The LA Film School Faculty Background


The LA Film School Faculty changes fairly regularly. The turnover everywhere in the LA Entertainment Industry is high because doors open and shut so very Quickly.

People sometimes get new opportunities because of the exposure that comes with working higher education jobs in the entertainment world.

Then there are the usual hosts that fall into the - "Those Who Can't Do, Teach" - category.

The Los Angeles Film School shies away from people with aspirations in the academic jobs category. Sounds odd but they want people who have already been there (Experience) or people who they think are going to get there (Potential).

I keep an eye on new hires and current teaching staff on the LA Film School Faculty by using Their Linkedin Account.

Got my Eye on You!
Eyes Can Be Fooled

They do very little at Linkedin except to report on employees at different companies. A good source of very reliable information and surprisingly detailed if you become a Pro member. I did.

Some teachers have made great careers for themselves after leaving the LA Film School faculty. They seem to enjoy rubbing it in by accepting guest speaker invitations to return.

It's a great thing from the standpoint of a student who may want to emulate the achievements of certain producers or writers in the entertainment industry.

Here is the Official Line from the school about their teachers and faculty. It's direct from the horse's Mouth (The LA Film School). In the name of balance and fairness.

It's easier to come to your own conclusions that way. I might be a large Golden-Retriever that has just learned how to use the computer, for all you know.

The LA Film School's Official Line on Faculty

"The Los Angeles Film School's promise to keep on the cutting edge of the film industry also extends to its faculty. The teachers and staff at The Los Angeles Film School bring years of knowledge and experience to the school's classrooms, soundstages, and labs.

Sharing their experiences in the art of Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design, Creative Writing, Sound Design, and anything else they might think is important, the faculty of The Los Angeles Film School continues to be second to none."

They have made some good new hires lately, though. Go to Linkedin to keep an accurate and trustworthy eye on new hires and staff who may be leaving the school.

You get much more information about the company / School and the LA film school faculty if you become a member of Linkdin. I decided it was worth the investment and became a member just to get current information on many film schools.

Previous and Current Faculty of Note

Lawrence was part of the LA Film School faculty for only a short time. Judging by the many successes he's had since then, there must have been a lot he could have taught.

He is best known as the Production Designer for "Back to the Future" (1985), "Blade Runner" (1982), "Predator 2" (1990) and "Romancing the Stone" (1984).

John Hora was Directory of Photography for many late-eighties family films.

I always wonder about people who can focus on just a single genre like the Family Film. Fastest way to irrelevancy I figure, but money dictates all and he could have gotten trapped because he couldn't say no.

It takes the sacrifice of the old road to build a new one. Where are you going to get the bricks?

John Hora is best known for his Production work on "Gremlins" (1984), "Gremlins 2 - The New Batch" (1990), "Twilight Zone - The Movie" (1983) and "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" (1992).

I think he taught "How to Squeeze Every Buck from Sequels and the Proven Formula". Just kidding. It just looks to me (1 Person) that his career path sought the bucks instead of the inherent risk that comes with true Art.

Salvador Carrasco is best known for "The Other Conquest" ("La Otra Conquista") (1998), "Salto al Vacío" (1995), "The Kolaborator" (2007) and "Caleb Couldn't Love" (2008).

He graduated in 1991 with a degree in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

A serious advocate of education, he turned to academic jobs and became a Teacher. He first taught film at the University of Southern California, Santa Monica College and is currently the main directing instructor at The Los Angeles Film School.

My Blue Heaven
My Blue Heaven - 1990

Ariel Levy is a Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Production Manager and Producer.

He is best known for "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), "My Blue Heaven" (1990), "Murder by Decree" (1979) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998).

Anna Thomas wrote a classic vegetarian cookbook "The Vegetarian Epicure," which was published in 1972. Her second cookbook, "The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two," was published in 1978.

I mention this because she has been so busy and is still so busy that I don't know where she got the time to write 2 cookbooks.

Anna Thomas is a Writer, Producer and Director. She is best Known for "Frida" (2002), "My Family" (1995), "El Norte" (The Criterion Collection) (1983) and "The Haunting of M." (1979).

The Importance of a Good eacher

Or what is a good teacher?

That is a pretty good list of teachers above. All of them worked on the LA film school faculty at one time or another. But why are they on this list of "Good Teachers"?

Is it because of their credentials? In a word ... Yes.

We have and it seems always will consider a person with big name productions on their resume as desirable teachers to fill the ranks of the LA Film School faculty.

Is it a good method for choosing teachers? ... I am not so sure. It may look good to have the guy who co-produced "Star Wars" on your staff but knowing how to share your knowledge is half the battle and more important than most people consider.

The ideal teachers has not yet made any fall from grace but is on the cusp of making something unique that yet lay undiscovered.

So, consider communication skills and hunger as something infectious that can spread from the teacher down on to the students. It also makes its way into the demo reels the students produce.

Do your research and get the inside information who the LA Film School is hiring and who they are firing.

If a teacher gets his/her contract renewed for at least 3 terms the it is safe to say Students do not complain about him/her. It sure is great to listen to old stories about making the first film in a lecture from a famous producer but I wouldn't want them teaching me on a daily basis

Talent without Ego makes for a great film school teacher.

Good luck in your search for the best film school.

La Film School Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Los Angeles Film School Ranks 3428th for the average full-time faculty salary. They work on a tenure system in an attempt to retain staff but with an average Full-Time Salary of $39,157USD ($39,274USD Male / $38,865 Female), they are having a hard time and turnover is a concern.

There are some 201 full time LA Film School faculty members and just over 500 including the Part Time Staff.

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