What is your style of teaching?
I like am informal open environment but the coursework itself is held to professional standards. I often experiment with different modalities of learning.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
There are two required textbooks that lay the groundwork. From there, lots of screenings, in class writing exercises, small groups and discussions.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Varies from semester to semester; students respond differently to the material and approach. This last term pitching fellow student's projects worked best.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
First and foremost, professionalism and presentation. It doesn't matter if someone is the most gifted creative writer in the world if they can't proofread.
What kind of student would love your class?
Students that are serious about a career in film and understanding the craft of storytelling. This is a very pragmatic approach to the creative.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
I will treat you with respect and as a professional. You need to do the same when thinking of yourself if you want to be successful in and out of this class.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
I understand narrative film from both the perspective of the writer as well as the technician (director, producer, actor, etc).
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Academically, it is the lightbulbs I've seen flash over students' heads. Artistically, building a body of work. Personally, my daughters.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I have a new script I have been working on with some writers that we are finally at the stage to start trying to get it off the ground.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I am not a professor. I am a practitioner. I bring the kind of perspective to the class that I wish I had more of when I was in school