The CSU prepares students to serve the artistic, business, social, and cultural needs of entertainment industries.
The Entertainment Industry Initiative sets—and strives to achieve—curricular and technological goals driven
by evolving industry standards. The Initiative benefits thousands of media students by offering top-notch programs and
faculty, state-of-the-art equipment, and internships with renowned companies. The Initiative has four major components:
Visiting Fellows Program - Industry professionals lead workshops and seminars, offering students the opportunity to learn firsthand from prominent leaders in entertainment.
Equipment Acquisition - The CSU leverages the buying power of the 22 campus entertainment programs to equip students and faculty with the most current hardware and software that the industry requires.
Internship Program - Students can take advantage of meaningful year-round internships that provide the relevant and practical training needed for entertainment industry careers. More than 400 students have taken advantage of these internships each year, with housing assistance provided to those outside of the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
Advisory Board - The CSU has partnered with highly knowledgeable and talented entertainment leaders who enhance the CSU's media education programs by providing insight into industry trends and needs related to career preparation.
The Broadcast Education Association recently announced the winners for this year’s Festival of Media Arts, and many CSU students as well as faculty took home prizes. These students will be honored at BEA’s conference which will take place April 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV.
The winners are:
Documentary-Short Form Video
1st Place: Brian Favorite, San Francisco State University
Documentary-Long Form Video
Honorary Mention: Dee Thao, California State University Chico
Scriptwriting- Short Subject
2nd Place: Michael Quintana, San Jose State University
2nd Place: Kamran Sohrabi, San Jose State University
3rd Place: Jarred Hodgdon, San Jose State University
Honorable Mention: Zachary Strauss, California State University of Northridge
Scriptwriting: Original TV Series Pilot
2nd Place: Sam Osborn, San Francisco State UniversityScriptwriting: Mobisode/Webisode
1st Place: Andrew Porteous, California State University of Northridge
2nd Place: Scott Peterson, San Francisco State University
Student Video: Best of Festival
Robert Krakower & Jon Magram, San Jose State University
Student Video: Instructional/Educational
3rd Place: Edda Zabala, California State University Northridge
Student Video: Narrative
Honorable Mention: Julia Dills, Meghan Wheeler & Berenice Macias, California State University, Northridge
Student Video: Spots
1st Place: Stacey Lee, Bryan Gordon, Amy Ribar & Jeff Schroeder, San Francisco State University
Student Video: Promotional:
Award of Excellence in Cinematography: Antonio Ayala, Rynne Griggs, & Julian Faras, San Francisco State University
Faculty Video: Educational or Instructional
Award of Excellence: Babak Sarrafan, San Jose State University
Christopher Boyes (B.A. ’75) has received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Mixing for his work on “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” marking the 15th year in a row that SF State alumni have been nominated for Academy Awards. The nomination is Boyes’ 11th overall.
Boyes’ career has included sound work on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. He has won an Academy Award four times: Best Sound Effects Editing, 1998, “Titanic;” Best Sound Editing, 2003, “Pearl Harbor;” Best Sound Mixing, 2003, “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King;” and Best Sound Mixing, 2006, “King Kong.” He has also been nominated for his work on “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Iron Man” and “Avatar.”
Alan Ishii’s piano composition, “Scorpio – SAGITARIUS,” recently premiered in China and will eventually be performed globally. A music major at Cal State L.A., Ishii won an international composition contest hosted by the critically-acclaimed Zodiac Trio, entitle “Zodiac: Across the Universe.”
The contest featured 12 winners, each contributing a movement to the piece and complementing each of the zodiac signs, and the work was toured across 10 cities in China.