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Kelsey Napier

Kelsey Napier

BA, Critical Studies '13

How has the School of Cinematic Arts changed your view of your discipline (filmmaking, screenwriting, animation, producing, interactive, critical studies, etc.)?

The School of Cinematic Arts has helped me to appreciate critical studies in a broader sense.  I originally thought of critical studies as relating to film exclusively, but I no longer think that way.  Critical studies relates to history, music, art, movies, fashion, etc.  It’s a program that examines creative decisions and the impact of those decisions. 

What advice do you have for prospective students looking at applying to your program?

Go for it!  Apply for Critical Studies if you are curious… and if you enjoy having classes in movie theatres.   

How has the School of Cinematic Arts prepared you so far for a career in your discipline?

The School of Cinematic Arts has prepared me by providing opportunities to learn from professionals.  If you want to get any sort of information, you can get it at SCA.  It’s a question of whether you are willing to use the resources provided.  One of my favorite aspects of SCA is that our teachers are talented, encourage questions and love sharing their experiences even outside of class.

What have been the biggest challenges for you at USC?

It’s impossible to be bored at USC.  California offers the opportunity to snowboard in Big Bear, surf in Malibu, eat authentic Korean barbecue in Korean Town and go to a movie screening at USC all in the same day.  It’s what makes California, and by extension USC, a uniquely entertaining place. However, with a multitude of inspirations at my fingertips, unlimited concert venues, museums, hikes, even grocery stores…I find it hard to choose what I should do for the day.  So many choices!

What in your past has given you inspiration or a unique point of view which you bring to USC?

I love to paint.   It’s a way to tell stories through color, form, proportion, character and texture.  Painting and film have that in common.  At USC, I can explore ways in which I can combine film and painting by majoring in film and minoring in painting.  I hope that, one day, I will be able to create emotionally resonant stories by becoming a concept artist for animation or visual effects.