SCA Alumni

SCA Alums and members of TEN participating in the 2016 USC Day of SCervice

Steven Caple Jr. '14 leading a group of students in CTPR 533: Advanced Directing

Behind the scenes of the MFA thesis film Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon directed by Kerry Yang ‘15

Alumni in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival

Charles Leisenring '14, Cerise Robinson '14, Justin Warren '14, and Caisy Lun '14 bring Hogwarts to SCA

Alumni in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival

Sev Ohanian '12 get all access at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah

Rick Famuyiwa '96 and Garrett Thompson '05 & '11 enjoying the SCA 2015 Sundance Film Festival Cocktail Party at the Riverhorse in Park City, Utah

Jay Dasgupta, Nicholas Raganato, Joel Marsh '15, Christopher Winterbauer and Johnny Vong on set of their 508 film The Lovers

Alumni in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival

USC filmmakers gathering for the SCA 2016 Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker's Breakfast at the Riverhorse in Park City, Utah

Founded in 1929 with the idea of preparing women and men to excel and be leaders in the practices of film, television and interactive media, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has held true to that mission for more than 86 years by having long held the enviable position as the world's top destination for studying the cinematic arts. SCA students learn under the guidance and mentorship of faculty renowned throughout academia and entertainment, with access to facilities and equipment that rival or exceed those of today's top studios and companies. We train our students not just for the professional world as it exists today, but as it will be tomorrow. This is why SCA alumni are among the most successful leaders in their field, and why the industry looks to the USC School of Cinematic Arts first when hiring the next generation of media makers, scholars, and innovators. With more than 13,000 alumni strong, the SCA community continues to grow and thrive.


Fall Movie Preview 2016: Films Representing SCA Alums We Can't Wait to See!

Annual Quicktakes
Fall Movie Preview

Support SCA on the Road to Sundance 2017! If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact Justin Wilson or Sabrina Warren at

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Sundance 2017

Check out this list of fall television premieres that feature SCA alumni in key creative roles.

Annual Quicktakes
Fall TV Premieres

Alumni Stories

Meera Menon

Meera Menon '12

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Kaite Walsh

Katie Walsh '13

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Michael Effenberger

Michael Effenberger '15

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Alumni Spotlight


Congratulations to SCA Alumni on their 2016 Emmy nomination!

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SCA Network Screening for Trojan Family Weekend: THE ACCOUNTANT
October 7, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex (NCT), 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

Coppola's Monster Film: Making APOCALYPSE NOW
October 12, 2016, 1:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In 1975, after his two Godfather epics, Francis Ford Coppola went to the Philippines to film Apocalypse Now. He scrapped much of the original script, a jingoistic narrative of U.S. Special Forces winning an unwinnable war. Harvey Keitel, originally cast in the lead role, was fired and replaced by Martin Sheen, who had a heart attack. An overweight Marlon Brando, paid a huge salary, did more philosophizing than acting. It rained almost every day and a hurricane wiped out the set. The Philippine government promised the use of helicopters but diverted them at the last minute to fight communist and Muslim separatists. Coppola filmed for four years with no ending in the script. The shoot threatened to be the biggest disaster in movie history. Providing a detailed snapshot of American cinema during the Vietnam War, this book tells the story of how Apocalypse Now became one of the great films of all time.

Immersive Journalism and the Future of Spatial Narrative Using Virtual Reality
October 12, 2016 - November 11, 2016, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Emblembatic Group / 1947 Euclid Street / Santa Monica, CA 90404

Join award-winning documentary filmmaker, former Newsweek correspondent and immersive journalism virtual reality pioneer, Nonny de la Peña for a virtual reality workshop at her studio in Santa Monica. Immersive journalism uses virtual reality and 3D technologies to convey the sights, sounds and feelings of the news.

October 13, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
The Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed.