CSU’s New Film and Media Arts School to Become “North Coast Hollywood” | Local news



VSleveland is on its way to becoming “North Coast Hollywood” with the opening of the Cleveland State University School of Film and Media Arts, making it Ohio’s first stand-alone film school.

Nearly 300 people attended the school’s ribbon cutting ceremony on October 11 where alumni, state officials and community members had the opportunity to tour soundproof stages, studios, computer labs, rehearsal spaces and a control room, among others on the sixth floor of the Idea Center in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. The university signed a 40-year lease for the space of over 39,000 square feet.

Ivan Schwarz, chairman of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, hopes the school will be the cornerstone of Cleveland’s film industry. Schwarz, who offered advice for the creation of the school, was a big supporter of building a space where the nearly 300 enrolled students could hone their skills while creating original film and multimedia content.

Since moving to northeast Ohio in 2007, he has made it his goal to build a film industry in the region, which means creating a film school that will train a skilled workforce. With the addition of the facility, Schwarz said Cleveland will start to be on par with either Hollywood or New York. He sees infrastructure coming soon, so the next time a movie project like “The Avengers,” which was shot in the Cleveland area in 2011, looks at the city, he has resources to stay.

“I know we can answer anything anyone brings to us in Cleveland with this industry, and we want to be prepared to say ‘yes’ and no ‘Have you checked out Pennsylvania?’,” He said. declared. “At the end of the day, it’s about jobs and bringing economic development to our city. It’s about creating a culture of excellence in our community… but we also wanted to make sure we’re going to deliver for these kids.

The school will provide an opportunity for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to receive “a top-notch education” in film and art media, CSU President Harlan M. Sands said. The school will offer 300 majors in its first year.

Before creating the installation, Schwarz took former CSU president Ronald M. Berkman to other notable film schools like the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, where many executives stressed the importance to teach students to write. Berkman, who resigned his post this summer, oversaw the founding of the school.

“The foundational skill that will give them the goals they need to do what they want to do begins with teaching them how to tell a story,” Berkman said. “I know this is being postponed, and we all know it’s a skill… one that will always serve them.”


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