Curb Creative Connection Field Experience: Los Angeles and the Media Industry

  • ASU California Center

Join Prof. Adam Collis and connect with ASU’s California Center in Santa Monica, California to immerse yourself in film industry practices, talk with successful professionals about important issues facing entertainment industries, and work on building knowledge to help prepare you to engage with the film and media industry.

Application deadline is January 25, 2017 by 5 p.m. Please email your response to the question below and a copy of your current resume to program manager, Nyomi Gruber at

  • Start
    3 Days
    Location Santa Monica

Course Details

For your application, write a short paragraph explaining how this field experience in Los Angeles aligns with your academic and professional interests. Be specific. Please also attach a resume. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the FMP and FPR degree programs in the ASU School of Film, Dance, and Theatre.

Application deadline is January 25, 2017 by 5 p.m. Please email your response to the question above and a copy of your current resume to program manager, Nyomi Gruber at

Schedule subject to change.



Thursday, February 23rd
7:00 am Fly from Phoenix to LAX
10:00 am Arrive ASU California Center / Film Spark HQ 
10:30 am Welcome!
11:00 am Panel Discussion: Working in Hollywood
- producer, Judd Payne
- producer, Sherryl Clark
- producer, ASU alumnus, David Breschel 
12:00 pm Lunch at ASU California Center
1:00 pm Drive to Maker City LA
2:00 pm Tour Maker City LA with the co-creator of the maker-space, cultural analyst, Sharon Lee
3:30 pm Return to ASU California Center
4:30pm - 7:30pm Free Time and Dinner in Santa Monica (on your own)
7:30 pm - Screening of MR. RIGHT (starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell) with LA alumni
- Q&A with MR RIGHT producer, ASU alumnus, Michael Helfant
- Alumni Mixer
  Friday, February 24th
9:00 am Drive to Creative Artists Agency / Annenberg Space for Photography
10:00 am Creative Artists Agency - Visit with campus recruiting executive, Lisa Tanury
11:00 am Special tour of the Annenberg Space for Photography
12:30 pm Lunch - In Creative Artists Agency / Annenberg Complex
1:30 pm Drive to Sony Studios
2:30 pm Sony Lot Tour
5:00 pm Dinner (on your own)
5:45 pm Leave for Hollywood Boulevard
7:00 pm Movie at the historical Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard
  Saturday, February 25th
10:15 am A tour of The Music Center
3:00 pm Fly form LAX to Phoenix


About the Instructor

Adam Collis is a filmmaker and film professor dedicated to making distinctive feature films and to giving his students one of a kind opportunities to learn filmmaking directly from world class filmmakers from both studio and independent realms. He accomplishes this by connecting his students and Hollywood pros through video conferences, at in-class visits, and on actual feature film sets. Professor Collis has directed short form and feature length documentaries. Additionally, he earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson where he led a six month, six person research study on new business models for Independent Films.

Linda Essig is Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, including the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, which has helped over 30 student teams develop arts-based ventures for Arizona and beyond since its inception in 2006 and publishes the only research journal in the field, Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. She was the first director of the ASU School of Theatre and Film, now the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, where she also served as Artistic Director of the school’s MainStage Season from 2004­–2010.


ASU California Center
725 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica,

Location Details


Are my travel arrangements and lodging included in the cost?

Flight, hotel, ground transportation and two meals will be included in the cost of this experience.

What kind of hotel accommodations will we have?

Rooms will be shared with one other person of the same sex.

Required Materials

Materials checklist

“On Hollywood: The Place, the Industry” by Allen J. Scott

Request More Info

For more information on this course, please fill out the form and an ASU staff member will be in contact with you. We look forward to welcoming you into the ASU community.