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The School of Cinematic Arts Celebrates the Class of 2024!
May 11, 2024

The USC School of Cinematic Arts celebrated the newest additions to its alumni community at the Shrine Auditorium on May 10, 2024.

SCA Hosts 2nd Annual DEI Awards for Students!
May 8, 2024

The School of Cinematic Arts’ Council on Diversity & Inclusion recognized students for their groundbreaking contributions to empowering diverse voices and perspectives at its 2nd annual Awards Ceremony for Outstanding Work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at USC.

Nina Yang Bongiovi Helps Kick-Off USC AAPI History Month Event
May 7, 2024

Nina Yang Bongiovi, Associated Chair of the Peter Stark Producing Program and USC alum, helped kick off USC's AAPI Heritage Month celebration in early April.

SCA's 2024 First Look Showcase was A Rousing Success!
May 7, 2024

New prizes from Focus Features and Panavision add excitement to the annual Industry Relations awards.

USC Games Hosts Its 7th Annual Games Expo
April 12, 2024

USC Games showcased over 60 student-made games alongside industry partners, celebrating the most innovative works in interactive media and game development at USC. 

April 1, 2024

Panel of women and non-binary leaders in the Games industry give honest assessment of gender equity.

Bollywood Films Come to SCA!
March 28, 2024

Priya Jaikumar, Chair of the Cinema and Media Studies Division at USC's School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), led the kickoff event for the Bollywood: Big Screens + Streaming held in early March at USC. This collaboration between SCA, USC Visions and Voices, and Indian production companies Excel Entertainment and Tiger Baby signaled the start of promising new opportunities and research emerging from India’s film industry. 

Celebrating 25 Years: The Business of Cinematic Arts (BCA) Program Makes SCA History!
March 28, 2024

The Business of Cinematic Arts Program becomes SCA's first-ever joint undergraduate program, marking a significant milestone for the program and the University's academic offerings.

Empowering Women Through Film: SCA Alumna Jacqueline Elyse Rosethal ’23
March 28, 2024

SCA alumna Jacqueline Elyse Rosenthal ’23 shares insights into her award-winning social impact film, Backlog, which she wrote, directed, and executive produced during her final year at USC.

4 Alumni Make SCA History at the 96th Academy Award
February 29, 2024

This year, four alumni made School history by securing three out of the five nominations in the Best Documentary Short category at the 96th Academy Awards.

BCA Student Co-Leads USC Black Career Fair for 2nd Year
February 29, 2024

Candice House ’24, a senior in the USC Business of Cinematic Arts Program, made USC history last year by launching the first-ever Black Career Fair as Co-Executive Director of the USC Black Student Assembly (BSA). She returned this year to Co-Chair the career fair for the second consecutive year. 

From Filmmaking to Commercial Directing
February 29, 2024

Award-winning director, cinematographer, and SCA alum Allison A. Waite recently shared her creative journey into commercial directing with SCA. Waite made her debut in commercial directing with Delta Airlines, featuring the voice of Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis.

Paula Patton’s Homecoming!
February 29, 2024

School of Cinematic Arts alumna Paula Patton ’97 returned to campus on invitation from the African American Cinema Society (AACS), the SCA student organization that celebrates Black cinema. 

SCA Launches Virtual Production Senior Thesis Course
February 29, 2024

The USC School of Cinematic Arts debuts its first virtual production senior thesis projects this Spring in CTPR 587: Group Production Workshop.

SCA Turns 95!
February 29, 2024

February 4th marked the 95th anniversary of the launch of Introduction to Photoplay, the class that would launch the film studies program at USC, the first at an American university.

SCA Enriches Sundance Experience with New Panel Discussion! 
January 31, 2024

This year SCA expanded the festival-goer experience for its alumni and students at Sundance and Slamdance by partnering with Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES) for an innovative alumni panel discussion.

SCA's FALL 2023 IN MOTION MAGAZINE: The Annual Publication of the SCA Family!
December 19, 2023

SCA's FALL 2023 IN MOTION MAGAZINE: The Annual Publication of the SCA Family!

Signal + Noise: A Critical & Creative Exploration of AI Within Storytelling, Filmmaking & Journalism
December 7, 2023

SCA's Signal + Noise gallery, funded by USC's Research and Innovation Instrumentation Award, showcases emerging still and moving image art and research on six 4K screens in the SCI building lobby.

Alum Sam Shaib’s feature film debut builds on his work on Diversity and Inclusion
October 25, 2023

Shaib '17, a founding member of the SCA Council for Diversity and Inclusion, has carried his commitment to inclusion into his debut feature, shedding light on sectarianism in Beirut and its negative consequences.

Expanding On the Idea of “Safety” at the Physical Production Office
October 25, 2023

New Director of Office of Physical Production, Hashem Selph, wants to emphasize to students that, "safety is not the enemy of creativity. In fact, safety actually gives you the means to be creative." 

USC's Ganek Immersive Studio Showcases 6 Cutting-Edge Projects at Open House
October 25, 2023

A year ago, the USC School of Cinematic Arts introduced the Ganek Immersive Studio, made possible by a generous gift from David and Danielle Ganek, with support from the Ganek Family Foundation, and it has since become a hub for pioneering experimental projects.

How a USC Filmmaker Helped Create a New Style of Journalism
Mike Saltz’s new book recalls his work at the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour
September 28, 2023

SCA alum Mike Saltz's new book explores his time at the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, where he innovatively blended filmmaking and "serious news" to shape modern news reporting.

Interpreters Wanted: USC Alumnus and Army Veteran Robert Ham Advocates for His Afghan Colleagues
September 28, 2023

In the documentary Interpreters Wanted, Ham '17 tells the story of their work together, and his interventions to help the Haqmal brothers get out of Afghanistan when the promised Special Immigrant Visas failed to materialize in a timely manner.

SCA Alum Launches Inaugural Armenian Film Festival
September 28, 2023

Armen Karaoghlanian '12, the CEO and Founder of the Armenian Film Society, successfully launched the first Armenian Film Festival in Glendale, California, this September. The festival kicked off with a book signing event featuring SCA alum Howard Kazanjian and included an engaging Q&A session with another SCA alum, Sev Ohanian.

Alumni Spotlight: Anant Mehra '22
September 1, 2023

Anant Mehra '22 is an Indian writer-director based in Los Angeles and recent graduate of SCA's MFA Film & Television production program. Anant joins us to dicuss what inspired him to move to Los Angeles to attend film school, the multicultural ideas and concepts that inspire his filmmaking, and his takeaways from his experiences in the festival circuit.

SCA’s First Look Film Showcase
August 23, 2023

The annual showcase highlights advanced projects at the School of Cinematic Arts organized by the SCA Industry Relations Office. Applications open in October 2023. 

The rocking dual life of SCA building manager, Steve Olson
August 23, 2023

As the School’s Building Systems Manager, Steve Olson helps mitigate any systems problems that pop up throughout the buildings and also builds a mean electronic guitar. 

Alumni Spotlight: Nicholas Hatton '09
July 31, 2023

Nicholas Hatton '09 is a twice Emmy-nominated television and film producer, most recently nominated for the hit Amazon Freevew show Jury Duty. Nicholas sat down with us to talk about his journey into producing experimental projects and the lessons he learned from his time working on Jury Duty.

Alumni Spotlight: Anna Zlokovic ’14
June 26, 2023

Anna Zlokovic ’14 is the award-winning writer/director of Appendage, releasing on Hulu in fall 2023. Anna joins us today to discuss writing inspiration, adapting Appendage from short to feature, and the lessons she's learned from her directorial debut.

Alumni Spotlight: LaTerrian “LT” Officer-McIntosh '20
June 5, 2023

LaTerrian “LT” Officer-McIntosh '20 is the Director and Founder of Outlast Arts and Education, a teacher, and a filmmaker. She joins us today to talk about the story behind Outlast, her time at SCA, what inspires her to keep going, and what's next for the film program.

MFA Graduate Brings Pasifika Voices to SCA with Thesis Film
May 25, 2023

Peter Filimaua ’23, a Samoan-Mexican American filmmaker, aims to bring authentic representation of his culture to the big screen with his MFA thesis film, FILI.

SCA Shines Spotlight on Diversity and Inclusion
May 25, 2023

On May 1st, the USC School of Cinematic Arts Council on Diversity & Inclusion launched its first annual awards for outstanding work. The awards were presented to students from the School's seven divisions and Expanded Animation program, recognizing their groundbreaking efforts in empowering diverse voices and perspectives.