Full-time Faculty

Bradley Battersby, B.A., Certificate of Completion, M.A.
Department Head 

Stanford University (Drama); American Film Institute (Directing Fellow); Savannah College of Art and Design (Digital Photography). Bradley has a wide range of experience in the film industry as a screenwriter, director and cinematographer. He has written and directed five feature films, written numerous screenplays, and directed a number of television episodes and commercials. He has directed such acclaimed actors as Martin Landau, Courteney Cox, Jeremy Piven, Nastassja Kinski, Peter Coyote and Kris Kristofferson. He taught at the American Film Institute where he was a Directing Fellow, and has also taught at Chapman University, the Los Angeles Film School, UCLA Extension, and the Maine Media Workshops. Bradley is responsible for creating the award-winning Moving Pictures Department at Idyllwild Arts. 

Sheryl Haler, B.F.A., M.F.A.

Texas Tech University (Design Communication); University of Houston (Clay/Fiber/ Sculpture). Exhibitions: Textile Arts Centre, Chicago; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Museum; Provincetown Museum, MA. Co-author, Design Concepts and Applications.  

C.J. Julian, M.F.A.

Florida State University Film Conservatory (Filmmaking). C.J.’s first teaching opportunity came as a Photography Department Coordinator at Penland School of Crafts, where he worked with world renowned photographers, including Keith Carter, Jerry Uelsmann and Sally Mann. He was selected a Visiting Cinematographer in Residence at FSU, where he taught graduate cinematography and served as an MFA thesis advisor. After moving to Los Angeles, C.J. spent eight years working as a Director of Photography and Set Lighting Technician on over 200 features, commercials and music videos. His credits as Director of Photography include the critically acclaimed feature Blink, and the award winning documentary Mythic Journeys. As a screenwriter, C.J. has written or collaborated on several screenplays. He is a staff writer with Lobrau Productions and volunteers with the Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles where he mentors youths in writing and producing their own screenplays. Since 2008, C.J. has worked at EFILM, a leading Digital Intermediate facility, as an Imaging Science Coordinator. EFILM has afforded him the opportunity to work with Academy Award winning filmmakers, while using and developing innovative technologies that are leading the way in digital filmmaking. He has contributed on the Digital Intermediates of over 100 feature films, including recent projects, LooperTree of Life and The Avengers. 

Robert Melville, B.A., M.F.A., J.D. 

University of Kent, Canterbury, England (Law); Florida State Conservatory of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts (Film); University of Detroit School of Law (Law). Member of the bar in Great Britain, Canada and the State of Florida. Writer/director. 

Mark Parry, B.A., M.F.A.

Chapman University (Art & Communications); University of Southern California (Film Production). Mark’s career in the motion picture industry spans 20 years and includes work in nearly every position critical to the creation of a film. As a cinematographer, Mark has shot over a dozen features and scores of other projects including commercials, music videos and shorts. His cinematography has won several awards including the Nissan FOCUS Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and as second unit director, he directed the “Flying Elvises” and the Hawaii aerial sequences in Honeymoon in Vegas, a 1993 Golden Globe nominee for Comedy. Previously, Mark taught at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.  In 2006, he mentored the director of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award winning film The Reel Monkey. In addition, Mark served as the cinematographer on the project. Mark has also guest-lectured at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Long-term Part-time Faculty

Lance Ford Jones, B.F.A., M.F.A. 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Art and Technology); University of South Florida (Electronic Media). Clio Award, "Best Television/Cinema Interactive;" SIGGRAPH International Art Show. Awarded U.S. Patent for Electronic Design. Over twenty years computer/video programming for business, science and art. 

Adjunct Faculty

Kristen Blossom, M.F.A. 

Florida State University, Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training (Acting). Kristen has worked professionally as an actor on the stage and screen for 11 years.  Highlights of her education include studying Shakespeare with Patsy Rodenburg, clowning with Mark Bell and acting with Andrei Malaev-Babel. Her career highlights include working with Frank Galati and Michael Donald Edwards in The Grapes of Wrath at the Asolo Rep, where she played the role of Rose of Sharon. Additional performance credits include Juliet in the Asolo Repertory Theatre, New Stages tour of Romeo and Juliet, Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Arena Dinner Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN and Rosalind in As You Like It at the First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, IN. During her time at the Huntington University Theatre Company her favorite roles were Babe in Crimes of The Heart, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Laura in The Glass Menagerie and Grace in Radium Girls.

Jimmy Kontos, B.A., M.F.A.

Florida State University (Humanities), University of Alabama (Directing) Jimmy has been teaching acting for twenty years and has worked extensively in the theatre holding various positions such as Artistic Director, Educational Coordinator, and Executive Director.  He has had the opportunity to work closely with theatres, conservatories, and schools such as the Artists Workshop, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His work as an actor, director, and playwright has been seen and produced across the country.