Keeping it Reel

Validus Makes Waves with YouTube Hit, Life as a Mermaid

Besides being one of the top film schools in California, Columbia College Hollywood is also home to several student-created and operated production companies. These production companies are the result of hard work and dedication by CCH students to create their own content using the skills and training they received while attending the college.

Validus is one of the more prominent and active student production companies that originated from Columbia College Hollywood. The students that comprise the core crew of Validus are recently graduated seniors as well as current CCH students who also recruit current CCH students as actors, gaffers and various crew positions. One of their crowning achievements as a production company has been their web series: Life as a Mermaid. The series follows the adventures of two sisters, Madison and Valerie, as they attempt to navigate the pitfalls of young mermaid-hood in the human world. This episodic web series has been one of their most popular productions to date and is currently slated to release season 3.

Validus continues to make CCH proud with the quality of projects and the level of dedication they have displayed thus far,” said Stephen Herring, Director of Career Development at CCH. “What started out as a fun web-series project has exploded into a YouTube success story and a real testament to our curriculum at CCH.”Validus provides complete production services; specializing in services from concept design and screenplay to production with a cast and crew through finishing in post. They are experienced in working with large and small budgets as well as tight and long-term schedules.

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