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Cinematography Department

Tony Richmond Anthony Richmond, ASC, BSC
Chair of Cinematography

An accomplished Cinematographer whose career spans well over six decades, Tony Richmond worked as Assistant Cameraman on such films as From Russia with Love, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 and David Leans’s Dr. Zhivago. The award-winning Cinematographer has had numerous collaborations with Director Nicolas Roeg, lensing five of his films: Don’t Look Now - for which Richmond won the prestigious BAFTA award; The Man Who Fell To Earth; Bad Timing; Heart Of Darkness; and Full Body Massage for Showtime. Some of Richmond’s other credits include: The Sandlot; Candyman; Stardust for Michael Apted; Playing God; Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights; Rough Riders for John Milius; and That’s Life and Sunset for Blake Edwards;

Richmond was also responsible for photography on the seminal British music scene of the late 60’s. He shot the Rolling Stones classic, Sympathy For The Devil for Jean-Luc Godard, and then collaborated with Michael Lindsey Hogg on The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus and the Beatles’ Let It Be. His other rock and roll credits include: The Who’s The Kids Are Alright, and the documentary Glastonbury Fayre.

Richmond’s most recent credits include: Good Luck Chuck; The Comebacks; Legally Blond; Ravenous; Men Of Honor; The Sweetest Thing; Someone Like You; Just Friends; John Tucker Must Die; Autopsy; Sex and Lies in Sin City; The Rocker; Alvin the Squeakquel; and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.

Mike Williamson Mike Williamson
Associate Chair of Cinematography
Form & Function I, III, Thesis Development Workshop, Advanced Lighting


MFA in Cinematography, AFI. Award-winning cinematographer living in Los Angeles. Shot four independent feature films, including "Bilal’s Stand", which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Photographed TV & web series including "30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust" for Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. Additional credits as gaffer on independent features, shorts and commercials.

David A. Armstrong David A. Armstrong
35mm Workshop, Advanced Motion Picture Camera Technique, Form & Function I, II, Advanced Lighting, Fundamentals of Lighting

MFA in Cinematography, American Film Institute, BFA from California Institute of the Arts. First recipient of the ASC Student Heritage Award. His short film "John" received the Student Academy Award Gold. Cinematographer for all films in the "Saw" franchise which is the highest grossing horror film franchise in history. Cinematography credits include "Saw", "Hellraiser: Revelations", "Next Day Air" and "The Lodger". Directed the feature film "Pawn" starring Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed and Michael Chiklis.

Tom Boyd Tom Boyd
Underwater Workshop

SCUBA instructor and Divemaster with 34 years diving experience. 20 years as an underwater camera operator. Member of IATSE Local 600, extensive credits operating on network television, studio features, national commercials and documentaries. His credits include "The Big Short", "A Single Man", "CSI", "Prison Break", "Heroes", and "Crimson Tide."

Mike Civille Mike Civille
History of Cinematography I, Thesis Committee

PhD: American Studies (Boston University); MFA: Film Studies (Boston University). As a film scholar, Mike has presented papers on Hollywood cinema and popular culture at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the Popular/American Culture Association, the California American Studies Association, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a film director, his short "After June" (2006) played at several nationwide film festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival and the Palm Spring International Festival of Short Films.

Anthony Cook Anthony Cook
Cinematography Practicum

MFA in Filmmaking from New York Film Academy. Director/Writer/Producer on feature film "Wal-Bob's"; producer for "King Bachelor's Pad" for Russell Simmon's All Def Digital. Producer and assistant director on numerous web series, commercials and music videos.

Javier Costa Javier Costa
Steadicam & Camera Assistant Workshop

Steadicam operator with over 10 years professional experience in the camera department. Active member of the Society of Camera Operators, The Steadicam Guild and IATSE Local 600. Credits include commercials for clients such as McDonald’s and Target, music videos for artists such as Ice Cube and Megadeath, operating Technocrane on the documentary “Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron”, and television shows including “Survivor”.

Tom Forletta Tom Forletta
Post-Production for Cinematographers II

Tom has spent many years working in the color-correction field for major clients including Disney, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios. His credits include "Avengers: Age of Ultron", "Get On Up", "Guardians of the Galaxy", and "The Good Wife".

Richard Friedman Richard Friedman

Richard Friedman is a director, writer, and producer of motion pictures, television movies, episodic TV, network specials, and music videos. He has over over 25 years experience in directing and producing film and TV, including Independent Feature Films, Television movies, Episodic Television Series, Reality TV, and Music Videos.

As a television Director, Richard has helmed numerous movies for TV and is a veteran of over 35 episodes of network and syndicated TV series, having directed Warner Bros.’“Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, “Baywatch Nights”, “Silk Stalkings”, and “Friday the 13th”. As an Instructor, Richard has taught for the last 14 years at the Directing Certificate Program at UCLA Extension and was the recipient of the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Instructor of the Year Award.

Rick Greenwood Rick Greenwood
Advanced Motion Picture Camera Technique

MFA in Filmmaking, The New York Film Academy; BFA in Fine Art, University at Albany, NY. As a writer, director, and cinematographer his works have appeared in over 50 film festivals and earned 13 awards. Currently in pre-production for his directorial feature debut with Therapy Pictures.

Travis Hoffman Travis Hoffman
Master's Lighting, Advanced Grip Workshop, Master's Camera Technique

Growing up Travis found his love for photography while traveling the world and watching films with his father. Some years later he received his BS in Cinematography from Full Sail University. Wanting to further his education, Travis attended the MFA program in Photographic Theory at the Brooks Institute of Photography.

Since then Travis has had the opportunity to lens such artist as Jennifer Lopez, Neyo, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, David Guetta, Bret Michaels, Ice Cube, Diana Krull, Katrina Bowden and Malcolm Goodwin. His client list includes NBC, NIKE, A&E, History Channel, EMI Music and Universal Music Group.

His inspiration comes from all the beauty in the world that most people seem to miss. Travis draws upon his expertise in the fields of lighting, composition, art and design.This broad-based understanding of technique and visual storytelling contributes to his unique perspective and signature photography style.

Matt Kohnen Matt Kohnen
Directing for Cinematographers

MFA in Film Production, USC; BA in Theatre/Playwriting, University of California, Irvine. Director and writer of feature film “Wasting Away,” winner of awards at 6 festivals worldwide. Director of multiple short films with Academy Award-winning producer Rob Fried.

Igor Kovacevich Igor Kovacevich
Thesis Development Workshop

MFA in Film Directing/Producing, Ohio University School of Film. Produced "Downloading Nancy," starring Maria Bello and Jason Patric, which premiered at Sundance. Bello was nominated for Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards in March 2010. Worked at Focus Features/Universal in feature acquisitions and development.

Jacek Laskus, ASC, PSC Jacek Laskus, ASC, PSC
Form & Function I, II, Master's Lighting, Alexa Workshop, Stage Lighting Workshop, Navigating the Industry

BA in Film/Video Production, Polish National Film School. Member of American Society of Cinematographers and the Polish Society of Cinematographers. Member of IATSE Local 600 Camera Guild. 30 years professional experience including two nominations for ASC Awards for Best Cinematography. His credits include: “The Devil’s Arithmetic”, “The Guardian”, “On the Lot”, “New Jack City”, “Parting Glances”, and “Twilight Zone: Rob Serling’s Lost Classics”.

Paul Laverack Paul Laverack
History of Cinematography II

MA: Screenwriting and MA: Mass Communication (Journalism), California State University, Northridge; BA: Theater, Elmira College. Paul has written and directed independent feature and short films, both narrative and documentary. He has also produced video content for the nonprofit Families In Schools foundation, traveled the nation as a stage performer, and taught students of all ages in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Tommy Maddox-Upshaw Tommy Maddox-Upshaw
35mm Workshop, Stage Lighting Workshop, Alexa Workshop, Master's Lighting Workshop, Crane & Jib Workshop

MFA in Cinematography, AFI. Photographed many feature films for studios such as Sony Screen Gems, Marvel, and Fox Searchlight. He has worked as a camera operator and 2nd unit DP for some of the top cinematographers in Hollywood. His credits include "Straight Outta Compton", “Iron Man 2,” “Black November", and "The Perfect Match."

Scott Marshall Scott Marshall
Cinematography Practicum

BFA in Film, Northwestern University; MFA in Directing, American Film Institute. Music video director for bands including Smash Mouth and Guided By Voices. Directed second unit for "Runaway Bride," "The Princess Diaries," "Valentine's Day," and "New Year's Eve." His feature debut, "Keeping Up With the Steins" with Jeremy Piven was released by Disney/Miramax.

Suki Medencevic, ASC Suki Medencevic, ASC
Alexa Workshop, Master's Lighting Workshop, Stage Lighting Workshop, 35mm Workshop, Navigating the Industry

MFA in Cinematography, National Film School, Prague; BA, National Film School for Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. He has shot over 15 feature length films and television projects, and numerous commercials and documentaries. In 2010, Suki became a member of American Cinematographers Society. His credits include "American Horror Story: Hotel", "Stuck in the Middle", "The Pixar Story", and "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell."

Tim Nuttall Tim Nuttall
Advanced Lighting

MFA in Cinematography, American Film Institute; BFA in Film & Television, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Cinematographer on “Not Yet Home,” “Blackbird,” “Thule,” "Coconut Island,” “47 Degrees, Partly Cloudy,” “Lucy in the Sky,” “Girl Grooming,” “For Want,” and commercials.

Michael Pessah Michael Pessah
Form & Function I, II, Master's Camera Technique, Alexa Workshop

MFA, American Film Institute; BA, Hampshire College. DP on nine features, and many commercials. His work has been shortlisted for an Academy Award, received an LA Weekly Theater award, and has been shown on HBO, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BBC, and Canal+. Michael has taught at the University level since 2005.

Charles Rose, AIC Charles Rose, AIC
Form & Function I, II, III, Crane & Jib Workshop, Documentary & Episodic Production, Fundamentals of Lighting

Member of the Italian Society of Cinematographers (AIC). Member of IATSE Local 600. Award-winning cinematographer who has worked in 37 countries. His films have screened and won awards at the Cannes, Venice, New York, Tokyo and Locarno Film festivals. Worked on experimental film projects with Jonas Mekas, Yoko Ono & John Lennon in NY. Feature credits include "Screamers", "Dark Reel" and "Dolce Assenza". Commercial clinets include Coca-Cola, Ford, Citroen, Volvo, Revlon, L'Oreal.

Mary Samuelson Mary Samuelson
History of Cinematography III

Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies (in progress); MA in Cinema and Media Studies; B.A. in English Literature, Magna Cum Laude; B.A. in Cinema-Television, Magna Cum Laude, UCLA. Kemp Niver Fellowship in Film History. Gilbert Cates Fellowship Recipient. Mellon Grant Recipient-Center for Primary Research Training.

Mark Sawicki Mark Sawicki
Cinematography for Digital Effects

Mark is a veteran visual effects cameraman with a large body of work in the visual effects industry. In addition to having taught for many years, Mark is the author of “Animating with Stop Motion Pro” and “Filming the Fantastic” first and second edition, both published by Focal Press. His credits include "The Terminator", "X-Men", "The Dark Knight Rises", and "Tropic Thunder".

Gilbert Shilton Gilbert Shilton
Form & Function III, Cinematography Practicum

Gilbert Shilton has worked in the film and television industry for over 35 years. Early in his career, he gained professional experience as he moved through the many different departments on set, working as everything from assistant director, to actor, to camera operator. He began his freelance directing career in 1979, going on to direct numerous high-profile feature films, network television shows, pilots, and mini-series. In addition to his work as a director, Gil has written and sold successful scripts for features, pilots, and episodic television, while working as a producer on several television series. His work has garnered numerous award nominations, while his directing credits feature a diverse array of major prime-time shows including “Law & Order”, “MacGyver”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Quantum Leap”, “The A-Team”, “La Femme Nikita”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Magnum P.I.”, and “Knight Rider”.

Jeffrey Siljenberg Jeffrey Siljenberg
Master's Lighting

MFA in Cinematography, American Film Institute. Cinematographer on half dozen features including “ICP: Big Money Rustlas.” Local 728 set lighting technician and gaffer on shows such as “Chuck” and “Celebrity Rehab,” along with a variety of other features and commercials.

Austin Smoak Austin Smoak
Introduction to Motion Picture Camera Technique, Alexa Workshop, 35mm Workshop

BFA: Motion Pictures/Television, Florida State University. Experienced Director of Photography and Camera Operator with multiple award nominations. Credits include "L.A. Macabre", "The Accidental Candidate" pilot, "Vampires", "The Lengths". and "Claire".

Jack Daniel Stanley Jack Daniel Stanley
Cinematography Practicum

MFA in Directing, University of Washington; BFA in Acting, UT Austin. Extensive theater background directing world premieres and classics in New York, regionally, and abroad. Award-winning genre shorts screened at Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, Toronto After Dark, and on PBS’s “On Story,” Delta Airlines, and Sundance Channel online. Has written and produced content for the Syfy Channel and Chiller TV.

Evan Stulc Evan Stulc
Steadicam & Camera Assistant Seminar

Evan has worked as camera assistant on features, commercials and music videos, for clients clients including Toyota, Riot Games, and Yahoo! His credits include "Bad Milo", "As I Lay Dying", and "Helio".

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