Jeffrey Parkin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts and was appointed as an Associate Chair of the Department in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production from the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California in 1990 as well as a BA in English/Humanities from USC. In 1991, he received a Master of Fine Arts from USC in screenwriting, with additional emphasis in directing.
Before coming to Brigham Young University he worked in Los Angeles for 15 years as a producer, director, and writer with companies such as: Miramax Pictures, CBS Television, Orion Pictures, David E. Kelley Productions, EMI/Capitol Records, Fox Television, Dallas Museum of Art, Franklin/Covey, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Times, Lilly & Brandon Tartikoff, McGraw-Hill Companies and United Artists.
He has written, directed and/or produced two full-length feature films, a number-one-rated movie of the week for CBS Television, as well as numerous short films, commercials, documentaries, music videos and industrial films. He has worked with such actors as Maureen O’Hara, David Ogden Stiers, Julia Duffy, Kirby Heyborne, Joey Laurence, Larisa Oleynik and Haley Joel Osment.
In 2008 he won three Telly Awards for his work on The Writer’s Block. He directed a piece called The Nth Sector, which won the Religious/Spiritual, Editing and Entertainment categories. The same piece was accepted into the Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest in 2008.
In 2010 Parkin received the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award from the Association for Mormon Letters (AML) for producing The Book of Jer3miah. The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting in conjunction with the business meeting and the Presidential address at UVU. In addition to the award, Jeff gave a presentation about Jer3miah to members of AML. Additionally, the film was named one of ten honorees for the Webby Awards. In 2013 the web series was referenced as a component of the future of Mormon film in the book Mormons and Popular Culture: The Global Influence of an American Phenomenon.
Parkin has been a big part of the Web series produced by BYU students, Pretty Darn Funny. The point of the series was transmedia storytelling and the idea has gained popularity since it was added to the curriculum of Parkin's film class in 2008. The web series was also accepted into the LDS Film Festival in 2013. The series won five Telly Awards at the 33rd Annual Telly Awards ceremony in 2013. Parkin and Jared Cardon produced Pretty Darn Funny Season 2 in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Pretty Darn Funny received four nominations from the International Academy of Web Television Awards, including Best Comedy Series, Best Writing, Best Female Performance in a Comedy (Lisa Valentine Clark), and Best Supplemental Content - Footloose Parody. At the 2014 Filmed in Utah awards show, Pretty Darn Funny won awards for Best Ensemble, Best UTuber Channel, and Best Director (Jeff Parkin).
- Workman Productions - 2014 Fillmed in Utah Winners (Apr 2014)
- Daily Herald - Who Needs Hollywood? Local Films Honored at Filmed in Utah Awards (31 Mar 2014)
- The Salt Lake Tribune - 'Book of Jer3miah': BYU Web series bridged media, social gaps (26 July 2012)
- The Salt Lake Tribune - 'Hunger Games' parody by BYU students has moms laughing (15 June 2012)
- The Daily Universe - Film festival shares new independent films (25 January 2010)
- The Daily Universe - Film student documents LDS church in India (2 September 2009)
- The Daily Universe - BYU Student Film Takes Home Two “Student Emmys” (12 April 2010)