Film Prof Creates Low-Cost Production Program at SMC

By Saval, Malina | Variety, July 16, 2014 | Go to article overview

Film Prof Creates Low-Cost Production Program at SMC


Saval, Malina, Variety


In 2010, Santa Monica College launched a nationwide search for a fulltime faculty member to form a film department - a program that was a long time coming for a school that tops the state in transfer rates, and which offered critical studies courses that included film, but lacked an official production course of study.

The school didn't have to look far for the best candidate: Salvador Carrasco, a Mexico-born filmmaker ("The Other Conquest") and former head of the Advanced Directing Program at the Los Angeles Film School, who'd been an adjunct professor at the college since 2002.

Carrasco didn't blink at the degree of difficulty required to successfully oversee the new program, which would require a massive amount of footwork to obtain regional and state-level approval (the latter is still pending), design a curriculum and secure funding for filmmaking equipment. Carrasco says school president Chui L. Tsang told him to '"Think outside the box, and do whatever you dreamt of doing elsewhere.'"

Carrasco has established a low-cost associate's degree and certificate program (in-state tuition is $46 per unit) that aim to rival those of film-school giants USC and UCLA. …

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