April 14, 2016 – The After School Education and Safety Program at the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) seeks to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students by providing them with numerous enrichment opportunities. One of those opportunities is the See Me Learn Program, where students have been studying hands-on film-making. Students as young as first grade bring their collaborative imaginations to life by filming on an iPad and editing with the iMovie app.
As part of the program, 60 of those students were recently selected to take part in a special field trip to Hollywood Center Studios, one of Hollywood’s oldest film and television studios, where classics such as I Love Lucy, as well as more recently Disney’s Jesse, and Lab Rats were filmed. Students had the opportunity to speak directly with mentors in film such as: Randy Davis, Disney Interactive; seven-year-old actor Christian Ganiere, Days of Our Lives; animator Mike Morris, The Simpsons; bestselling Author and Creator Rebekah R. Ganiere, The Fairelle Series; and Robert Fewkes, Transformers and My Little Pony.
See Me Learn is run by James Ganiere, an Executive Producer of the Discovery Channel TV series Gear Heads, and President of Rio Vista Universal. Partnered as a consultant, he has worked with numerous districts in Southern California for over a decade and helped to organize BCSD’s trip to Hollywood.