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 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.

Education

  • M.B.A. Anderson School of Management, University of Californa Los Angeles  
  • M.F.A. Filmmaking, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
  • B.A. Religion, Duke University

 

 

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

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 318 Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 394 Special Topics
FMP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
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