Each SCA faculty member has been or is currently working professionally.

Professor David Balkan teaches advanced
screenwriting and production.

As directors, editors, writers, producers, sound designers, lighting artists, animators and in many other roles, they constitute the power behind everything from box-office blockbusters, to independent films, to broadcast and cable television hits, to interactive games and other new media. Many of our faculty have won top accolades including Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, NAACP Leadership Awards, the Humanitas Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and others. They are also members of professional organizations including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the American Society of Cinematographers.

Award-winning "Forrest Gump" was directed by
Robert Zemeckis, USC Widney Professor.

In Cinema & Media Studies, professors and researchers serve on the editorial boards of many of the discipline's leading journals and are actively engaged in participating in and organizing conventions, lectures, and other events that advance society's understanding of the creation and cultural impact of film, television and interactive media. Each and every one of the faculty members takes particular interest in sharing this expertise with their students. And by keeping the majority of our classes small in size, students have ample opportunity to work directly with the faculty, engaging in a lively exchange of ideas and creating relationships that often extend from the classroom to the profession.