SVA Film & Animation
NEWS & EVENTS

SVA in LA: 2017

Sal Petrosino understands the importance of Los Angeles to the film and animation industries, which is why he takes a group of students out to LA every year to let them interact personally with leading SVA alum. The goal is to demystify the industry, and put a face on their futures.

Sal Petrosino (Director of Operations):

Sal Petrosino with Oscar-winning sound mixer Mark Ulano

Sal Petrosino with Oscar-winning sound mixer Mark Ulano

Four years ago our EVP, Anthony Rhodes, asked me to put together a program in LA with a goal to have our students meet top-shelf film and animation artists who would share not only their creative process, but their own personal journeys.  For so many students, their path to the professional world can seem far off in the distance and maybe not realistic.  Meeting these artists lets them know that what they aspire to is possible if they discovered their talent and work harder than anyone else.  So many of the students who share in this experience come away inspired by these artists, (many of them SVA Alumni who continue to be part of a community that expands beyond the walls of the school) and also leave with more clarity what it takes for them to achieve their goals.

 

SVA in LA at the ASC Clubhouse

SVA in LA at the ASC Clubhouse

Listed below are two of the students who registered for this year’s program who shared their thoughts and experiences about the week.

 

Elizabeth Sarta (Screenwriter):

 

The experience I had during the SVA LA trip has been hard to put into words. I knew that I would enjoy it and learn a lot, but there is no way I could have fathomed just how much the trip would change me. Over the course of one short week I met fantastic new friends, inspirational professionals, learned a tremendous amount about the industry – and about myself. During the trip I realized that professionals are people that you can talk and reach out to. Everyone we met was so informative and welcoming. It made me feel extremely comfortable about going into the field of filmmaking.
 SVA alumnus and mega-producer Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor, Rambo) speaks to students.


SVA alumnus and mega-producer Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor, Rambo) speaks to students

 

I left New York a student with dreams, and I returned a professional with aspirations. The trip helped me truly realize that my professional career starts now.

SVA alumnus and Oscar winning sound mixer Mark Ulano (Django Unchained, Titanic) answers questions from students

SVA alumnus and Oscar winning sound mixer Mark Ulano (Django Unchained, Titanic) answers questions from students

Even in the short time that we have been back, SVA in LA has given me the confidence to try new things. I’m applying to be an Orientation Leader and to work at the Dusty Festival. I am looking forward to the opportunity to proudly represent SVA. Also, with the encouragement of Jenna, I will be talking advanced screenwriting next year and now have a focus in Story Development.

 

 SVA alumnus and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino with SVA students


SVA alumnus and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino with SVA students

Thank you so much for working tirelessly to make this program possible, and for letting me take part in it; I hope to go again in the future.

 

Jake Kaplan (Animator):

This trip was not only a highlight of my time at SVA, but it will forever be a life-shaping journey that I will hold close to me throughout my entire lifetime.

 

SVA alumna and DuckTales director Dana Terrace offers advice to SVA animators

SVA alumna and DuckTales director Dana Terrace offers advice to SVA animators

I feel reinvigorated and utterly inspired to join forces with the successful alumni we met with during our time in LA. I cannot wait to graduate and start my career. I am so grateful for everything SVA has taught me, prepared me for, and shared with me during my time here as a student, an RA, an intern, and now, a member of the SVA in LA family!

 

SVA in LA stops by Walt Disney Animation Studios

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