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Seattle Film Institute Faculty
Our faculty are not only instructors, but working professionals. We have a wide range of experience in film production at all levels, from feature films to web commercials.
Steven Bradford received his B.A. in Motion Picture & Television Production from the University of Southern California. He has produced touch screen video sequences, videodiscs for NASA, and filmed neurosurgery, the rock band KISS, and the Space Shuttle in 3D. He also shot a low budget 35mm feature. From 2004 to 2007 Steven was the director of the School of Film and Visual Effects at Collins College in Phoenix, Arizona.
Evan Briggs has worked in various capacities as a filmmaker in the Bay Area and Seattle since 2000. Her short films cover a wide variety of subject matter and have premiered in cities all over the country. She has also taught Digital Filmmaking Workshops through the Digital Media Academy. Evan holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.
Michael Caldwell oversees development, production, and post-production of feature films produced by Vulcan Productions. Prior to joining Vulcan Productions, Caldwell served as a production executive with New Line Cinema, where his credits included Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Before that, he was a production executive with Walt Disney Studios. Caldwell holds an MFA degree in Cinema/Television Production from the University of Southern California.
Serena Down graduated from Stanford University with an MA in Documentary Film and Video Production. She has worked as an Associate Producer, Field Producer, and online editor for A&E, HGTV, and Discovery Channel. Her credits also include producing and editing documentaries, and research and development for various TV programming.
Steve Edmiston is a writer/co-producer whose recent feature, Crimes of the Past, premiered on Lifetime in 2010 and is distributed internationally by Marvista Entertainment. His previous feature, A Relative Thing, is distributed by Official Best of Fest and Gaiam’s Spiritual Cinema Circle. Steve is also a business, intellectual property, and entertainment attorney with the Invicta Law Group. He advises several NW film festivals, is a director for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, and is on the IndieFlix advisory board. Steve earned his law degree at the University of Washington.
David Golden has over 20 years experience as a writer, producer and director in the film and television industry. In that time, he has been the creative force behind an extensive body of work in every form of media, including network and cable television as well as feature films. He has taught classes and workshops on film production and screenwriting at a number of colleges and universities across the country.
Tim Huling graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is a composer specializing in music for film, television and other media. Tim's music has been heard around the world in productions such as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the PBS documentary Inside Passage, the theatrical trailer for Monster, and more. Tim has been teaching in the Pacific NW Film Scoring Program since 1999.
Cory Kelley holds a degree in Motion Picture/Video Production from Montana State University. He is highly skilled with motion graphics, 2-D animation, and editing. He previously worked for one of the largest advertising agencies in Seattle, and now operates his own video production company, Team Juicebox Productions, which presently has two feature length documentaries in production.
Hummie Mann graduated magna cum laude from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is a two-time Emmy-award winning composer/arranger who has collaborated with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films. His motion pictures projects have ranged from Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" to Peter Yates' "Year of the Comet". Hummie is also the principal instructor of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute.
Laurel Minter holds a BA in Theater and Acting and an MFA in Filmmaking from the University of California. She has received numerous awards including the Alfred P. Sloan Writing Award, Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, and recently was chosen as a finalist for the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She has taught acting and directing at schools including University of San Francisco, Cornish College of the Arts, and Seattle Central College.
Christopher Mosio is a professional cinematographer who graduated from the USC School of Cinema/Television with a B.A. in Cinema Production. Christopher has shot commercials, documentaries, feature films, and music videos for artists including Celine Dion, Reba McEntire, and K.D. Lang. He received an East Coast Emmy Award, was a cameraman for the feature film Akeelah and the Bee, and was Director of Photography for the BET series, Baldwin Hills.
Lance Rhoades received his Master’s from the University of Washington where he is a graduate instructor in the Dept. of Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies. He earned the 2003-04 Excellence in Teaching Award. Lance has taught summer courses on literature and film at MIT and Cal Tech, written articles on horror films and film music, and is currently editing a book on Federico Fellini.
David Shulman received his MFA in Cinema/Television from USC and taught film/video at the university level prior to founding the Seattle Film Institute in 1994, where he is the Executive Director. He has produced, directed, written and edited numerous PBS documentaries. David worked as a story analyst for Columbia Pictures and has worked on a wide range of feature films. He recently completed World Enough and Time, an independent 35mm feature film which he wrote, directed, and edited.
David Trees received a BS in Film Production from Montana State University, and also studied both screenwriting and fiction writing at the University of Washington. His many adventures with the pen include scripting film documentaries, writing for television, and a newspaper writing career as reporter, editor, and columnist. David was awarded the national Writer's Digest grand prize for his screenplay Under High Woods.
Oliver Tuthill worked in Hollywood for ten years as an actor, and holds a Producers Diploma from the Hollywood Film Institute. He is president of the Seattle-based Blue Wood Films. His credits include writing and directing the documentaries Complex and Wounded Heart: Pine Ridge and the Sioux, and producing and directing the feature film The Right to Bear Arms. In addition, he is an editor and composer, and the recipient of the Washington Governor’s Award in Media and a Telly Award.
Bill Weir received his B.A. degree in Motion Pictures & Television from UCLA, and has worked as a producer, screenwriter, and director in both Hollywood and Seattle. He has worked on feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, and marketing videos. In 1994 Bill helped David Shulman in founding the Seattle Film Institute and taught one of the school's first two classes. He is currently Director of the Masters in Producing program and is developing two feature film projects.
Denise Weir graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. Denise is a motion graphics designer and animator with 20 years of experience working in the fields of print, motion, and animation. Currently she lives and maintains a studio in the Seattle area where she free-lances, producing digital graphics and animations, and continues to follow her first love of drawing. She has been involved with brands such as Starbucks, Wizards of the Coast, Seattle Symphony, and K2 Skis.