David O. Russell: Hollywood Master

“You have to do a lot of bad work before you do good work,” Russell assured the audience. “I tried to be a novelist but I couldn’t find my voice and it was too lonely. Filmmaking by its very nature is a more social endeavor.”

Alfonso Cuarón

Calling himself and his compatriots who got kicked out of film school “arrogant brats” who clashed with the old regime, Cuarón followed a winding road to become the successful director he is today.

Field of Dreams

“Just weeks ago, my parents and I were discussing if college was even a possibility for me. They promised they were going to try their best even if that meant each obtaining two jobs and cutting our diet to just eggs for the years to come, as long as their daughter had a chance of pursuing what they couldn’t: a higher education,” said Paola, a student at City Honors High School in Los Angeles.

Van Partible

Animation alum and mastermind behind Cartoon Network’s Johnny Bravo, Van Partible, graces the cover of the latest issue of LMU Magazine.

A Headless Horseman Rides Through Twitter

Roberto Orci added that the best pitches are like a story – “Think about your show as if you just saw it and how you would describe it to your friend. Make it like a conversation and talk about what makes you excited about the idea.”

Celebrate the Films of West Africa with Caméras d’Afrique

Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television and Film Independent @ LACMA have joined forces on a new film series, Caméras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa. The month-long series focuses on the last 50 years of West African cinematic talent.

Magnetized By Music

Every day is different–no record or job is ever the same. There are always new challenges and experiences, and I am constantly learning. Even as I sit in New York answering these questions, I realize what a thrill it is to have different opportunities across the country to do my craft.

Rewind: A Look Back at FOF 2012

It’s that time of year again. Submissions are now closed for the 2013 Film Outside the Frame student awards and film festival, and the judging process is under way. As … Read more

Semester Abroad: Stories from Bonn

Eighteen SFTV students made the trek to Bonn, Germany to live, work and play as part of LMU’s Semester Abroad program. Situated on the Rhine River, Bonn is the hometown of Beethoven and is the ideal location for cultural excursions including festivals, film studio tours, exhibitions and trips to other European countries.

Students who participate in the program live with German host families while taking courses in production, cinematography and editing taught by both LMU and German professors. Throughout the semester, students work closely with the Academy for International Education and collaborate with peers to each create a 10-15 minute documentary shot in Europe and later screened on the LMU campus.

LogLines caught up with four recent SFTV study abroad students and SFTV Associate Professor Kurt Daugherty. Push play.

Get A Case of the Monday Nights

Mondays can be a drag, but Monday NIGHTS, well, that’s another story. SFTV’s signature Monday Nights Series gives students and alumni access to advance screenings, Q&A’s and masterclasses with some of the most prestigious professionals working in the industry. During the Spring 2013 semester, we welcomed industry executives including writer/producer Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), alum/director Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), and just around the corner, LMU alum/writer/director Brian Helgeland will be screening his new film 42.

Now, LogLines gives you a front row seat to Monday Nights as we roll out clips from this past year’s events. Make sure to check our video section where we will regularly post highlights and videos. In the meantime, check out highlights of Jay Oliva’s visit, below.