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"Women in Film" Weekend Seminars: Pro Directing Practices

Ended Apr 7, 2019

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Full course description


April 5, 2019


3 Days


Sun Studios Screening Room



What you'll learn:

During this weekend seminar, students learn about the art and craft of feature film directing through lectures, screenings and conversations. Taught by writer-director, Amy Adrion, this class will also focus on issues related to gender inequity in the entertainment business and will feature a screening of Ms. Adrion’s feature documentary, Half the Picture, which “celebrates the groundbreaking work of female film directors and investigates the systemic discrimination that has for decades, denied opportunities to far too many talented women in Hollywood.


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

Meeting Details

Friday, April 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Sunday, April 7, 2019, 9:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.


Sun Studios Screening Room
1425 W 14th St. Tempe, AZ 85281

Meet the instructors

Amy Adrion, Writer/Director

Amy Adrion is a director and writer whose work has screened at the Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festivals, been broadcast on PBS and MTV, and won numerous awards. Amy’s debut feature, HALF THE PICTURE, celebrates the groundbreaking work of women film and TV directors and had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. HALF THE PICTURE won the #WhatNext Award at Sundance: London, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Lighthouse Film Festival and was nominated for the Chicken & Egg Award at the SXSW Film Festival. Amy won a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Student Film Award for her graduate thesis film, the narrative short SHOEGAZER, which was Executive Produced by Miranda July. Amy is a graduate of the MFA Film Directing program at UCLA, with an undergraduate degree in Literature and Theology from Georgetown University. Amy grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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.

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.