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Tom Ackerman A.S.C.

Faculty: Cinematography (2008)
Thomas Ackerman is best known for his work as director of photography in feature motion pictures with more than 35 theatrical films to his credit, including iconic titles such as BEETLEJUICE, JUMANJI, and THE LEGEND OF RON BURGANDY. Mr. Ackerman is also widely experienced in commercial, music video and documentary film production.  He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild, the Directors Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

David E. Elkins S.O.C.
David E. Elkins

Assistant Dean, Cinematography Faculty (1997); Interim Dean of School of Filmmaking (2006-2007)
B.A., Columbia College-Hollywood; B.A., University of Connecticut; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia College-Hollywood. Previous teaching experience includes nine years at Columbia College-Hollywood. He served as president of the school from 1994-1995.  He has worked professionally as a motion picture camera assistant and camera operator for film, television, music videos and commercials. His credits include the television series THE WONDER YEARS, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and GABRIEL’S FIRE; music videos for The Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers; commercials for McDonalds, Life Savers and  more. He has served as Assistant Dean of the School of Filmmaking since 2004. Mr. Elkins is the author of two of the basic textbooks for camera personnel: "The Camera Assistant’s Manual," now in its fifth edition, and "Camera Terms and Concepts," published by Focal Press.  He is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and Society of Camera Operators.

John LeBlanc
Faculty: Cinematography (2006)
Trained as a Cinematographer for over two decades, John has shot with some of the top named directors on feature films, music videos and commercials. He has won a prestigious Golden Lion award in Cannes for his AT&T International campaign.  His feature credits include ANGEL TOWN, STRIPPED TO KILL, PERSONAL FOUL, THE OUTSIDER, TRUTH OR DARE and COCOON.  In addition to numerous commercial credits, John also has music video credits including “Kiss” (Prince), “Eternity” (Sheena Easton), and “The Right Stuff” (Vanessa Williams).


David Parrish S.O.C.
Faculty: Cinematography (2014)
M.A. in Film, The University of Iowa, B.A. in Film Production, The Evergreen State College, attended the Istituto di Stato per la Cinematografia e la Televisione, Rome Italy.
Over the past 35+ years David Parrish has worked around the world as a cinematographer, camera operator and camera assistant on numerous feature films (BEETLEJUICE, CHRISTMAS VACATION, DODGEBALL, THE NOTEBOOK), television productions (HOUSE MD, WITHOUT A TRACE, BROTHERS & SISTERS, STAR TREK, PARTY OF FIVE), numerous commercials (UNITED AIRLINES, CHEVROLET, TOYOTA, COCA-COLA, PEPSI, BUDWEISER, McDONALDS, APPLE COMPUTER, REVLON, DISNEYLAND) and major music videos (Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Pat Benatar, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Prince, Oingo Boingo, Duran Duran,Yes). In 1995 Mr. Parrish designed and developed sunPATH©, a sun tracking computer program that is used in both film production and photography world wide. He has published articles in the American Cinematographer’s Manual and the Kodak Cinematography Workshops manual. Mr. Parrish is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild and the Society of Camera Operators.