Quite a few of the biggest filmmakers these days, from Martin Scorsese to Spike Lee to Steven Spielberg, learned the basics of their art in school. USC, UCLA, New York University and Columbia University have all generated their share of talented directors.
Orange County may not be thought of as a hothouse for student filmmaking, but that doesn't mean it's not. While USC and UCLA get all the press locally, such institutions as Orange Coast College and Chapman University, among others, have active programs geared toward preparing students for careers in movies, video and television.
Interested in showing off a bit, both OCC and Chapman will present their best student work Friday night in separate festivals. Both shows (expected to run about two hours each) will feature film, video, television and computer graphics presentations. OCC picked its handful of offerings from team projects created during the past year by more than 400 students. Chapman chose from more than 30 films and presentations.
The films range from snippets (less than a minute) to more ambitious 10-minute shorts, and run the gamut from narratives to more expressionistic pieces.