Saint Claire Media Center is located in the San Fernando’s historic “Fire Station No. 1” on Brand Boulevard, next door to the entertainment hub of Burbank Studios, inside Hollywood’s famed thirty-mile studio zone. It features a stage with standing sets, a hair/makeup area, a conference room with media library, an audio recording suite, and edit workstations. The stage is also a 20 seat theater/screening room.
The SCMC will also be the home of the annual San Fernando Film Awards, which feature films that include historical, cultural, or social information about the City of San Fernando or San Fernando Mission.
Almost a year before Hollywood even opened its first film studio, major directors were making their movies in San Fernando. In the spirit of those pioneers the SCMC continues the 108 year tradition of film making in the City of San Fernando.
The public is invited to the grand opening:
March 22nd, at 4:30PM
519 South Brand Blvd.
San Fernando, CA 91340