Jon Dorflinger, writer, filmmaker, and teacher, is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC). He worked in production for six years in the Hollywood film industry on films including Seabiscuit, The Terminal, Team America, and Memoirs of a Geisha, with award-winning actors, writers, directors, and producers including Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Tobey Maguire, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (co-creators of South Park). While working for a production executive at Warner Brothers Studios, he learned the Hollywood business through his training in production management. As the personal assistant to writer/director Tom Brady, he was involved in the creative process of writing, casting, producing, and post-production of The Comebacks starring David Koechner (Anchorman). He completed the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA, and is currently in midst of several writing projects for books, movies, and TV. This former “Teacher of the Year” taught high school English in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and holds a Masters Degree in Teaching and teaching certifications for both California and New York State in 7-12 English Language Arts.
“We have been waiting for a program like The Saratoga Film Academy! Jon is an amazing teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience who has created a once in a lifetime opportunity for any teen interested in film. Our son loved the summer classes and can’t wait to be involved in more!”
-Maura & Mark O’Brien, Parents