Office: Xavier Hall 204
Narrative and Design
MFA: School of Theater, Film and Television. University of California, Los Angeles
BA: Rutgers University
“That Noisy Woodpecker Had an Animated Secret,” New York Times, April 11, 2011.
YouTube video, “Tom Klein on the Hidden Films in Woody Woodpecker Cartoons.”
Animation Studies, Vol. 2, “Animated Appeal: A Survey of Production Methods in Children’s Software.”
Tom Klein is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Animation. His work on the avant-garde ‘mini-films’ of Shamus Culhane has been written about in The New York Times and Time Magazine, leading to subsequent appearances on TV and radio, including the BBC, Fox and CBC. His articles have appeared in such publications as Animation, Griffithiana, Animation Journal, Animation Studies and In-Toon, among others. He catalogued UCLA’s Walter Lantz archive and also contributed to the Italian anthology, What's Up, Tex? Il Cinema di Tex Avery, published by Lindau.
Tom served as the Director of Animation for Vivendi-Universal's educational software division, where he oversaw the creative development of the internationally best-selling JumpStart brand and its licensed products for Mac/PC, Playstation and GameBoy. He was also a consultant for Universal Cartoon Studios during the productions of Woody Woodpecker (FoxKids) and From the Earth to the Moon (HBO).
His role as both a film historian and professional animator provides him many insights on how a classical training is applied to contemporary digital animation techniques.
Office: Xavier Hall 231
BFA: Motion Picture/Television. UCLA
MFA: Theater/Film/Television. UCLA
Rob Burchfield teaches computer animation at LMU.
Rob Burchfield was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated from high school in Orange County and attended UCLA, where he received a BFA in the school of Theater, Film and Television with an emphasis in animation studies. After graduation, he continued his studies at several colleges and universities in Southern California. After working for several years in the animation industry, he took an extended tour of North America.
On returning to Southern California, he worked as a multi-pass cameraman, stop motion artist and freelance graphic. He returned to UCLA in 1993 to complete an MFA in Animation.
During this period, he taught at LMU as a part-time instructor. In 1996, he was the first instructor hired to teach and direct the newly founded animation major within the Communication Arts Department.
He received the rank of Associate Professor and tenure status in 2004. He has served both as Coordinator and Chairman of the Animation Department.
Office: Xavier Hall 209
3D Computer Animation
MFA: Film, Video, and Computer Animation. University of Southern California
BFA: Graphic Design. University of the Pacific
Adriana Jaroszewicz has been working in animation for over 14 years. Her experience ranges from Internet-based to feature-length animation and visual effects films.
Adriana holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Before joining LMU, Adriana served as a Senior Digital Trainer for animators, compositors, hair, layout, character set-up and character pipeline crews at Sony Pictures Imageworks. She trained artists for feature films such as Monster House, Ghost Rider, Superman Returns, Surf's Up, Open Season, Spiderman 3, I Am Legend, Beowulf, Watchmen, G-Force, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Alice in Wonderland and Cats and Dogs 2.
She has collaborated with composer Martin Jaroszewicz on a series of projects including “OSC Physics” and “OSC Physics Pro,” two audiovisual applications for the iPad, and “Chaos and Metamorphosis,” an audiovisual installation that was on view at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts.
Adriana regularly teaches and presents at conferences and engagements around the world including SIGGRAPH and Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning. Most recently, Adriana presented at the prestigious Society of Animation Studies Conference on the topic of “Character Animation Redefined by Laban Movement Analysis” and at the UFVA Conference where she discussed “Understanding Aesthetic Trends In Animation.” She recently became a Certified Nuke Trainer for The Foundry’s compositing software Nuke through fxphd.com
She continues to research the application of Laban Movement Analysis-based methods as pedagogy to improve 3D computer animation biomechanics and character development. She is in full production of her animated short El Botín (The Loot), a dark tragic comedy combining 3D computer animated characters and miniature environments, with an expected release date of December 2013.
Robin Alan Linn
Robin Alan Linn was born in Southern California in a house where the television was always on – in fact; you could say Robin was raised by television. Foregoing a college education for a lucrative career as a convenience store night clerk, bank teller, bar bouncers, life drawing model, floral delivery man and costumed cartoon character, Robin started sculpting as a way to stay sane.
Through a series of events that decry any career path logic, Robin found himself employed at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons as a maquette sculptor. Robin filled this role eventually rising to the level of Art Director for their licensing and merchandising division, Orbit City Art Company.
With the dawning of the digital world Robin left H&B and joined Sony Pictures Imageworks, first as an artist but soon moved over management and obtained the title, Director of Animation Production & Creative Resources. Robin also served as the college outreach chair for Sony’s college academic program Imageworks Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX). As chair, Robin fund himself invited to speak on college campuses and conferences around the globe. Robin left SPI in 2009 for the challenges of a smaller boutique studio, Reel FX where he worked as their Artist and Academic Outreach Manager. Robin is now the Artist Manager for The Third Floor Studio on the Miracle Mile, Los Angeles.
Office: Xaviar Hall 206
History of Animation
Storytelling and Storyboarding
Stop Motion and Experimental Animation (2D and 3D)
MFA: Animation. UCLA
BA: Communication Arts. Universidad Iberoamericana. México
Certificat de la Langue et Culture Francaise: Université de la Sorbonne
Animando al Dibujo: Del Guión a la Pantalla (Drawing for Animation: From the Script to the Screen) 2012. Book published by PAPIME /UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).
Zapping Animation. An Homage to Emile Reynaud. 2012. Official Selection at Spaniches Film- und Kulturfestival, Regensburg, Germany.
Four Short Films on Slavery and Human Trafficking. 2010. Produced by CAST (Coalition for the Abolition of Slavery and Human Trafficking), and ITESM (Instituto Mexicano de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey).
Dreams of War. Directed by José Garcia-Moreno. 2008. Short Film Corner Competition Selection at Festival de Cannes, France.
José was born in Mexico City. He studied at the world-renowned film school in Prague, FAMU (Filmová a Televizní Fakulta Akademie Múzickych Umení v Praze). He also worked as an apprentice at the prestigious Studios Bratri V Triku, where he directed his first professional film under the historical Czech brand Brothers in Trick. He continued his education with a Fulbright Scholarship at the Animation Workshop in the School of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA.
His work has been exhibited and awarded at the most important film festivals in the world in the USA, Brazil, Spain, France and Mexico. He exhibited a collection of short films at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina and his project “Long is the Way to Heaven” was selected to represent Mexican Cinema at the Virtual Library Official Catalogue BLAA Digital, (National Public Library) Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Colombia.
José spent his 2010 sabbatical as an academic leader at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores, Monterrey (ITESM) where he directed and produced four animated short films on the theme of slavery and human trafficking with the support of dozens of students. These films were coproduced by the Coalition for the Abolition of Slavery and Human Trafficking and ITESM.
José has presented at several conferences and engagements around the world including Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México / Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in México; Les Rencontres Sous la Tente, Second International Film Schools Festival in Morocco; and the the XIX Feria Internacional del Libro de Monterrey.
José has been nominated to the Ariel by the Mexican Film Academy and has served on the jury for the McLaren-Lambart Award at the Society of Animation Studies. He has received numerous awards including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Grant; Best Stop Motion Animated Film at Creanimax Animation Festival; and the LMU Faculty Production Grant.
Mobile Application Development
MFA: Animation. University of California, Los Angeles
BA: Communication Studies. University of California, Los Angeles
Looney Tunes™ ClickN READ Phonics®. Lead Programmer. 2012.
Despicable Me. Animated feature. Editorial Coordinator. 2010.
Joshua J. Morgan is the Animation Technical Services Engineer at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches Interactive Animation and Game Design. He also teaches Interactive Animation at UCLA, and he has taught Game Prototyping at the Art Institute of Los Angeles.
A native to Southern California, Josh holds a BA in Communication Studies and an MFA in Animation, both from UCLA. He worked in feature animation as a technical coordinator and assistant editor on Shane Acker’s 9 (2009), and as an editorial coordinator on the blockbuster hit Despicable Me (2010).
Josh specializes in educational software development and he has programmed applications and games for the web and mobile devices. He was the lead programmer of Looney Tunes™ ClickN READ Phonics®, which teaches children to read and features classic Warner Bros. characters. He has also developed enterprise desktop, mobile and touchscreen kiosk apps for corporate clients.
Directing for Live Action and Animated Films and Series
Storyboarding for Live Action and Animated Films and Series
Loyola Marymount University
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Narrative feature. Storyboard Artist. 2016
300 Rise of an Empire. Narrative feature. Storyboard Artist. 2014
Man of Steel. Narrative feature. Storyboard Artist. 2013
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Animated feature. Director. 2013
The Dark Knight Returns. Animated feature. Director. 2012
Jay Oliva is an animation producer and director for Warner Bros. Animation. His career spans multiple studios including Marvel films, Disney, Sony and Warner Bros. He has directed on many hit animated series like Young Justice (WB), My Friends Tigger and Pooh (Disney) and Spectacular Spider-Man (SONY). Jay has also directed critically and commercially acclaimed adaptations of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox for Warner Bros. Animation. Oliva splits his time from directing animated features for Warner Bros. and storyboarding on many high profile live action films such as Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and 300: Rise of an Empire.
Jay is currently working as a storyboard artist on the Warner Bros. film Batman vs. Superman.
Charles E. Swanson
Office: Xavier Hall 331
Cinematography in Digital and Traditional Film
MFA: Film Production. University of Southern California
BA: English Literature. Morehouse College
Cinematographer: Tia & Marco. Short film. Directed by Annie Howell. 2010; USA. Screened at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Cinematographer: Small, Beautifully Moving Parts. Film. Directed by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson. 2011; USA; Sacha Pictures. Screened at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, Mill Valley, New Orleans (NOLA), Denver, Hamptons and Atlanta Film Festivals. Earned the 2011 Sloan Award for most creative portrayal of technology in a film.
Charles Swanson is the Chair and Associate Professor of the Production Department.
Charles is an accomplished cinematographer. He began his study of cinematography at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he earned an MFA in Film Production. After graduation, Charles freelanced as a cinematographer and in various production positions.
Charles served as cinematographer on the feature films, All the Best: Billy Sears, From Barbados With Love, Girl’s Best Friend, Contradictions of the Heart, This is Not a Test and Small Beautifully Moving Parts. Charles also photographed the award-winning short films, Rain, I’d Rather Be Dancing, Distant Dragons and Tia and Marco.
The music video Jaguar, which Charles photographed for Techno artist DJ Rolando, received wide play on MTV Europe. His work has aired nationally on both The Finer Living Channel’s show, I-Design and the commercial spot Diabetes: Living Without Limits. In 2012 he photographed Stage 3, a short film by Chicago based Director Wendy Roderweiss and Contrarian Films. Most recently, Charles completed photography on the short films Montgomery and Nativity for Soldier for Producer Rob Fried (Collateral) and SpiritClips.com.
Animation for Feature Films
Directing for Feature Films
Pre-visualization Supervising for Feature Films
Story Artist for Feature Films
MA: Architecture, UCLA
MFA: in Animation, UCLA
BA: Architecture, University of Florida
Shane Acker has a multidisciplinary background in the arts, graduating with both a Masters in Architecture and a Master of Fine Art in Animation from UCLA. His professional career—with its foundation in 3-D computer aided design—has led him through a multitude of positions in both the design, film and visual storytelling professions. He has worked as an animator and pre-visualization artist on films including Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Oz the Great and Powerful and Total Recall. In addition to his professional experience, Shane has several years of teaching experience in film and design schools around Los Angeles, including the Animation Department at LMU, the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy at USC and the Gnomon School for Visual Effects. Shane has written, directed and produced several short films including 9, his thesis film from UCLA, which won a Student Emmy Award as well as a Student Academy and was nominated for an Academy Award at the 78th Oscars. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened internationally—winning Best in Show at SIGGRAPH and Annecy. Its success propelled Shane into the world of feature film directing, where in 2009, he directed the full-length feature 9, with producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov.
Film, Television and Documentary Cinematography
Motion Control Time-lapse Cinematography
Motion Picture Camera Technology
Panoramic Still Photography
BS: Civil Engineering. Northwestern University
MFA: Film Production/Cinematography. American Film Institute
National Botball Robotics Program Short Documentary 2013 www.botball.org
Jolino Beserra Mosaic Documentary 2013 - Present
David Garden is a lecturer in the School of Film and Television, where he teaches cinematography. David spent 21 years working as a camera technician in the Los Angeles area motion picture industry. His feature film credits include: Shopgirl (2005), Star Trek Insurrection (1998), What Dreams May Come (1998), Liar Liar (1997), Mars Attacks! (1997), Mother (1996), The Craft (1996), A Walk In The Clouds (1994), Little Princess (1994), The River Wild (1993), Beethoven’s 2nd (1993), The Vanishing (1992), Hero (1992), The Doctor (1991).
His television credits include: The Protector: 5 Episodes (2011), Numbers: 89 Episodes (2005-2009), Eyes: 9 Episodes (2004-2005).
As a cinematographer, David photographed two 35mm feature films: Blue Skies Are A Lie (1994) and Almost Salinas (2000).
David brings a scientific, technical and artistic approach to his courses at LMU. He recently constructed his own motion control, time-lapse camera system and has been using it to film a short documentary about a Los Angeles based mosaic artist
Office: Xavier Hall 333
Modern Cuba/Cuban Revolution
MFA: Cinema Production and Writing. University of Southern California
BA: History and Spanish. University of Dayton
Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion. Film. Directed by Glenn Gebhard. 2006; USA.
Greetings from Fire Island. Film. Directed by Glenn Gebhard. 2012; USA: Pacific View Productions.
Glenn Gebhard is an award-winning film and video producer. He directs both documentaries and narrative films.
Glenn studied history and Spanish at University of Dayton, before receiving an MFA in Cinema Production and Writing from USC.
He produced Victims of Another War: The Aftermath of Parental Alienation for Parents and Children Together, a non-profit organization geared toward building families and helping vulnerable children. Glenn also directed a series of four documentaries called Cuba at a Crossroads. He completed Crossing Borders/A Cuban Returns, which aired on PBS; Baymen, which aired on New York's Metro Channel; and Dreaming a New Cuba, which aired on The Showtime Channel. Other projects include A Farm Picture and Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion, which aired on the History Channel. Another film, Greetings from Fire Island, released in 2012, received the J. Stuart Blackton Award for Best Documentary at the Long Island Film Festival and won first place in the 2014 Press Club of Long Island awards in the Arts category. His other awards and honors include the Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant; Ageis Award; Telly Award (multiple); Cine Eagle Award; Chris Award; Scan/Nato Award; Communicator’s Award; and Winner of the Boston Film festival documentary.
Directing (Narrative and Documentary)
Film Production (Narrative and Documentary)
Documentary Development and Producing
Multi-Media Video Art
MFA: Film Production. University of Southern California
BA: Theater and Fine Arts. Indiana University
Jennifer Haskin-O’Reggio was born in New Orleans, LA and holds a BA in Theater and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in film production from USC. Whilea student at Indiana, she directed and produced large scale productions such as The Colored Museum, The Wiz, and For Colored Girls and co-founded and managed the university’s first multi-cultural theater troupe.
Jennifer has written and directed several short films, winning a Student Academy Award (AMPAS), Director's Guild of America Award, Dore Schary Documentary Award, University Film & Video Association Award, the David L Wolper Student Doc Award and the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Award for her short The Mirror Lied. After an extended festival run, The Mirror Lied was picked up for distribution by The New York Filmmakers Library.
Her second short Blues for Red, funded by a Disney Production Grant, garnered another Director's Guild of America Award, the Kodak Rising Star Award, and an invitation to screen at the Cannes Film Festival.
Jennifer has produced, written and directed Sesame Street segments for PBS/Children's Television Workshop/Sesame Workshop; directed web content for various musical artists such as Gwen Stefani, Eve, Maya, Wyclef and Jadakiss for Interscope Records; and has been noted in publications such as Essence Magazine.
Currently, Jennifer is developing a narrative coming-of-age feature film set in New Zealand and is in post-production on a documentary feature about a family’s life in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. She is also producing a short film entitled Covered. When on hiatus from teaching and filmmaking, Jennifer works with at-risk youth and volunteers at the Women and Children’s Shelter.
Office: Xavier Hall 232
World Cinema (especially European Cinema)
History of Cinema (especially Silent Cinema & 1930s Cinema)
MFA: University of Southern California
Mag. phil.: University of Vienna
Othello. Producer and Director. 2014.
Hedda Gabler Shoots Again. Feature film. Director. 2013.
The Gods of Garbage. Feature film. Director. 2012.
Hazelwood! 3D Short Film. Cinematographer and co-director. 2011.
Celibate Desires! Short Film. Director. 2010.
I Met a Girl, Ask Me How! Short Film. Cinematographer and co-director. 2010.
The Intruder. Short Thriller. Director. 2009.
Scott's Dead. Short. Cinematographer. 2009.
I'm in Love with a Nun. Short Musical. Cinematographer. 2008.
A native of Vienna, Austria, Mikael Kreuzriegler is a director and cinematographer of features, shorts and commercials.
Mikael’s work has been screened at the Berlinale, the Sundance Film Festival, the Directors Guild of America and many film festivals around the world. He earned his Magister philosophiae degree in German Literature, Philosophy and Theater Studies upon a thesis on Ernst Lubitsch's musical comedies from the University of Vienna. He received an MFA in film production from USC.
Office: Xavier Hall 319
Film Editing Theory and Aesthetics
Universal Studios Classic Horror Films
Film School Administration
History of USC School of Cinema Television
History of LMU School of Film and Television
MFA: University of Southern California
BA: Photojournalism. University of Minnesota
Mike Hill: Monster Maker. Documentary. Director, writer, producer and editor.
Soldiers’ Voices: Oral Histories of US Soldiers from WWII to Afghanistan. Theatrical Play. Writer/director. 2012.
Bonn Voyage. Promotional video promoting SFTV students. Director and writer. 2009.
Memories of Vietnam: 1955-1975. Photographic Exhibit. First Place Award for series of photographs portraying everyday life amid war in Vietnam. 2008.
The 480 Experience. A Graduate Thesis documentary about the experiences of a student film crew at USC. Selected for USC Cinema-TV Archives Permanent Collection. Accepted to screen in Los Angeles FILMEX Festival.
Picture This–The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas.
Documentary on Peter Bogdanovich and the cast of The Last Picture Show. Editor, Post-production Supervisor. Aired on Showtime Network. CINE Golden Eagle Award.
Pacific Stars and Stripes. Army combat photo-journalist in Vietnam. Bronze Star Award.
Howard Lavick is an Associate Professor of the School of Film and Television at LMU. He is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army from 1969 to 1971. He spent one year in South Vietnam, where he was a combat photographer with the 25th Infantry Division, and a reporter with Pacific Stars and Stripes. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his reporting of the South Vietnamese combat mission into Laos in 1971.
Howard earned an MFA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinema in 1977. He later worked in documentary films and as a producer/director for cable television.
He began teaching at LMU in 1984. Over the next 28 years, he was promoted from an associate professor to Department Chair, School Director and Acting Dean. During his tenure, the film program grew from a department with 250 students to a School of Film and Television with over 700 students. He was the guiding force behind the development of the SFTV-Bonn (Germany) film program that is now in its tenth year. This unique endeavor has become a signature program for the school and our students.
Kevin M. Meagher
Directing (DGA Member)
Creating Comedy, Wildlife, Information and Travel Programming
Development, Creative Think-Tank, Project Supervision
Management of Distant and Difficult Locations and Sets
BA: Communication Arts. University of Dayton
Kevin M. Meagher is an award-winning producer, director and writer, with 35 years of worldwide development and production experience in television, film and on the web.
Kevin had a successful 17-year career of creating producing, and directing before co-founding Popular Arts Entertainment. He is a 28-year Director Member (Film & TV) of the Directors Guild of America and a seven-time Emmy Award winner.
Sharon A. Mooney
Office: 315B Xavier Hall
MFA: Photo, Video and Related Media. The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BA: Electronic Media. Xavier University
Sharon A. Mooney, MFA, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Film and Television teaches post-production at LMU. She is also a filmmaker and photographer hailing from Richmond, Virginia. After years of experience working in commercials, television and film, she settled into post-production as her niche.
As a filmmaker, she works in experimental, narrative and documentary portrait investigating desire and the human condition. Her short videos and installations have screened internationally in festivals and galleries including EMAF, Antimatter, Crossroads and Athens International Film Festival. Her most recent experimental piece Scarlet (2012) is included on the Festival of (In)appropriation compilation DVD. She is in the final stages of post on her new short film Reunion, is beginning post on a short experimental film about aging and community, and is writing a narrative feature script.
She watches a lot of TV but says it’s for ‘work.’
Office: Xavier Hall 213
MFA: Film. University of California Los Angeles
BA: Film. University of California Los Angeles
Sylvia Morales has over 30 years of experience directing, writing, producing and edited award-winning and nationally recognized film and video. Her work has been shown widely at film festivals and conferences.
Sylvia produced, directed, shot, and edited the widely recognized documentary, Chicana, in 1979. She headed the Latino Consortium at KCET in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1985, where she was responsible for the programming, production and distribution of programs that aired on PBS. During her four-year tenure at KCET, Sylvia hosted the Latino Consortium's weekly national series, Presente, and produced and directed Emmy-nominated and award-winning programs.
She has directed episodes for Showtime’s groundbreaking series, Resurrection Blvd., working with actors Elizabeth Pena, Lou Gossett, Jr., Michael De Lorenzo and Esai Morales. She also wrote and directed for the Showtime series, Women: Stories of Passion. Morales also worked on Chicano! The Mexican Civil Rights Movement for PBS and directed for the ACE and Emmy nominated six-hour series, A Century of Women. Sylvia has been the recipient of several awards including the Rockefeller Fellowship Award in Media; American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women; the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship; VESTA; Salute to Latinas Award; and Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional's 20th Anniversary celebration for "Latinas in Film and Television” honoree.
Office: Xavier Hall 207
3D (Stereoscopic) Film Production
Gender in Media
MFA: Film Production. University of Southern California
BFA: Studio Art. Art History. San Jose State University
Producer and editor. Shoot that Rat. Film. Directed by Mikael Kreuzriegler. 2012. Operation Kreuzriegler.
Hazelwood. Animated short. Directed by Vanessa Newell and Mikael Kreuzriegler. 2011. Frame Fighter Entertainment.
Editor. My Own Private Demon. Short film. Directed by Barbara Stepansky. 2011. Market Street Productions.
Associate Professor Vanessa Newell is an award-winning writer, director and editor. She teaches film production and editing at LMU.
Before teaching, Vanessa worked as a film and television editor in the entertainment industry. She has edited numerous documentaries that have aired on network and cable television channels, including PBS, NBC and Bravo. She has also edited independent features and many short films, including the Emmy-nominated film Sway.
As writer and director, her short films have won awards and screened at film festivals across North America and Europe, including Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Cinequest, Toronto, Barcelona, Berlin and Warsaw. Her feature script, The Tightrope, was a finalist at the 2003 and 2004 Sundance Filmmakers’ Lab.
Narrative Film Production
MFA: University of California, Los Angeles
BA: California State University, Los Angeles
Lei-a Before and After (saudade), 2012. New Media. Five-screen installation. Columbia College, Chicago.
Watching, 2011. New Media. Nine frame installation. Huret and Spector Gallery, Emerson College, Boston, 2011
The Wheel and the Cross, 2012. Multimedia. Performance. Performed at Senshin Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles; Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Hollywood; Murphy Recital Hall, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
Art Nomura is a Fullbright Research Scholar (Japan, 2003) who has worked as a painter, sculptor, potter, filmmaker and New Media artist.
Art grew up in black south Los Angeles, white Orange County and brown East Los Angeles. He is a Vietnam-era veteran, and he is married to performing artist Mary Daval, with whom he has three children.
Art has taught media production throughout Southern California. From 1981 to 1985, he co-managed the Video Annex of the Long Beach Museum of Art. From 1985 to 1995, he directed video art production in Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine. He has taught film and video production, editing, screenwriting, computer animation and film history in Portugal, Italy, Germany and New Zealand.
Art currently focuses his teaching on senior and graduate film projects and the innovative uses of media.
Rachel Ann Pearl
Narrative and Documentary Editing and Sound Design
Post Production Technology
Mutli-Camera TV Production
MFA: Directing. University of California, Los Angeles
BS: Neurobiology. Cornell University
Courting Chaos. Narrative Feature. Editor/Post Production Supervisor. 2014.
Bedrest. Web Series. Editor/Sound Design. 2013/2014.
Sloppy Tacos. Web Series. Editor/Sound Design. 2013/2014.
Change is Gonna Come. Documentary. Editor. 2009.
Fema City, Documentary, Editor, 2008
MyStory Inc. Documentary shorts and commercials, Staff Editor.
Award winning editor/writer/director Rachel Ann Pearl earned a BS in Neurobiology from Cornell University before she came to her senses and moved to Boston, MA to attend Berklee College of Music. She forgot to leave.
Rachel spent the next 15 years performing jazz, folk, and rock music and making short films. Her own films, Cats Can be Quite Satisfying and The Shabbos Goy have screened in festivals around the world including the IFP LA Film Festival, The Palm Springs Short Film Festival, The Big Bear Film Festival, Methodfest and San Diego Jewish Film Festival. The Shabbos Goy won the Best Directing and Best Screenplay award at UCLA and the Best Student Film Award at the Washington Jewish Film Festival.
Her editing work spans narrative, multimedia and documentary genres. Her feature work includes the documentaries Fema City, which has screened in numerous festivals across the country. Pearl’s editing work on Samantha Davidson’s film, Dead End Job received a Best Editing award in 2005 at the UCLA Spotlight Awards. Dead End Job went on to win the Best Short award at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
Rachel’s most recent feature, Courting Chaos is doing the festival rounds and has won awards at the Hollywood Reel Film Festival, Houston World Fest and the Big Island Festival in Hawaii. A documentary she edited, Change is Gonna Come is also about to be released.
Office: Xavier Hall 203
MA: Documentary Film Production. UC Berkeley
BA: English/Public Policy Analysis. UNC Chapel Hill
Leena Pendharkar is an award-winning writer/director/producer working in new media and traditional film. She is presently at work on her sophomore feature, Days with Dandekar, about a man searching for a car that has been stolen. The screenplay won a Tribeca All Access grant and was workshopped in the FIND Screenwriters Lab. She recently made the short film Dandekar Makes a Sandwich as a prequel to the feature. That short is currently traveling the festival circuit.
Her first feature film, Raspberry Magic, about a young girl’s connection to nature, with Bella Thorne and Alison Brie, screened in over 25 film festivals, and was called “heartwarming with a strong crossover appeal” by Variety, and received the Audience Award at the Philadelphia Asian American film festival. It is now available on Starz TV, DirectTV, GooglePlay, Amazon and more.
Leena has also worked extensively in new media, and her short films, sketches and series have been showcased on Funny or Die, Comediva, Hello Giggles, The Blush and many other places. She has also shown her work in festivals all over the country, and is currently developing several web based series and films. Leena has also made a number of short films for clients like Mapquest. Leena got her start in the world of documentaries, working for PBS Frontline and A&E Biography.
Directing for TV and Film
Directing for Theater
Directing and Working with Actors
American Hustle. Narrative Film. Actor. 2013.
Grudge Match. Narrative Film. Actor. 2013.
Jackson. Narrative Film. Actor. 2008.
Mistress. Narrative Film. Director. 1992.
Barry Primus is an actor, writer, playwright and director. His plays include Oh Dad Poor Dad by Arthur Miller, Creation of the World, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Changling, Isaac Singer’s Tiebele and Her Demon, Henry IV Part I, Part II, The Criminals, and he recently finished a run of Good Bobby. He has worked in regional theaters including Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, Theatre Company of Boston and Shakespeare and Company. Barry staged his own play Wonder Comes the Seventh Day that received the Jean Dalrymple Award in New York.
Barry has been featured in more than 50 movies. He has worked with the likes of Martin Scorcese and Sydney Pollack, and appeared in such films as New York – New York, The Rose, Down and Out in Beverly Hills and soon to be released JF Lawton’s Jackson (Best Actor Southern California Film Festival) just to name a few. Barry also co-wrote and directed Mistress starring Robert De Niro.
His work in television includes Law and Order, The X-Files, The Practice, Picket Fences, Boston Legal, and he was a series regular on Cagney and Lacey.
In a teaching career spanning over 20 years Barry has taught acting and directing internationally in Moscow, Kiev as well as such prominent schools as UCLA, LMU, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Maine Media Workshops and AFI.
Office: Xavier Hall 327
MFA: TV Production
Associate Professor Luis Proenca is a Portuguese Jesuit priest involved in directing documentaries and new media art. Pukiki - The Portuguese Americans of Hawaii is Proenca's most recent work in which he served as Producer, Director and Editor. Pukiki was internationally broadcast over five continents on RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional) and was an Official Selection of the Hawaiian International Film Festival (October 2003). After Pukiki, he finished the documentary Mo'olelo - Oral Histories of the Portuguese in Maui, Oahu and Hawai'i. He has just remastered one of his earliest works, Hopes and Struggles of Mozambican Refugees for RTPi broadcast.
His documentary, Touchstone - The Rock Art of Côa Valley concerns rare forms of art produced 20,000 years ago and it has been distributed in Europe. He also produced Rythms of Mozambique, an African music collection that features The Fonte Boa Choir, published in January of 2001 by Loyola Productions. Luis has directed live television programs for Portuguese National Television.
Now, he is preparing for broadcast at RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional) two documentaries about the Portuguese community in California called Tradition - As Festas e Tradições dos Portugueses na Califórnia and Off the Boat- As Histórias de Imigração dos Portugueses na Califórnia. He is also in pre-production of a documentary about the Missions in California. Proenca is also an advisor for Loyola Productions - a Jesuit media production company.
BA: Film & Television. Loyola Marymount University
Last Man Standing. Art Director. 2011-2013.
Incredible Crew. “Lunch Boxing”. Assistant Art Director. 2012.
Happy Endings. Assistant Art Director. 2011.
Since 1996, Rich Rohrer has been an Art Director and Set Designer for several studios including Fox, Sony, Warner Bros. and The Jim Henson Company. His television credits include Party of Five, Over There, Mad About You and Sid the Science Kid. He is a member of the Art Directors Guild and a board member of Hope Media Productions.
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Film Directing and Production
Directing as a Design Medium
Actors as Partners: Creating Memorable Performances
Fiction Versus Non-Fiction: Are They so Different After All? As Filmmakers, are We Telling Stories or Creating Experiences?
MFA: Film Production. University of Southern California
Bachelor of General Studies: Concentrations in Literature, Theater, and Film Studies. University of Michigan
LOST CHILD? Documentary Feature Film. Produced and directed by Gregory Ruzzin. 91 min, HD. 2012.
Gregory Ruzzin, MFA, Associate Professor in the School of Film and Television, teaches fiction and documentary directing at LMU. Ruzzin recently completed the feature documentary LOST CHILD?, a vibrant and moving portrait of his younger sister Alyssa, who struggles with epilepsy and a developmental disability. See www.lostchildmovie.com to view a trailer and learn more about Ruzzin and his creative team.
Ruzzin is currently directing an ambitious interactive documentary project with, and about, a groundbreaking school for special needs children in Dublin, Ireland. St. Declan’s and the Magic Chair incorporates a feature-length documentary film, interactive website and simulation exercises/games that give players insights into what it is like to live with a disability.
PhD: Communication. University of Southern California
MFA: Cinema Production. University of Southern California
MS: Television/Radio. Syracuse University
BA: Psychology, Valparaiso University
Produced and directed Boonville Redemption, a Western feature film starring Pat Boone, Ed Asner and Diane Ladd.
Web Campaign for California OneCare. Wrote, produced, and directed 90 PSAs for health care reform.
Wrote, produced, and directed “California OneCare: Full Care, For All, For Less.” Educational video for health care reform in current release.
Won national Emmy award for Best Community Service documentary for writing and directing No Greater Love on PBS.
Don Schroeder has been a writer, producer, and director for more than forty years and his films have won dozens of awards around the world including a national Emmy for writing and directing the one-hour PBS documentary, No Greater Love, about the miracle of organ donation. As Executive Producer of Envoy Productions, Don produced and directed the TV special, Waiting for the Wind starring Robert Mitchum which won a Gold Angel award, and two of his other specials won Silver Angel awards. Don was also a co-founder and Executive Producer of Mentor Media where he produced and directed award-winning documentaries and educational films. Most recently, Don produced and directed his first feature film, Boonville Redemption, starring Pat Boone, Ed Asner and Diane Ladd.
Don holds a PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, an MFA in Cinema Production from USC’s School of Cinema-Television, and an MS degree in TV/Radio from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. He teaches film production at Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television, and at Chaffey College. Don lives in North Hollywood, California, with his wife, Elisabeth, a retired schoolteacher.
Producing for Fiction and Non-Fiction
Writing for Non-Fiction/Documentary
MA: Clinical Psychology. Antioch University
BA: English. University of Denver
The Power of Wellness. TV Documentary Series. Writer.
Meth Inside Out. Documentary Series. Producer/Writer.
Since 1986, Deke Simon has been a writer/producer/director of award-winning educational, documentary and informational video programs for broadcast, cable, home video, and for addiction treatment and offender programs in communities and in correctional facilities in all U.S. states and Canada. Some of his credits include The Power of Wellness for Fox Cable Health Network, Harley-Davidson-The American Motorcycle for Turner Broadcasting, Easier Done Than Said about teen sexuality for PBS, and Commitment to Change, a documentary series for correctional facilities.
Deke has several projects in development, the most prominent of which is New Choices, a series of dramatic vignettes that illustrate some of the more nuanced aspects of domestic violence, such as fear, oppression and control. This two-hour program helps both abusers (in batterers programs, jails, prisons) and victims (in shelters) to recognize abusive behavior, uncover the beliefs that underlie it, and effect change through insight, empathy and empowerment.
Deke is also a psychotherapist (Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern) with a private practice in Santa Monica, CA where he sees individuals and couples.
TV Writing and Production
Feature Film Writing and Production
MFA: Screenwriting. Chapman University
BA: Film and Electronic Media. California State University, Long Beach
Taco Shop. Narrative Feature. Writer/Producer. 2015.
Barrio MMA Kid. Narrative feature. Writer. 2012.
Oskar Toruno is a writer and producer who earned his B.A. at California State University, Long Beach in Film and Electronic Media with an emphasis in Screenwriting and his M.F.A. in Screenwriting at Chapman University.
Oskar is an active member of the Writers Guild of America Latino Writers Committee, a group of creative professionals promoting a diverse entertainment atmosphere in television, film and digital media. He has written for feature films Primos (produced and distributed by Distrimax) and recently released on DVD, Barrio MMA.
Over six years Oskar produced Latinologues and Latinologues Tu all over the United States. Written by Rick Najera, Latinologues featured some of the best Latino acting talent in the business. He was involved with the casting, funding and assembling of crew for all the Latinologues shows from 2005 to 2011. He is currently working as a writer and producer with Grammy Award winning performer Gabriel Gonzalez (Quetzal) on a one man musical "Salsa but Not for Eating" set to be staged in early 2015.
Oskar is in post-production on a new comedy feature he wrote, produced and appears in entitled Taco Shop starring Tyler Posey, Paula Jai Parker and Carlos Alazraqui. Taco Shop is a feature film comedy about a Taco Shop who begins a rivalry with a Taco Truck that parks its lunch truck across the street. Taco Shop can be termed as a Latino version of Clerks with a funny ensemble cast.
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MFA: Film Production. University of Southern California
BA: Ethnic Studies. Michigan State University
Kennedy Wheatley has been shooting film and video since high school, where she found excuses to leave history and trigonometry class and escape to the high school darkroom. Her student film, Iron Ladies, won a Student Academy Award in the documentary division, as well as the Director's Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award.
Kennedy Wheatley began her career writing TV spots and educational shows for political groups, unions and non-profit organizations. Later, she joined Willie Nelson's Farm Aid, where she wrote and produced TV specials on the farm crisis with Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, among others.
Kennedy regularly shoots documentary pieces for the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel and several Internet companies. She has written and filmed segments for Sesame Street.
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International Professional Workshops
MFA: University of Southern California
Don Zirpola has over 30 years of experience as a director, writer and editor at companies such as Universal, PBS and ABC TV. He has created award-winning documentaries, short films and commercials.
Don was actively involved in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards for over fifteen years as the Western Regional Coordinator. As the chair and acting director of the School of Film and Television at LMU, he developed programs to national and international prominence. He has served as the president of the University Film and Video Association and as the dean of a television and film school, which he designed for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He received a Rockefeller Foundation Grant to support his work along with his colleagues in international distance media education. He currently serves as the President of CILECT - the international professional association of the film and Television schools headquartered in Brussels representing 178 schools in 56 countries.
Don is also the enduring director of the prestigious Universal Summer Producing and Directing Workshop Program at USC. He continues to give professional workshops on international producing, directing and advanced production.
His latest efforts are in new media creation and distribution, where he holds workshops, presentations and lectures at home and abroad.
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DMA: Music Composition. University of Miami
MA: Experimental Music Composition. Wesleyan University
MA: Music Composition and Multimedia Arts. The Music Academy of Sarajevo
BA: Music Composition and Multimedia Arts. The Music Academy of Sarajevo
A native of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mladen Milicevic came to the United States to study with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He also studied for several summers with Michael Czajkowski at the Aspen Music School.
In his work, Mladen concentrates on live interactive electronic music composition using hyper instruments. While working in Yugoslavia as a freelance composer, he composed for theater, films, radio and television. Since his move to the United States in 1986, Mr. Milicevic has performed his live electronic music, composed for modern dances, made several experimental animated films and videos, set up installations and video sculptures, exhibited his paintings and scored for films.
He has been awarded several music prizes for his compositions in the former Yugoslavia, as well as in Europe.
BA: Communication Arts. Loyola Marymount University
Certificates of Competency: Live Audio and Record Production. Mira Costa College
Actions Speak Louder. Sestra. Producer/Engineer.
Slice. Five for Fighting. Technician.
Bookmarks. Five for Fighting. Technician.
Pen. Jeffrey Phillip Nelson. Mastering Engineer.
Life Stories. Michael Steven Martin. Engineer.
Dusk Bennett got his start in the record business in the mid-90’s while working at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica under Producer Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, No Doubt, Incubus). After graduating from LMU in ’98, he took a live sound gig at A-1 Audio where he had the chance to work for several top National acts including Chicago, Barry Manilow, Motley Crue and Vitamin C. After two years in live sound Dusk grew anxious to work in the studio again so he left the road to build his first commercial recording studio, Stigmata Recorders.
Stigmata was a short-lived experience but it allowed Bennett to create several excellent indie rock productions. After Stigmata closed, he pursued work as a freelance audio engineer working with several top-shelf musical acts including The Black Eyed Peas, Five for Fighting, Sixx AM, Mike Love and Rod Stewart.
Since then Dusk has realized successes that few audio engineers in this age have the opportunity to enjoy. His work on Rod Stewart Stardust gained him a Grammy Award and an RIAA certified Platinum award for being a part of Rod Stewart’s first Number 1 record; and his participation on Fionna Apple’s Tidal also earned him an RIAA certified Triple Platinum award.
Presently, in addition to supporting his existing clientele and building a roster of newer ones, Dusk also composes guitar driven rock for a variety of programs that air on various cable TV channels including TLC, Bravo, Sundance and Discovery.
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MFA: Film Production and Directing. University of California Los Angeles
BA: San Diego State University
Kurt Daugherty started his career in the entertainment business as an Imagineer for Walt Disney, WED Enterprise. He worked on both Tokyo Disneyland and the EPCOT theme parks. After Disney, Kurt moved to the School of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA as a senior designer and technician for the film school. There, he assisted students and faculty in the area of film and television production for camera and location sound recording.
Kurt joined LMU as a visiting assistant professor in 2005 before becoming a full-time assistant professor in the Recording Arts Department in 2006. Kurt teaches both undergraduate and graduate students in production sound and sound design for film and television.
He also works as a freelance production sound mixer/sound designer/filmmaker. Kurt’s recent endeavors have included directing a nationally broadcast commercial for “Good Neighbor Pharmacy” (2007) for diabetes awareness. Additionally, Kurt was the cinematographer and sound designer on the award winning feature documentary, Ahmed- Say Something Funny (2008), which won Best Feature Comedy and Best Feature Documentary at the Action on Film Festival International 2008.
Live Sound: Front of House and Recorded.
Post Production Sound: ADR and Foley Recording.
Sound Effects Recording.
Dialog, Music, and Sound Effects Editing.
Software: Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Cubase.
Mixing Consoles: PM5D, Euphonix, Mackie.
BA: Recording Arts. Loyola Marymount University
Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters. Web Series. Foley Editor. 2015.
The Flash – Chasing Lightning. Web Featurettes. Sound Editor. 2014.
Broken. Narrative Feature. Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer. 2014.
Girls! Girls! Girls!. Narrative Feature. Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer. 2011.
The Vampire Diaries: Into Mystic Falls. DVD Featurette. Sound Editor. 2010
Corey Eccles’ love for audio began early on in her life. From joining school and church choirs to working in live and recorded sound for concerts and theatre, she grew up learning about how different sound elements come together and work to create an entire soundscape. It wasn’t until film school however that she also developed an enthusiasm for post-production sound.
Since film school, Corey has lent her ear to many different professional projects. She enjoys every aspect of post-production sound for film, television, video games, and the web and continues to work on projects for NBC, CW, Formosa, Retrofit Films and Empty Sea. She has a passion and a talent for weaving the sonic tapestry of a film to help bring the story to life and carry the vision of the director to the screen. Corey is a three time MPSE Golden Reel Award Nominee.
Sound editing: DIA, FX, Foley, ADR
Documentary Film Production
BA: Film and TV Production. University of Southern California
Jane Got a Gun. Narrative feature. Sound Effects Editor. 2015.
Planes: Fire & Rescue. Animated feature. Sound Effects Editor. 2014.
Broken Horses. Narrative feature. Sound Effects Editor. 2014.
Birdman. Narrative feature. Sound Effects Editor. 2014.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. Narrative feature. Sound Effects Editor. 2014.
Supervising sound editor and sound designer Albert Gasser has worked in Film and Television sound for over 25 years. He got his start working with Oscar winner supervising sound editor Charles Campbell and later worked several years at Disney, supervising the famous Wonderful World of Disney Television series. Among his many credits are Dances with Wolves, Ice Age, Wedding Crashers, The Town, Captain America and Crazy, Stupid, Love where he has received seven nominations from the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Golden Reel Awards.
Albert has also produced and directed the documentary film Eggs, Fire and Ashes, exploring Carnival traditions of his native Switzerland and is currently working on a new documentary film about Teddy Stauffer.
Today he can be found at Warner Brothers and Formosa Group, designing sound on major motion pictures. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Film School.
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Sound Effects Editing and Design
MA: Film Production. University of Southern California
BA: English & Integrated Studies. Minor in Philosophy. University of Nebraska
Flicker. Written and directed by Rodger Pardee. Short experimental film.
Sound Post & Re-recording
East Timor: Art in a New Country. Documentary.
Crushing Love. Documentary. Directed by Sylvia Morales. 2009.
In Spite of Darkness: A Spiritual Encounter with Auschwitz. Documentary. Directed by Christof Wolf. Los Angeles: Loyola Productions, 2009.
Rodger Pardee has worked in production sound, re-recording mixing and sound editing.
In 1988 he was invited to teach part-time at USC, where he stayed until 1997. In 1999, he joined the LMU faculty. Among his M.P.S.E. Golden Reel nominations are those for sound effects recording for To Live and Die in L.A., Waterworld and Men in Black, and sound editing for The X-Files: Fight the Future and Geronimo: An American Legend.
Sound Design for Film and Long Form TV
Dialogue Editing, ADR Recording or Editing
Sound Effects Editing
Pro Tools Editing, Audio Plug-ins, ‘In-The-Box’ Mixing
BA: Letters Arts & Sciences (Cinema). University of Southern California
22 Jump Street. Narrative feature. Supervising ADR Editor. 2014.
The Lucky One. Narrative feature. Supervising Sound Editor. 2012.
Ted. Narrative feature. Dialogue Editor. 2012.
John Adams. TV Mini Series. Dialogue Editor. 2008.
The Iron Giant. Animated feature. Supervising Dialogue Editor. 1999.
Raiders of the Lost Ark. Narrative feature. Supervising Dialogue Editor. 1981.
As a television-addicted teenager in suburban Los Angeles, Curt Schulkey began making movies in his neighborhood with his father’s 8mm camera, and became hooked on the adventure of creating stories on film. He has enjoyed experiences as boom operator, supervising sound editor, sound designer, re-recording mixer, film editor and digital editing instructor.
Curt works in post-production sound on feature films, but has worked on television and documentaries as well. He has more than 80 feature credits and is particularly known for dialogue and ADR editing, and creature/character development, creating personalities for animals such as dogs (K-9), elephants (Larger than Life), horses (The Electric Horseman), robots (Robo-Cop II), apes (Planet of the Apes), monsters (The Fifth Element) and humans. He currently works as supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer for features at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.
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Phone: 310 338-7834
Film and Television Comedy
Play Production and Playwriting
MFA: University of Iowa. Writers' Workshop
BA: Emerson College. English and American Literature; Minor Creative Writing
Jeffrey Davis and Peter Desberg. Show Me the Funny. (Sterling). 2010.
Speed Dating 101. (JAC Publishing and Promotions). 2008.
Jeffrey Davis has served as the Screenwriting Department Chair and Associate Professor of Film and TV Writing at LMU since 2009.
A descendent of a long line of Hollywood entertainers, Jeffrey’s earliest memories involve sitting around the writers' table at Nate & Al's Delicatessen, where his father and his comedy writer cronies gathered over corn beef and Doctor Brown's Cream Soda, told war stories and tried to fix third acts.
Jeffrey began his own career writing jokes for Thicke of the Night. His comedy credits include Love Boat, House Calls with Lynn Redgrave, Give Me a Break, Different Strokes and Night Court. He has also written for such shows as America's Funniest People, America's Funniest Home Videos and Small Wonder, and has had film projects developed by Bette Midler's All Girl Productions, among others.
He has written documentaries for A&E, Discovery and the National Geographic Channel, and written a variety of corporate and informational videos. His plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles, including the recently published play Speed Dating 101. He recently wrote a book wrote a book entitled Show Me the Funny! At the Writers Table with Hollywood’s Top Comedy Writers (Sterling 2010) with co-author Peter Desberg that provides readers a unique glimpse into the intelligent and quirky inner workings of the comedic mind. The book presents 27 top comedy screenwriters from the revered figures of television's “Golden Age” to today's favorite movie jokesters.
Jeffrey has presented academic seminars on comedy and writing for universities and conferences across the United States. His written works on the craft of comedy and writing have also been published in The Comic Bible, Writers Store E-zine, The Wrap and Script Magazine, to name a few.
Jeffrey Davis' earliest memories are of sitting around the Writers’ Table at Nate & Al’s Delicatessen with his father and his comedy writer cronies. Writing credits: House Calls with Lynn Redgrave, Gimme Me A Break, Valerie’s Family, Night Court, America’s Funniest People, America’s Funniest Home Videos. Film projects with: Bette Midler’s All Girl.
Story Structure and Analysis
Writing Original Feature Scripts on Spec
MFA: University of Iowa. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop
BA: Psychology. Yale University
After graduating from Yale University, Frederick Ayeroff’s fiction writing gained him admission to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he won a Teaching/Writing Fellowship, earned his MFA in Creative Writing and also teamed up with his future long-time writing partner, Robert Nelson Jacobs. With and without his writing partner, Frederick went on to write feature screenplays for many prominent studios and production companies.
As a member of both the Writers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of Canada, Frederick has written feature screenplays for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Films, Tri-Star Pictures, Universal Studios, Peace Arch Films, Reader’s Digest Family Films, Alan Landsburg Productions, Anchor Bay Films, ABC Television, Columbia Pictures Television, Bogner Entertainment, Dino DeLaurentiis Productions and Twentieth Century Fox. Frederick’s produced feature film credits include the family action-drama Ace of Hearts starring Dean Cain (Twentieth Century Fox – 2008). Ace of Hearts won a Dove Award, the Reader’s Digest ‘Seal of Approval' as well as a KIDS First! ‘Best’ Award. Frederick also wrote the original screenplay for the family comedy Soccer Mom, starring Missi Pyle (Anchor Bay Films – 2008). Soccer Mom also won a Dove Award as well as a KIDS First! ‘Best’ Award. Both motion pictures began as original screenplays written on spec. His most recent original feature screenplay is a psychological suspense-thriller called Home Fires Burning.
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Writing for Production
Ethics for Screenwriters and Film Makers
Social Issue Screenwriting
MA: Sir George Williams. Concordia University
BA: University of Toronto
The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies. (New York: Routledge, 2013).
Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters. (Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Association, 2004).
Marilyn is a tenured full Professor of Screenwriting in the School of Film and Television. She’s written extensively for all forms of media and speaks internationally on ethics, activist filmmaking and screenwriting. She is also a print magazine journalist, writing humor pieces, columns, and features for international publications, and blogs for the Huffington Post.
She began her career as news and entertainment reporter and feature writer, working for The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. After receiving her graduate degree from Concordia University in Montreal, she became the film critic for The Montreal Gazette.
In Toronto, Canada, she headed her own film company where she produced and directed documentary films. She performed as a commentator and critic on network radio and as an interviewer, talk show guest and comedienne on Canadian local and national television and radio.
Marilyn is a member of the Writers' Guild of America (West) and has written numerous comedy feature-length screenplays, a mini-series about World Hunger for Columbia Pictures Television and dramatic short films championing diversity and multiculturalism. One of the films, Home Free, won national and international awards. She also produced, directed and wrote Home Girls, an independent short documentary about inner city Latinas who reject gang life. To make the film, she won a highly competitive grant from The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation.
She was recently was awarded the “Visionary Leader in Education Award” at the 4th annual Shorts Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in short films and the most prestigious shorts from around the world. Beker, who is the first recipient to receive the Visionary Leader in Education Award, was presented with the honor in front of a star-studded ceremony held during Oscar® week at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
Robert Burgos has many theatrical directing credits including premieres of Leonard Melfi’s Eddie and Susanna in Love at the Manhattan Theatre Club (N.Y.) and Martin Duberman’s Elagabulus at the New Dramatists (N.Y.). As Artistic Director of The Performing Arts of Woodstock (N.Y.) he developed and directed numerous original plays and short films. In Los Angeles he directed The Girl on the Via Flaminia (Sean Penn), Over Mother’s Dead Body (Brooke Adams), Miss Julie, The Dodo Bird (Drama-Logue Award), Mister Paradise (Tennessee Williams), Anthological Proof of Our Existence and the Los Angeles premier of Tennessee in the Summer.
His film and TV directing credits includes the award-winning adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s The Horse Dealer’s Daughter, episodes of Angeles and Reyes Y Rey for Sony Television, as well as numerous national commercials for such clients as McDonald’s, KFC and Jack-In-The-Box. Colonel of Truth, a two-part episode, which he wrote for CBS’s Chicago Hope, was the recipient of the Imagen Award. As an actor, he has performed at Lincoln Center, The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Circle in the Square, The Roundabout, The American Place Theater and in major regional theaters across the country. A graduate of the American Film Institute, he currently teaches at Chapman University, UCLA and LMU.
He recently directed the world premiere of the play Birds of a Feather, nominated for Best New Play in the 2012 Ovation Awards.
Gloria Calderon Kellett
MA: Theatre. University of London, Goldsmiths College
BA: Communications and Theater Arts. Loyola Marymount University
iZombie. Writer and Supervising Producer. 2014.
Mixology. Writer and Supervising Producer. 2014.
Devious Maids. Writer and Supervising Producer. 2013.
Rules of Engagement – Writer and Supervising Producer. 2010-2012.
How I Met Your Mother. Writer and Co-Producer. 2005-2008.
Gloria Calderón Kellett is currently a writer and Supervising producer on the CW series iZombie. Before that she was on ABC's Mixology, the Lifetime series Devious Maids, the two CBS series Rules of Engagement and How I Met Your Mother during which she won an Alma Award for Outstanding Script. She is a graduate of the Writer's Guild Showrunner Training Program and has sold pilots to FOX, ABC, CBS and TVLAND.
Her first short film, Wounded, was an official selection in the Geneva Film Festival, the Palm Springs Shorts Fest, the Sedona Film Fest, the Gig Harbor Film Festival and the Big Island Film Festival. Her second short, Very Dirty Things was an official selection in the LA Comedy Film Festival. And her third short film BLIND was an official selection in the NBC/Universal Short Cuts Film Fest, the Napa Valley Film Festival, The San Luis Obispo Film Festival and the Big Island Film Festival.
She has written several plays to critical success, including In Her Shoes (Hudson Avenue Theatre); Baggage (Hudson Avenue Theatre/workshopped at The Mark Taper Forum), Left Overs (Odyssey Theatre), Disconnect (Elephant Theater), Skirts & Flirts (Hudson Mainstage Theatre / Kraine Theatre, NYC), Bedtime Stories (National Comedy Theater), Snapshots (Pico Playhouse), Identity Theft (Elephant Theatre), Drinking Games (Pico Playhouse); Just Friends (Chalk Rep); Blind (Stella Adler Theatre); Dinner & A Movie (24 Hour Plays @ Wilshire Ebell) and The Friend Zone (Stella Adler Theatre) among many others.
Her book Accessories has been translated into Italian and is published by Small Fish Studios in the US and Cassini Press in Italy.
Motion Picture Story Analysis
Intermediate and Advanced Screenwriting
Breaking The Story
Adapting From One Medium to Another
Novelization of the Screenplay
MFA: Screenwriting. University of Southern California
BA: English/Creative Writing. University of Arizona
BA: Dramatic Theory. University of Arizona
David Clawson was born in Virginia, grew up mostly in Pennsylvania and Arizona, and has lived as an adult in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
After studying Creative Writing and Dramatic Theory at the University of Arizona, David attended the USC Graduate Screenwriting Program, where he received the Jack Oakie Comedy Writing Award, a 20th Century Fox Fellowship, and had his sitcom pilot, Balancing Acts, produced. He has optioned to, or been hired to write by, Fox 2000, German companies Akhzente Productions and Capture Films, London based Riverchild Films (in accord with the U.K. Film Council), and sold his feature spec screenplay Heirhead Apparent to New Line Cinema.
A member of the Writers Guild of America, as well as Film Independent, David joins Loyola Marymount University as a Visiting Professor after teaching for eight years at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Most recently he has added writing middle grade and YA novels, and is also working on a screenwriting textbook as well as a stage play.
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Rewriting Feature Films
Spanish Language Cinema
Film Schools in Cuba, Chile, and Spain
Graduate studies at UCSD and UC Berkeley
Certificado de Estudios: Universidad Complutense de Madrid
BA: Comparative Literature. University of California, Berkeley
The Wedding Dress. Writer, producer, director. Wedding Dress Productions, LLC, 2013.
Rug Berns, A Rob Berns Mystery. (Los Angeles: Digital Fabulists, 2011).
Rewrite, A Step by Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in Your Screenplay, Second Edition. (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2013).
“A Charmed Event,” article in Written By, the journal of the WGAW.
Monthly Blog on Scriptshark.com
Contributing Screenwriter: Now Write! Screenwriting (Tarcher / Penguin Press).
Clinical Assistant Professor Paul Chitlik has written for all the major networks and studios. He was story editor for MGM/UA'S The New Twilight Zone, and staff writer for Showtime's Brothers. He has written features for Rysher Entertainment, NuImage, Promark, Mainline Releasing, and others. He has directed episodes and been coordinating producer for Real Stories of the Highway Patrol and U.S. Customs Classified. He wrote and produced the first network movie, Alien Abduction, shot on digital video for UPN. He also wrote, produced, and directed a special for Travel Channel on Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus.
He has taught screenwriting in the Professional Program and the MFA program at UCLA ; at ESCAC, the film school of the University of Barcelona, Spain; and EICTV, the film school of Cuba. He has advised the Chilean film development board (CORFO) on film projects and has served as Writer in Residence at the Ibermedia Colloquium in Santiago, Chile. He also consults for ScreenAustralia and ScreenWest, Australia. He is the winner of the Genesis Award and has been nominated for the GLAAD and WGA Awards.
His exclusive rewrite seminars have taken place in Cortona, Italy; Berkeley, California; Estanyol, Spain; Ver-sur-Mer and Burgundy, France. He is the author of three novels, including the Berns series of mysteries; and his screenwriting book, REWRITE, now in its second printing, was published by Michael Wiese Productions.
Michael F.X. Daley
The One-Hour Drama, Procedural Shows, Genre Shows
MFA: Screenwriting. Loyola Marymount University
BA: English/Communications. LeMoyne College
C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation Episode 1406 “Passed Pawns”, TV Series. Writer.
C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation Episode 1318 “Sheltered”. TV Series. Writer.
C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation Episode 1219 “Split Decisions” . TV Series. Writer.
C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation Episode 1111 “Man Up”. TV Series. Writer.
Reaper Episode 213 “The Devil and Sam Oliver”. TV Series. Writer.
C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation Episode 813 “Lying Down With Dogs”. TV Series. Writer.
Michael Daley has worked as a writer on shows across a variety of networks from ABC to HBO to Starz. His credits include HBO’s The Leftovers, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Reaper, Boss, Big Love, Crossing Jordanfor NBC, That’s My Bush! for Comedy Central, and The X-Files for FOX.
He also served as a Writing Producer for Blindlight, a video game company. His writing credits include Ninja Gaiden for Tecmo, Jet Li’s ‘Rise To Honor’ for Sony, Igor for Legacy Interactive, Shrek 2 for Dreamworks and Dead2Rights: Redemption for Volatile Games.
Michael is currently working on ABC’s Resurrection, and is developing a TV pilot with Alloy Entertainment.
Michael has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, and a Bachelors in English Communication from Le Moyne College.
Charles M. Duncan
BA: Literature/Creative Writing, UC Santa Cruz
A member of the Writers Guild since 1990, Charles Duncan has written long-form dramatic works-for-hire in film and television for most of the major studios. He has been constantly distracted from this work by a parallel life as a songwriter/music producer – including, since 2012, his active role as co-founder, with his teenage daughter, of the folk duo Ranchers for Peace, whose mission statement, “Doing what we can to make giving a damn cool again” is now available as a bumper sticker.
Mr. Duncan looks forward to his third year at LMU, where he enjoys the challenge of facilitating creative growth for a diverse and highly motivated cadre of future story-tellers.
Stephen V. Duncan
Office: Xavier Hall 329
Film and Television Drama and Comedy
Directing and Producing
MA: Communication Arts, Television, and Film. Loyola Marymount University
BS: Art Design. North Carolina A&T State University
The Hue, Tint & Shade of Words: African-American Screenwriters -- Diverse Storytellers, a 30-minute digital documentary, writer-director-producer and editor, 2015.
The Hue, Tint & Shade of Words: Diverse Screenwriters in the Entertainment Industry, a feature-length digital documentary, writer-director-producer and editor, 2014.
“Write Cinematic Scenes,” article in Write Now! Screenwriting, ed. Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson (New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2010), 194-196.
Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell (New York: Continuum Books, 2008).
A Guide to Screenwriting Success: How to Write for Film and Television (New York: Rowman-Littlefield, 2006).
The Handbook of Creative Writing (Edinburgh University Press/Columbia University Press 2008). Contributor.
Steve Duncan is a screenwriting professor at LMU. He served as Interim Dean from 2009-2010 and Chair of the Screenwriting Department from 2007 through 2009.
Steve served as the co-creator and executive consultant of the Emmy-winning series Tour of Duty, which took place during the Vietnam War. He wrote and produced for A Man Called Hawk and he co-wrote the Emmy-nominated television movie, The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson. Steve has developed and written comedy and drama projects for Aaron Spelling Television, Columbia Television, NBC Productions, Republic Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Procter & Gamble Productions and Precipice Productions.
Steve is a member of the Writers Guild of America West, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Branded Webisode Creation
Women Directors in Hollywood Activism
MFA: New York University, School of Film and Television
BA: Sarah Lawrence College
Rachel Feldman is a director and writer. She has written numerous movies of the week (MOWs) for Lifetime Television and ABCFamily, and has directed over 60 hours of episodes and MOWs for ABC, CBS, HBO, Disney Channel, SyFy among others. She directed several award-winning shorts sold to HBO and PBS, produced on grants from The AFI and The NEA.
Rachel creates branded content with a focus on girls and women and has sold integrated micro-series to clients such as Mattel Inc. and TNT. She is Chair Emeritus of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee and an activist for gender parity in Hollywood. She also teaches directing and screenwriting in the MFA program at USC School of Cinematic Arts and at Loyola Marymount University.
Rachel was a child actress who played Richard Kiley’s daughter on the iconic series The Defenders, and was the original voice of Lucy in the Peanuts animation series. She worked as a storyboard artist on studio features for directors Peter Yates, Brian De Palma and Jerry Belson, and was a junior creative executive at Young & Rubicam, NY.
Originally from the Bronx, she resides in Hollywood with her husband and two children. She has lived in France where she baked, and in Israel where she cooked, and is as comfortable making food as she is making movies.
Her most recent screenplay The Good Years is currently in development with Mandalay Pictures’ Oscar-winning producer and Women In Film President, Cathy Schulman.
Writing/Producing for TV and Feature Film
Writing for MMOG Video Games
BA: Business Administration. Columbia University
HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER – A Memoir of Hysterical Proportions. (Linzack Publications). 2013.
A$PEN: The Series. TV Series. Writer/Co-Executive Producer. 2010
Kingdom Hearts. Video Game Series. Writer/Developer. 2002.
Over the past 25 years, David Garber has been either a show runner or writer/producer on some of television’s biggest hits such as Saved By the Bell, Power Rangers, 227, The Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have netted Garber the prestigious Prism Award, given for depicting accurate representations of social issues on television, and the TV Critics Award for TV Special of the Year.
David has also been a writer and developer of MMO (Massive Multi-player Online) games for Disney Interactive. His credits include Kingdom Hearts, Epic Mickey, Epic History.
As an author, David’s 2013 book, HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER rose to #1 on the Amazon Best Sellers List in Memoirs and Biographies and #8 in Humor & Comedy. His internet short-story series “A FEW MINUTES WITH…” is currently in development as a television sitcom.
Office: Xavier Hall 229
Feature film screenwriting
PhD: Film Theory and Screenwriting. The University of Texas at Austin
MFA: Education with a Mass Media Specialization. University of North Texas
BFA: Journalism and English. Southern Methodist University
Surf Ed, Karol Ann Hoeffner (New York: Simon Pulse, 2007). Selected by Barnes and Noble for a nationwide campaign.
Karol Ann Hoeffner is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Screenwriting.
Karol has written original made-for-television movies and miniseries for ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as penned novel adaptations for television, including several Danielle Steel movies. Karol has also worked in the feature film market, where she’s sold original feature spec screenplays to studios such as Tri-Star, Paramount and Disney. Her credits include the Mary Kate and Ashley movie Winning London, among others. In 2006, she completed her first young adult novel, All You’ve Got, which is based on the screenplay for the MTV premiere movie. She recently completed a screenplay Busy Woman Seeks Wife, based on a novel she optioned. Karol is currently finishing her third young adult novel, Knee Deep.
Karol consults on the Television Credits Committee for the Writer’s Guild of America West. She’s a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West and the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. She is the recipient of the Danny Arnold National Scholarship Award for Screenwriting and was a Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist.
Writing for Animation
MFA: Loyola Marymount University
The Long Dark. Video Game. Lead Writer.
Appleseed Alpha. Animated feature. Writer.
God of War Franchise. Video Game. Lead Writer.
Marianne Krawczyk is a renowned game writer who has won numerous awards for her pioneering work in the creation of game worlds, stories and characters.
At Sony Santa Monica, she served as lead writer on all of the major God of War releases and has also been very involved in the overall franchise, consulting on various content including novels and comics. She was nominated for WGA awards for God of War 3 and God of War: Ascension, and she won the BAFTA award for her character and story work on God of War 2.
Marianne has also worked extensively with Ubisoft, THQ and Activision on other major franchises like Skylanders, Driver, Far Cry and Prince of Persia, the latter of which garnered another WGA award nomination. She served as the lead writer on Klei Entertainment’s Shank and Shank 2, and she collaborated with J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci on the 2013 video game tie-in to the Star Trek film franchise. In addition to her work in games, she has written exclusive content for Amazon Prime, as well as the upcoming feature, Appleseed Alpha, directed by Shinji Aramaki.
Marianne is the lead writer on the upcoming release of one of 2014’s most highly anticipated titles, Hinterland Games’ The Long Dark
Lawrence H. Levy
Writing TV and film
Producing for TV and Film
Graduate, Cornell University
Graduate, Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater
Second Street Station. (Random House). 2014
Brooklyn On Fire. (Random House). January 19, 2016.
Lawrence H. Levy has been a writer in television and film for over 30 years. Among his many credits are shows such as Seinfeld, Roseanne, Family Ties, Seventh Heaven, Dinosaurs, Facts Of Life, Saved By The Bell and The Love Boat. His work has garnered him two Emmy nominations, and he also won the Writers Guild Award for Seinfeld.
Lawrence has also sold several films to major studios and recently sold his first novel, Second Street Station, which will be published by Random House next spring. He has also been hired to write a sequel to the novel. Second Street Station has been optioned by Warner Brothers for TV. Lawrence will pen and executive produce.
Writing for Film and Television
BA: University of California, Los Angeles
Bad Medicine, Writer/Creator/EP, Spike Network
The Associate, Writer/Creator/EP, Sony Television
Princes, Co-Writer, Warner Bros. Pictures
12 Dates of Christmas, Writer, ABC Family Channel
Hoods, Co-Creator/Co-Writer/EP, Cartoon Network
Aaron Mendelsohn has been a working screenwriter for over twenty years. He is best known for co-creating and co-writing the successful AIR BUD family film franchise, which went on to sire eleven sequels. Aaron has written screenplays and teleplays for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Sony, New Line, Paramount, New Regency, Showtime, Fox Network, Lifetime, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Lightstorm, Hasbro Studios, Imagi and Studio Hamburg. He also wrote and directed the independent feature CHAPTER ZERO.
Currently, Aaron is developing the drama series BAD MEDICINE for the Spike Network.
In 2015, Aaron was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Writers Guild of America West. Prior to that he served five terms on the WGAW Board of Directors.
MFA: Creative Writing. Loyola Marymount University
MA: English. Loyola Marymount University
Jeff Phillips is an award winning screenwriter-director and author who has been a working writer in Hollywood since 1995. He has 12 produced movies to his credit in both film and television. Phillips’ recent credits include: co-screenplay, Valley of the Gods at SpyGlass, Stealing Time at Sony, and Fort Knox at Warner Bros., co-writer Teleplay, Space Warriors for Hallmark Channel (2013) – winner Best TV Movie SET awards; Story Consultant on Lion’s Gate feature, La Vida Robot (2013), and Focus Features The Moon and the Sun (2014).
As a writer-producer, Jeff has worked with top industry professionals such as Jerry Bruckheimer, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mace Neufeld, Penny Finkleman-Cox and Oren Aviv to name a few. But his proudest accomplishment came in 2009, when he wrote and directed the multiple-award winning feature film, @urFRENZ, the first narrative film about cyberbullying.
His books include the graphic novel Houdini: The Man from Beyond, and the script and production diary for the making of @urFRENZ.
Jeff currently has 2 features and an episodic pilot in development with Sparker Entertainment (National Treasure franchise).
Big Budget Feature Film Production
Feature Film Development
MFA: Production. University of Southern California
BA: Economics. Whitman College
An award-winning filmmaker with wide-ranging talents and interests, Marc Pitre has pursued all aspects of motion picture production. As a producer and development executive, he has worked on major feature films in Australia, China, Thailand, Canada, England and Croatia, including The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, starring Jet Li and Brendan Fraser. As a student, his short film Show and Prove won awards from the Director’s Guild of America and screened in festivals in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Paris, Milan and Martha’s Vineyard. Other creative efforts include producing Super Temps, shot in 3D for DirecTV, Matt & Kim’s music video Cameras and several other web-based, TV and feature projects in development.
Mark also volunteers his time with Young Storytellers Foundation and Reading to Kids.
Currently he is producing and developing Bleeding Sunshine, an important film addressing the poignant topic of human trafficking.
Kevin Del Principe
MFA: Screenwriting. University of Southern California
MA: Multidisciplinary - English and Theater. Buffalo State College
BA: English Language and Literature. Gordon College
Digital Shadows Part I. Writer. Short Film.
Digital Shadows Part II.Director. Short Film.
Hard Case.Web Series. Writer/Producer. 2013.
The son of a snowplow truck driver and a nurse, Kevin Del Principe grew up in Buffalo, New York. He first cut his teeth working as a schoolteacher while also producing plays and publishing poetry. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue writing for film and to earn his MFA in Screenwriting at USC. During his time at USC, Kevin was a finalist for Script Pipeline’s Student Screenwriting Competition. Since graduation, he continues to write, direct, produce and teach.
Mark Evan Schwartz
Office: Xavier Hall 233
Feature Film Screenwriting
MFA: Boston University College of Fine Arts
BFA: East Carolina University School of Theater
Conducted Screenwriting Workshop, Faulkner Society's Words and Music Conference. New Orleans. 2013
Saving Emily. Television Movie. 2004
How to Write: A Screenplay. (Continuum Int’l) 2005; 2nd Edition 2008
Playing it Fast & Loose. DVD Commentary. Reservoir Dogs, 15th Anniversary Special Edition DVD. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. 2007
Contributing Screenwriter. Now Write! Screenwriting (Tarcher / Penguin Press) 2010
Imagining Violence. Article/Interview. Crimson Magazine 2010
Ten Favorite Screenwriters. Blog. The Wrap Website 2011
Camelot: Falling Kingdoms. DVD Commentary Special Edition Blu Ray of Lerner & Lowe’s Camelot. 2012
Mark is an award-winning screenwriter with credits on over a dozen produced feature films, television shows, and television movies. Starting out as a Production Assistant for Francis Coppola, he went on to become Story Analyst for the Geffen Company, Story Editor for Galactic Films MGM, and Head of Story and Development for Nelson Entertainment, the international distributor of the blockbuster comedy When Harry Met Sally and Best Picture Academy Award winner The Last Emperor. His screenwriting credits include Little Men (Warner Brothers Family Entertainment) and Star Quest (Concorde/New Horizons), produced by the legendary Roger Corman. His black comedy, Jackals, was optioned by Propaganda Films and Partisan in Paris, France.
He previously served as Coordinator of the Screenwriting Track, Associate Dean of the School of Film and Television, and was recipient of the 2009-2010 LMU Crimson and Blue SFTV Professor of the Year Award.
Office: Xavier Hall 332
Short and Feature Film Writing
Writing for Production
MFA: Screenwriting. University of Southern California
BA: Arts and Ideas in the Humanities/Creative Writing. University of Michigan
Junge, Junge (co-writer), Dreamtool Entertainment, in development
Co-writer: Dschunglekind (Jungle Child). Film. Directed by Roland Suso Richter. 2011; Germany: Universal International, 2011.
“The Almighty Verb,” in Now Write! Screenwriting, edited by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson (New York: Penguin Press, 2010), 38-39.
Beth Serlin is an international screenwriter.
Beth won Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Film Festival for Beyond Silence (Jenseits der Stille), which was then nominated for Best Foreign Language film in the 1998 Academy Awards. She’s since written for the major German broadcasters Pro-7, ZDF, Sat1 and ARD. Beth has also worked as a story analyst for New Line Cinema, CAA, Spring Creek Productions and the Sundance Institute.
As an educator, she has led script development seminars in Mexico and throughout Europe. Beth believes in the universal nature of film language and that the craft of screenwriting promotes communication across borders, cultures and linguistic barriers.
Sitcom Writing and Sitcom Pilot Writing
Rocky Mountain High. Sitcom Pilot. Creator/Writer. 2014.
Schoollies. Narrative Film. Writer. 2013.
When Marc Sheffler was approaching his eighth birthday, his father asked him what he wanted. Without hesitation, Marc asked his dad for The Three Stooges -- and his dad got them, hiring the famous slapstick threesome to perform at his party in front of him and his very lucky guests. That afternoon The Stooges brought Marc on stage with them as part of their act and made him the “Fourth Stooge.” That’s the where, when and how Marc Sheffler got bitten by the bug.
About 10 years later, Marc began his professional career as a stage actor in Off-Broadway theater. His best-known film role is that of the teenage “Junior Stillo” in Wes Craven’s first film, Last House on the Left (1972). After Last House, Marc decided to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, writing and producing. He has appeared at the Improv, the Comedy Store on Sunset, and his name is inscribed on the Comedy Store Wall of Fame along with contemporaries Jay Leno, Robin Williams, David Letterman and Billy Crystal.
His writing and producing credits include Sister, Sister, Harry and The Hendersons, Who's the Boss, and Charles in Charge to name but a few. He's also been involved with many pilots, made for TV movies, and television specials. He also worked with Mel Blanc, the voice of Warner Bros. cartoons, as the writer of How Bugs Bunny Won The West (1978).
In 2002, Marc turned his attention to feature films and with Marlon Parry, produced David DeFalco’s controversial Chaos and in 2006, he co-wrote and produced another horror film, Girls Gone Dead. After over 30 years of writing and producing, he is now directing.
In 2010, Marc supervised the writing of the pilot and second episode for Oh Telon, a half hour sitcom at EICTV, and became the first person ever to executive produce a sitcom in Cuba.
Marc now teaches writing comedy for the screen and TV at Loyola Marymount.
Script Analysis and Development
Venture Capital Investment, Digital Media Focus
Diploma: American Film Institute Advanced Conservancy
MFA: Theater Arts. Brandeis University
MA: English Literature. University of Toronto
BA: Literature and Philosophy. Union College
Scott Siegler began his television career at the CBS television network where he was vice president of drama and vice president of comedy. Following CBS, he became senior vice president of Warner Bros. Television where he oversaw the creative affairs of that studio until 1986. That year he left Warner Bros to start a television division for TriStar Pictures, the first new studio in Hollywood in nearly 50 years. That venture eventually merged with Columbia Pictures.
From 1987 to 1994, Scott was president of Columbia Pictures Television and oversaw the combined television operations of the studio when it was renamed Sony Television. At the conclusion of his presidency, he was involved as an operating partner, a board member or a seed investor in several game and internet ventures, including Tsunami Media, American Cybercast, Netscape Communications and Pandora Music
Scott was president/COO of Knowledge Broadcasting, an internet content and technology company backed by Larry Ellison and Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe. From 1997 to 2000 he founded and ran the television production entity Granada America, a division of ITV plc. ITV is the largest broadcast production/distribution company in the UK.
Scott formed Mediasiegler, Inc. in 2010 after 7 years as a managing partner at ZelnickMedia, the NY-based investment/management firm. While at that firm, he focused on ad-supported media and was responsible for a number of the firm’s media investments, including OTX, ITN Networks, SkyMall and Cannella Response Television. The investment thesis for all four shared a similar perspective on the broadcast television ad marketplace: that the market was highly inefficient and that more efficient alternative advertising models stood to benefit.
Office: Xaviar Hall 202
Writing for Episodic Television (Drama and Comedy)
Writing Feature Films
BA: English Literature. University of California, Los Angeles
Tom Szollosi is a screenwriter and television writer.
A graduate of UCLA, Tom Szollosi has written several films, including 3 o’clock High, It Takes Two, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, and Bone Daddy. In television, he produced for the PBS series, Mythquest, where he wrote three episodes. He also worked as a story editor on Beastmaster. He wrote multiple episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and The Outer Limits, and he has numerous other television producing, story-editor and freelance credits.
Tom taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension for six years. His first novel, The Proving, was published by Doubleday in 1988. His more recent novels, Dead Set on Tuesday and The Space He Filled, are available as eBooks. He is currently finishing a new novel, Treachery, and a marketing pilot, The Crater.
Susan Torrey Barber
Office: Xavier Hall 227
PhD: University of Southern California
MA: University of Southern California
ME: University of Montana
BA: University of Michigan
Review of The Tree of Life (directed by Terrence Malick), The Wrap, a website devoted to film criticism and theory, July 2011.
“Growing Up Down Under in the 60s: the Films of John Duigan,” Australian Screen, April 2011.
“Affairs of the Heart: The Films of Paul Cox: Man of Flowers and My First Wife,” Metro, no. 163, February 2009.
“Insurmountable Difficulties and Moments of Ecstasy: Crossing Class, Ethnic and Sexual Barriers in the Films of Stephen Frears,” in Fires Were Started: British Cinema and Thatcheris, edited by Lester Friedman (London: Wallflower Press, 2006).
Susan Torrey Barber is an Associate Professor in Film Studies.
Dr. Barber received her doctorate from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has taught at LMU for 24 years. Four of those years were spent as the Chair of the Film and Television Studies department, where she helped inaugurate a film and television studies minor in 2011.
Dr. Barber is a film historian with expertise in American, Australian, British and Irish film, as well as the representation of women in world cinema. Her book on Australian Cinema, Visions of Australia: the Australian Film Renaissance, is forthcoming.
Dr. Barber has been nominated twice by ASLMU for Outstanding Professor in the School of Film and Television, in 2008 and 2010. She received the LMU Greek Council Award in 2003 for Outstanding Cinema Professor.
María Elena de las Carreras
Latin American Cinema
Catholicism and Cinema
Ph.D.: Film Studies. University of California, Los Angeles
“The Catholic imagination and cinema”. Lecture, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay, June 2014.
“The fractured memory: the 1970s in contemporary Argentine documentaries”. Arctic Antarctic (Buenos Aires, Argentina), volume 6, number 6, 2012.
“A case of ‘entente cordiale’: Catholics and censorship Argentina” in Cinema and Catholics conference. Oxford Brookes University, 2011.
A Fulbright scholar from Argentina, María Elena de las Carreras has a Ph.D. in Film Studies from UCLA. She is a regular collaborator of the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles and the CSUN Cinematheque. She is an accredited journalist at the Berlin Film Festival since 1986. She has published many journalistic articles, scholarly essays and encyclopedia entries, in English and Spanish. From 2008 to 2012, she was a screener of international documentaries for the Sundance Film Festival. She is a visiting professor at UCLA and Cal State Northridge, and has been invited to lecture most recently at Universidad Austral, Argentina and Universidad de los Andes, Chile. Maria's scholarly publications and blog are available through academia.edu.
Patrick J. Connolly
Office: Xavier Hall 337
History of Mass Media
Issues in Mass Media
Mass Media Theories
Effects of Mass Media
PhD: University of Southern California
MA: Theology. St. Josephs College, Dublin
MA: Philosophy. St. Louis University
MA: Education. St. Louis University
BA: English. St. Louis University
Patrick Connolly has been a faculty member at LMU for 35 years. In addition to being a professor, he is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, the Society of Jesus.
Patrick believes that human communication has involved many revolutions, but only three super revolutions: the advent of spoken human language; the development of written language; and what he calls “the language of multiple moving images.”
Office: Xavier Hall 225
PhD: University of Southern California
MFA: University of Southern California
MA: University of Wisconsin, Madison
BA: University of California, Berkeley
If there's a question on American film Dr. Hadley can't answer, the students and faculty have yet to find it. Whether walking the halls of the School of Film and Television building, or strolling across Alumni Mall, Dr. Hadley is always willing to engage you in a conversation that can range from the latest Hollywood blockbuster to the relative merits of Billy Wilder versus Sam Peckinpah.
After earning his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Hadley went on to complete a both an MFA and a PhD at the University of Southern California. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Hadley is also the Director of the Graduate Programs in Film, Television, and Screenwriting. But, his true calling is in the classroom, where he mixes his knowledge of cinema with equal parts careful scholarship and wry humor. Over the years, his classes in film genres and film authors have delighted, and educated, students and colleagues alike.
As much as he enjoys watching films, Dr. Hadley also enjoys writing them. His film, Quotations From Chairman Stu, was screened at Edinburgh and many other film festivals. He has written documentaries on Woody Guthrie, Andrew Carnegie, Charles Lindbergh, Paul Robeson, Mao-Tse-Tung and Samuel Adams for Nickelodeon's Award-winning show, Against The Odds and the pilot, Pop Quiz, for the Disney Channel.
Media and Politics
Creative Technique and the Television Audience
History of Television Programming
MS: Cinema/TV. University of Southern California
BA: Fordham University
MACK 1 Red vs. Blue. (Amazon Digital Services, Inc.) 2012.
“C-SPAN’S Archives A Treasure Trove of Wonkish Gems”Television Review. Pjmedia.com. 2010.
Jim Kearney is a writer, consultant and educator with expertise in television programming. He began teaching at LMU in 1989, and in both part-time and visiting full time capacities has taught Mass Media, Television Programming, TV Criticism and the History of Broadcasting.
Working as a television critic throughout the 1990’s, Jim conducted weekly in-depth public radio interviews with the leading writers, producers and executives in the television industry. Dozens of the industry’s leading writers, producers, and executives have visited his LMU classes as guest lecturers, including several of his former students.
Jim served in executive positions in comedy development, cable programming, and media research, and has done production and writing work in sports, game shows and public TV. Jim enjoys advising leaders pursuing excellence in television, and those who sought his advice professionally made defining contributions in syndication, network primetime and cable originals.
Office: Xaviar Hall 221
Film Melodrama and Genre Studies
Film Theory and History
Cinema and Biopolitics
PhD: Cinema Studies, New York University
MA: Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder
BA: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
Global Melodrama: Nation, Body, and History in Contemporary Film, Global Cinema series (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
“Cinema, Transgenesis, and History in The Skin I Live In,” Social Text 122 (March 2015): 49-70.
“The Transvestite Figure and Film Noir: Pedro Almodóvar’s Transnational Imaginary,”in Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre, edited by Jay Beck and Vicente Rodríguez Ortega (Manchester and New York: Manchester UP, 2008): 157-178.
“‘A ella se le ve que algo raro tiene, que no es una mujer como todas’: El melodrama como cine queer en Manuel Puig,” in Otras Historias de Amor. Gays, Lesbianas, y Travestis en el Cine Argentino, edited by Adrián Melo (Buenos Aires: Ediciones Lea, 2008): 31-43.
“Undoing Performance: The Mute Female Body and Narrative Dispossesion in Pedro Almodóvar’s Talk to Her.” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 17.1 (2007): 1-18.
Carla Marcantonio is an Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies. She received her PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University. She is a scholar of transnational/global cinema. Carla’s articles and essays have appeared in collected editions as well as in journals such as Social Text, Women and Performance and Cineaste. Her book, Global Melodrama: Nation, Body, and History in Contemporary Cinema investigates how contemporary film melodrama helps map new temporal, spatial, and embodied territories in response to globalization. Carla is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico.
Office: Xavier Hall 324
Video Game Studies
Documentary Film and Video Theory and History
Film Theory and History
TV Theory and History
Asian Film and TV
Science Fiction Film and TV
International Film Theory and History
PhD: University of Southern California
MA: University of Southern California
MA: Claremont Graduate University
MA: Talbot Theological Seminary
BA: Biola University
“Culture Jamming the Video Game Way,” chapter in Alternative Media Handbook, Tony Downmut, editor, Routledge University Press. 2007.
Sue Scheibler has graduate degrees in New Testament Studies and Philosophy of Religion and a PhD in Critical Studies (Film and Television) from the University of Southern California. She has published in Theorizing Documentary, Alternative Media Handbook, War: Interdisciplinary Investigations, Signs and assorted journals. Her research and teaching interests include film theory, television studies, documentary, Asian film, science fiction, technologies of war, memory, video games and Asian philosophy.
Scheibler has spoken at such engagements as the War, Virtual War and Human Security Conference where she presented on the topic of “Experiencing War the Video Game Way: Call of Duty 2” and the American Cultural Studies Association where she spoke aboutavatars, war and the documentary image.
She is currently working on two projects: Windows, Frames, Screens: Understanding Media and The Meditative Gaze: Media and Eastern Philosophy.
Stardom, Celebrity Culture, Women Stars, Beauty Culture and the Body
Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality in Hollywood Films and Sports
Film Genres including Melodrama, Horror Films, Martial Arts Cinema and the Plantation Film
International Cinema with an emphasis on Art Cinemas, Auteurism, Third and Postcolonial Cinema, Asian Cinemas, Postwar European Cinemas and the Cultural Flows between International Cinemas and Hollywood
Ph.D: Critical Studies. University of Southern California
MA: Critical Studies. University of Southern California
BA: Film and Digital Media and Modern Literary Studies. University of California, Santa Cruz
“White Diamond: Elizabeth Taylor’s Adventures in American Empire and the Ecstasy of Postcolonial Whiteness." Dissertation.
“If It Be Love Indeed: Tell Me How Much”: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and White Pleasure After Empire” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture Vol. 12.4
Gloria Shin is a lecturer in film and TV studies who teaches courses on postwar international and Hollywood cinema. At LMU she has designed courses that investigate the emergence of art and postcolonial cinemas, postmodernism, and global media cultures as well as the intersectionality of identity and its representation in Hollywood films.
An expert on race, gender, postwar stardom and celebrity culture, she has presented her work at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies numerous times. Her experimental short film ET: Then You Will Not Have Love was screenedat Console-ing Passions, an internationally recognized conference for scholars of television and experimental video. At USC, where she completed her graduate work, she was awarded the Frank Volpe Scholarship and has been as a media consultant for the Los Angeles Times.
Gloria is currently working on turning her dissertation “White Diamond: Elizabeth Taylor’s Adventures in American Empire and the Ecstasy of Postcolonial Whiteness” into a book proposal for publication.
Lawrence A. Wenner
Office: St. Robert’s Hall 103B
Media and Sports
Ethical Dimensions of Race and Gender Portrayals in Advertising
Audience Experiences with Television in the Family Context
Values and Consumption of Mediated Sports
PhD: The University of Iowa
MA: The University of Iowa
BA: California State University at Northridge
Lawrence A. Wenner is the Von der Ahe Professor of Communication and Ethics in LMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts and School of Film and Television. He teaches media ethics in Philosophy and narrative ethics in the University Honors Program.
Before coming to LMU, Lawrence served as the William Evans Fellow at the University of Otago, the Diederich Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Marquette University, the Louise Davies Professor of Contemporary Values in America at the University of San Francisco and as a University Fellow at the University of Iowa. He has served as Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Executive Director of the Graduate Program in Sports and Fitness Management, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco.
Dr. Wenner’s research includes eight books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. He has lectured in more than a dozen countries on research focusing on critical assessments of media content, ethical dimensions of race and gender portrayals in advertising, audience experiences with television in the family context, and the values and consumption of mediated sports.