Faculty | Cinema and Media Arts, B.A.

Dean Yamada

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • M.F.A., University of Southern California
  • B.A., University of Southern California

An M.F.A. graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Dean Yamada teaches courses as varied as visual aesthetics, history of cinema, advanced directing and advanced editing. In addition, Dean has travelled numerous times to Tokyo, Berlin and Jakarta with classes of Biola students to shoot both shorts and features.

Their short film Jitensha (Bicycle) premiered at the Venice Film Festival,...

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Camille Tucker

  • Instructor, Screenwriting

  • M.A., Fuller Seminary
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

A graduate of UCLA with a degree in English literature/creative writing, Camille Tucker launched her filmmaking career with the short film Sweet Potato Ride, executive produced by Bill Duke (Predator, Deep Cover, Sister Act III). She has sold 7 screenplays and a TV pilot to major studios including Sony, Universal, New Line, Fox TV and Disney Studios and has worked with producers such as Robert...

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John Schmidt

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • M.A., Fuller Seminary
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

John Schmidt has taught at Biola since 2002, and brings over 35 years of film industry experience into his teaching.

A graduate of the UCLA film school and Fuller Theological Seminary, John was founder and president of Dean River Productions and John Schmidt Productions, and has worked on over 40 films in various capacities: director, writer, producer and editor, having won numerous awards in...

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Lisa Swain

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • M.A., Regent University
  • B.S., Evangel College

Before coming to Biola, Lisa Swain worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years as a production supervisor on film projects ranging in budget from $15 million to $150 million. Her credits include the commercially successful movies Big Fish, Anger Management, America’s Sweethearts, Face-Off, Varsity Blues and Mars Attacks, among others. She has worked with such notable producers...

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Gerald R. Fisher

  • Interim Chair, Cinema and Media Arts
  • Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., Regent University
  • B.A., Fort Wayne Bible College (now Taylor University, Ft. Wayne)

Professor Fisher has over 35 years of experience in media as a faculty member, interim chair, production company owner, and manager of media technology infrastructure.

He pursued a Ph.D. when film was still film, but his program included studies in artificial intelligence, human and technology interface, computer programming, decision making and statistics because he believed some day computers...

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Michael Gonzales

  • Professor, CMA
  • Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • Ph.D., Biola University
  • Master of Professional Writing (MFA Equivalency), University of Southern California
  • M.A., Loyola Marymount
  • B.A., Immaculate Heart College

Professor Michael Gonzales is a film professor at Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts department. He is Chair Emeritus, a role he has served in for 2 years. Professor Gonzales started his film career as an art director working with Roy Wagner, ASC, Cinematographer on the The Hudson Brothers Presents series for Showtime.

He taught Stagecraft and Art Direction for five years at Loyola...

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Jack Hafer

  • Director of Creative Projects
  • Assistant Professsor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • M.Div., Western Seminary
  • B.A., Azusa Pacific University

Jack Hafer is an assistant professor and director of creative projects for Biola University's Cinema and Media Arts department. Jack's film industry credits include his role as producer of the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Carlyle. It won Best Picture at the Heartland Film Festival, was awarded the Commander in Chief Medal of Service, Honor...

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Peggy Medberry

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • B.F.A., Utah State University

Peggy Medberry has been a literary agent, manager and producer for the past 25 years and worked as the Vice President of one of Hollywood's premiere agencies, Shapiro-Lichtman. She has been a featured speaker at many forums including the WGA, DGA, Flash Forward and the Hollywood Screenwriting Conference, and a judge for the ACE Awards and the Humanitas Awards.

Before her work at...

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