I started U.S.C.'s School of Cinema-Television in January of 1984, and spent the next 8 years in Hollywood working and learning from some of the masters of the craft. Eventually, I finished my award-winning masters thesis film, "Among the Magic Mountains," and earned my stellar degree.
At U.S.C. I practiced both fiction and non-fiction. The paid work I did was largely in post. From cataloguing several decades worth of films for the Visual Anthropology Department to operations assistant in a commercial video post-production facility. From cutting promos for Z-Channel (an early regional version of TMC) and studios like Paramount Pictures, to cutting and designing multi-screen installations for museums and theme parks.
Among The Magic Mountains
Writer/Producer/Director of 30-minute Narrative Documentary in which the filmmaker learns about a family secret. The LA Times called it, "...a real heart-tugger, Kalynn Huffman’s irresistible “Among the Magic Mountains.”
LA Freewaves Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Winner, University Film and Video Association Grant
San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain
Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, TX
U.S.C. School of Cinema-Television Alumni gathering and on-campus screening and talk-back.
Curated and screened regularly in the “Identity and Home” exhibit of the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C. 1993.
Shot on 16mm and Super 8 film, 1991
Writer/Producer/Director of documentary short: Humorous 2-minute history lesson on an early source of fuel.
Video Shorts 11, Seattle, WA
Main Street Art, Fort Worth, TX
Shot on Super 8 film; posted on 3/4" tape via computer managed controller
The Day I Lost My Voice
Writer/Producer/Director of 7-minute narrative documentary set in the 1960's. Created as part of a master artists' workshop led by Judy Chicago.
Video Shorts 18 festival in Seattle, WA
Sinsations group show, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN.
Shot on Hi-8; edited on the Avid
Stardust & Moonbeams
Producer of 17-minute narrative fiction film set in the Jazz Age, the roaring 1920's. Winner of multiple festival laurels
Career Highlights & Awards
Taught undergraduates at Indiana University, coaching screenwriters, video producers, and interactive game designers (14 years)
Designed and led a graduate level working seminar that developed an ARG (Alernate Reality Game) before the non-desktop game form had a name, called Destination Unknown"
Directed, reported, and voiced broadcast radio news; earning the New Mexico Broadcasters annual award for the year's best newscast
As a Learning designer for
Wrote and directed teams to build blended training programs for clients such as Microsoft, Lowe's, McDonalds, and Cinga
Led media workshops for K-12