Sunday, August 31, 2014


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Saturday, July 12, 2014


We have begun semester #16 at South Facility.  This is our largest class ever with 50 students.  The instructors have all noticed that although this is a big class there is no lack in energy or enthusiasm.

We're adding a new class this semester called JOBS FOR LIFE, taught by one of our former students, Charles Roseland.    JOBS FOR LIFE is a (12) week program that teaches much more than how to complete a resume or interview for a job.  It's a faith-based program that teaches it's students how to be great Godly employees!   Thank you Charlie for your willingness to come in and offer this terrific opportunity to our students.   We're looking forward to this exciting new semester!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


 Most all of the equipment we use in our program has been donated. Much it from 20th Century Fox and their former employees.

None of it is new, all of it used; during this equipment's life it has been used on some of the biggest movies and television series, but now it has blemishes on it...   

...rust on the light stands, missing pieces,small patches or stains on the lighting silks, but it all still works. 

As I watch us use this equipment I wonder which movie stars it lit in its past life. It makes me smile to see it being used again, for good and noble purposes, for helping to change lives and light the paths of new futures.

As one of our instructors once pointed out, this equipment has been redeemed just like our students... just like all of us...

We are so thankful to have this equipment and put it back to work!

Monday, May 26, 2014


May was graduation month.  This month we held our graduation for semester #15. We had 13 graduates and 1 teachers aid. It was a great semester.   Congratulations to all of our graduates!  Good job!   We'll be starting semester #16 soon...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


LASD (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department) Alumni Meeting counselor and friend Richard Badger and I went to the National Association of Broadcasters convention (NAB) in Las Vegas recently.  On our way there, we dropped by to pick-up a special gift built by one of our HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS former students, Charles Roseland, and his wife. 

You would probably never guess what it is, so I'll tell you.  It's a box to hold our grip flags.  So what is a grip flag? It's a large piece of material on a metal frame that is placed in front of a movie light.   These flags are very expense to buy or fix. At HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS we try very hard to be good stewards of the equipment that is donated to us, so when Charlie saw that we were using a cardboard box as a flag box he told us he'd build us one. Thus our special gift. 

I told Richard to get in the, he's not that short, he's just silly. Charlie and Amberly, thank you so much for all your hard work in building our flag box, it will be put to good use.

Sunday, April 27, 2014


We are nearing the end of this semester in which we have been spending more time with editing than in previous semesters.   Our students are nearly done with their projects in which they are editing pictures to some Paul Harvey radio shows.    The messages on the Paul Harvey are powerful that we feel are good for "our guys" to hear. 

The guys have been loving Stan (who is featured in this blog entry) and Luke's class.    Next semester we hope that our instructor Brandon will have enough time to return to class.     In June when we start our next semester, HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS will be marking their 5th year inside the Los Angeles County Jail.   Wow, the time is just flying by.   Praise God.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Earlier this March, HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  We were privileged to receive this certificate from Supervisor Mike Antonovich and the rest of the board.

Cyndi was unable to attend, so our graduate and new instructor Charlie Roseland stood in for her.  Supervisor Antonovich made a joke after looking over and seeing Charles instead of Cyndi.

Charles was able to also say a few words of thanks to Hollywood Impact Studios and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for helping him turn his life around.