Hey Everyone! It is day two of the STN 2015 trip, and it was a long day! I got up at 6:50, but we all met at the lobby hotel at 8am. Then we all got onto the bus and headed to McDonalds for breakfast. I got a Sausage McMuffin with Egg. Also, thanks Mr. M for covering this meal! After breakfast, we rode the bus again to USC, or the University of Southern California. We met with our tour guide at the Wallis Annenberg hall who worked in administrations. We also met with a former CKTV student, who actually is a student there! I think that is so cool! Who knows, we might see some of our classmates there one day, or even ourselves! He showed us around their huge campus. It was the second largest private school in the country. Plus, their campus was very beautiful! They had Italian inspired architecture, and had lots of trees! It was very green and tall. Their mascot is the Trojans, but did you know that it was originally a dog? USC is actually a big private school made up of different profession schools. We specifically looked at the buildings for film school. I learned that there was a school for communications and journalism, cinematic arts, and film/television. We first went into the school for cinematic arts. Inside of the building, there was lots of other buildings! There were multiple screening rooms, audio stages, and animation/photoshop places. We actually got to see the audio stage, where we saw some movie posters. I even saw a signed poster for the movie"Star Wars"! Inside the cinematic art building, there was two other buildings. One was dedicated to Steven Spielberg, and the other was for George Lucas. There were more movie posters inside the Steven Spielberg building like Pinocchio. We got to go into this 'Troubleshooting' area for photoshop. USC graciously offers their students full access to all of the Adobe Cloud programs! After visiting the cinematic arts department, we went to the communications and journalism building. There was this huge red computer screen where it displayed a bunch of television shows and camera footage. There was also a media center which everyone could use! You could do radio, talk show, and even podcast! They also have a live video broadcast for the whole school! They had 3 robotic cameras, which were controlled by people in a separate room. It was super cool! It looked very intricate and complicated. They even had a bunch of green screens! Then we ate some lunch. After lunch we visited the Athletics department! However, no one found Uncle Toyo's building. We did happen to catch a glimpse of an interesting game of soccer. The players wore big spheres around their arms. USC offers 21 different sports! They also won lots of awards too. It was the only place in America that actually allowed you to touch the Football Heisman Trophy, and they displayed about 5 of them! That just shows how good they are in football. Interesting fact, before every game, they have the whole marching band and the mascot actually stabs a sword into the field. They have a weight room, a field, and a big rehab center! For example, they had a swimming pool so that you can run treadmills underwater! Lastly, we went to the bookstore. I didn't get anything, but we did watch this group filming a project, and their acting was pretty good. We caught the bus to Hollywood. Here we took photos of the stars (I took one by John Green's) and the hand prints and foot prints. We left Hollywood and went to the City Walk. I ate Taco Bell for dinner again, and we had a dance party. They showed us dancing on the big screen and it was pretty hilarious. We shopped for about 10 minutes, and left. Now we are at the hotel again and writing our blogs. Overall, today was pretty fun and their campus was beautiful! It's a great film school, and I may consider applying for it when I get older! I can't wait for tomorrow at Universal! That's it for my blog! Sorry it was kind of long. Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
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