Faculty & Staff

Aaron Orullian

Aaron Orullian

Director, Film & Television Conservatory

Teaches: Film History, Senior Project

aaron.orullian@ocsarts.net

Aaron Orullian received a bachelor’s degree in film from Brigham Young University and a teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. As an educator-filmmaker, Mr. Orullian enjoys serving as a mentor to his students in helping them becoming both accomplished artists and honorable individuals. 

Prior to being named the Director of Film & Television Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts in 2007, Mr. Orullian worked in development with the Cort/Madden Company at Paramount and as a literary assistant for the Chasin Agency in Hollywood. He has won several prestigious awards for his short fiction and filmmaking projects, and he was a SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellow in 2007.

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Michael Gene Brown

Michael Gene Brown

Instructor

Teaches: Film Production I, Advanced Directing, Documentary Filmmaking, Film Production III

michael.brown@ocsarts.net

Michael Gene Brown holds an master’s degree in film and television from Chapman University. Mr. Brown produced and directed his first feature film, Slammed, which traveled the festival circuit. He has directed numerous short films, music videos, and commercials. Additionally, he has done production design for several independent feature films. 

John Hall II

John Hall II

Instructor

Teaches: Cinematography I, Advanced Cinematography, Film Production III

john.hall@ocsarts.net

John Hall II earned a bachelor’s degree in cinematography from Chapman University, where he founded the Chapman Cinematographer's Association. He has worked on more than 50 professional projects, including feature films, commercials, and music videos. He has worked under critically acclaimed cinematographers, such as Andrzej Sekula of Pulp Fiction and American Psycho, Dave Klein of Chasing Amy and Mall Rats, Chris Duddy of Titanic and Sum of all Fears, and Stefan Von Bjorn of Paycheck and Lethal Weapon 4. Mr. Hall also served as a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600. 

Jim Stevens

Jim Stevens

Tech Assistant and Instructor

Teaches: Editing I, Audio Design, Industrial Video Production

jim.stevens@ocsarts.net

Jim Stevens (‘06) is a graduate of the Los Angeles Film School. His short films and music videos have screened at numerous film festivals around the world. He also works as a freelance videographer and teaches at Santa Ana College. In addition to teaching within the Film & Television Conservatory, Mr. Stevens also teaches photography and other courses in the school’s elective program.

Lindsay Schoenfeld

Lindsay Schoenfeld

Instructor

Teaches: Screenwriting, Industry Prep, TV Production II, In Focus

lindsay.shoenfeld@ocsarts.net

Lindsay Schoenfeld (’99) earned a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. She is an alumna of Orange County School of the Arts Musical Theatre Conservatory, where she was president of the Los Alamitos Film Society. In addition to teaching, Ms. Schoenfeld continues to write her own projects and rewrite scripts for several production companies. 

Simona Reed

Simona Reed

Instructor

Teaches: TV Production III

simona.harwer@ocsarts.net

Simona Harwer has produced television for national network, broadcast, and cable television stations since 2003. She was the game day producer for Chivas USA’s 2009 and 2010 seasons. She also produced for the Los Angeles Galaxy in their 2010-2011 Major League Soccer Cup winning season.

In 2010, Ms. Harwer formed 9MMedia Group, LLC, becoming the premiere California support for Panasonic LED products at the Staples Center, LA Live, and the Anaheim Angels Stadium. She is also an EVS operator for Pac -12 Networks, the Anaheim Ducks, and the League of Legends. Additionally, Ms. Harwer continues to freelance in both production and editing. 

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Nick Huntley

Nick Huntley

Tech Assistant

nick.huntley@ocsarts.net

Nick Huntley (’14) is currently a student at Chapman University, studying film production with an emphasis in editing. He has a particular interest in live production, frequently working as an engineer on sports broadcasts and as a director for a talk show. He recently partnered with other Film & Television Conservatory alumni to form a media company, NDN Media, that specializes in affordable live production and content creation in the Orange County area.

Advisory Board

Ross LaManna

Ross LaManna

Chair

Undergraduate and Graduate Film Departments

Art Center College of Design

Information coming soon.

Michael Kowalski

Michael Kowalski

Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Chapman University

Information coming soon.