Jeffrey Parkin

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Jeff Parkin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts. He served as an Associate Chair of the Department from 2009-2011. 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. He worked with such companies 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 an episode called The Nth Sector, which won the Entertainment, Religious/Spiritual, and Editing categories. The same episode was an official selection in the 2008 Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest.

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 served as a faculty mentor for Nathan D. Lee and Lyvia Martinez and their short film, Inspector 42, which won two Student Emmy awards in April 2010.

Parkin co-created, directed and co-produced the web series Pretty Darn Funny, working with BYU students in all aspects of its creation. The series utilized transmedia storytelling to expand the world of the characters and allow multiple points of entry and interaction with the story. Parkin began teaching classes in transmedia storytelling in 2008, creating the first university-sponsored web series. Since then, the web series format has become a viable art form in its own right; Parkin has continued to include transmedia storytelling in his curriculum. Pretty Darn Funny was an official selection in the 2013 LDS Film Festival. Season one 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).

In 2014, along with Jared Cardon, Parkin submitted two ideas to NBC's nationwide pitch competition for original half-hour comedy show concepts. One of their ideas was chosen as one of the 30 semi-finalists. The following year, they submitted a television series concept to the Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab and were again semi-finalists.

Parkin was the recipient of the Best Director of a Music Video award at the 2015 Film in Utah Awards. The music video was BYU Vocal Point's "Newsies Tribute - One Shot". The video was featured on influential Internet outlets such as Mashable and Fox News.

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