As a 1956 graduate of USC's School of Cinema, I'm distressed to read about John Cork's lawsuit v. USC's Cinema-Televison School ("USC Student Suit Challenges Film-TV School Practices," by Michael Cieply, Feb. 4).
Actually, however, I shouldn't be surprised. Trouble has been brewing at the school for years.
USC's Cinema-Television School has lost perspective of what it is supposed to be about--a place for academic learning. Nowadays, the school is an expensive and elitist trade school--with total focus on making movies!
The school has become the minor league for the theatrical film industry for the select few who are chosen to produce a film or video in the 480 production workshop class--shades of George Lucas et al.
A 480 film is now the director's personal resume, his/her entree into the movie business. Perhaps four or five student directors are chosen each semester to produce a 480 project--projects with outrageously high budgets.