Finishing ahead of the likes of Stanford, Loyola Marymount, Cal State Northridge and San Francisco State, the film school at plucky independent Chapman University in Orange has been named the fifth best in California and seventh best in the nation.
Actually, the rankings would make Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts the fifth best in Southern California as the Golden Staters that finished higher on The Hollywood Reporter list of the top 25 film schools in the country were (with their national rankings): USC (1); UCLA (3); American Film Institute (4); and California Institute of the Arts (5).
"We are delighted to hear of the ranking–it is a tribute to the vision, hard work and dedication of Dodge College's faculty and administrators, as well as to our talented students," James Doti, Chapman University's president, tells the Weekly. "On the day–sometime very soon–when one of our alumni receives his or her first Academy Award nomination, I'm hoping for an invitation to the Oscars!"
That may be sooner rather than later because, besides all the graduates filling all kinds of roles behind indie and Hollywood cameras, Chapman's notable alumni include 20th Century Fox executive director of global promotions Cynthia Pascoe and Comedy Central development executive Adam Londy.
The national rankings of the California schools behind Chapman are: Loyola Marymount University (8); Stanford University (16); California State University, Northridge (22); San Francisco State University (23).
Missing from the top 25 is Cal State Long Beach, which some Spielberg fellow attended. Of course, that was way back before "films" were shot on cellphones.
The Hollywood Reporter called this "its widest-ever survey," relying on more than 2,300 ballots from the guilds, the Film Independent and American Cinematheque nonprofits and the schools themselves.
Their responses were weighed with the help of "educational insiders" and "resulted in a less Hollywood-centric list, according to the pub.