News from 2022
In Motion: Winter 2022
The Annual Publication of the SCA Family
December 19, 2022
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December 1, 2022
Larry joins us to discuss the thrills of filmmaking, the emotions behind the craft, and shares a variety of stories from his college days and his time in the industry.
November 30, 2022
On Thursday, November 17th, the USC Media Institute for Social Change, a USC School of Cinematic Arts organization, hosted “Got Stress?: Mental Health Matters”, a screening and panel dedicated to mental health awareness and advocacy.
November 10, 2022
Expanded Animation Research + Practice (XA), SCA’s newest graduate program is designed for artists, directors, and visionaries to advance the field while exploring new forms of animation practice. Applications for the Fall 2023 semester are due November 15th.
October 27, 2022
The USC School of Cinematic Arts held a screening of the lauded 2022 documentary, The Janes. Directed by Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin, the documentary follows a group of women known as the Jane Collective, who helped more than 11,000 women obtain safe abortions in Chicago in the late 1960s to early 1970s.
October 25, 2022
November event will feature films and an expert panel
October 11, 2022
We sat down with two John Singleton Scholarship for the Arts recipients Kennedy Hill '23 and Kevin Maxwell '22 and discussed their artistic journeys, John’s legacy and his impact on their creative pursuits.
October 3, 2022
Jeffery Gary '84 is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and author. Jeffery joins us today to discuss how he came to be a documentarian and his approach to crafting his newest project Letters From Brno.
September 8, 2022
Student Academy Award Finalists and SCA alum Olivia Peace '22 shares the inspiration behind her 2022 Oscar nominated film Against Reality
September 7, 2022
Sony Interactive Entertainment Becomes Latest Supporter of the Gerald A. Lawson Fund, Furthering USC Games’ Effort for Games Industry Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
September 6, 2022
James joins us to discuss his journey from television writer and producer to middle grade fiction author.
September 2, 2022
USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, African American Cinema Society, and Visions & Voices collaborate on a retrospective of the influential storyteller and his films
August 31, 2022
One of seven Oscar finalists chosen from 1,496 submissions, Waves Apart will be vying for the gold, silver or bronze medal to be announced [later] in September.
August 25, 2022
Media Arts + Practice undergrad Danielle Takahashi ('23) took advanced biology classes before college that laid the foundation for her arts-based research on bees, mycelium, and kelp. However, she spent months studying those topics, and her efforts recently paid off when Takahashi recently earned a Hedy Lamarr Achievement Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology.
August 25, 2022
The opening text in the debut issue of ZAP's BOND magazine introduces a "story about youth, kindness, energy and hope." From there, the zine sustains a largely buoyant tone complete with bubbly-shaped fonts and rainbow-colored doodles. Media Arts + Practice student Cole Slater, who co-founded the publication and its affiliated ZAP club this spring with classmate Abby Chen, says "The most important thing about the vibe for our zine was that it's supposed to be fun and enjoyable."
To that end, ZAP, overseen by a five-person "Z Board" and advisor Sonia Seetharaman, collects wildly varied pieces of media including poems, photographs, fashion spreads, illustrations, links to short films and hard-to-classify fare. Contributor Katie Luo, for example, documented her 24-hour self-streaming adventure on Twitch, while Kevin Yin showed off "cyanotype" images imprinted on his shirt with light from the sun.
August 23, 2022
Taylor Crawford ('22), Executive Editor of Spotlight, The CAMS Undergraduate Journal of USC, discusses the inspiration behind her involvement with the organization and her journey as a self-taught designer.
August 17, 2022
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is launching the Ganek Immersive Studio, an interdisciplinary center for developing and producing a wide range of immersive media content, made possible by the generous gift from David and Danielle Ganek and the Ganek Family Foundation.
August 2, 2022
En route to the Cannes Film Festival for a screening of her 2021 short Mother in the Mist, Chinese native Kay Niuyue Zhang met the man who unwittingly taught her how to speak English. Zhang explains, "Growing up in Wuhan, I learned English by watching random American TV shows like "Prison Break" when I was in the sixth grade. Even crazier, on my flight to Cannes, the guy who sat next to me was the actor John Abruzzi, who played the alpha gangster guy. I told him, "I learned English watching you on 'Prison Break.' He said, "You grew up watching the wrong show!"
August 1, 2022
Kuba and Tim discuss their collaborations over the years and their recent breakthrough into the film industry.
July 21, 2022
Nicole joins us to discuss her directorial debut Suitcase Killer: The Melanie McGuire Story and her multifaceted career in the entertainment industry.
July 21, 2022
Adam Morina wrote for The Young and Restless soap opera in L.A. around the same time that Ingram Mao was studying interior design at New York City's Pratt Institute. After enrolling at Interactive Media & Games Division (IMGD) MA degree program, the odd couple met mid-pandemic over the Discord chat app, where they swapped jokes, talked video games, and debated the virtues of PC versus Mac. "We both have artistic backgrounds and we're both sort of contrarians," Morina recalls, "So Ingram and I sort of gravitated toward each other. It started as a friendship but then our skill sets lined up so well that we decided 'Oh let's make something together.'"
July 6, 2022
Penny ’95 launches The First Up program at SCA for BIPOC Writers.
June 24, 2022
John Riccitiello, CEO of San Francisco-based Unity Technologies establishes the John Riccitiello Fund and John Riccitiello Chair in Games and Interactive Media at the School
June 13, 2022
Erich joins us to discuss his award-winning queer musical short Tank Fairy and finding inspiration in the filmmaking process.
June 4, 2022
Ryan joins us to discuss his career in transmedia story experiences and his recent work with Coachella 2022.
May 31, 2022
A screening and panel of CODA was a sold-out event.
May 31, 2022
Landing Your First Industry Job with the Help of SCA’s Industry Relations
May 26, 2022
USC Games, North America’s No. 1 Game Design Program for eleven years according to the Princeton Review, continues its collaboration with long-term partner, Jam City to bring the 2022 USC Games Expo.
May 13, 2022
The ceremony returns to the Shrine Auditorium for the first time since the pandemic.
May 9, 2022
Ari joins us to discuss his journey of discovering his passion for VFX and becoming a motion capture and performance artist.
April 28, 2022
Interview with Evan Hughes, SCA Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts.
April 28, 2022
On April 13, 2022, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Sony Electronics Inc. announced a new partnership aimed at shaping the future of entertainment.
April 11, 2022
Raqi joins us to talk about the development of her award-winning immersive experience MINIMUM MASS and further discuss her experiences as an immersive media artist.
March 30, 2022
Sustainable filmmaking is underway at SCA and will be required for all SCA productions beginning fall 2022.
March 30, 2022
The first four notes. That's what Gustavo Dudamel focused on when he rehearsed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. That iconic ba ba ba BOMM motif also served as entry point Viva Maestro!, Ted Braun's new documentary about Los Angeles Philharmonic's charismatic Music and Artistic Director that opens April 8 in L.A. and New York. Braun, who teaches screenwriting at School of Cinematic Arts, says "The film was initially intended to be about the genius of Gustavo and the artistry of conducting. It's not just some person with magic hands who imposes ideas upon a group of technicians in the orchestra. I wanted to capture this fluid dynamic that happens back and forth between an orchestra and a conductor."
March 7, 2022
Jacqui and Sarena join us to speak more about their artistic journeys and filmmaking in the wildlife crime genre.
February 7, 2022
Mike joins us to discuss his latest project, LYNCHPIN: Inside the Business of Basketball, and a career in sports filmmaking.
January 27, 2022
Acclaimed documentary short Sophie & The Baron from USC School of Cinematic Arts alumna, Alexandria Jackson and Lauren Brown is shortlisted for an Oscar
January 19, 2022
SCA is among thirteen founding members of The Green Film School Alliance, a consortium of film schools committed to sustainable film production.
January 18, 2022
SCA’s research labs are innovating creative, multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving societal issues.
January 12, 2022
Sidney Poitier delivers Commencement Address to SCA's Graduating Class of 2000.