What would motivate a group of high-school students to give up $1,000 and a good chunk of their free time for an entire semester?

How about a chance to make a movie?

Burn, a new and innovative film school for youth, is helping to ignite creative passion among some North Carolina teenagers. The one-semester pilot program recently finished, and by all accounts it has been a tremendous success.

Burn is the brainchild of Jason Mitchell, founder and president of Illuminati Pictures, a Christian filmmaking company. About three years ago, Mitchell—who has experience in film, TV, commercials, and music videos—had a vision for a top-quality film school for young people. The result is Burn, a rigorous program that takes students deep into the world of filmmaking—from a Christian worldview.

Burn's goals are threefold: 1) To awaken students to the grandeur of God and his creation in new ways; 2) to help students tap into their creative brilliance by utilizing the mind of Christ; 3) to teach students the practical means necessary to realize their artistic concepts within the entertainment industry.

"Anyone who follows Christ, and I mean really follows, as in follows Scripture to its logical conclusions every time and choose to live by them, will be magnificently creative," he continued. "My artistic choices reflect all the hope and wonder of my belief. Scripture tells us that anything is possible to him who believes, so Burn students are taught to stretch their imaginations in every respect, from concept to completion, as long as they remain within the vast borders of God's Word."

The program includes several components, including a weekly class that met for four hours on Monday nights at Raleigh's Evergreen Community Church. ...

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