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USC Thornton School of Music – Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television

This month I’m starting the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program at USC. Check out the curriculum and the program director Brian King’s description and overview.

A few points about the next 9 months as a USC student:

  • My wife and I have been in LA for about a year now, but I’ve never had to commute. Now I’ll be going from PCH to downtown 4 days a week. To be more productive during the drive, I’ve got my eye on these Google robot cars. I can write music, practice some guitar, and prepare parts while the robot car handles traffic. Get on that, Google!
  • Does a single year at USC in a certificate program qualify one to be a Trojan football fan? On one hand, my undergrad was MIT, so I never had a college football team to root for. On the other hand, I’ll be busy every Saturday this fall, so I won’t make any games. HOWEVER. I grew up in New York with season tickets to the Jets. And the Jets’ quarterback is Mark Sanchez, who went 12-1 and won the Rose Bowl at USC in 2008. I think the Sanchez connection puts me over the top, so now I officially have a college football team to root for.

As far as life at USC goes, here’s a great Quora answer on What is USC like for film school?

And for a video, I can’t embed it, but here’s a cue for the film Polar Express by student Juan Otarola last year.

Posted 3 years ago by John Piscitello

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