Stories by Valerie Turpin:
Alumnus wins award for PTSD documentary
For many cinema students, making it to the Academy Awards is a lifelong ambition.
Much ado about filmmaking budgets
With big-budget film credits such as Marvel’s The Avengers and Toy Story, writer/director Joss Whedon has made his mark as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.
Towne tells all at screenwriting course
Celebrated screenwriter Robert Towne made the last of his three visits this semester to discuss his 1975 satire Shampoo and, among a host of subjects, touched on how research is a key to creating a standout script.
Yellow Brick Road leads to USC
Students of Leonard Maltin’s “Theatrical Film Symposium” course at the USC School of Cinematic Arts were treated to an advance screening of Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful.
Bryan Singer shakes up Critical Studies
From George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to Sumner Redstone, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ray Stark, the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ foundation has literally been built through the names of its friends and alumni. Now filmmaker Bryan Singer ’89 joins the ranks of these entertainment industry powerhouses with a major donation to the school — a $5 million gift to name the Critical Studies division.
Oh, the games they play on Demo Day
Demo Day is an eagerly awaited biannual event that attracts the brightest programming and engineering students across campus, as well as the attention of leaders in the video game industry.
Wixon installed as Microsoft Endowed Professor at SCA
If you’re reading this sentence on a computer, tablet or mobile phone, chances are Dennis Wixon had something to do with the creation and implementation of that experience.
Rose Family Foundation Fellowship established at SCA
Activision Blizzard executive George Rose has established the Rose Family Foundation Fellowship for Interactive Entertainment at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Microsoft veteran to join the USC School of Cinematic Arts
The USC School of Cinematic Arts will add another prestigious member to its ranks this fall in the form of user-research pioneer Dennis Wixon.
Game created at School of Cinematic Arts earns cred
Cred.fm allows its users to discover new music and join online parties.
Notre Dame icon delivers pep talk
Former football player Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, an icon of motivation and effort at the University of Notre Dame, delivered a pep talk to USC School of Cinematic Arts students in associate professor Kenneth Hall’s “Directing the Composer” class on Feb. 23.