The Film, TV, and Music Industries can be some of the toughest industries to find success in. That is why LIMS provides you with the opportunity to gain the professional experience needed to thrive in these industries. You’ll be placed in a professional working environment, and hone your skills to become a pro in your trade.

In the Film and TV department, you’ll learn how to push yourself, adapt to the industry’s vigorous work schedule, embrace tight deadlines, and evolve your passion into real success! You’ll get a one-of-a-kind experience working alongside the various departments of a film production crew to create a real feature film. Our Program is 12 weeks, 8-12 hours per day. In the first four weeks, trainees prepare for the production. The final eight weeks will have each student using his or her skills to work on a 3rd party production; a real production, not a student film.

By the end of our vigorous, 12-week program, you will leave with the professional experience, confidence, and tools to enter your trade looking like a pro.

In the Music department, LIMS develops your vocal techniques, teaches you how to record songs, perfects your stage performance talents, and evolves your interview skills. You’ll work directly with some of the best music pros in the industry, and learn what it takes to become a star!



Last program’s employment rate within 2 weeks of graduation

At LIMS, job placement service is unlike any other school. We not only help you find an entry into your career, you will work with a real 3rd party production to ensure you get your foot in the door. 


Our instructors share their industry advice and how to compete in the marketplace. Our staff placement office will help you with resumes, cover letters, databases and job leads daily. We even have a student login board with daily updates on jobs in your area! You can expect personal attention in your career goals.

The Governor of California has passed a massive 1.5 billion dollar film incentive program that begins in 2015 for a minimum of five years. It is meant to solidify California’s place as the movie and television production leader in the world. There has already been a 30% increase in television production in 2014 in anticipation of the new incentive. The Incentive is expected to create over 140,000 new jobs in the local area.



I went from homeless to Hollywood in 3 months because of LIMS. LIMS accomplished above and beyond what the Veteran’s Administration, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army’s social workers failed to do. I should know, as a homeless Marine veteran, I received dysfunctional agency lip service since 2012. I needed a push in the right direction and LIMS assisted myself with out of pocket lodging at a nearby campground.

Surviving on $200 a month in food stamps seems impossible, but LIMS assisted me when shelter agencies failed. The whole crew started working multiple positions for a Hollywood movie immediately after graduation to work near Sunset and Vine. Nobody but LIMS performed, promised, and delivered results to beat the odds.

Art Flores


I am a recent Production Management graduate of the Lifton Institute of Media Arts and Sciences (LIMS) – part of a veteran film crew in which I am very proud of!  While at LIMS, we worked on a Feature Film called “The Gunman.”  During the film production, I had an opportunity to work as a Unit Production Manager, First Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, 2nd, 2nd Assistant Director, Locations Manager, and Wardrobe person.  I had a fantastic time in the Film Immersion Program LIMS offers and I learned a great deal.  Simply outstanding experience I would not trade for the world!  It is a dream come true to be able to work in the movie industry and LIMS has opened the door into this fascinating world of movie magic.  Thank you for giving me the first stepping stone for success.

Lugdy Cueva

Production Management

I was very satisfied with the training that I received from LIMS. When the training was finished I felt as though I was ready to begin working in the industry. Within a week of graduating, LIMS went the extra mile and hooked us all up with the opportunity to work on a movie with another production company. The Lead man in the Art Department at this production told me the other day that it is refreshing to get help from people who know what they are doing.

Rick Ramos

Set Building & Design

After being laid off, I went through a long spell of unhappy job hunting & hopping through the Work Source Centers. Then along came Jimmy Lifton and LIMS. I attended an informative seminar that Jimmy put on at the Work Source Center talking about the opportunities of working in the Motion Picture & Television Industry and attending a hands-on, full-immersion training with LIMS. I was hooked! I knew that I had just found the beginning of the journey for the 2nd half of my career!

I trained in the camera, grip and electric department as a Key Grip, Grip, Gaffer, Electric, Camera Operator, 1st AC and 2nd AC.

Within 12 days after our graduation, I was working on a major motion picture. My training at LIMS was so effective that I was bumped to a higher position and more pay in the lighting department. I was then referred to a 2nd film as generator operator and handler of the base camp setup. From there, I was referred to a 3rd film. Finished that and I am on my 4th. I have been working virtually non-stop since I graduated LIMS.

Steve Apple

Camera/Grip & Lighting


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