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Norman D. Hollyn, B.A.

Professor of Cinematic Arts
Media Arts + Practice Division, Ph.D. Advisor

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production
Media Arts + Practice Division

Work Phone: 323-275-1869
Office: SCA 428

Norman Hollyn has been described as a thought leader around issues in both the old and new media worlds.  He is a long-time film, television and music editor (his last film was SHOT, with Noah Wyle), a Full Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and is the Inaugural Holder of the Michael Kahn Endowed Chair. He is a member of AMPAS, ACE, IATSE, and is Past-President of UFVA, the largest association of production-based cinema university professors

He is a frequently published magazine and book author, created the first aesthetics-based course for, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and conventions such as NAB, HPA, CILECT (an association of the top film schools around the world), and EditFest, as well as in countries such as China, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Jordan, Malaysia, and Israel. He teaches international workshops and sits on Advisory Boards for New Media and education companies and has lectured on storytelling for many private companies.

He specializes in curriculum design and has worked with international institutions to build or redesign their media programs. He is presently helping to build a new program in Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska, and for New Media programs internationally. In addition he is advising companies in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Media and Entertainment worlds.

He has taught both nationally and internationally, including workshops for the Royal Film Commission in Jordan, the Sundance Institute, Dreamworks Pictures and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has worked as an expert witness in legal cases involving the aesthetics and history of editing. He is presently editing a documentary, about architecture called Off the Grid, which he is co-directing, and a narrative feature film. His last documentary, Rivers, a worldwide cooperative venture about people's relationship to the rivers in their countries, was shown for the first time at an international conference in Beijing, China.