UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - December 18, 2015
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
December 18, 2015
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
Questions, comments, alumni news? Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu
Please note that with the UCLA winter campus closure, this will be the final TFT Alumni Newsletter of 2015. The next newsletter will be sent out on January 8, 2016. Happy holidays!
News and TFT Alumni Events
Congratulations to our TFT Alumni Nominees

The nominations for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Thursday, Dec. 10. Ten UCLA TFT alumni and a UCLA TFT lecturer have involvement with the following nominated films and TV series:

SpyMellisa Bretherton (B.A. ’77), film editor 
TrainwreckAmanda Glaze (B.A. ’08), associate producer

Inside OutErick Oh (M.F.A. ’10), animator 
The Peanuts MovieDavid Vasquez (B.A. ’90), animator

CasualSheila Callaghan (M.F.A. ’97), writer 
Mozart in the JungleJohn J. Strauss (B.A. ’80), writer; Mark Steilen (M.F.A. ’96), writer
TransparentSilas Howard (M.F.A. ’10), director

American CrimeLisa Wiegand (M.F.A. ’98), cinematographer 
American Horror Story: HotelCrystal Liu (B.A. ’02), writer; Mark Worthington (UCLA TFT lecturer), series production designer

Ricky Gervais will return for his third stint as host of the gala, taking place on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will be telecast live on NBC starting at 5 pm.

Eleven UCLA TFT alumni and a current graduate student have involvement with nine of the films and event series that will be shown in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Midnight Madness, NEXT, Spotlight and Special Events sections of the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, taking place Jan. 21-31, 2016, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. They include:


James Franco (B.A. ’08; UCLA TFT lecturer), producer, Goat
Akin McKenzie (B.A. ’02), production designer, Goat
Gabrielle Union (B.A. ’96), actress, The Birth of a Nation


Nate Bolotin (M.F.A. '07), executive producer, Yoga Hosers 
Meredith Koch (B.A. '11), second assistant director, Carnage Park 
Moana Sherrill (M.F.A. '13), line producer, Carnage Park 
Cinematography graduate student Sandra Stenzel, still photographer, Carnage Park 
Aram Tertzakian (M.F.A. '07), executive producer, Yoga Hosers 
Anthony Tran (B.A. '10), costume designer, Trash Fire


XYZ Films, which is made up of UCLA TFT alums and producers Nate Bolotin,  Nick Spicer (M.F.A. ’06) and Aram Tertzakian, has the film Operation  Avalanche showing in the Sundance NEXT section.
Michael Stuhlbarg , actor,  Miles Ahead


James Franco , actor,  11.22.63
Sundance will debut the two-hour premiere of this nine-hour Hulu event series, followed by an extended Q&A. ( world premiere )

Alex Gibney , director and executive producer,  The New Yorker Presents
The festival will premiere the first two episodes of this Amazon Studios series, followed by an extended Q&A. ( world premiere )

Heading to Park City? UCLA TFT will host its annual reception on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Zoom, 660 Main St., from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. RSVP to www.tft.ucla.edu/sundancereception.

Do you have a film in Sundance or Slamdance?

Let me know about it! Email  Noah Green

A Tribute To Penelope Spheeris
Jan 29 and 30, 2016

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Academy Film Archive present

A Tribute to Penelope Spheeris
Jan 29 & 30, 2016

Both events featuring UCLA alumna Penelope Spheeris will be part of the ongoing program, “ TFT Alumni Nights at the Archive.”

Free admission to both show for TFT Alumni who say, “TFT ALUMNI” at the Billy Wilder Theater box office.

Friday, Jan 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
Dudes  (1988)
Written by fellow UCLA alumnus Randall Jahnson, and starring Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck and Flea, Penelope Spheeris’ punk rock, western, road movie, comedy, action mash-up defies all conventions as it barrels across a subcultural American landscape, from big city mosh pits to wide frontier skies.

In Person:  Jon Cryer, Randall Jahnson, Penelope Spheeris.

Saturday, Jan 30 @ 7:30 p.m.

"UCLA Short Films and Beyond"
UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to partner with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for this special presentation of short films directed by Penelope Spheeris while she was studying film at UCLA—and a later short documentary portrait of her mother , No Use Walkin’ When You Can Stroll (1998).  Restored by the Academy Film Archive, Spheeris’ shorts reveal a filmmaker confidently, gleefully subverting cinematic rules in search of a visual language to match the rebellious, anarchic spirit of her subjects.

In Person:  Penelope Sheeris; Mark Toscano—Academy Film Archive.


Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship

Matthew Wrather (MFA '12) stars.

You’ll never find a better part for me than the Elf in David Sedaris’s The SantaLand Diaries.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to come see me in something, this is it!

I’m very proud of this show, and I think you’re going to have a great time: It’s the classic David Sedaris story adapted into a brisk, hilarious feast of a one-man-show. It’s smart, it’s energetic, it’s just a bit perverse… like me!

Please come! And use the promo code ELF at checkout to get regular tickets $19.96 (the year the show was first done). That's a 33% discount!

Dec 5–20, 2015
Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3:30
(Previews Dec 3 & 4 at 8)


The TFT BEN Programming Fund is Now Active!
The TFT Bruin Entertainment Network is now able to accept direct donations to a dedicated TFT alumni programming fund. To support the BEN Programming Fund, click the link below, and make sure to share the link with others!

A link to support the TFT BEN Scholarship Fund will be available in coming weeks.
Get involved with TFT BEN
Contact Dallas King
The Grammy Museum presents: Sinatra An American Icon
As the official exhibit of the Frank Sinatra Centennial, Sinatra: An American Icon traces 100 years of Sinatra legacy, from Hoboken, N.J., through superstardom, chronicling the meteoric rise of his music career, his Hollywood success, personal life, and humanitarian work.

Job Listings
  Junior Editor/AE at Woven

Looking for a Jr Editor/Assistant Editor with excellent communication skills who can work with our production team to create short-form videos every day (Informational, witty pop culture pieces, trending topics, etc.). Ideal candidate will have research and writing skills with a sense of humor, understanding of story, and knowledge of current pop culture trends.  

Lengthy list of credits not a prerequisite, but must know Adobe Premiere and After Effects.  

Candidate must be able to handle fast pace workload while remaining self-disciplined to generate new ideas and meet deadlines to deliver a polished, mixed, tight story within extremely tight deadlines.

Please send samples of work if available. 

Volunteer Line Producer Wanted

I'm a writer/director looking for a volunteer Line Producer to work with on my next short film, LAST PICKUP.  It's a piece of speculative fiction about the future of driving set in a car in LA. It's written for two actors I've worked with many times. I am currently building a crew and would like to work with a line producer to help the process of finding a crew, costing and managing the budget and managing the day-to-day physical aspects of the two day shoot. 

I would like to start work with someone ASAP in order to shoot in early-mid February. 

If you would like to read the script and see the lookbook, please contact me on annagjones@gmail.com For more information about my work, please visit www.annagjones.com

Video Production Specialist (Boca Raton, FL)

Location: Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global-Corporate Office
Region: Boca Raton, FL
Department: 455102 Engagement-CreativeServ-Specialist
Employment Status: Full time
Shift Hours / Days: M-F 8-5PM
Hours / Pay Period: 80
Position ID: 38259
Job Function: Support Services

Description:  Video Production Specialist

We Fight Cancer: Care That Never Quits®

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) delivers an extraordinary patient experience we call Patient Empowered Care®. We deliver state-of-the-art, high quality care through an integrative model where a team of experts puts patients at the center of their own care. Every day is purposeful. Every day, you will help patients win the fight against cancer. Every day is challenging and rewarding beyond your imagination.

A Culture Of Teamwork, Empowerment & Development

CTCA provides Stakeholders with exceptional support and easy access to a wide range of tools and resources they need to bring the best of themselves, every day. Our benefits, wellness, and compensation programs lead the market. Imagine access to your own personal health coach! We also provide extensive training and career development opportunities that encourage professional and personal growth—it is a point of pride. Those are just a few of the ways we empower our Stakeholders to deliver the highest standard of care, which we call the Mother Standard®.


The Video Production Specialist is a creative storyteller with strong video post-production and production technical skills. The primary focus of this position is telling stories and communicating information clearly through video editing. This position will assist the Senior Producer in taking projects to completion and must possess the technical skills necessary to quickly ingest large amounts of raw footage, and select cogent elements essential to tell compelling and informative stories through video. These videos will help educate cancer patients and their loved ones about treatment options at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, assisting in their cancer treatment decisions. This position is also responsible for filming operational videos; internal live event-style shoots, as well as some external videos. This role will also help with asset management, video sharing and archival.

Job Accountabilities

  • Serves the organization in the role of video editor: edits videos shot in-house and by external film crews, taking raw footage through post-production to final cut and distribution, creating high quality videos that clearly communicate key messages; edits videos for internal communication, social media, company events, marketing and advertising.
  • Shoots and produces internal video projects (and occasionally still photography): operational videos, internal live-event shoots and some external videos. This includes hands-on video production: filming, lighting, location sound recording and some producing responsibilities.
  • Assists in internal digital asset management, organization and video distribution: Video file sharing, EditShare (storage, back-up and archival), Brightcove Media Library, Sitecore video publishing, CTCA YouTube channel, vimeo account and associated web properties.

Key Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of professional video production experience, all aspects
  • BA, BS, or BFA in film/video production required
  • Professional experience in healthcare or life sciences fields
  • Must be knowledgeable with operating HD video cameras, lighting for interviews and recording location sound
  • Must demonstrate in-depth, working knowledge of industry standard video production technology, including hardware and software
  • Proficient with Apple Mac hardware and OS X software
  • Understanding of video production workflow from pre-production through post-production and web distribution
  • Proficient with professional NLE software: Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Understanding of color correction and color grading: Final Cut Pro X, Adobe SpeedGrade, Colorista and/or DaVinci Resolve
  • Understanding of sound editing: audio checkerboarding, Adobe Audition, Avid Pro Tools, PluralEyes and/or iZotope Ozone 6, RX 4 for basic audio syncing, editing, mixing and cleanup
  • Experience with digital post-production, multiple video formats, transcoding, encoding and authoring video for distribution. Software includes: Adobe Media Encoder, Apple Compressor, MPEG Streamclip, Flip4Mac, VLC Media Player, ShotPut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, QuickTime, electronic file sharing services and Roxio Toast to compress video in formats optimized for multiple platforms 

Benefits and Compensation

  • Excellent benefit rates
  • Bi-weekly pay checks
  • $1,450 wellness incentive, per spouse
  • Robust professional development program
  • Free $600 towards vitamins, protein, etc. per year
  • 11 vacation days, 10 personal holidays, 8 sick days, and 6 national holidays
  • 401k immediate funding, vesting and matching
  • Annual merit increase, based on individual performance 

The Best Place to Work

We call ourselves Stakeholders because we all have a stake in the care and success of every patient. Today, CTCA Stakeholders deliver healing and hope to patients fighting complex and advanced cancer in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ and Tulsa, OK. Each of our hospitals earned a Best Place to Work distinction and receives numerous accreditations that celebrate our culture of clinical quality, innovation, high performance and wellness. CTCA Stakeholders form the team of experts who deliver evidence-based clinical therapies, supported by state-of-the art technology and whole person support, including nutrition, mind-body medicine and naturopathic medicine, among many others. We never stop fighting and we always care for each patient as a whole person.

Beyond The Resume, What We Look For

We select people with talent—people who thrive in an environment of continuous improvement. We are creative and resourceful problem solvers. We are inventors and innovators. We are fighters at heart and we look for people who delight serving patients. The power, determination and beauty of the human spirit will enrich and energize you. As a CTCA Stakeholder, you make the difference in the life of a patient.

Do you see yourself working with a passionate team in a dynamic, high growth environment? Visit www.cancercenter.com/careers and apply today.

KCET Looking to Hire a Multimedia Producer

Reporting to the SVP, Content Development & Production, the Multimedia Producer will develop and produce smart, original content for KCETLink's multiple distribution channels - both for broadcast and digital, and will be charged with creating and commissioning videos, editorial graphics, interactives and other content for all of KCETLink's distribution platforms. The successful candidate will be a digitally-literate, socially-savvy journalist that has the proven ability to source ideas and execute high-quality video stories independently.

• Under the direction of the SVP, Content Development & Production and collaborating with other KCETLink departments
- develops and produces unique original content across all platforms
- creates and commissions videos, editorial graphics, interactives and other content across all platforms
• Liaises on a daily basis with KCETLink's editors, writers, producers, and the social media and program teams 
• Contributes ideas to KCETLink's Production meetings
• Works closely with the Communications Department to market and publicize new content
• Collaborates, as needed, with the Development Department to position KCETLink for new funding sources
• Completes other duties as directed or assigned

• Commission and edit video material for the web and for broadcast
• Commission products that are in alignment with KCETLink's vision, within budget and on aggressive deadlines
• Shoot and edit video consistent with industry-standard editing protocols
• Work with web and production publishing tools
• Manage people and products
• Quickly learn KCETLink software and production systems
• Be intellectually curious and a creative and nimble thinker
• Be passionate about producing stories in innovative ways

• Minimum 5 years' experience successfully working in the industry
• Masters or Bachelors in Film, Journalism or Art

KCETLink offers a competitive salary and benefits package

Submit a resume, a cover letter to HR Coordinator at HR@KCET.org.

Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodations.

KCETLink is an Equal Opportunity Employer: women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are an integral part of the workforce.

PT Social Media Contractor (for Web Series “ Laid Out”)

Employer: Laid Out


BruinView ID #: 903550


Laid Out is a new comedy web series about the perils of modern dating. Following three single men who live in an apartment in LA, their unfiltered dialogue gets them nowhere but trouble. Our approach is to effectively generate buzz across both mainstream and multicultural (Hispanic, African-American, and Asian) audiences. 

Social Media Contractor is a temporary contract position. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Develop social media community plans for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and any emerging platforms 
  • Design content calendar and social campaign for the brands' owned communities
  • Oversee and manage posting of content 
  • Create textual and basic image-based social media content 
  • Leverage current social listening platforms to monitor online conversation and identify potential partnerships and influencers 
  • Identify opportunities and recommendations for activity in online platforms 
  • Reply to questions and comments on various social media platforms. Work with producers to field product questions when required and respond accordingly 
  • Identify and proactively outreach to consumers who may have an interest in future financing/development 
  • Liaise with producers to coordinate outreach to online influencers, aimed at driving buzz for the brand and social media programming 
  • Help build and organize planning projects and materials 
  • Analysis of social media presence/performance for client's social media account 
  • Analysis of data/consumer output from primary and secondary research to come to thoughtful and inspiring conclusions
  • Evaluate the metrics of project success and delivers strong recommendations based on outcome

      Approximate Hours Per Week: 10  


  • Must possess an expert knowledge and technical understanding of social media networking channels 
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, creative personality and proven experience of working in a team 
  • Deadline oriented and flexible enough to adjust to new opportunities as they arise 
  • Stay current and forward thinking on new social media tools and platforms, best practices and use within the competitive landscape 
  • Excellent verbal and written skills 
  • Knowledge of tools such as Hootsuite, Buster, Facebook, Insight, Twitter Analytics.Knowledge of Photoshop to create shareable content 

For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and online portfolio/ links to samples of online communities you have been involved with. 

Job Function:

  • Arts/Design/Planning, Communication, Computer Science/Statistics, Entertainment, Marketing/Sales 

Salary Type: Hourly wage
Salary Range: 18,000 - 20,000 

Inhance Digital Hiring AV Lead / Technical Support

YOU ARE a trade show and technical support guru.  You have experience working in trade shows and event production environments. You have a deep understanding of hardware, software, and have enviable troubleshooting and organizational skills. You are self-motivated, work well under pressure, and can handle tight deadlines. You thrive in an entrepreneurial culture where you can do ground-breaking work alongside the best talent in the industry.


Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:                                                             

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams (Executive Producers, Producers, Technical Manager and IT Manager) to recommend and evaluate computer hardware.
  • Price hardware for bids.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to install and integrate Inhance’s custom software programs onto specific hardware platforms.
  • Work with software development, graphics production, and Q/A teams to install software, run extensive testing, and help with troubleshooting.
  • Travel to tradeshows and customer locations to install hardware and Inhance’s software.
  • Provide onsite technical support, troubleshoot hardware/software issues, install and update hardware and software drivers.
  • Manage hardware inventories and hardware logistics for client tradeshows.
  • Assist engineering staff in evaluating technical/systems development.
  • Assist management in timely deployment of new systems.
  • Act as an interface with the software development team on quality control and documentation of technical projects.


  • Demonstrated ability to work in tradeshows and event production environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to price hardware for bids.
  • Knowledge of mobile platforms (e.g., iOS, Android).
  • Knowledge of basic networking and security (including: DHCP, FTP, SSH, mail and web protocols).
  • Position requires international travel; must be available for travel up to 80% and on short notice.
  • Knowledge of projection systems, a plus.
  • Experience working in animation, film/visual effects, or multimedia companies, a plus
  • Experience working on video walls and interactive displays, a plus.
  • Must thrive in fast-paced, high pressure environments.
  • Must have excellent presentation and communication skills (written, oral, internal, and client-facing).
  • Must work well both independently and on teams.  Must be punctual, reliable, flexible, and excellent at balancing multiple detail-oriented projects. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and work samples to jobs@inhance.com.  Your application will not be considered without a portfolio/reel (if applicable).  Please include the name of the position in the subject line of the email.

More job listings from Inhance Digital can be found here

Let Me Help You With Your Screenplays

As an experienced writer from Class of '76 with over 30 produced indie films & TV episodes, and Emmy & WGA awards nominee, I offer the following services:

Script consulting, coverage, edit/polish, English language polish, tutoring, etc., tell me what you need!

Distribution consulting as well.

My fees are reasonable.  Student and alumni discounts. 

Contact Daniel Benton - danbenton@thrillerent.com or 818-438-8805. 

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Seeking Faculty Positions
in Postproduction and Cinematography
The School of Film and Television and the School of Digital Media at SCAD are seeking candidates for faculty positions in cinematography, postproduction, animation, visual effects, and game development.

Professor of Film & Television: Postproduction
Professor of Film & Television: Cinematography
This is a link to the program:
Discount Ticket Offers from CTG
The Christians

$35* Special Ticket Price 
(Section A Only) 

December 2 - 20, 2015 

Use code: FAITH 

*Online, by phone or in person.  Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Subject to Availability.  Cannot be combined with any other offers. Not available on Saturday evening performances or Sunday, December 13.

The Bridges of Madison County 

at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Preferred Mezzanine (Rows C-P) OR Mid Orchestra (Rows R-W)

Now through January 7  
Use Code: PHOTO
*Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening performances through January 7 only. Not available Thursday, December 10. Online, by phone, or in person. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability. Handling fees apply. Cannot be combined with any other ticket offers. Limit eight tickets per order.   

Complimentary Tickets to the Laugh Factory, Hollywood
The last few months of Supply and Demand shows at the Hollywood Laugh Factory were such a success that the club has extended the run through December! If you haven't been yet, you've missed many sold out shows, Dane Cook and Tom Papa dropping by, and performances by Whitney Cummings, Jerrod Carmichael, Iliza Schlesinger, Tommy Johnagin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Alazraqui, Steve Hofstetter, Erik Griffin, Godfrey, Neal Brennan, and more!
If you already have tickets, great! If not, the shows are every Wednesday through December. We have 50 complimentary tickets to each one - then they go to $5, $10, $15, and $20 as the show sells out. The Laugh Factory is supporting these shows in a big way, encouraging their most famous comedians to drop by and do surprise sets. Grab the complimentary ones before they're gone and go to as many shows as you want. To get your complimentary tickets, visit:
TFT Alumni Affairs | UCLA | Email TFT Alumni AffairsUCLA TFT

Noah Green 
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
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