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John Thomas

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  • Office: Communications Bldg
  • E-mail: jgthoma3@Central.UH.EDU
  • Phone: 713-743-2873

John G. Thomas has been making documentary and feature-length films his entire professional career.

He’s made approximately 37 documentaries, short, commercial, corporate, educational and music video and film productions as writer, producer, director and editor. Subjects have included aviation safety, automobile accident investigation, genetic engineering, bluegrass music, solar energy, professional hockey, a rocket-propelled land speed record, and numerous commercials and music videos.

To date he’s produced, directed, edited and/or written seven feature films involving stars such as Tobey Maquire, Timothy Bottoms, Dean Stockwell, Michael Parks, Irena Cara, John Phillip Law, Tyrone Power Jr. and David McCallum, among many others.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Cinema Production, University of Southern California
  • Master of Arts, Screenwriting, California State University
  • Master of Fine Arts, Screenwriting, California State University

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Research Interests

  • Innovative Virtual Reality lighting and sound production techniques
  • Specialized writing approaches for VR
  • Computer processing as applied to production breakdown, estimation, planning and budgeting
  • The Psychology of Screenwriting
  • Developer of the popular Easy Budget Film and Television budgeting programs

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Selected Publications

  • Thomas, John G., “Making the Tin Man,” (2015) 215 pages, ISBN: 1-59872-129-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Making-Tin-Man-First-Feature/dp/1598721291)
  • Thomas, John G., “Ten Things Every Producer and Director Should Know,” See: www.easy-budget.com/articles.asp. (Also available on numerous other websites and magazine reprints)
  • Thomas, John G., “It’s Just Some Extra Zeros,” See: www.easy-budget.com/articles.asp? asp?article=zeros. (Also available on numerous other websites and magazine reprints)
  • Thomas, John G., “Lawrence of Arabia Screenplay Deconstructed Using Narratemes Story Structure,” See: http://www.movieoutline.com/articles/lawrence-of-arabia-screenplay-deconstructed-using-narratemes-story-structure.html
  • Thomas, John G., “An Honest Look at Film Festivals,” See: www.easy-budget.com/articles/articles.asp?article=festival. (Also available on numerous other websites and magazine reprints)
  • Thomas, John G., “Screenplay Structure the PROPPER Way,” See: www.easy-budget.com/articles.asp?article=screenplay. (Also available on numerous other websites and magazine reprints)
  • Thomas, John G., “The Strange Tale of Peter Borg,” See: www.easy-budget.com/articles.asp?article=peterborg. (Also available on numerous other websites and magazine reprints)
  • Thomas, John G., “All About Completion Bonding Companies,” See: www.easy-budget.com/articles.asp?article=bonding. (Also available on numerous other websites and magazine reprints)
  • Thomas, John G., “Vladimir Propp's Narratemes & Morphology of the Folktale,” See: http://www.movieoutline.com/articles/vladimir-propp-narratemes-and-morphology-of-the-folktale.html. (Also available on numerous other websites and magazine reprints)

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Professional Activities

Various lectures and presentations on entertainment union and guild issues, production budgeting, screenwriting and filmmaking in general at: National Association of Broadcasters conventions, Cast & Crew Entertainment, Technicolor, Inc., the Santa Barbara Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the American Film Market, the 4400 Film competition, the Showbiz Software Co., Sony’s Backlot Film Festival and a frequent guest lecturer at local colleges and high schools. A frequent contributor to various film/video websites; a film festival judge, (various); a Hollywood contributor/stringer for NPR and the Voice of America (VOA).

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Honors

Winner of the Cindy award, the IFPA award, the San Francisco, New York, Santa Barbara, San Sebastian and Cannes Film Festivals and many others. Films and videos have been shown on HBO, Showtime, national network and theatrically by major studios both domestic and internationally. Acknowledged expert of the “Financial Core” option for actors. Also See: Who’s Who in Entertainment.

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Affiliations and Links

  • Member National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, (Emmys.Org)
  • University Film and Video Association
  • Signatory to the Writer’s Guild and the Director’s Guilds of America
  • The Houston Film Society
  • The North Houston Volkswagen Club