Rocco DiCicco is get­ting a taste of Hol­ly­wood on co-​​op with Trac­tion Media, a Bev­erly Hills, Calif.-based independent-​​film pro­duc­tion com­pany founded in 2002.

Its most well-​​know projects include “Hard Candy,” a thriller fea­turing Ellen Page of “Juno” fame, and “Half Nelson,” a drama star­ring Ryan Gosling as an inner-​​city middle-​​school teacher with a drug problem.

DiCicco’s job is to dis­cover the next big hit. He reads feature-​​length screen­plays on a daily basis, grading each script based on plot and dia­logue. But, he said, a good screen­play is hard to find.

We started nego­ti­ating deals for us to pro­duce one or two of the scripts,” DiCicco explained. “The market is geared toward movies like ‘Twi­light’ and ‘The Avengers’ and not toward small, inde­pen­dent dramas.”

DiCicco, a fifth-​​year his­tory major, finds par­al­lels between his co-​​op and his class work. He said the experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­nity has pre­pared him to excel in law school, which he plans to enter next year.

Script cov­erage is almost exactly like writing a his­tory paper,” DiCicco said, adding that crit­ical reading skills are the hall­mark of a good lawyer. “You craft a syn­opsis and then ana­lyze what could have been dif­ferent or gone better.”

The movie buff, who counts Marlon Brando, Gene Kelly and James Dean among his favorite actors, sought out an uncon­ven­tional co-​​op for a his­tory major. “I wanted to stray from working at a museum or a library archive,” DiCicco said. “I’ve always been a movie fan, so I thought this would be fun.”

The excite­ment began almost imme­di­ately. On his third day on the job, DiCicco was asked to deliver a DVD to a producer’s home in Malibu. It turned out that he had pulled up to the man­sion belonging to the pres­i­dent and chief oper­ating officer of Uni­versal Studios.

That was kind of cool,” DiCicco said. Rocco DiCicco is get­ting a taste of Hol­ly­wood on co-​​op with Trac­tion Media, a Bev­erly Hills, Calif.-based independent-​​film pro­duc­tion com­pany founded in 2002.