Our film instructors have a wide range of industry experience, a passion to teach and are happy to pass on techniques that helped them gain a foothold in the film industry.
Ian Fischer is a multiple award winning film director, producer, screenwriter and instructor. His short films, Magritte Moment, Foet, Lightride, and music videos have been screened at over 100 film festivals.
As a member of the Directors and Actors Workshop in New York City, Fischer was one of nine directors chosen to become part of “The Wonder Project”. This feature-length collaborative film, is a series of nine short films that are the result of what happens when a director is given lines of dialogue and then told to create a unique story using all of the lines and also incorporating the word “wonder” into the film’s title. Fischer’s contribution is called “The Wonder of See-Saws”.
Fischer’s next films include a feature documentary about comic-book artist Steve Rude is called RUDE DUDE. And a feature documentary on America’s Love Affair with Superheroes called SUPERHERO NATION.
He has worked as a screenwriter, development writer, script doctor and screenwriting teacher. He has lectured in the US, UK and Moscow, Russia. Most recently, Taylor optioned a thriller feature script to Deadhouse Films, a half-hour pilot he wrote was selected as a nominee for a HUMANITAS Prize and a short he wrote is currently up for an HBO Production grant.
After releasing her directorial debut film, Butterflies of BIll Baker that starred Will Chase (Nashville) and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men), Jhankar is currently working on the distribution of a NYC-based romantic comedy Get Happy, along with the development of two versatile features – Underground Rush, with a story that presents the relentless spirit behind MMA; and Kulfi, a tale of 3 interlocking stories from New York to Mumbai.
Jhankar graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with an honors degree in Film/TV and a minor in producing. Since, she has worked with Focus Features, Behind the Burner, MTV/VH1, USA Studios, IOM Production Company, News12 in The Bronx and Indiepix, for shows and films like Behind the Music, Milk and Taking Woodstock.
Joseph Pearce is a writer, director and producer at Glass Shack Films a New York-based independent film production company. Joseph recently completed a new pilot episode of ‘Going Social’; a brand-new original sitcom about recent college graduates who fall for the sexy world of Social Media.
His interest in film started in college where he minored in film and then went on to work at Concorde – New Horizons, the studio owned by Roger Cormen. The infamous “Cormen Film School” is where Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, and James Cameron directed their first film.
In-between his film pursuits he earned his MBA at UC Irvine, CA and worked at Warner Brothers; where he developed a digital strategy for their Video on Demand (VOD) service.
Rob Ellenberg is a production sound mixer with experience in film, television, commercials, documentaries, and more. He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (Tempe, AZ). Some of his projects include work for Disney, E!, Sony Entertainment, HGTV, Wired Magazine, the Coachella Valley Music Festival, and the Bonnaroo music festival. He has worked with talent such as Paul McCartney and James Franco, as well as directors Paul Thomas Anderson and Spike Lee. Before working in production sound, Rob was an assistant engineer at Soundworks Studios in Burbank, CA. He is a certified operator of Pro Tools and Logic Pro 9.