About Reel People

Creating Jobs in the Movie/TV Industry

REEL PEOPLE Video 11-17-17 from Jimmy Lifton on Vimeo.

Jimmy Lifton, the founder of Lifton Institute of Media Arts and Science (LIMS) and owner of LIMS Movie Studios, has started a new program called Reel People.

Reel People is aimed in training young adults with autism the film and television technical trades.

“These are people who have already shown a passion in areas such as camera, lighting, visual effects, editing. It’s going to be amazing to see what these people can do,” said Lifton.

LIMS is a fully functional movie studio that has also focused on training individuals, particularly veterans, to become highly skilled film crew members in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“Young adults with autism have a lot of qualities that are needed for this industry. With their attention to detail and passion of perfection, I know they can be successful in television and film,” said Lifton.

Lifton has been in the entertainment industry for over 40 years, winning 5 Golden Reel and 2 Emmys for his contributions on works such as Kung Fu Panda and The Penguins of Madagascar.


A step-by-step process to identify, train and employ young adults from across the Spectrum.


1. Identify candidates for the Movie/TV industry.

2. Individually assess skills and passions.

3. Determine productivity challenges.

4. Begin selected group in an overview of production departments to confirm career choices.

5. Place individuals in specific departments and commence practical training.

6. All departments come together to produce a short film.

7. ) Review production and strengthen any areas needed.

REEL PEOPLE is a program under Plan of Action a non-profit organization specifically designed to train young adults with autism the technical trades in the film and television industry.

REEL PEOPLE is aimed to train individuals in the areas of lighting, camera operation and electrical distribution, visual effects, costume, art and set construction.

REEL PEOPLE founder, Jimmy Lifton, has been in the entertainment industry for over 40 years.

Through his experience, Mr. Lifton has identified autistic young adults with the ideal characteristics who can successfully contribute to the film and television industry.

“These people, in their own special way, have the drive for perfection, attention for detail and the work ethic to make it in this industry,” said Lifton.

Contributions to REEL PEOPLE will enable the funding for the training and job placements.

“There is no doubt in my mind that autistic adults are the ideal candidates to become highly sought-after crew members.” Lifton said emphatically.

Reel People is not your run of the mill job program for people with autism.  Reel People opens a new door for these young adults to a real career field once thought beyond their reach.

“These are people who already have the passion for film and television,” said Lifton “This gives them an opportunity that many did not think could be available to them.”

Lifton has over 40 projects under his belt since getting into the film and television industry dating back to the early 1980’s.  Lifton has won 5 Golden Reels and 2 Emmys for his contributions to projects such as   Kung Fu Panda and The Penguins of Madagascar.