Two of the most successful graduates from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, George Lucas and Shawn Levy, went back to school for the dedication of the new 20th Century Fox soundstage on campus.
Fox co-chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman were on hand to introduce the filmmakers, both of whom addressed the crowd inside the 3,200 square foot soundstage at Tuesday’s event.
Rothman, who brought Levy to the podium, reminded the crowd of the “Date Night” helmer’s seven films with the studio, “all of them hits.”
“That’s a better batting average than God,” he joked.
The soundstage, open immediately to students, was made possible with gifts from Lucas and Fox, the latter of which Lucas approached to help fund the project.
“The only issue was the amount of money and the extent of our generosity,” kidded Gianopulos.
New facility, large for a university setting, brings the number of USC soundstages up to nine.
All the speakers, who also included school’s dean Elizabeth M. Daley and USC president C.L. Max Nikias, emphasized the connection between the school, the studio and, according to Levy, training “future filmmakers who will learn how to do the job by doing it.”