- Loyola Marymount University, Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting
Chapman University, Master of Arts in English
Chapman University, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Dodge College Courses: Writing the Adaptation, Seminar in TV Writing: Drama
Industry Affiliations: Writers Guild of America
Jeff Phillips is an award winning screenwriter-director and author who has been a working writer in Hollywood since 1995. He has 12 produced movies to his credit in both film and television. His recent credits include: Co-screenplay, Valley of the Gods at SpyGlass, Stealing Time at Sony, and Fort Knox at Warner Bros., Co-writer Teleplay, Space Warriors, for Hallmark Channel (2013) – winner Best TV Movie SET awards; Story Consultant on Lion’s Gate feature, La Vida Robot (2013), and Focus Features The Moon and the Sun (2104). He currently has 2 features and an episodic pilot in development with Sparker Entertainment (National Treasure franchise).
As a writer-producer, Jeff has worked with top industry professionals such as Jerry Bruckheimer, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mace Neufeld, Penny Finkleman-Cox, and Oren Aviv to name a few. But his proudest accomplishment came in 2009, when he wrote and directed the multiple-award winning feature film, @urFRENZ, crewed entirely by Chapman film students. It was the first narrative film about cyberbullying.
His books include the graphic novel “Houdini: The Man from Beyond,” and the script and production diary for the making of @urFRENZ.
He teaches graduate and undergraduate screenwriting and production at Chapman University, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English. “I know how lucky I have been to succeed in the industry. Teaching is a way for me to both pass on the knowledge that I’ve acquired and to acknowledge the help that I’ve received from my professors and peers. But I’ve learned a great deal from my students, who continue to inspire me.” His most important advice for aspiring writers and filmmakers is a line from the film Galaxy Quest: “Never give up. Never surrender.”