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American Cinematographer (1973) - Industry Activities





"Edith Head, Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Wise are three very good reasons that this kind of film course can be taught only in Hollywood."

The "course" as described by its coordinator, Mona Kantor, is offered jointly by Universal Studios and the University of Southern California. Mrs. Kantor holds joint faculty appointments in the USC School of Education and Division of Cinema.

Conceived four years ago by Albert A. Dorskind, Vice President of Universal Studios, the course has drawn students from as far away as Nigeria, Australia, Canada and England. Some students who have taken the course have gone directly into professional filmmaking.

This year the course will be taught from June 18 to July 27. Students will spend two days a week at the studio and the remainder of the time on USC's campus to earn eight units of credit on either the graduate or undergraduate level.

"We originally intended to offer the course to educators who would be teaching film during the academic year. That's why we offered it during the summer," Mrs. Kantor explained. "We've since found in our classes a number of other interested students from ages 16 to 60 who want a thorough background in film history, film economics and the actual process of filmmaking.

"Because the facilities of Universal Studios are used, students are able to not only see filmmaking firsthand, they are also able to discuss procedures with executives, artists, and technicians who might not be as available if the class were confined to the USC campus.

"This kind of program can only be taught in Hollywood where the major studios are situated and where many professionals are at work.

"Because studio executives helped plan the curriculum we often have sessions with those professionals who are actively working on the studio lot. For instance, last summer we talked about directing with Alfred Hitchcock who was directing a film at Universal at the time. Edith Head made herself available to discuss costume design. Make‑up was taught by no less a person than the head of Universal's Make‑up department."

Students also assembled into large conference rooms to hear some of the industry's top business heads explain the financing or producing of a film.

On the USC campus, students will be instructed by USC professors who teach cinema history and filmmaking. Students are expected to complete two 8mm films and will also work with 16mm film.

No prior background in film is necessary but the class will be limited to 50 students‑on a first come‑first served basis.

Tuition for the eight unit program will be $656. Special fees will total $75, which includes a $10 health fee. Total cost for the program is $731 .

To apply to the program write to: Director, USC‑Universal Studios Summer Cinema Program, Division of Cinema, University of Southern California, University Park, Los Angeles, California 90007, or by calling (213) 746‑2235.

Those wishing to live on campus should also apply to the USC Housing Office as soon as possible.