Director ~ NJ Film School
Chris Messineo is an award-winning writer and director.
As the owner and director of NJ Film School, he has taught the craft of independent filmmaking to hundreds of kids, teens, and adults - who have gone on to win their own awards for writing and directing.
He has worked as a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, script reader, screenplay consultant, and even a film festival judge.
He is the founder of Off Stage Films, an independent production company. Their films have played at festivals around the world and been recognized for screenwriting, acting, sound, cinematography, editing, score, and directing.
In 1998, he formed the NJ Screenwriter's Group and since then, they have held hundreds of original screenplay readings. In 2002, he created MoviePoet.com, a free online contest and forum to celebrate the art of short scripts and help bring screenwriters and filmmakers together resulting in the production of over 300 films.
Chris is passionate about filmmaking, teaching, and frequently lectures on Hitchcock, Film Noir, Chaplin and Keaton, and much more. He lives in New Providence with his wife and daughter.
Manager ~ NJ Film School
Elizabeth Messineo, some call her "Mrs. Film School", works behind the scenes keeping the books and managing the business.
Liz has been many things at many times. Using her degree from Susquehanna University in Theatre Arts, she has performed on stage throughout Northern New Jersey for the past twenty five years. Additionally, she has directed numerous children productions for theaters and school groups. She has worked a variety of film crew positions for Off Stage Films and others.
Using the left side of her brain, she has been an accountant for several corporations throughout New Jersey, as well as an editor and proofreader for local businesses.
When not at the film school, Liz can be found watching movies with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.
Instructor ~ NJ Film School
Chris Furlong believes that "Life is an Improv."
He has been affiliated with the Chatham Playhouse in Chatham, NJ for over 25 years. He has done it all from performing, designing/building sets, sound design, casting, and painting. He has also served on the theater's Board of Trustees as President, Vice President and Business Manager.
For over 10 years, he taught drama and improvisation at an overnight summer camp in North Jersey. Chris worked for the S.P.A.T.T. program of Chatham by teaching theater to students ranging from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Locally, he has directed High School plays.
Chris has produced numerous films for Off Stage Films and assisted with production responsibilities on corporate videos. He lives in Morris Plains with his cat, Mocha.
Instructor ~ NJ Film School
Mark Menditto is a freelance photographer and cinematographer in New Jersey.
His still photography work has been on exhibition at Soho Photo Gallery (New York), Visions Gallery and the Swerdlow Gallery (New Jersey), and as stock photography through PhotoShelter, iStockphoto and the Auroraphoto stock agencies. Mark's work has appeared in Bark Magazine and ASMP Bulletin.
His cinematographic work (IMDB) includes Facade, Test Subject, Undercover, and The Water's Edge. Mark is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and one of their Best of 2009 photographers.
Mark and his lovely wife live in New Jersey and watch their rescued greyhound "Tessie" romp around their yard in between photo and film shoots. His website is www.MendittoPhoto.com.
Editor and Office Assistant ~ NJ Film School
Claire Fishman is a freelance editor and award-winning filmmaker.
For all her life, she has been a storyteller. Claire graduated a BFA Filmmaking major and Creative Writing minor from Montclair State University, where she received the Excellence in Filmmaking award for her efforts on her peers' projects as well as her own.
Her short film work has screened at several festivals across the country. Her music video, Hair Lockets, won the Best New Media award at the 2014 Trenton Film Festival and the Best Student Experimental award at the 2015 Brightside Tavern Film Festival. Her senior thesis film, Never Been Sicker, is a personal and darkly comic tale that is currently in competition at the "Woman Up" film festival in L.A.
Claire is an alum of NJ Film School and is thrilled to be back.