Who We Are
The Center for Creative Media (CCM) is a two-year intensive film and television internship that trains and equips participants through a hands-on production experience. CCM was created for young people with a passion and desire to see the world changed through media and for those who want real world experience while they are learning the tools of the trade.
…is to raise up an army of trained Christian film and television professionals who can affect the entertainment business by working in it. Graduates of CCM will be equipped to work in Hollywood on a staff where they may be the only Christian. Graduates will be readied to work on productions ranging from Christian to secular and from morally strong to overtly evangelistic. Media is not the enemy. Media is a tool. Media is an art. In short, it’s time to do more than complain about the Media. It’s time to do something about it.
The Director of the Center for Creative Media is veteran television producer, Doug Rittenhouse. Doug has worked for more than 30 years at NBC, CBS, Fox, Nickelodeon, and VH1, and has received three Emmy awards for his work. Doug has also been heavily involved in missions work before coming to CCM.
Why CCM instead of other options?
Many prospective film/television professionals attend school or technical training before trying to break into “the biz.” But few of these hopefuls are really equipped to function in production when they graduate. Why? Because technical training and theory don’t equal know-how. CCM prepares all of its graduates to be ready for immediate hire on real world production staffs. Success in the real world includes being able to people manage, understand the business, and having a dogged determination to get the job done. All of these qualities will be taught in a production company environment at CCM.
During the course of the program, CCM interns will have the opportunity to learn their craft from professionals who currently work in the film/television and media production industry. The training received will prepare someone with the skills and principles necessary to succeed in any area of the entertainment industry.
All Center for Creative Media interns will be spiritually equipped to stand firm in their beliefs as they enter the entertainment business. Training will include Biblical foundations, character development, development of personal quiet times, and accountability.
To apply, your young person must fill out an application (including transcripts, referrals, and application fee); send a portfolio package including anything creative they have done. The first month’s payment is due within the first thirty days after acceptance. During the application process, an admissions representative will also be in contact with you and your son or daughter to help with any questions they may have. A high school diploma or GED is required for applying to CCM.
The tuition for the Center for Creative Media is $1,500 per month for both the Production Track and the Acting Track. This price covers all program costs including housing, CCM travel, learning materials, and Professional Encounters.
For the Production Management Track, the tuition is $850 per month. This price covers all program costs including housing, CCM travel, and learning materials.
The payments are tax-deductible as Center for Creative Media is a non-profit organization.
Because CCM is a full-time internship, CCM interns are not allowed to hold outside jobs.
Families are encouraged to visit their interns on campus at any time that does not impede scheduled production and other required activities. Interns who live in the region are free to go home on the weekends as long as there isn’t a required event or special project going on. Visiting family members are not allowed to stay overnight on campus. Interns are given five days for Thanksgiving, ten days for Christmas, and five additional vacation days to be used at any time during the year. Vacations need to be approved by CCM leadership unless they are campus-wide breaks. There is no scheduled summer break.
CCM interns live in apartment-style housing. Interns buy their own groceries and cook for themselves. Housing is included in the price of CCM.
Safety and Medical
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. Should there be any health concerns, there are several Health Care facilities in the East Texas area that your medical insurance will cover. Do the homework before your intern arrives to know which facility they should go to if necessary. This also includes any needed trips to a pharmacy for prescriptions.
Most flights to and from CCM go through DFW Airport or Love Field in Dallas, Texas. During registration, campus visits, and major holidays, CCM provides airport shuttles to and from campus and DFW at times scheduled by CCM.
“After meeting Doug and his team for the first time, we had full confidence of sending our son overseas to America to attend CCM, knowing that he would be fully equipped to stand firm spiritually in Hollywood and learn all the skills to be the best in his field.”
– Axel Fischer, Germany, Missionary to Mongolia
“Designing art in high school didn’t have an impact on anyone in a way that [my son] could see. But coming to CCM allowed him to use the God-given talents that he has in a manner where he could actually see that he was impacting lives.”
– Joan Johnson, Michigan
“[CCM] has gone beyond my wildest expectations. These are people that understood him [my son] – they spoke his language. And not only that but encouraged him to do his best, and beyond.”
– Kathleen Edwards, Pennsylvania
“Our daughter has matured from a young lady that had head knowledge of what it meant to be a Christian, to seeing how to apply that knowledge and make it real and applicable for her. CCM showed Serina that she could be who she is and still follow what God has called her to be in an industry that is not regarded as a place Christians can strive. We are grateful for what she has learned.”
– Rita Borny, Texas
“Joey’s experience was life transforming. Before going to CCM, he was in a limbo. All he knew was, he loved the Lord. He really wasn’t sure how the Lord was going to use him in the film industry. When he came back [home], he was sure and he knew what he wanted. It prepared him for what was ahead and affirmed his calling.”
– Tania Brito, Florida
“[My daughter] was encouraged to blossom, to grow, to thrive, in her own personality, and they poured into her with all these things she didn’t possess before in an environment where she was encouraged to focus on relationships, with God, people and family. She wasn’t just sitting down, reading books and taking notes.”
– Anna O’Connell, New Mexico
“As soon as he [our son] was able to speak to someone from CCM, he knew these were his people, who had the same interest and goals. Once he got there he was immediately immersed in the actual workings of creating and being a part of all types of cinematic events. [At CCM] he thrived because he was challenged in a way I don’t think he could have been anywhere else.”
– Chuck Edwards, Pennsylvania