Warner Bros. Supports Young Filmmakers

The Next Great Storytellers  / Posted on May 24, 2019

At Warner Bros., we believe in the power of story. Every student has a story to tell. All they need are the tools to bring them to life.

In collaboration with Ghetto Film School and the Los Angeles Unified School District, WB First Cut, now in its second year, provided 2,100 high school students with the tools to take their stories from script to screen, exploring a new way of storytelling and uncovering new possibilities for their future. WB First Cut empowers new voices and invests in the next generation of great storytellers.

The three WB First Cut curricula, developed by Ghetto Film School, explore different storytelling styles and filmmaking techniques: film noir, commercial and short film featuring an inanimate object. Each genre presents its own set of unique challenges, providing a creative outlet that fosters collaboration and enhances problem-solving skills.

After several weeks of cultivating their filmmaking and storytelling skills, student groups create their own short films as they learn the technical process of filmmaking and creative process of storytelling.

This has opened me up to a whole new side of myself.”
Erica, WB First Cut Student

Erica, a WB First Cut student, shared that while she improved her teamwork and time management skills through the program, she also discovered new parts of her identity. “This has opened me up to a whole new side of myself.”

WB First Cut enriches the classroom experience, elevating storytelling skills and empowering new voices through the power of story.