The Senior Project Process

WINTER QUARTER: PRE-PRODUCTION

Leading up to the winter quarter, students have the chance to submit their scripts and project ideas to the Film faculty to get greenlit. Students start to form their teams and assign roles on the project.

The first 10 weeks of Senior Project is focused on casting and planning out the logistics for your shoot. Students hold casting calls in Los Angeles, go location scouting, budget, and coordinate all the details for production.

SPRING QUARTER: PRODUCTION

After months of planning, it’s go time! Production normally takes place at some point during the spring quarter, and most projects will have between 3 and 6 days of production on set. Filming can take place in the University’s soundstage, off campus, or both.

SUMMER QUARTER: POST-PRODUCTION

It’s the final quarter of senior projects, and also your final quarter at JPCatholic! This last phase is focused on post-production and bringing your project to completion. Work with your team on editing, color grading, sound mixing, ADR, foley recording, and VFX compositing. Throughout the process, you’ll test screen your rough cuts in small focus groups to refine and polish your story.

GRADUATION WEEK: DISTRIBUTE

You and your team have worked hard over your entire senior year bringing your project to life, and now it’s time to show it off!

The day before Graduation, JPCatholic rents out a screen at Regal Cinemas in Escondido to premiere the senior projects to friends, classmates, and family. You’re able to showcase your work on the big screen and celebrate your accomplishments with your team.

But it doesn’t end there. Students are encouraged to submit their projects to film festivals. In the past, senior projects have garnered awards from festivals such as San Diego IndieFest, Sherman Oaks Film Festival, and the Independent Short Awards.

After running the film festival circuit, the films can be published online. Scroll down to watch some senior projects on our Student Showcase!

Watch Senior Project Films

Chow Bella

Chow Bella
A woman goes on a series of failed dinner dates, with unexpected results.

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La Oportunidad

La Oportunidad
A mother and daughter find themselves at odds over a college opportunity.

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Nature of the Beast

Nature of the Beast
They called him "Satan". This is the true story of a man who built his life on drugs and violence, but finds redemption where he least expected.

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Arch

Arch
A young girl befriends a faceless desert warrior, and together they must travel across a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of safe haven.

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Anna

Arch
A young girl battling liver cancer forms a bond with her cousin who is an Army sniper fighting his own battles in Afghanistan.

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Chirp, Buzz, and Other Sensations

Chirp, Buzz, and Other Sensations
A young girl's faith is tested when she starts experiencing sexual feelings for her best friend Lenny, and she goes to great lengths to suppress and finally understand them.

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Lot 32

Lot 32
A gruff repairman finds more than a satellite dish in need of repair at a run-down trailer home.

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The War Among Us

The War Among Us
An inside look at the Chaldean Catholic community as they pursue their faith amidst war and persecution.

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Broken Mirrors

Broken Mirrors
Surrounded by unrealistic beauty standards, Emily faces an ongoing struggle with body image while trying to be a strong big sister and role model.

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Behind the Scenes

Nature of the Beast BTS
Codename Leto
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Playing Ourselves BTS
Playing Ourselves
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RED LINE

Class of 2011 Feature Film

Whereas most senior projects tend to be short films around 5-30 minutes in length, the Class of 2011 had a special opportunity to participate in a feature length film.

Over several months in 2011, JPCatholic students and faculty wrote and produced a feature length film called Red Line, a thriller about ten passengers trapped in a subway car after a bomb explodes. The project was filmed almost entirely in the University’s soundstage. Industry professionals were hired to lead various departments, and students were mentored by them throughout the production process.

Red Line premiered at the San Diego Film Festival in September 2012, where it won the U-T San Diego Award. It later received domestic and international distribution in Redbox, Target, Netflix, and various other streaming services.