$120,000 FOR CALARTS FILM SCHOOL FOREIGN PRESS GROUP GIVES GRANT.
VALENCIA - The California Institute of the Arts film school received $120,000 for equipment and scholarships at the annual installation luncheon of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
``This is going to be a major shot in the arm,'' said Steve Anker, dean of the school of film/video. ``It will allow us to increase the teaching lab so all students will have a station instead of having to wait for something to come available. It will result in a better room to learn.''
Students in CalArts' graphic design department contributed to the elegant surroundings with their updated design of the logo for the international journalists' group that produces the Golden Globe Awards.
``We've had a relationship with CalArts for several years now, and we asked if some of the design students could help us with a new logo,'' said Lorenzo Soria, the association's president.
``A group of five students completed the logo in June and we are transitioning from old to new on our business cards, letterhead and Web site.''
The students' work was scrutinized by several committees, Soria said, adding that some of the initial designs were ``more radical'' but that the final result was ``clean and modern.''
Grant money will be divided two ways: $70,000 toward purchase of six new Final Cut Pro workstations in the HFPA Digital Lab at the school and $50,000 dedicated to scholarships for film students.
``Four years ago, CalArts came to us with a proposal to help them build a digital lab for film students, and they have come back every year. Some years we help them and some years not,'' Soria said.
``But we've received so many expressions of gratitude in letters from students thanking us for the tools and machinery on which to learn that we felt our money was well spent.''
In the last 10 years, the association has given more than $4,591,800 to various film-related schools, organizations, festivals and programs, including the Hollywood Entertainment Museum and the Los Angeles Conservancy's ``Last Remaining Seats'' series.
This year's allocation of $1 million was the largest single year endowment. Proceeds of the broadcast right for the annual awards show generates the funding for the grant program.
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
CalArts students updated the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's logo.