1) Why did you choose SCA?
I chose SCA for two reasons. First, because it's the acknowledged standard for film schools, elected America's #1 film school every single year since I was fourteen. Second, I came to USC because I got the distinct impression on my tour of campus that everybody here understood how movies reach the screen. USC Cinema is an industry school, maybe even the industry school- the connections with Hollywood are clearly way older and deeper here than anywhere else.
2) What has been your biggest challenge(s) so far in your time here?
My greatest challenge at SCA is meeting everybody in my cohort where they came from. We work in large, intimate teams with students from all sorts of backgrounds. Keeping others in mind is paramount – appreciating everyone's perspective is how we protect the authenticity and integrity of the art.
3) Is there a project you are working (or have completed) that you're especially proud of?
I'm especially proud of the instances I've been able to collaborate with students in USC's Thornton School of Music. Here's a music I (and a great team) made with Amir Kelly for his lead single, MAUI: https://www.youtube.com/
4) Any advice for prospective students who would like to study in your division?
Two things I'd tell anybody who wants to study at SCA:
1. Be honest. Your intuition and what you want is what you bring to the table, show the school what makes you an individual.
2. Do your best, and you'll be fine- everybody gets their share of good luck.
Francisco Covarrubias is a production student from Portland, Oregon.