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Jacob Michael Faculty Profile

Jacob Michael

Visiting Instructor of Media Production
Communication Division, Seaver College
CCB 129

Biography

Jacob earned his MFA in Writing for the Screen and for Television from the University of Southern California. He earned his MA in English from Oakland University and his BA in Youth and Family Ministry from Abilene Christian University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in screenwriting, directing, producing, narrative production, video editing, composition, and literature. As a professional video editor, he has edited promotional material for properties such as: The Simpsons, CSI: Miami, The Hurt Locker, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He was the grand prize winner of the CoWrite Screenwriting Contest, and a short film he co-wrote was the winner of the Special Jury Award at the USA Film Festival. He has also presented at the Conference on Christianity and Literature on "Unlocking Film Genre: Using Film's Story Patterns to Connect Faith and Learning." When he's not teaching, you can find him hanging out with his family, refereeing or playing soccer, watching movies, writing movies or TV pilots, or playing Starcraft II.

Education

  • MFA, Writing for Screen and Television, University of Southern California, 2009
  • MA, English, Oakland University, 2002

  • BA, Youth and Family Ministry, Abilene Christian University, 1993

  • Short Film: "Out of the Shadows" (co-writer), Special Jury Award, USA Film Festival (2012)
  • Screenplay: Jonas Burn(stein) (co-writer), Winner, CoWrite Contest (2009)
  • Screenplay: Close But Not Touching (co-writer), Quarter-Finalist, Page Awards (2009)
  • "Unlocking Film Genre: Using Film's Story Patterns to Connect Faith and Learning" Conference on Christianity and Literature, May 2015
  • "Pedagogy Enhancement Grant" Pepperdine University, Center for Teaching Excellence, Fall 2018

TV Shows:

  • Cinema, Cinema, Cinema: assistant producer, editor, producer (2009-2010)
  • The Album Show: editor (2010)

Original TV Pilots:

  • Diplomats (optioned)
  • House of David (optioned)
  • Ghost (optioned)
  • O.P.T.I.C. -- co-written with Daoud Mansour

Original Screenplays:

  • Bigfoot
  • Force of Will
  • Fort Knox
  • Jonas Burn(stein) -- co-written with Tim Dragga
    • Winner: Co-Write Screenwriting Contest
  • Close But Not Touching -- co-written with Tim Dragga
    • Quarterfinalist: 2009 PAGE Awards

Editing Projects:

  • Promos / Commercials / Cutdowns / Launch:
    • American Dad: season 6 episodic promos
    • American Dad: generic "Election"
    • American Dad: generic "CIA"
    • The Arsenio Hall Show: season 1 episodic promos
    • BlueBloods: season 1 episodic promos
    • Bob's Burgers: season 5 episodic promos
    • Bob's Burgers: generic Fall 2015
    • COPS: Reloaded: generic "Symphony"
    • COPS: Reloaded: generic Fall 2013
    • CSI: Miami: season 10 episodic promos
    • Elementary: season 2 episodic promos
    • Glee: launch campaign
    • Glee: season 5 episodic promos
    • Modern Family: launch campaign
    • Modern Family: season 7 episodic promos
    • NUMB3RS: season 6 episodic promos
    • "Panasonic" Central America campaign 2012
    • The Queen Latifah Show: season 1 episodic promos
    • "Rooms to Go" summer 2017 promos for Cindy Crawford line
    • Rules of Engagement: launch
    • Rules of Engagement: season 5 episodic promos
    • The Simpsons: season 24 episodic promos
    • The Simpsons: season 25 episodic promos
    • The Simpsons: season 26 episodic promos
    • The Simpsons: season 27 episodic promos
    • The Simpsons: season 28 episodic promos
    • The Simpsons: generic "Aliens"
    • The Simpsons: generic "Homer's Brain"

Sales Tapes & Teasers:

  • Aftermath
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)
  • BlueBloods
  • Bobby & Giada
  • Down Dog
  • Hot Bench
  • Jeff Probst Show
  • King of the Hill
  • Queen Latifah
  • Raising Hope
  • Sick
  • The Simpsons

Trailers & IDs:

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • The Amazing Spiderman
  • Croods
  • Dark Shadows
  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Ice Age 4
  • Life of Pi
  • MIB 3
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  • Prometheus
  • Skyfall
  • Taken 2
  • Trance

Featurettes & Behind the Scenes:

  • The Expendables
  • G-Force
  • The Hurt Locker
  • MIB 3
  • Satanic
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Topics

  • Storytelling
  • Narrative Production, from Pre- through Post-
  • Genre & Story Patterns in Film
  • Writing and Creative Processes in Story Creation
  • Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Implications of Media

Courses

  • COM 205: Storytelling Through Media
  • COM 260: Introduction to Media
  • FILM 320 / MPRD 320: Directing & Producing
  • FILM 470 / MPRD 470: Narrative Filmmaking: Theory and Practice
  • MPRD 261: Media Production Practicum
  • MPRD 361: Advanced Media Production Practicum
  • MPRD 590: Advanced Editing
  • MPRD 654: Cinematic Media Portfolio
  • STW 610: The One-Hour TV Spec