USC Cinematic Arts


  • Moderator:
    Henry Jenkins
    Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education USC, Transmedia Scholar

    Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at USC. He is the author and/or editor of twelve books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. His newest books include Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture. He has written for Technology Review, Computer Games, Salon, and The Huffington Post.

  • Panelist:
    Jericca Cleland CSC

    An experienced, accredited CG cinematographer, Jericca Cleland designed the filming and staging of critically acclaimed films “Arthur Christmas”, “Finding Nemo”, and “Toy Story 2″. Her development, preproduction, and previsualization studio Twenty One Inc emphasizes collaboration and commitment to strong, unified storytelling. She is currently directing an animated show for teens.

  • Panelist:
    Jim Bissell
    Production Designer

    Jim has designed twenty nine films, from 1982’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” to last year’s release of “Mission:Impossible-Ghost Protocol”. He has worked with directors Steven Speilberg, John Schlesinger, Joe Johnston, George Clooney and Brad Bird, and has won Emmy and Satellite Awards, been nominated three times by the ADG, once by BAFTA and once by AMPAS.

  • Panelist:
    Alex McDowell RDI
    Creative Director,; Professor, USC SCA; Director, World Building Media Lab, World Building Institute

    Alex McDowell is founder and creative director of 5D. One of the most innovative and influential designers working in narrative media, the impact of his ideas extend far beyond his 30-year career in cinema. Currently he is designing “Order of the Seven” at Disney. He recently completed production design for “Man of Steel”, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Chris Nolan.