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Welcome to Hollywood Fall 2019


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Full course description


August 27, 2019


15 weeks


Santa Monica College



What you'll learn:

Learn from working professionals in film, television & new media "Welcome to Hollywood gives students a broad overview of how the Film-TV-New Media industry works by examining areas within the “product life cycle” of films, television shows and web series. The areas will be studying this semester are Development, Financing, Production (Physical Production through Post), Acquisition, Marketing and Distribution. A unique aspect of this semester’s class is that we will be studying the product life cycles of Superhero Movies. Additionally, we will be learning from some of the industry’s leading filmmakers and executives who have worked on some of Hollywood’s most prominent films. Participants from past semesters have included Hutch Parker (producer Logan, X-Men), Scott Derrickson (director, Doctor Strange), Larry Franco (producer Batman Begins), Hamilton Sterling (sound designer, Logan) and Andrea Wertheim (associate producer, Justice League), Nate Parker (executive producer, Black Panther)."

Who this course is designed for:

Alumni and anyone interested in working in the film and television industry.

Meet the instructor

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 filmakers and executives.

Meeting Details

Tues. Aug. 27, 2019 - Tues. Dec. 3, 2019

7:30pm - 10:00pm


Santa Monica College, Center for Media and Design

1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404