Full course description
What you'll learn:
During this weekend seminar, students learn about the art and craft of television and feature film producing through lectures, screenings and conversations from leading Hollywood producer and former 20th Century Fox executive, Susan Cartsonis.
While no special materials are required for this course, students may be asked to prepare ideas or other short writing or creative assignments before class begins. Students will be informed of any such requirements during the week prior to the course.
What you'll receive:
Certificate of Completion
Friday, February 8, 2019, 6:30p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
Sun Studios Screening Room
1425 W 14th St. Tempe, AZ 85281
Meet the instructors
Susan Cartsonis, Producer
The Hollywood Reporter named film producer Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for What Women Want, (the second highest domestic grossing romantic comedy of all time) and Where the Heart Is. Variety called her recent film, The Duff, “an instant teen classic.” Cartsonis’s films have grossed over $1B in box office by creating movies for the female audience. A known advocate for women in the film business, Cartsonis spent 10 years as a prominent film executive. She began her career as a script reader for 20th Century Fox and worked her way up to Senior Vice President of Production, overseeing movies and star deals such as The Farrelly Brothers, Johnny Depp, Academy Award winner Geena Davis, and Richard Gere. Cartsonis discovered the script for and oversaw production of the low-budget film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which created a billion dollar media empire by striking a chord with girls and women. Other popular Cartsonis films that celebrate the female perspective include Nell, for which Jodie Foster was nominated for an Academy Award, French Kiss (Meg Ryan), The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Uma Thurman), No Reservations (Catherine Zeta Jones), Beastly and Aquamarine. Along with Suzanne Farwell and Brent Emery, Cartsonis recently produced Carrie Pilby, starring BelPowley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne and Vanessa Bayer; and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, a Netflix Original Movie that premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2017. Cartsonis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producer’s Guild of America. She attended ASU, graduated from UCLA and received her MFA from NYU. She is on the board of Cinestory, Chapman University, and Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.
Adam Collis, Film Spark Director and Professor of Practice, MY
Adam Collis is a filmmaker and film professor dedicated to making distinctive feature films and to giving his students one of a kind opportunities to learn filmmaking directly from world class filmmakers from both studio and independent realms. He accomplishes this by connecting his students and Hollywood pros through video conferences, at in-class visits, and on actual feature film sets. Six months after graduating from University of South California's (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, Professor Collis directed the 20th Century Fox feature film, Sunset Strip (2000), starring Simon Baker (The Mentalist) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer's Club). Professor Collis has directed short form and feature length documentaries. Additionally, he earned his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business where he led a six-month, six-person research study on new business models for Independent Films. In 2014, he produced and directed Car Dogs, starring Patrick Adams (Suits), George Lopez, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help). Next up for Professor Collis is The Long Blue Yonder, which is being produced by Brunson Green (The Help) and has Tye Sheridan (Mud) attached in the lead role. Professor Collis also has a particular interest in helping young filmmakers get their footing in Hollywood. As a professor of practice of film directing at Arizona State University, he's created classes, programs and internships, including the successful Skype-screening series, Hollywood Invades Tempe, which hosted more than a dozen major Hollywood filmmakers and executives.
Jason Scott, School Film, Dance & Theatre Asst Director & Asst Professor
Jason Davids Scott is an Assistant Professor and the Interim Assistant Director for Film and Media Production in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Dr. Scott has also worked for over thirty years as a public relations/marketing consultant for a wide variety of entertainment firms, and also has experience in feature film development and short film production. His first book, "Everything But the Script: Professional Writing in the Entertainment Industry," will be published by Cognella in Fall 2019.