Actor James Franco to Teach USC Film Course

By Catherine Groux
Posted October 12, 2012 10:00 AM

James Franco plans to teach at USC next spring.
James Franco plans to teach at USC next spring.
The University of Southern California (USC) recently announced that actor James Franco is scheduled to teach a film production class next spring, the Los Angeles Times reports. Vince Jolivette, Franco's business partner, has signed on to co-teach the course.

During the class, students will be required to direct eight short films under 10 minutes in length. By the end of the semester, these films will be combined to create one longer movie.

While balancing a demanding acting career, Franco has consistently shown how much he values higher education. The actor has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, along with two master's degrees in writing from Columbia University and Brooklyn College and a master's in directing from New York University (NYU).

"I love school," Franco told People magazine. "I go to school because I love being around people who are interested in what I’m interested in and I’m having a great experience."

Additionally, his USC film course will not mark his first time as a professor. Franco also taught "Directing the Thesis I" at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts last year, according to The New York Times. This course taught students how to translate poetry into film.

Given Franco's extensive acting and directing experience, NYU faculty said they were happy to welcome him to their campus.

"He's here to teach because he really knows something about directing that he can share with our students," John Tintori, chair of the graduate film program, told the New York Post last year. "He's incredibly prolific, and that comes from a real work ethic - and that's another thing to impart to our students."

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