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Film students on set filming at The los Angeles Film School Stage
 
  Andy Allen
  Andy Allen grew up in London, England, and majored in electronics and computing. After college, he spent many years professionally mixing music, and programming synthesizers and sequencers. His entry into television and film audio came when he was asked to use his music mixing experience for concerts and entertainment shows. He has worked for CBS New York as a post mixer. and was Senior Audio Mixer at USA Networks, for both USA Networks and the Sci-Fi Channel. In April 2000 Andy moved to Los Angeles to work for Solid State Logic, the worlds premier mixing console manufacturer, as Product Specialist. In this capacity, Andy was in charge of the operational design and configuration of the SSL Mixing Stage at Los Angeles Film School.
  Charles Daguerre Alvaré
  Charlie Alvaré has worked in advertising and film production for over twenty years. In 2000, he launched Sanctuary Media, a television commercials production company. Alvaré's commercial clients over the past ten years include Audi, Mitsubishi Motors, Miller Beer, Coors Light, Perrier, Sprite, Panasonic, Hitachi, Sharp, Nintendo, Sega, Aerial Wireless, Pacific Bell, and Sprint. In the mid-1990's, he worked as an independent producer at several Los Angeles advertising agencies including Lord Dentsu, Colby & Partners, and Grey Advertising's G-2 unit.
Prior to that, Alvaré helped produce a feature-length, IMAX film entitled "The Journey Inside". A dramatic, narrative story about high-technology, the movie included a four-minute, computer-generated, "ride film" sequence exploring the interior architecture of a PC microprocessor.
In the late-1980's, Alvaré was an Executive Producer at bi-coastal, EUE/Screen Gems, based at the Burbank "Ranch" facility (a division of Columbia Pictures Television at the time) where he worked with film directors Howard Zeiff and Penny Marshall.
Alvaré earned his Bachelor of Arts in history at Columbia University, and he also attended New York University's Institute of Film & Television. He is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy Awards) and has served as a judge in his peer group over the past five years. In 1999, commercials Alvaré executive produced won awards at the Museum Of Modern Art/AICP Show and in AdWeek magazine's Spot of the Month (October 1999).

  Kevin Atkinson
  Kevin grew up in Northern California spending much of his free time in his parent’s independent movie theater. He watched foreign and art films which eventually led him to study photography and later cinematography.
After completing a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Kevin spent more than a decade living abroad. He studied the Arts and cultures of Mexico, of Europe, of Central America and South America, of Japan, and of Thailand.
Upon completing his studies at the Los Angeles Film School, he received several awards. Most notably he was granted the Ralph Bode Eastman Kodak Award for Cinematography and finished as a finalist for The Robert Surtees Heritage Award for Cinematography given by The American Society of Cinematographers.
He currently teaches at the Los Angeles film school between shoots.

  Randy Auerbach
  Randy Auerbach attended Boston College with a major in Criminology and took the next logical step, beginning a long-term collaboration with Mel Brooks, starting as his assistant. From there, she worked her way up the Brooksfilms ladder, from Story Editor to Director of Research and Development, and finally becoming his Vice President of Creative Affairs, working on such diverse films as: My Favorite Year, The Fly, History of the World, Part I, and Robin Hood: Men In Tights. She was a Researcher on The Elephant Man and on Frances; Associate Producer on Eighty-Four Charing Cross Road; and Co-Producer on The Vagrant. In 1995, she moved over to Jan deBont's production company, Blue Tulip Productions, as his Vice President of Creative Affairs, where she is responsible for developing a wide slate of films, including: The Paperboy, The Zero Hour, Cosm, The Hindenberg, and Minority Report, which teams Steven Spielberg with Tom Cruise for the first time.
  Joe Byron
  Director of Technology; Director of the Six-Week Digital Filmmaking Program.
After graduating with honors with a BFA in design and production from the Drama School of Carnegie Mellon University, Joe Byron launched a thirty-year career including--designing, building, lighting, and award-winning theatrical productions. His motion picture production experience includes: gaffer, lighting director, camera operator, and special effects technician for commercials, educational films, and features, including, Damnation Alley, Meteor, The Amityville Horror, and Raise the Titanic. When not doing film or theatrical production, he is an Optical and Mechanical Engineer, and has been awarded seven patents for motion picture and lighting products. Despite his technical accomplishments, Joe is dedicated to the renaissance belief that technology is merely a tool of the artist, and has received Masters degrees in Literature, Critical Theory, and Creative Writing. As the Director of Technology, he continues to develop new camera products, including accessories for the latest digital and conventional cameras, as well as publish his poetry and fiction.
  Donn Cambern
  Donn Cambern graduated from UCLA with a B.A. of Music, became a messenger and eventually a music editor at Walt Disney Studios. Upon leaving Disney, Cambern continued as a music editor for TV on shows that included “Dick Van Dyke,” “I Spy,” “Gomer Pyle” and “Andy Griffith.” In 1969, he edited his first two feature films, “2000 Years Later” and “Easy Rider,” for director Dennis Hopper. After “Easy Rider,” Cambern has gone on to edit over 35 films including: “The Bodyguard,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Hooper,” “The Hindenberg,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Tempest,” “Twins” and “Smokey and the Bandit II.” He was nominated for an Academy Award ® for his work on “Romancing the Stone.” Cambern is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the American Cinema Editors, the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Cambern has served as President of the Motion Pictures Editors Guild since 1991

 

  Ed Cerrato
   
  Harry Clein
  In March of 2000, Harry Clein received The Publicists Guild Career Achievement Award in recognition of his efforts in the publicity, promotion, and marketing campaign of The Blair Witch Project, which set all kinds of precedents in the use of the Internet for promoting movies. In 1995, Clein shared with Paramount Pictures The Publicists Guild's Maxwell Weinberg Publicists Showmanship Award for the Forrest Gump campaign. In 1981, Clein launched his own public relations firm with Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice as his first project. Among the many films he has been closely involved with are: Dirty Dancing, Heathers, Places in the Heart, Steel Magnolias, The Trip to Bountiful, 28-Up, Forrest Gump, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Crow, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She's Gotta Have It, Mona Lisa, sex, lies, and videotape, Cinema Paradiso, Menace II Society, Bagdad Café, The Joy Luck Club, and The Blair Witch Project.
  Linda Cowgill
  Linda J. Cowgill received her Masters in Screenwriting from UCLA, after winning several screenwriting awards and fellowships. She has taught screenwriting seminars at the Boston Film Institute, the American Film Institute, and the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Currently Cowgill teaches screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and is the author of Writing Short Films: Structure and Content for Screenwriters and Secrets of Screenplay Structure : How to Recognize and Emulate the Structural Frameworks of Great Films.
  Amedeo D’Adamo
  Amedeo D’Adamo, President of the School, recently coordinated the communication and film program at New School University in New York. He has worked with the Beijing Opera, with studios in Mainland China, and on independent feature productions in New York City in roles ranging from First Assistant Director to lead actor. He has taught screenwriting and script analysis at The New School and directing at the New York Film Academy. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division, where he is currently on the Admissions Committee.
  Brian Damsky
  As the Training Coordinator at the Motion Picture Editors Guild, working directly with Avid's Educational Services, Brian Damsky organizes the Avid certified training program for over 5500 member strong union, as well as provides one-on-one instruction for the industry's finest feature film and television editors and assistants. As an active Avid Certified Support Representative for both Mac and PC systems (with over 24 years computer experience) he provides qualified technical advice for both the Editors Guild and its members and The Los Angeles Film School. As one of the first instructors (and technical consultants) invited to teach at The Los Angeles Film School, he developed the school's Avid course curriculum and currently teaches both the full and part-time students. Damsky has been an industry professional since 1988.
  Heidi Davis
  Heidi has directed a number of plays at Los Angeles' beautiful outdoor theater, the Theatricum Botanica in Topanga Canyon, including: The Seagull, Lettice and Lovage, Sweet Bird of Youth, Three Penny Opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Dark Cloud, and Toys in the Attic. Other directing credits include Eulogy, Holding Hand, Treats, and Tachimoki (Ensemble Studio Theatre); S.A.M. I Am and Songs of Harmony (East-West Players); and many other productions at various theatres. Heidi teaches Acting for Directors at the Los Angeles Film School, directing at East-West Players, and acting at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood. She previously taught at UCLA, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Bakersfield, and at the ACT in San Francisco where she completed the Masters program and performed in the company.
  Barbara Dunphy
  Barbara Dunphy has worked in the business since 1975 when she graduated in Fine Arts from The Ontario College of Art and Design, first working to develop a film co-operative, then on directing short documentaries.
She has Production Designed such features as A New Life, an Alan Alda film with Ann Margaret, Man Without a Face, Mel Gibson's directorial debut, Dick, Andy Flemming's spoof of Watergate, and Miramax's Reindeer Games, John Frankenheimer's thriller in the snow with Ben Afleck, Charlyse Theron and Gary Sinise.
Travels for work have taken her to Jamaica, Czech Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina (Sarajevo), Hungary, Israel, Mexico, and England for various shows for HBO Sugartime, Gotti: King of the Volcano, Shot Through the Heart for ABC Radiant City, The Reef, NBC Night Sins and CBS Jackie.
  Stephen Foreman
  Stephen H. Foreman has written for all the dramatic media. The highlights of his career are as follows: Cinema: The Jazz Singer, starring Lawrence Olivier and Neil Diamond; Television: Hostage, starring Carol Burnett and Annette Benning; Documentary: American the Beautiful, starring President George H. Bush; Theatre: Aloha, Alaska, produced by GreenPlays, NY. Althought he is more at home behind a typewriter than a camera, he has also directed a number of films. Cougar, which he also wrote, was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. The late Butterfly McQueen won an Emmy for her performance in another, and Christian Slater made his first appearance in still another. Stephen H. Foreman has also appeared in print in various anthologies and magazines, such as Newsweek and Gentleman's Quarterly. While still a graduate student at the Yale School of Drama, he won the Yale Literary Award for poetry.
  Leslie France
  A professional actor and a highly- regarded acting teacher, France has worked in film, television, and theater for more than fifteen years. Recently, she starred in the title role of the feature film, Rose's, where her “soulful performance” (Variety) "garnered rave reviews." Brandon Judel (America Online) wrote: "Leslie France is our favorite spouse killer of recent years, a solid actress who is never less than endearing!" A classically-trained actress, France is a graduate of the Asolo Professional Actor Training Program and has worked with film and theater greats Sylvia Miles, Jose Quintero, Bill Esper, David Regal, and William Hickey. She is a favorite among students for bringing an unusual combination of academic rigor and fun to the classroom. Her teaching credits include the UCLA Extension Program and Chapman University.
  Nancy Friedman
 
  Danford Greene
  Beginning his career as an editor on Boris Karloff's Thriller and then going on to work alongside such greats as Robert Altman as an editor on That Cold Day in the Park and M*A*S*H*. Green has been nominated for an Academy Award for both M*A*S*H* and Blazing Saddles. Green has numerous other films to his credit, such as Sylvester Stallone's Rocky II, There Goes My Baby (1993), Vital Signs (1990), Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), 18 Again! (1988), Love at Stake (1987), Head Office (1986), Partners (1982), American Hot Wax (1978), Which Way Is Up? (1977), Fun With Dick and Jane (1977), The Killer Inside Me (1976), The Master Gunfighter (1975), Deadhead Miles (1972), Clay Pigeon (1971), Gore Vidal's Myra Breckenridge, Nightmare in Chicago (1964), and McHale's Navy (1962).
  John Hora
  John Hora, ASC, began a career in feature films when he was selected by Daniel Mann to photograph Big Mo. As Director of Photography for Joe Dante, he was responsible for the photography of Gremlins, Gremlins II, the segment entitled, “It's A Good Life,” in Twilight Zone, The Movie, The Howling, Explorers, and Matinee, and additional photography for The Burbs. For Joan Micklin Silver, he shot Loverboy, for Michael Jackson -- Moonwalker, and for Randal Kleiser, Honey I Blew Up the Kid. He has served as Director of Photography for Imax films, including The Journey Inside, the concluding Banquine Sequence in the Cirque Du Soleil film, and Journey of Man in Imax 3-D. John has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Cinematographers, and currently serves as Secretary of the ASC Society and the ASC Holding Company. In 1995, John represented the ASC's interests in discussions with the FCC in Washington, DC.
  Maysie Hoy
  Maysie Hoy began her career as an actress in several Robert Altman films, including McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Nashville. It was on Mr. Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians that she moved into the editing room. Ms. Hoy's editing credits include such acclaimed work as Freedom Song, Crazy in Alabama, The Warden, What Dreams May Come, The Joy Luck Club, The Player, and Smoke. She has had four films at The Sundance Film Festival, including Life Tastes Good, Christmas in the Clouds, Freeway, and love jones, which received the Sundance Audience Award. She is currently cutting A Wrinkle in Time. The founder and former director of The Good Will Store, an improvisational theater company, Ms. Hoy is featured in the soon-to-be published book, Great Women Filmmakers. She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as a member of the honorary society, American Cinema Editors.
  Keith Kaminski
  Keith Kaminski has served many different creative roles in the motion picture and television industry. Over the past 15 years, he has designed and developed hundreds of props and graphics, creating everything from key art and logos to storyboards, sculptures and advertisements. Recently he completed seven years as an in-house theme park attraction designer with Universal Studios, creating many of the park's most popular attractions in Hollywood and Florida. Trained as a fine artist and illustrator at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, over the past four years he has developed a passion for computer graphics and enjoys exploring the potential of this exciting new frontier for design. Currently teaching Adobe Photoshop, an extremely versatile and powerful tool for the filmmaker, he is proud to be involved with the early stages of the Film School's development in this area and excited to have a chance to pass on some of his expertise! You can see his work in the hit TV series "Frasier," Disney's "Snow Dogs," "Austin Powers" and several upcoming TV pilots for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Disney.
  Pam Klamer
  Pamela Klamer was born and raised in Southern California, and continued her education here, attending Beverly Hills High School, the University of Southern California, and the Otis/Parsons Art Institute. She has been involved in the film industry for fourteen years, starting out as an Assistant Art Director, and eventually becoming a Set Designer for both television and feature films. The vast array of sets she has designed include: A.I., Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World, Amistad, and the upcoming Minority Report, all for Steven Spielberg; Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Independence Day, Jumanji, Picket Fences, Matrix 2: Reloaded, and Matrix 3.
  Larry Kostroff
  A veteran of difficult productions, Larry Kostroff has supervised the production of over 40 major motion pictures that have taken him to various countries throughout the world. His roles on these films have ranged from Vice President of Production to Executive Production Manager to Producer as well as Line Producer. Throughout the course of these various duties, Kostroff has worked for HBO, MGM/UA including a teaching stint at The American Film Institute, University of Southern California and University of California - Los Angeles. Films that Kostroff has worked on over the course of his career include “War Games,” “The Year of Living Dangerously,” “Kentucky Fried Movie” and “Endangered Species.” Currently, Kostroff has a number of films in development. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America and Independent Film Projects/West.
  Ariel Levy
  Ariel Levy has worked in Hollywood and in the British film industry for years as an assistant director, producer and production manager for such films as My Blue Heaven, The Spy Who Loved Me, and The Man in the Iron Mask.
  Stephen Lineweaver
  Stephen Lineweaver started his film career in New York as an Art Director on such films as "After Hours", directed by Martin Scorsese, "Something Wild" directed by Jonathan Demme, and "Brother From Another Planet" directed by John Sayles.
James L. Brooks gave Mr. Lineweaver his move up to Production Designer on "The Tracy Ullman Show" for which he recieved an Emmy for Best Production Design. He also assisted Matt Groening with the visual style of "The Simpsons" during it's formative years.
Mr. Lineweaver has designed such acclaimed films as the Acadamy Award nominated "Jerry Maguire" starring Tom Cruise, and "This Boys Life" starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. His other features include "Singles" starring Bridget Fonda, "Junior" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVeto, and Emma THompson, Garry Marshall"s "The Other Sister" starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis and "Snow Dogs" starring Cuba Gooding Jr.and James Coburn.
  Peter Markham
  Peter Markham graduated from Hull University in the UK with First Class Honors in Drama and English. After writing reviews for the British Film Institute, he followed with extensive production experience at BBC TV. He worked with a range of directors including John Schlesinger and Anthony Minghella, assisting Minghella as First AD on TRULY MADLY DEEPLY. Peter then graduated from the BBC Director's Course where his final project, THE TABLE was developed with, and written by Minghella. Peter later directed the extensive second unit on Minghella's Academy Award-winning THE ENGLISH PATIENT in Italy and Tunisia. Meanwhile he is a director in his own right and amongst his credits is THE CORMORANT, starring Ralph Fiennes and recently IN DEFENSE for Granada TV. Last year he directed the second unit on GANGS OF NEW YORK in Rome for Martin Scorsese.
Peter has taught in London at the Royal College of Art Film School, the Mountview Theatre School and the BBC, and in LA at the AFI Conservatory.
His interests include Film, Theatre, Soccer, Science, Politics, Humor and Music. A keen blues guitarist, he has played in London bands, co-composing music for Channel Four and the BBC. He is presently in development with several feature projects.
  Vicky Meyer
   
  Jim Pasternek
  Throughout James D. Pasternak’s career, he has been a director of feature films, television, documentaries, dramatic shorts, and theater, as well as an educator, screenwriter, and published author. In 1998, Pasternak directed “One Hell of a Guy,” starring Rob Lowe and Michael York. Between 1974 and 1982, he served as the Director and Principal Instructor of Feature Film Production at The New School for Social Research in New York City. He has also served as an assistant professor as well as a visiting lecturer to various universities around the country. His screenwriting credits include the feature “Cousins,” directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Ted Danson. Pasternak is the founder and principle instructor of “Pasternak’s Film Directing Workshop,” located in Los Angeles. Graduates, who began their first features in the workshop, went on to make “White Man’s Burden” and “Feeling Minnesota,” among others. Most notably, he prepared Christine Lahti for her Oscar ® winning short,“Liberman in Love.” Pasternak attended the University of Wisconsin as an undergraduate and received his Master’s Degree in film from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1984, he served as a directing fellow at the Sundance Institute, where he directed Jeff Daniels in scenes from his western screenplay, “Lightening Bender,” under the supervision of Robert Redford and Sidney Pollack.
  Charles Rose
   
  Daniele Suissa
  Trained at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique de Paris Producer/Director, Danièle J Suissa, started her career working for 10 years with major European Directors, Producers and actors, such as Marie Christine Barraul and Bibi Andersson. In Montreal from 1970 to 1992, she co-produced 29 TV features with France Hamster Productions. For the theatre, she has directed 32 plays. Her directing work on both the large and small screen has received many international nominations and awards. Suissa has served as president, chair, or Board Member of most Canadian Associations, including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and The Banff International Festifal. In July, 1993, she designed a directing class for the residents of Norman Jewison's Film Center. She taught this class at UCLA Extension and has been teaching it at the LAFS since November 2000. She is currently Executive Producer with the Cort/Madden Company and Paramount Pictures of the feature The Rehearsal.
  Anna Thomas
  Anna Thomas is a graduate of the UCLA film school, where she wrote, produced, and directed her first feature, The Haunting of M., as her master's thesis project. The film had a successful festival run and played to critical acclaim at art houses across the U.S. She also worked with fellow student Gregory Nava, beginning a writing collaboration that has spanned more than two decades. In 1980, she co-founded the IFP/West. In 1983, Thomas produced and co-wrote El Norte, which became an instant critical and commercial success, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was elected to the National Film Archive in the Library of Congress in 1995. Thomas has also co-written and produced A Time of Destiny and My Family, Mi Familia. Between productions, Thomas works frequently as a screenwriter.
  Jeff Young
  Jeff Young is a writer, producer, and director, who served as studio head for three major film companies and was involved in the production of over forty films, including Blade Runner, Emerald, Forest, and Spinal Tap. He lives in Los Angeles, CA

 

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