Chapman University in Orange, California is made up of 10 different schools focusing on different areas of academia. One of the bigger schools making up the institution is the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, which offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in film and media subjects including production, screenwriting, acting, digital arts, broadcast journalism, and documentary filmmaking. The expansive on-site facilities have been designed to replicate a working production studio and are accessible to students 24/7. The filmmaker-in-residence initiative invites an industry insider to spend 15 weeks at the college each semester providing screenings, master classes, and working individually with 10 select students.
This fall the college will host Bill Gerber, producer of A Star is Born, as the filmmaker-in-residence. Veteran film producer Michael Phillips taught at Chapman for a number of years and continues to be a member of the advisory board, he praised the on-campus environment as “extremely down-to-earth”, adding that “learning to make films is presented as a joy rather than a high Olympian art.” Notable Chapman alumni include director Carlos Lopez Estrada, filmmaker Justin Simien, and the Duffer Brothers, the twins who co-created the Netflix series Stranger Things.