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(from left) SCA Grad Tim Story, David E. Talbert, SCA Grad Juel Taylor, and SCA Grad Leland Hall

From HBCU to SCA Summer Production Workshop

Conceived by playwright, author, and filmmaker David E. Talbert, HBCU Next gives talented storytellers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities the opportunity to hone their skills at the SCA Summer Production Workshop.

To be considered, applicants must submit a written statement, a sample of work and a short video introduction, as well as a letter of recommendation from the department chair or an academic instructor in their school’s film studies department.  Participating students will be known as HBCU Next Fellows. They will be personally mentored by David E. Talbert, best known for writing, producing, and directing films that include First Sunday, Baggage Claim, Almost Christmas, and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

HBCU Next will cover the student’s tuition, fees, room and board for the six-week session, and transportation to and from Los Angeles. The participating students will earn transferable university credits. They will also receive information on SCA's full graduate degree options and how to apply.

Here's an overview of the classes participating students will take during the summer:

  • Directing/Producing Fellows will enroll in Filmmaking Intensive, a filmmakers ’ boot camp that covers everything from script development to the first public screening. Students will rotate through Directing, Producer, and Cinematographer roles while receiving hands-on instruction on editing, sound, and other production fundamentals from working industry professionals.
  • Writing Fellows will take Feature Screenwriting, learning the basics of feature story structure. Writers will take a story from concept to first draft within six weeks with feedback from their professor and screenwriting peers.

For more information contact the USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program at