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USC School of Cinematic Arts

Since its founding in 1929, the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) has nurtured and inspired writers, directors, entrepreneurs, producers, animators and interactive designers who have developed an unparalleled mastery in cinema, television and new media.


John Berardo

Director - Author

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Before starting USC, John graduated from UCLA with a BA in theatre directing and playwriting. While in graduate school, John directed projects for CBS, Vimeo, MTV, a Subway web series, and for non-profit organizations. He had directed, Strings, produced by James Franco at USC as part of The Labyrinth.

Doug Greco


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Doug Greco studies screenwriting and creative non-fiction at USC's Master of Professional Writing Program. He earned a Master in Public Policy from Princeton, and BA from Brown where he acted in and directed numerous theatrical and film projects. He blends these interests by participating at USC's Media institute for Social Change.

Drew Diamond

Producer - Author

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He is a writer, director, and producer from South Texas. He has written and directed numerous short films spanning many genres from political drama to magical realism, comedy, and horror. This passion for storytelling led him to pursue his MFA in Film Production from USC where he produced the Student Academy Award Winning Documentary, A Second Chance.

Tim Smith


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After his bachelor's degree in film studies from USC, he enrolls as a film production student in the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he's collaborated with the non-profit organization, Tree People, and the Disabilities Cinema Coalition to create media for social change.

Bryan Mendoza


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He enrolled at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Graduate Film and Television Production program to master the craft of cinematography and strives to become a better visual storyteller. His aim is to create compelling images that support stories, which enable and inspire audiences to escape their lives even if so for brief moments.

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