REVIEW: Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will […]

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Applying to Grad School – Danny’s Guide

So I’ve learned a lot about applying to grad school through two rounds of applications, having completely failed – zero out of ten – the first time around because I somehow thought applying to a PhD program in a field in which I had no formal background(business, marketing emphasis) with zero concept of research fit was a […]

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Hands-on with Combiform

by Danny Kim   Video games are generally considered products of the digital realm. Sure, we as the players press buttons and fiddle with joysticks, but ultimately, all the action’s happening in the digital space. Even with motion-based control systems like the Kinect and the Wii, their physical motions are just means to achieving a […]

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Hands-on with Blink

by Danny Kim “Redefining the student game.” In the same way that a lot of student films have the clear “student film vibe,” many student games created at USC have a clear “student game vibe.” It’s a completely excusable inevitability in given the fledgling talent and low budgets at this level, but that doesn’t get rid […]

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Lucas and SCA Top Off Latest Building

by Danny Kim   This past Wednesday afternoon, the USC School of Cinematic Arts held a “topping off party” for its latest building. Among those present were George Lucas (Production ’67), the creator of Star Wars, and Dr. Elizabeth Daley, Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Professor and Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts. The new building, which will […]

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310 Screenings – The CelebritySC Takes

by Danny Kim (As originally posted on the now-defunct CelebritySC) Twice a semester, the CTPR 310 production students host a screening to showcase their work. On Sunday, March 18th, the first 310 screening of the semester took place at Norris Cinema Theatre, and CelebritySC was there to bring you the scoop. It was a real pleasure to […]

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Q&A with the Father of Video Games – Ralph Baer

by Danny Kim We take game consoles for granted these days. Everyone and their granny owns an Xbox, PS3, or Wii these days, with install base numbers exceeding 140 million in the US alone. However, for consoles to even exist, someone had to invent them; someone had to think, “Hmm, wouldn’t it be awesome if […]

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