Douglas Fairbanks Statue


USC School of Cinematic Arts
900 West 34th St.
Los Angeles, CA  90089
Website: Douglas Fairbanks Statue

It was in February of 1929 that the first president of the Academy, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and his longtime friend and then-president of USC, Rufus von KleinSmid, put together a plan to cultivate the future of cinema through higher education. Their first step was the launch of “Introduction to Photoplay,” a course designed to give students an understanding of the origins, history and sociological aspects of the industry. In three short years, the popularity of the subject matter enabled USC to be the first American college or university to offer a program of study leading to a bachelor’s degree in cinema.

About the Douglas Fairbanks Statue : USC School of Cinematic Arts
900 West 34th St. Los Angeles CA

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, until 2006 named the School of Cinema-Television (CNTV), is a film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. It is the oldest and largest such school in the United States, established in 1929 as a joint venture with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[1][4][5] The school offers multiple undergraduate and graduate programs. For 2006-2007, the school had 865 undergraduates and 653 graduate students.[3] It is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious film programs in the world.

The School?s founding faculty include Douglas Fairbanks, D. W. Griffith, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl Zanuck.[5] Notable professors include Drew Casper, the Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Professor of American Film; Tomlinson Holman, inventor of THX; and David Bondelevitch, President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

On September 19, 2006, USC announced that alumnus George Lucas had donated US$175 million to expand the film school with a new 137,000-square-foot (12,700 m2) facility. This represented the largest single donation to USC and the largest to any film school in the world.[8] His previous donations resulted in the naming of two existing buildings after him and his then-wife, though Lucas was not fond of the architecture used in those buildings. An architectural hobbyist, Lucas laid out the original designs for the project, inspired by the Mediterranean Revival Style that was used in older campus buildings as well as the Los Angeles area. The project also received another $50 million in contributions from Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company.[1]

The USC School of Cinematic Arts joined forces with the Royal Film Commission of Jordan to create the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA) in Aqaba, Jordan.[9]

At the center of the new television complex is a statue of founder Douglas Fairbanks. He is seen holding a fencing weapon in one hand due to his strong ties with the USC Fencing Club. In addition to the new George Lucas and Steven Spielberg buildings, USC is also in the process of building new sound stages, animation, and sound facilities.

There is no entry about this travel site available on Wikipedia at this time, but here is a link to the USC School of Cinematic Arts entry.

Read film information at Wikipedia

Douglas Fairbanks Statue: USC School of Cinematic Arts 900 West 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90089