Adam Collis

Film Spark Director and Professor of Practice, MY
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Film Spark Director and Professor of Practice, MY
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Film Spark Director and Professor of Practice, MY
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

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 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
Anderson 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).  The film is schedule for
release in Spring of 2015.

 

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 such, he has
created
ASU in Hollywood which helps current
students and recent graduates transition into the entertainment industry.

 


ASU
in Hollywood

 

ASU in Hollywood
 is a group of 
ad hoc 
classes, programs and
internships all conceived of and overseen by film professor Adam
Collis.  ASU in Hollywood has 4 primary goals:

  1. Connect ASU students
    with exceptional Hollywood professionals in both the studio
    and independent sectors through a variety of classes, programs
    and internships.
  2. Create a thriving
    network and community for ASU alums in Hollywood.
  3. Give successful alums a
    chance to share their wisdom with current students and recent
    graduates and to positively reconnect with their alma mater.
  4. Give prospective
    students in Southern California a chance to experience the
    excitement of @ASUFilm.

ASU in Hollywood classes, programs and internships include:

 

Hollywood
Invades Tempe!
 (website)

Video-chats and in-person
Q&A sessions with notable filmmakers and
executives.  Guests include:


  • Studio Chiefs
    • Bill Mechanic (20th
      Century Fox)
    • Tom Sherak (20th
      Century Fox, Revolution Studios)

  • Award Winning Directors:
    • Oscar nominee,
      Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air)

    • Oscar nominee, Richard Linklater
      (Boyhood, Dazed & Confused)

    • Oscar nominee, Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher, Moneyball)

    • Oscar nominee, Gary Ross (The
      Hunger Games
      )

    • Michael Apted (Fmr.
      President, Directors Guild of
      America; Coalminer's Daughter)
    • 3-time Oscar
      winner
      , Mark Jonathan Harris (Into the Arms
      of Strangers
      )
    • John Landis (Animal House)
    • Jennifer Getzinger (DGA
      Award Winner for Mad Men)
    • Scott Derrickson
      (Doctor Strange, Sinister)
    • Patricia Cardoso
      (Real Women Have Curves)

  • Blockbuster Producers
    • Bryan Burk (Star
      Wars - Episode VII, Star Trek
      )
    • Larry Franco (2012,
      Batman Begins
      )
    • Brunson Green (The Help)

  • Indie Producers
    • Dan Dubiecki (Juno)
    • Palmer West
      (Requiem for a Dream
    • Matt Parker (Beasts
      of the Southern Wild
      )

  • World Class Department Heads
    • Dion Beebe (Oscar
      winning Cinematographer; Collateral)
    • Larry Sher
      (Cinematographer; Garden State)
    • Cynthia Charette
      (Production Designer; Austin Powers)


Anatomy of a
Feature Film

 (
website
)

All day video-conferences that give students the
chance to speak with key filmmakers and executives behind
a single hit film.  
With support from Cisco, ASU hosted students from
around the country (UCLA Anderson, Duke, University of
Montana, Quinnipiac University, Yale) creating 
the first ever inter-collegiate video-conference
on the subject of Independent Film
.  Films and g
uests include:



    • JUNO
      • Director, Jason Reitman
      • Producer, Mason Novick
      • Financier/Producer,
        Nathan Kahane
      • Cinematographer, Eric Steelberg
      • Editor, Dana Glauberman
      • Title Sequence
        Artist, Gareth Smith
      • Fox Searchlight
        President of Production, Claudia Lewis 

 



  • BERNIE
    • WME Global
      Finance/Distribution Chief, Graham Taylor
    • Producer, Judd Payne
    • Co-Writer, Skip Holdingsworth
    • Line Producer, Ginger Sledge
    • Editor, Sandra Adair
    • Millennium
      Entertainment EVP Marketing, Brook Ford
    • Millennium
      Entertainment VP Publicity, Vicky Eguia
    • Hyde Park Foreign Sales
      Rep, Ruzanna Kegeyan


Industry Guest
Lecture Series

 (
website
)

Weekend seminars with
industry exemplars and thought leaders. Guests include:

  • Ted Hope (3-time Sundance
    winning producer; former Executive Director of The San
    Francisco Film Society)
  • ASU Alumnus,
    Michael Helfant (Producer of The
    Call
    ; veteran film industry executive at Beacon,
    Miramax, Interscope; Film Independent board member)
  • Jeb Brody (President of
    Production - Focus Features and Executive Producer
    of Little Miss Sunshine)
  • Reed Martin (Author
    of The
    Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to
    Know About Making an Independent Film)
  • Jeremy Juuso (Author
    of Getting the Money: A
    Step by Step Guide for Writing Business Plans for Film)
  • ASU Alumnus, Hamilton
    Sterling (Sound Designer/Sound Editor, The Dark
    Knight, There Will Be Blood, War of the Worlds, Gangs of
    New York
    )
  • ASU Alumnus, Howard
    Burkons (Emmy nominated Television Writer-Producer)
  • Adam Robinson (Talent Manager-Producer)

FilmSpark: The Car Dogs / ASU Feature Film Internship Program
 (
website
)

CAR DOGS
 is a feature film
which tells the story a young sales manager struggling to hit
his quota at the hottest auto dealership in Arizona.

  
Over 85 ASU student
interns and 15 ASU recent graduates learned filmmaking on a
professional film set from an array of exceptional Hollywood
actors and crew members including:

  • CAST:
    • Patrick J. Adams (Star of
      USA Networks #1 show, Suits)
    • Octavia Spencer
      (Oscar winner for The Help)
    • George Lopez (Superstar comedian)
    • Nia Vardalos (My Big
      Fat Greek Wedding
      )
    • Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips)
    • Corey Hardrict
      (American Sniper)
    • Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town)
    • Dash Mihok (Ray Donovan)
  • CREW:
    • Director of Photography
      David Stump (Oscar winner for
      technical achievement in Cinematography)
    • ASU Alumnus, Casting
      Director John Jackson (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways)
    • 1st Assistant Director
      Sean Hobin (On the Road, Mad Men, Breaking Bad)
    • Production Designer Scott
      Cobb (Lost, Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
    • Costume Designer Maggie
      Morgan (Mona Lisa Smile, Casino, Men in
      Black
       as Asst CD)
    • Sound Editor Hamilton
      Sterling (War of the Worlds, Gangs of New York, Magnolia)

Recent ASU graduates filled
key roles:

  • Co-producer
  • Editor
  • Digital Imaging Technician
  • Production Coordinator
  • Grip
  • Set Decorator
  • Key Set Production Assistant

Outcomes included:

  • One of a kind experiential learning
  • Full academic credit
  • First professional feature
    film credit 
  • Someone to call upon
    arriving in Hollywood
  • Students already working in
    Hollywood as a result of the program
  • Relationships and
    mentorships that will last a lifetime


15 INTO 50 Film
Festival Initiative

 (
website
)

One-on-one
consultations for graduating seniors with film festival
experts have brought us closer to our goal of 15 films into
50 film festivals:  


  • The Understudy, Director Hayley Kosan

    • Best
      Director, Columbia University National
      Undergraduate Film Festival
    • Best Cinematography,
      Columbia University National Undergraduate Film Festival
    • Top 20 Fan
      Favorites, SeeFlik.com
    • Best Ensemble
      Cast-Shorts Catagorie, LA Comedy Fest

  • Cadet, Director Ryan Steiner

    • 1st Place Fan Favorite,
      Top 20 Judges' Favorites, SeeFlik.com

  • Good Injuns, Director Chris Meyers

    • 2nd Place Fan Favorite,
      Top 20 Judges' Favorites, SeeFlik.com

  • The Fixer, Director Nicholas Mimh

    • Top 20 Fan Favorites,
      Top 20 Judges' Favorites, SeeFlik.com

  • Strings, Director Kimberly Aiello


  • El Sueno, Director Daniel Tantalean

    • Short Film Corner,
      Festival de Cannes
    • Phoenix College Latino
      Film Festival, participant
  • The Atheist, Director Conrad 
    Miszuk

    • Cinequest Film
      Festival, participant

  • Sacrificios, Director Miguel Munguia

    • Phoenix College Latino
      Film Festival, participant

  • A K'night Lost in Translation, Director Sergio Gomez

    • San Diego Latino
      Film Festival, participant


WEFilm - the 16% -
Woman in Entertainment and Film

 (launch date Spring, 2015)

ASU hosted monthly
inter-collegiate videoconference series on the subject of women
working in the entertainment industry, produced by 3 ASU film alums.

  • Committed guests/advisors:
    • Veteran television director (Scandal, Dallas,
      Nashville, Arrow, Heart of Dixie
      ), Co-Chair DGA
      Women's Steering Committee, 
      Bethany Rooney
    • Feature and television director (Jane the Virgin,
      The Big C, Teen Wolf
      ), 
      Jann Turner
    • Associate National
      Executive Director/Western Executive Director Directors
      Guild of America, 
      Bryan Unger
    • Feature and television
      director (Real Women Have Curves, Lies in Plain
      Sight
      ), Sundance Film Festival winner, Patricia Cardoso
    • Feature and television
      director (Orange is the New Black, Revenge, Masters of
      Sex, Law & Order: SVU
      ), 
      DGA Award nominee, Jennifer Getzinger
    • Mega-producer (What Women Want, Aquamarine, Beastly,
      No Reservations
      ), Susan Cartsonis
      (
      ASU Alum
      )


Welcome to Hollywood!
 (
website
)

A classroom community
for ASU alums and ASU students.  
Welcome
 to 
Hollywood
 covers the entire
supply chain of the entertainment industry and features
prominent filmmakers and executives, many of whom went to
ASU.  Starting Fall, 2014 in Santa Monica, 

Welcome to Hollywood

 
is designed to deliver:

  • A class which teaches
    a 50,000 foot understanding of the Hollywood ecosystem.
  • A community through which ASU
    can build a strong Hollywood network.
  • An attractive, high profile
    opportunity to showcase ASU's unique programs to prospective
    high school students form Southern California.
  • Scheduled guests included:
    • Michael
      Burns, Vice Chairman, Lion's Gate (ASU Alum)

    • Judd
      Payne,
      Producer/President
      of Production, Wind Dancer Films,
      Bernie,
      The Keeping Room

    • Howard
      Burkons, Emmy nominated Producer-Screenwriter,
      The
      Ron Clark Story, Smooch, John Q
      (
      ASU Alum
      )

    • Jeff
      Judah, Screenwriter,
      Diary
      of a Wimpy Kid, The Night Shift, 90210  
      (
      ASU Alum
      )

    • Susan
      Cartsonis, Producer,
      What
      Women Want, Beastly, No Reservations  
      (
      ASU Alum
      )

    • Michael
      A. Helfant, Producer,
      Fmr.
      President and COO of Marvel Studios, COO of Beacon Pictures,
      The
      Call  
      (
      ASU Alum
      )

    • Bryan Unger, Associate
      National Executive Director/Western Executive Director,
      Director's Guild of America

    • Ted Rubin, Vice
      President, Labor Relations, Warner Bros. Pictures

    • Chris
      Cookson, President, Technologies, Sony Pictures
      Entertainment  (
      ASU alum
      )

    • Hamilton
      Sterling, Sound Editor,
      The
      Amazing Spiderman 2, The Tree of Life, The Dark Knight,
      There Will Be Blood, War of the Worlds
       
      (
      ASU alum
      )

    • Jim
      Orr, President of Distribution, FilmDistrict  (
      ASU
      Family Member
      )

    • Andrew Fogelson, Fmr.
      President of Worldwide Marketing, United Artist, Warner
      Bros. Pictures, Columbia Pictures

    • Eddie DeVall, VP of Partnerships and National
      Promotions, CBS Films; Fmr, Director of Marketing and
      Promotions at MGM Studios
       
      (
      ASU alum
      )

More information about 

ASU in Hollywood
 and Professor Collis can be found here.

Research Interests

New Business Models for Independent Films

Risk-Reward Profiles for Investments in Independent Films

Visual Design for Motion Pictures

The Actor-Director Relationship

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
FMP 394 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
FMP 318 Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 380 Film Production Crew
FMP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
FMP 590 Reading and Conference
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
FMP 318 Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 380 Film Production Crew
FMP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
FMP 394 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
FMP 318 Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 345 Cinematography I
FMP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 318 Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 345 Cinematography I
FMP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
FMP 498 Pro-Seminar
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 318 Directing for Film
FMP 345 Cinematography I
FMP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
FMP 318 Directing for Film
FMP 345 Cinematography I
FMP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 318 Directing for Film
FMP 345 Cinematography I
FMP 494 Special Topics
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
FMP 318 Directing for Film
FMP 345 Cinematography I
FMP 494 Special Topics
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
FMP 300 Focus on Film
FMP 318 Directing for Film
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 345 Cinematography I
FMP 394 Special Topics
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction