About Film Spark

History

In Fall of 2009, film professor Adam Collis, hosted a simple video-conference between his students and the cinematographer of The Hangover films. The students liked it so much, Collis set upon a mission to connect ASU students with the best filmmakers and executives in the world.

Since then Professor Collis has connected ASU with 4 Oscar-winners, 5 Oscar-nominees, 3 studio chiefs, the presidents of the Academy and the Directors Guild, as well as numerous blockbuster producers and award-winning directors. Film Spark’s Feature Film Internship Initiative gave 85 ASU students and 15 recent alumni the chance to learn filmmaking on an actual feature film set from an Oscar-winning cast and crew.

In Spring of 2015, President Michael Crow and Dean Steve Tepper recognized the value of Collis’ efforts and formally established ASU Film Spark at the ASU California Center in Santa Monica with a staff of five. Turning a professor’s passion project into a university strategic initiative is yet another example of why U.S. News & World Report named ASU the "Most Innovative University in the Nation."

Facilities

Film Spark is located Los Angeles, CA. Events, courses, and programs are often held at the ASU California Center in Downtown Los Angeles at the Herald Examiner building.

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