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Adam Collis

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

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
FMP 318Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
FMP 318Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 394Special Topics
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 394Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
FMP 318Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 394Special Topics
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
FMP 318Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 394Special Topics
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 318Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 380Film Production Crew
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
FMP 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 318Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 380Film Production Crew
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 394Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 318Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 345Cinematography I
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
FMP 318Directing for Film and Media I
FMP 345Cinematography I
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 498Pro-Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
FMP 318Directing for Film
FMP 345Cinematography I
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 318Directing for Film
FMP 345Cinematography I
FMP 494Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction