» Jeff Phillips
Adjunct Faculty

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Jeff Phillips
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.”