Assistant Professor Michael Dermody teaches all phases of film and video production. His passion for teaching reflects his love of working in the discipline. Michael offers a dynamic perspective on media and business collaboration, with over 30 years of experience consulting on creative strategies, directing creative teams, and developing tangible solutions in media/web/ video for agencies and private sector clients.
M.F.A. in Digital Cinema, National University
M.A. in Corporate Communications, Ithaca College
Associate Professor Stephanie Clark, Department Co-Chair
Office Phone: (714) 241-5818
Stephanie Clark is Associate Professor of Digital Media Arts at Santa Ana College. She joined SAC in 2014 and currently teaches within the Digital Media Arts and Photography areas of the Art Department. Stephanie has had solo exhibitions at Rice University, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, and Houston’s Fresh Arts’ ARC Gallery, in addition, her photographic work has been included in exhibitions held in D.C., Arlington, Houston, Dallas, and Rochester.
Professor Clark is a passionate educator whose pedagogical and artistic interests straddle the exciting boundaries between traditional and new media practices within contemporary art. She has a special interest in foundation-level curriculum development, with extensive experience expanding the breadth of visual arts programs to include digital applications for a more diverse studio practice. Professor Clark studied at Rice University, where she earned her B.A. in Visual Arts, and received her M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in Imaging Arts. Her interests in the field of visual arts are varied and broad, having worked in the traditional studio for many years before moving into photography and then digital imaging. Her own artwork examines the inherent cultural need to associate storytelling with images, while her work in the classroom focuses on developing students’ professional skills for the marketplace and incorporating an artistic and cultural understanding of image-making.
Prior to joining Santa Ana College’s faculty, Professor Clark was Senior Lecturer of Digital Design at The University of Texas at Arlington and adjunct faculty of graphic arts at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas.
M.F.A. Imaging Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology
B.A. Visual Arts, Rice University
Adjunct Professor Ezra Lunel
Ezra Lunel is a producer, director, editor and camera operator who has worked in production and development at CNN, ESPN, PBS, Lifetime Television, River Road Entertainment, Future Film Group, and KUSI-TV in San Diego, as well as on dozens of independent shorts and feature films since 2004. Ezra has been teaching Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Screenwriting and Film History courses at Santa Ana College since the Fall of 2015. He is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational French.
Adjunct Professor Jim Stevens
Jim Stevens is an independent filmmaker and photographer born and raised in Santa Ana, California. Often he writes, directs, and produces film productions while financing them himself. Jim is also hired as a professional cinematographer and editor for various business corporations and other fellow independent filmmakers. He is known for teaching film and elective photography classes at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and continues to produce film productions every year.
As a professional filmmaker, Professor John Hall worked on over 75 projects as a camera assistant, gaffer and stop-motion animator. Professor Hall, as a member of the International Cinematographers guild – Local 600, worked under many critically acclaimed cinematographers including Andrzej Sekula (Pulp Fiction, American Psycho), Dave Klein (Chasing Amy, Pushing Daisies) and Chris Duddy (Titanic, Sum of all Fears). He also served as the Director of Photography on 14 independent feature films. He has been an educator since 2005.
B.F.A. in Film Production with an emphasis in cinematography, Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
John M. Snyder
John Snyder is a Video Technician at the Digital Media Center. Working professionally since 1982 starting at an NBC affiliate news station in San Diego. John taught classes at Chapman University and Fullerton College. He's been working with and helping students for over 20 years. Helped lead Chapman University and SAC conversion from Analog to Digital High Definition.
B.A. Communications (Radio, TV, Film) CSUF
Mauro Rosales Jr.
Video tech at The Digital Media Center. As a student at Santa Ana College he received the Broadcast Journalist of the year award while working for AAOC /NLCO News. He has a BA in Digital Media and Television production from CSUDH and works as a freelance Videographer and Editor
Nancy Mendoza is a Video Technician at the Digital Media Center. As a former student of Santa Ana College, she produced the student news program. She has an Associate Degree in TV/Journalism and various certifications in Computer Science and Networking.