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Animation | Careers | For Undergraduates | Animation Majors | Film

How One Film Buff Became a Pixar Director of Photography

By: Scott Cline
December 5th, 2017

CCA alumnus Patrick Lin never thought he would have a career in animation. Growing up in Hong Kong, he was inspired by Hollywood titans George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and decided he would someday make films.¹ This dream led him to the CCA film program, where, unbeknownst to him, he began laying the groundwork for one of the most coveted Pixar jobs: Director of Photography.

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For Undergraduates | Film

CCA Cinema Visionaries: David Lowery

By: Scott Cline
November 2nd, 2017

Join us for an evening with David Lowery on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. A screenwriter and award-winning filmmaker, Lowery will be in conversation with Brook Hinton, CCA’s Film Program co-chair. Both MFA film and BFA film school students are encouraged to attend and ask any burning questions about Lowery’s three feature films: A Ghost Story, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and Pete’s Dragon.

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For Undergraduates | Film

CCA Cinema Visionaries: Laura Poitras

By: Scott Cline
October 26th, 2017

In January of 2013, Laura Poitras received an email from an anonymous senior government employee. Edward Snowden, nicknamed “Citizenfour,” leaked detailed documents about secret NSA surveillance programs to Poitras and two U.S.-based journalists. “You ask why I picked you. I didn't. You did,” Snowden wrote in an early email to the filmmaker.¹  

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