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CNN Today

Film Students Worldwide Log-on to Internet School for Making Movies

Aired March 10, 2000 - 2:19 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DONNA KELLEY, CNN ANCHOR: The power of the Internet is allowing students worldwide to use the new medium to study one of the old: the movies.

That story from CNN's Allison Tom.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ALLISON TOM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Film students around the world will be able to learn about the movie industry through a new online school. It's the brainchild of three of the world's top entertainment schools: the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney; the University of California Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television; and the National Film and Television School, London.

STEPHEN BAYLY, NATL. FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL: We'll be encouraging people wherever -- whatever their origin to tell their own stories, that they speak of personal experience and of their culture. And hopefully the Internet will mean a much-wider dissemination of that culture and other peoples' stories.

TOM: The Web-based interactive school plans to offer courses in directing, producing, screen writing and editing. The first class, open to students of all ages, is expected to begin within the next two months. Initially, students will receive certificates instead of traditional degrees once they complete the program.

PETER GUBER, UCLA: We're up for creating resources so that this Internet's promise can be fulfilled across a broad variety of geographic areas and economic areas and societal areas in providing the resourcefulness and providing the talents and skills and education to the broadest number of people who want it so they can effectively navigate and create in this new medium.

TOM: So far, thousands of students worldwide, from South Africa to Yugoslavia to Vietnam, have shown interest in the program.

Allison Tom, CNN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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