Hollywood P.O.V. looks inside entertainment industry

imageStudents from SUNY Oswego and other colleges can gain an inside view of the entertainment industry through Oswego’s Hollywood P.O.V. summer session, from Aug. 6 to 15 in Los Angeles.

Through visits to Hollywood sets, lectures by professionals and executives and a variety of special events, the course is organized to show students what it is like to work in production, directing, writing, editing, performing or journalism for the entertainment industry.

The session “is kind of a study-abroad type program,” immersed in the entertainment capital instead of a foreign country, said program coordinator Doug Smart of SUNY Oswego’s communication studies department. The course is a collaboration between that department and the college’s Office of Continuing Education.

The session draws on connections with SUNY Oswego alumni working in Hollywood as well as contacts Smart gathered while working on such shows as “The Golden Girls,” “Newhart,” “Benson” and the Academy Awards. In addition to panels and presentations by industry members, behind-the-scenes tours and educational activities, Smart said the class will include Southern California sightseeing. Expected destinations will include the Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Bowl and the beach at Malibu.

Smart stressed that Hollywood P.O.V. is not just for broadcasting majors. Aspects of the programs will appeal to those interested in public relations and publicity, journalism, writing or performing, he said. Students from other colleges are welcome as well, and participants can receive three college credits.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis while space is available, but there is a deadline of May 19 for applicants seeking scholarship support.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis while space is available. For more information, call the Office of Continuing Education at 312-2270, e-mail summer@oswego.edu or visit www.oswego.edu/hollywood.

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PHOTO CAPTION: On location—Students in the 2005 edition of SUNY Oswego’s Hollywood P.O.V. program pause to pose with some colorful characters. The program offers an inside look at the entertainment industry through a week in Los Angeles.

(Posted: May 03, 2006)