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Alumni Success

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Our Cinema and Media Arts alumni have become influential directors, writers, producers, executives and VFX supervisors in Hollywood and around the world. Here’s a snapshot of our alumni success.

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Chris Masi
Chris Masi ('09)

Writer, Graceland, Star

“[Cinema and Media Arts] was like one big family, and the faculty were like our parents. They wanted us to succeed and we wanted to make them proud. The nurturing environment coupled with the facilities on campus and the proximity to Hollywood poises Biola to rival the even the biggest film school giants.”

David Jacobsen
David Jacobsen
Co-Producer, The Butler

Over ten years later, some of my closest producing partnerships and working relationships have come out of [the cinema and media arts] community — a unique and tight-knit program with expansive ambitions and impact. I am profoundly grateful for that.”

Evan Arnold
Evan Arnold ('12)
Associate Producer, Mudbound

“There is no doubt that Biola has shaped my life and my calling. Cinema and Media Arts taught me first and foremost that the film industry is a mission field and I am called to make a difference. Anyone can find their way into the film business, but it was Biola and CMA that rooted me in my faith and incorporated it in my calling with the film industry.”

Scott Derrickson ('89, '90)

Director

Doctor Strange, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sinister, Exorcism of Emily Rose

Rob Bredow ('94)

Chief Technology Officer

Lucasfilm, Sony Imageworks

Chris Herzberger

Vice President, Universal Theatrical Group

Universal Pictures

Trenton Waterson ('05)

Creative Executive

Marvel Entertainment

Rick Rekedal ('91)

Chief Creative, Global Franchise

Dreamworks Animation

Henry Riady ('09)

Director

Beritasatu (Indonesia)

John Mabry ('03)

Co-Producer

Blue Bloods (CBS)

Evan Arnold ('12)

Associate Producer

Elvis & Nixon

Nick Patapoff ('10)

Production Coordinator

New Girl (FOX)

Zach King ('12)

Filmmaker and YouTube personality

Laura Aldridge ('09)

Digital Production Manager

Captain America: Civil War, Spider-man: Homecoming, Jurassic World

Garrett Wycoff ('11)

VFX Artist

Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool

Becky Boss ('09)

Writer

Being Mary Jane (BET)

Chris Masi ('09)

Writer

Being Mary Jane (BET), Graceland (USA), White Collar (USA)

Joey Kennedy ('11)

Set Lighting Technician

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

Sydney Patapoff ('09)

Second Assistant Director

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Bryce Vankooten ('07)

Writer

The Ranch (Netflix)

Anthony Kemp ('10)

Production Manager

Pixar

David Jacobsen ('08)

Co-Producer

The Butler

Kelly Kloster ('13)

Director of Acquisitions

Mission Pictures

Dani Light ('13)

Production Coordinator

Mad Max, Ant-Man