13 Famous College Transfer Students Part 2

George Lucas

Film producer, screenwriter, director and founder/chairman of LucasFilm. He’s perhaps best known for being the creator of the epic sci-fi franchise Star Wars and joint creator of the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Yes, a transfer student is one of the American film industry’s most financially successful independent directors and producers.

Lucas grew up in Modesto, CA where his early passion for cars and motor racing would eventually serve as inspiration for his Oscar-nominated low-budget phenomenon, American Graffiti. Long before Lucas became obsessed with film making, he wanted to be a racecar driver, and he spent most of his high school years racing on the underground circuit at fairgrounds and hanging out at garages. However, a near-fatal car accident on June 12, 1962, just days before his high school graduation, quickly changed his mind. Instead of racing, he attended Modesto Junior College to study anthropology. He eventually developed a passion for cinematography and camera tricks, so he transferred to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. During his years at USC, he also became very good friends with fellow student filmmaker and future Indiana Jones collaborator, Steven Spielberg.3

Steven Spielberg

Academy Award Winner, film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur. Spielberg is also the co-founder of the DreamWorks movie studio. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he spent his childhood in New Jersey, and then moved to California, graduating from Saratoga High School in 1965.

Spielberg began film school at USC’s School of Theater in the late 1966 but because of poor grades had to drop out. He then attended California State University at Long Beach where he majored in Film and Electronic Arts but did not initially finish his degree due to a successful unpaid seven-day a-week internship at Universal Studios and as a guest of the editing department (uncredited). USC awarded him an honorary degree in 1994, and in 1996 he became a trustee of the university. In 2002, thirty-five years after starting college, Spielberg finished his degree via independent projects at CSU Long Beach, and was awarded a B.A. in Film Production and Electronic Arts with an option in Film/Video Production.4

Rivers Cuomo

American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter of the band Weezer. Raised in Connecticut, Cuomo moved to Los Angeles at age 19, where he participated in a number of rock bands before founding Weezer in 1992.

Cuomo attended high school in Connecticut under the name Peter Kitts, but reverted back to his original name once he began attending Santa Monica College. Cuomo went on to attend the Berklee College of Music at Harvard University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, after attending classes on and off from 1995 to 2006. With Weezer, he has released nine studio albums.5

3 George Lucas, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

4 Steven Spielberg, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

5 Rivers Cuomo, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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