Stories by James Tella:
Lights … Camera … Film Deal
Will the Truth Set Them Free?
USC cinema professor Sheila Sofian surveys social justice and the plight of the wrongly imprisoned.
They’re Ready to Work Around the Clock
Three USC Cinematic Arts students have entered the ‘toughest animation contest in the world.’
Busy Summer Ahead for Cinematic Arts
USC writing and production teams welcome international students on campus while planning workshops around the world.
Industry Pros Offer Reel Talk at USC
Motivational advice on key issues highlights a conference organized by the Women of Cinematic Arts.
Stark Program Produces Romance for Two
Married screenwriters Chad and Dara Creasey find success by working on the same page.
Cinematic Arts Student Shoots Non-Stop Thesis
A third-year MFA candidate completes her thesis film in just three days, after 27 attempts at shooting one long take.
He Works in an Alternate Universe
Moviegoers make the pivotal storytelling decisions for a thesis film from cinematic arts student Greg Townsend.
On the Move With Mixed Media
MFA candidate Ben Shalom uses a broad array of digital tools to animate his thesis film.
Always Thinking About the Next Hurdle
With a new film due for release and an established online presence, alumnus Russell Brown likes the pace he’s setting.
First Future of Film Conference Set
Filmmakers Have Faith in Their Work
USC cinema student J.R. Burningham and his team pour their efforts into a film about a man’s ethereal struggles.
Alum Ron Howard Returns to Alma Mater
Award-winning filmmaker shares the singular wisdom gleaned from years in front of and behind the camera.
NAACP Honors Friday Night Lights Writer
USC Cinematic Arts graduate Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, who loves to tell a good tale, hones his craft on the NBC drama about prep football players.
USC Alumna Gets Kudos for Jesus Camp
Journalist-turned-filmmaker follows in her family’s filmmaking footsteps with an Academy Award-nominated documentary about Evangelical Christians.
Veteran Executive Charles S. Swartz Dies
The expert in digital cinema and film technology helped shape the Entertainment Technology Center at USC.
E. Russell McGregor II Dies
The former professor lobbied to make cinema an independent unit and became interim dean of the USC School of Cinema-TV.
He’s Ready for His Red Carpet Ride
Alum Ari Sandel, whose musical comedy is among the nominees, gears up for a starry night at the Academy Awards.
Building on a Strong Foundation
The ever-growing Women of Cinematic Arts group unites members who share advice and fellowship in casual environs.
Capturing the Tools of a Bygone Era
Self-taught photographer Vince Gonzales conveys his appreciation for cinematic technology through images of craftsmanship from the past.
USC Filmmakers Descend on Sundance
The annual festival yields a pack of projects created by talent at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Like a Kid in a Candy Store
State’s Jewish History Comes to Life
Wertheimer to Lead Technology Center
Founded in 1993, the USC School of Cinematic Arts organization is at the forefront of the digital revolution.