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Follow arts after dark in new video

Allison Engelby Allison Engel

All across campus, students at USC’s six world-class arts schools focusing on architecture, art/design, cinematic arts, dance, drama and music refine their craft late into the night in after-hours labs, theaters and rehearsal rooms.

While other Trojans study or sleep, arts students keep the lights burning as they edit films, practice arias and guitar licks, create stage sets and design costumes.

A new 4-minute video from USC lets you watch and listen to dedicated Trojan animators, musicians and dramatic artists during these late-night sessions.

The video features musical snippets from USC Thornton School of Music students Ryan Baird (double bass), Paige Yamada (soprano), Allison Chu (piano), Kathleen Janert (trumpet) and the Andrew Hill Band (Andrew Hill, bass; Patrick Arthur Rector, lead guitar; James Prinzi, drums; Javen Smith, vocals; and Michael Arrom, piano).

It documents a Bing Theatre rehearsal of The Crucible from the USC School of Dramatic Arts, including interviews with set designer Kaitlyn Harrow, costume designer Marly Hall, stage manager Ricky Moreno, backstage crew member Trevian Hall and director Dan Bonnell.

Tristan Dyer

Tristan Dyer, a third-year MFA animation student, working at night on a nonfiction stop-motion documentary on his great-grandfather’s World War I experiences. (USC Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

The video also documents late-night work in the cubicles of third-year MFA animation students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, including a look at a stop-motion lab where Tristan Dyer has spent many hours filming an unusual nonfiction documentary about his great-grandfather’s experiences in World War I.

Other MFA students featured in the video included Andrew Malek, Lamar Ford Jr. and Ruthie Williams.

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