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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

David A. Armstrong has more than 35 years of film industry experience and holds an MFA in Cinematography from the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI), and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Starting as a camera assistant, he has risen through the ranks to become a cinematographer. He has over 100 feature film and television productions to his credit.

He is the first recipient of the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Student Heritage Award, and his AFI short film John received the Student Academy Award Gold and the AFI’s Franklin J. Schafer Award. He served as director of photography for James Wan (Conjuring, Aquaman) on the Saw film franchise (Saw I-VI). As a key team member of the Saw franchise, he helped to create the Guinness Book of World Records‘ largest-grossing horror film franchise in history.

Armstrong also directs feature films, and has direted actors including Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Peter Stormare, Common, Justin Chatwin, Stephen Lang, Michael Chiklis, Nikki Reed and Martin Csokas. His most recent feature The Assassin's Code, a neo-noir thriller starring Peter Stormare (Fargo) and Justin Chatwin (Shameless), premiered at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival in April 2018, with theatrical release by Gravitas Venture and VOD in May 2018.

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”.

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.

Scott Hartmann Scott Hartmann
Associate Chair of Filmmaking

Scott Aaron Hartmann (Eastern Shawnee) is a filmmaker and storyteller, and proudly holds an MFA in film production with an emphasis on directing from Chapman University. Scott has written and directed a long list of short films, commercials and music videos. His independent short films have screened at festivals all over the world, garnering a number of awards. He has been fortunate enough to be able to direct many great performers, including Joseph Runningfox ("Geronimo," "Ravenous") and the late Misty Upham ("Frozen River," "August: Osage County"). As a Los Angeles-based director, Scott continues to develop his own projects while also teaching directing and screenwriting to future filmmakers. Scott has also worked as a screenwriting consultant, with some student work accepted in the Oscars Library. Most recently, Scott he has served as the Academic Chair for the New York Film Academy campus in Abu Dhabi, teaching both filmmaking and screenwriting.

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.

Pascal Lebegue Pascal Lebegue, AFC

Pascal studied cinema at IDHEC (aka FEMIS) in Paris at a time when Henry Alekan, Ricardo Aronovitch, and Nestor Almendros were sharing their immense knowledge and passion for cinematography. He met cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn straight out of school and assisted him for five years, learning on sets everything the IDHEC didn’t teach him. French producer-director Claude Berri offered him his first movie to operate, and Pascal Thomas his first TV movie to shoot.

Pascal’s fondness for lighting and filming -- especially in black and white -- found expression with the advent of music videos. He worked with such talented directors as Jean-Baptiste Mondino, David Fincher, Francis Lawrence and brilliant artists as Madonna, Sting, Janet Jackson, Don Henley, and Jay-Z, to name a few.

Pascal's work on music videos earned him awards and recognition, including two MTV Awards for Best Cinematography (Madonna's "Vogue" and Don Henley's "Boys of Summer"), Silver D&D Award for Best Cinematography (Sting's "Russians"), and a Kodak Lifetime Achievement Award for Music Videos.

Pascal shot most of his feature films in France. His collaborations with Roman Polanski and Alain Corneau were defining moments. Pascal has worked on a string of movies, including films with Gerard Pires, Jean-Marie Poire, Pierre Granier-Deferre, and Etienne Chatilliez’ "Life is a Long and Quiet River."

Tommy Maddox-Upshaw Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, ASC
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.

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”.

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".

Evan Stulc Natasha Leonnet
Color Theory

Upon seeing her first film from the French New Wave as a nine-year-old, Natasha Leonnet was swept up into the world of film. Today, her passion remains undiminished. A Senior Colorist at Company 3, Natasha has worked on over 100 features and received the Hollywood Professional Alliance (HPA) Award for Outstanding Color grading of Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse in addition to an amazing eight HPA nominations. Leonnet has recently branched into streaming and is endlessly fascinated by the new projects and technologies she encounters. She has a BA from Brown University in Media/Culture and loves her time teaching Color Theory at New York Film Academy where she finds the students to be very inspiring.

Her credits include Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse, La La Land, Whiplash, Sin City, Hidden Figures, Defiance, Juno, Blood Diamond, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Up In The Air, Star Wars: Episode II, the Ice Age franchise, First Man, and Good Luck Chuck.

Carl Bartels Carl Bartels
Documentary & Episodic Production

A working cinematographer since 1996, Carl is credited with dozens of feature films and several award-winning documentaries. Originally from Massachusetts, Carl is now based in Los Angeles. He has shot numerous shows for Discovery and A&E, and directed several episodes. His most recent credits include Greedy, Lying Bastards, a documentary produced by Daryl Hannah, and Taken 3 starring Liam Neeson and Forrest Whittaker, on which he shot "A" Camera (he is credited on the entire Taken series of films).

Joseph Bonier Joseph Bonier
Sound Workshop

An active Sound Mixer and Sound Designer, Joseph graduated with a BA from the University of Maryland. Joseph also has a degree for Recording Engineering from the Recording Connection. He has worked as Boom Operator and Sound Mixer for numerous features, TV shows and shorts. He also worked as an Engineer at Avalon studios in Washington DC and Matrax productions in Philadelphia, PA.

Boris Schaarschmidt Boris Schaarschmidt
Cinematography Practicum

Boris Schaarschmidt is a director, producer, and writer with 15 well-recognized short films under his belt. Each of his films has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. Boris holds a BFA in cinematography from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany, and a MFA in directing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He has been awarded several prestigious scholarships and awards, among them the German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship (DAAD), and the Pat Hitchcock O’Connell Scholarship Award.

Throughout his career, Boris has worked with well-accomplished and recognized professionals in the film industry, among them German director Romuald Karmaker and Quentin Tarantino, for whom Boris worked on the post-production of "Inglorious Bastards." Following the success of his short film "Haleema," Boris went to Iceland for a three-month artist residency and shot the experimental film "Eldur a Himni" about the Northern Lights.

Ryan Schwartz Ryan Schwartz
Cinematography Practicum

MFA in Film Production, USC; BA in International Relations, UC Berkeley. Production credits for Scott Free, MJZ, Bedford Falls, Tool, Propaganda. Co-founder of The Incite Group. Producer on The Jenkins Orphanage Project and Making Love.

Graham Tallman Graham Tallman
Cinematography Practicum

Graham received his BA in Film at the University of British Columbia and his Masters in Film Directing at the American Film Institute. His two short films "Lollipops" and "Codename: Simon" have enjoyed success at such prestigious festivals as the Toronto International Film Festival, garnered numerous international awards, and played regularly on the IFC, CBC, and WTN TV networks. In 2004 Graham adapted the comic book Courtney Crumin and the Night Things for Fox 2000 and New Regency.

Francis J. Pezza Francis J. Pezza
Production Design

Francis is a Production Designer with extensive creative experience in all genres of visual storytelling from major motion pictures to innovative primetime television to theatre. He is experienced in traditional visual effects and highly qualified in the new techniques of computer visual effects, computer-aided design, and multimedia. His credits include Baby Geniuses, Born To Ride, Shadow Hours, The Flash, The Young Riders, Alien Nation, Viper, Outbreak, Dante’s Peak, Big Fat Liar, Miami Vice, Max Headroom, Murder She Wrote, Amazing Stories, Simon and Simon, and The Incredible Hulk.

Bruce MacWilliams Bruce MacWilliams
Cinematography Practicum

BA in Architecture; Photography; Creative Writing, Cornell University. Bruce MacWilliams is an award-winning film director who has directed over 100 commercials and PSAs, and is featured in the book, The Ad-Makers. Bruce has also directed two feature films and four short films. He is a member of the DGA.

John Riddle John Riddle
Post-Production for Cinematographers I & II

John is a former Marine Corps. Sergeant, film editor, and teacher with over 15 years of experience in editing, graphic design, and motion graphic effects. He holds multiple degrees in film and graphic design, and has been teaching for multiple film schools for almost a decade. When John is not in the classroom, he spends his time with his wife and two daughters, as well as reading and drawing. John is currently finishing his debut novel.

Dionna McMillian Dionna McMillian
Cinematography Practicum

MFA in Filmmaking, American University. Dionna is a film director, editor, and writer. She is currently on the festival circuit with digital series pilot, The Next Right Thing, nominated for Best Pilot at the 2018 NYC Webfest and the upcoming 2019 Miami Webfest. Prior to the success of The Next Right Thing, she was best known for her short comedy film, Love, New York which screened at multiple film festivals and was featured on Issa Rae's #ShortFilmSundays. She also directed five episodes of the broadcast series Plant Based by Nafsika for A&E's FYI Network. In addition to directing, Dionna has a background in freelance editing and teaches Avid Media Composer. She was previously Chair of Post-Production for New York Film Academy's NYC campus. During her tenure as department chair she taught directing and editing for NYFA at their Beijing, Mumbai and Doha workshops. Dionna has several projects in development including another digital series, a short drama, and a feature film. She enjoys creating projects that explore identity through a comedic lens. She is currently in post for the short comedy, Such A Deal.
Zoee Sciarrotta Zoee Sciarrotta
History of Narrative in the Visual Arts

With a BFA in art and BA in psychology from the University of Iowa and a MFA in studio arts and MA in communication studies from California State University, Los Angeles, Zoee is a interdisciplinary-focused cultural studies scholar. Drawing from her work experience in fashion, photography, higher education, fine arts, and new media, her research is centered on understanding how we make meaning of our visual experiences in the world and how identities are formed in and through culture.

Stephen Tapert Stephen Tapert
History of Cinematography I & II

MA in humanities film studies (The University of Chicago); BA in education and French studies (The Evergreen State College). Stephen worked for eight years at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where, as a researcher, he provided foundational work for the Academy’s forthcoming film museum. He subsequently wrote a book on the women who won the Oscar for Best Actress and curated an accompanying exhibition at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, Italy, and at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin, Germany.

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