John K. Bucher, Jr., Co-Director, Faculty
Ph.D. Current Student, in Mythology and Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, (completed anticipated completion, in 2018)
M.A. Communications (Film), University of Colorado
B.A. Communications (Film), University of Colorado
John has produced film, television and video programming in more than 30 countries around the world including Iraq, Mongolia, China, Argentina and Morocco. He is an award-winning writer and narrative consultant based out of Los Angeles, California. He is a regular contributor to VirtualRealityPop.com, LA-Screenwriter.com, HBO.com, and MovieMaker Magazine. He co-hosts The Inside Out Story Podcast, The Westworld Watch Podcast. A popular speaker, John has given talks on five continents regarding story, technology, and art, and led panels at BEA. He is in process of a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology and is the author of several books including Storytelling for Virtual Reality: Methods and Principles for Crafting Immersive Narratives (Routledge and Focal Press), two books two co-authored with Jeremy Casper, Master of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code For Writing in the New World of Media, and The Inside Out Story, in addition to Storytelling By the Numbers, (all published by Michael Wiese, where John is a story consultant). He can be found on-line at his site, tellingabetterstory.com, and on social media @johnkbucher. John has taught at the L.A. Film Studies Center since 2007, where he passionately encourages students toward recognizing the structure and power of story, teaching courses in Virtual Reality, storytelling and filmmaking, and has overseen over 1000 student films. John lives with his wife, Katie in Panorama City.
Jeremy Casper, Co-Director, Faculty
M.A. Communication - Directing and Cinematography, Regent University
B.A. Communication - Film and Public Relations, Southwest Baptist University
Jeremy Casper attended the L.A. Film Studies Center in the fall of 1996, and has been an instructor since 2007, teaching cinematography and narrative storytelling, helping his students develop over 1,000 short films. He is a writer/director/producer. Jeremy sold his feature film, Vacant House, at the market at Cannes, which premiered at the United Film Festival, Los Angeles 2013, winning “best screenplay” and “best picture” and "best director" at the CineRockCom International Film Festival. His books include Master of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code to Writing in the New World of Media (2016), co-authored with filmmaker John Bucher, published by world renowned film book publisher, Michael Wiese, and The Inside/Out Story, (2015), also authored with Bucher. Jeremy and John covered the 2016 NAB conference for Movie Maker Magazine and the article is in the September, 2016 edition. Jeremy also works with the Global Short Film Network and the Visual Story Network and has led screenwriting and directing seminars in Los Angeles as well as in Egypt, Ukraine, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, and Jordan. Jeremy has worked professionally in the film industry at Warner Brothers, has worked in all aspects of production and postproduction, and did his internship at James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment during the production of Titanic. He lives with his wife, Trisha, and his beloved dogs in Pasadena.
Christine Krebsbach, Co-Director, Faculty
M.A. Producing, Regent University
B.A. Communication/Broadcasting, Theatre Minor, Northwestern College, MN
Chris has been a part of the LA Film Studies Center team since 2003. She began working with LAFSC as the Residence Director in 2003 and has been part of the teaching faculty since 2004. She manages LAFSC's robust internship program, teaching the core course Internship: Inside Hollywood. She also teaches Professional Acting for the Camera and co-teaches Hollywood Production Workshop with John Bucher and Jeremy Casper where she specializes in directing actors and best practices in casting. Chris has been active in the LA theatre community during her over 15 years in Los Angeles and is a member on leave of Actors’ Co-op theatre company. She occasionally hosts filmmaker panels for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and annually joins her colleagues for panels on storytelling techniques and topics at the BEA conference in Las Vegas. Outside of LAFSC, she participates in all things film from writing and acting to directing and producing her own work. Prior to working at LAFSC, Chris freelanced in film, theater and television production domestically and abroad and had the pleasure to work on several projects dear to her heart such as two national tours of School House Rock! Live, a summer theatre tour with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre in Minnesota, a month-long stint with Save Europe's Children - a children's theatre ministry based in Spain, and an AIDS prevention short film with the military of Tanzania, Africa. Chris loves being part of the LAFSC community, enjoying the opportunity to invest in the lives and careers of LAFSC's incredible students and alumni.
Chris Retts, Program Administrator
M.F.A. Writing for Screen and Television, Pepperdine University
M.A. Theology and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies (Film Minor), Bethel University
Chris loves telling stories and grooming storytellers, a passion that was crystalized during his semester at LAFSC in the dark ages of the early twenty-first century (2005). In addition to his work for the center, he uses his decade-long academic pursuits at the intersection of film and theology to write bone-tingling supernatural thrillers (sometimes involving monsters), and also to strengthen stories of all genres as a freelance screenwriting consultant. He is currently in post-production on STILL IN THE FIRE, his first feature film which he wrote and produced. His recent spec script, A REVOLUTION, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Nicholl Fellowships and is currently being developed as a feature film with an independent producer. Chris lives in Agoura Hills with his wife and three daughters, but his office is located just off the LAFSC student lounge, so feel free to come on in and talk to him about Miyazaki, or Guillermo Del Toro, or the Brothers Coen any time you like!
Sarah Duff, Residence Director
B.A., Asbury University, Wilmore, KY Kentucky
Sarah has served on LAFSC’s staff since 2005, overseeing student life and housing. In her student development role, she marries her media communication degree and love of film and televsion with over 15 years’ experience guiding and serving student communities in various contexts. As a small-town person transplanted to an enormous and diverse city, she considers it a great joy and privilege to serve the students of the program each semester as they navigate new academic and cultural waters in Los Angeles. Sarah, her husband Patrick, and their four children live in the Park La Brea apartment complex, maintaining availability to students and managing student housing throughout the semester. Her office and apartment doors are always open!
Alex Swickard, Technology Coordinator
B.A. Communications (Film Studies), Creative Writing Minor, Olivet Nazarene University
Immediately after attending the LAFSC in the Fall of 2013, Alex continued working in Los Angeles. He was hired as a full-time production assistant at his LAFSC internship, where he produced and edited online content for YouTube personalities Rhett and Link. For the past three years, he has held work as a freelance director of photography, gaffer, and 1st/2nd assistant camera for multiple commercials, music videos, web series, as well as short and feature films. He has also held positions as the head of the camera department at the New York Film Academy and as production equipment coordinator at DreamWorks’s AwesomenessTV. He continues to do freelance camera work while working full time as the LAFSC’s Technology Coordinator, where he oversees production and post production equipment.