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Faculty

A listing of all faculty members and their area of instruction at the College of Motion Picture Arts.

Chuck Allen

Chuck has more than 40 years of professional experience in sound, mixing, engineering and recording for musicians like Sting, Meatloaf, Kansas and Todd Rundgren.

Dr. Valliere Richard Auzenne

Dr. Richard's doctorate in Communication is from the Florida State University.  The focus of her teaching is screenwriting, film history, professional development, and documentary filmmaking.

Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott is a critically acclaimed, bestselling novelist, as well as screenwriter, essayist, and poet; she is the author of eighteen books that appear under her own name as well as the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode.

Reb Braddock

Reb Braddock is a writer and director of feature motion pictures who serves as the Acting Dean for the College of Motion Picture Arts.

Bill Carruth

William (Bill) C. Carruth is a third generation film editor with over 40 years experience in the motion picture industry.

April Caskie Simmons

April is an experimental filmmaker who teaches classes in motion picture editing as a Visiting Assistant in Film focusing on project organization, aesthetics, and techniques of narrative editing.

Tony Ciarlariello

Tony teaches classes in producing as a Visiting Assistant in Film, and manages the College of Motion Picture Arts' day-to-day supervision and coordination of student pre-production, production, and post-production.

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen is an independent motion picture executive, who has created a number of successful distribution and production companies including Analysis Films, Masada Production, Moonbeam Productions, and Aries Films.

Jeffrey Edell

Mr. Edell serves as the College's Entrepreneur in Residence and will provide film students with the opportunity to receive instruction from, and engage in regular one-on-one meetings with, a highly regarded and successful entrepreneur in the media industry.

Leslie France

A professional actor and a highly regarded acting teacher, France has worked in motion picture, television, and theater for more than fifteen years.

George Geiger

George Geiger has been a professional writer for more than 30 years in the entertainment industry as creator, executive producer, and show-runner of prime time television.

Geoffrey Gilmore

Geoffrey Gilmore is the Creative Director of Tribeca Enterprises, a New York company that includes the Tribeca Film Festival, the Tribeca Cinemas and the Tribeca Film Festival Doha.

Ron Honn

Ron Honn is an animator and visual effects artist with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry.

Claudia Johnson

Claudia Johnson is a writer, documentarian, and a member of the faculty at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, where she helped create the screenwriting courses and continues to teach feature workshops. 

Jed Kaleko

Jed Kaleko is a veteran of more than 13 years of stage design and set construction.

Antonio Mendez Esparza

Antonio Méndez Esparza is a director and screenwriter, whose latest film Aquí y Allá premiered at Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, where it was awarded the Grand Prix.  Antonio teaches directing classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Victoria Meyer

Vicky Meyer is a screenwriter and highly regarded script consultant who teaches screenwriting. She has provided story and screenwriting consultation on a non-disclosure basis with some of Hollywood’s most prominent directors.

Victor Nunez

Victor Nunez is an esteemed independent filmmaker who creates high-quality, memorable portraits of life about characters who struggle with personal adversity. Nunez is best known for writing and directing Ulee's Gold.

Frank Patterson

Professor Frank Patterson serves as the Dean of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.

Oscar Perez

Oscar Perez is an award winning filmmaker as well as the creator and director of Pink Bubble Bath - the sexy film festival. Oscar has worked 15 years in film production while being based out of New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Richard Portman

Professor Emeritus Richard Portman has served as sound mixer on more than 200 feature films. He has eleven Academy Award nominations for sound work and won an Academy Award for Best Sound for the film The Deer Hunter.

Valerie Scoon

Valerie Scoon is a producer and creative executive with extensive industry experience who most recently served as the Director of Development for Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films.

Keith Slade

Keith teaches classes in Camera and Light Mechanics as an Associate in Film and runs workshops in equipment use in order to teach the safe and proper operation of all film production related equipment.

Erika Stone

Erika teaches acting in the College of Motion Picture Arts with a focus on helping directors communicate effectively with actors.

Jonathan Stone

As a faculty member, Jonathan Stone is the Head of Digital Production for the college.

Dr. Andrew Syder

Dr. Andrew Syder is the Assistant Dean for the College of Motion Picture Arts.

Dr. Lisa Tripp

Dr. Lisa Tripp is a scholar-practitioner of digital media and new cultures of learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego.

Chuck Williams

Chuck Williams is a 24-year veteran of the animation industry, with more than 20 of those years at Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Ken Robkin

Ken Robkin joins the Animation and Digital Arts program from the animation industry.