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Pictured is Fred Johnson.


  • M.F.A., School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
  • B.S., Penn State University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Cinema
  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • History of International Cinema
  • Production I, II, III and IV
  • Narrative Structure of Cinema
  • Visual Analysis and Design
  • Intermediate Screenwriting
  • Advanced Narrative Structure
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • Advanced Producing


Fredrick Johnson has more than 25 years of media production experience, principally in Los Angeles, where his work included productions for MTV, VH1, Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, Warner Bros., and Universal Studios Theme Parks. As a writer and director, his work has won many awards and screened at festivals around the world, including the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, the Deauville Festival of American Film, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival, CineAsia Hong Kong, ShoWest Las Vegas, IFF Art Film, the One World Human Rights Film Festival (Prague, Czech Republic) and the Pan-African Film Festival (Los Angeles).

Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in media production education, previously at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, where he also earned an M.F.A. at the School of Cinematic Arts.

Professional Memberships

  • University Film and Video Association
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • International Documentary Association

Selected Films

  • After Hours Trading, Writer/director, 2018
  • The Chair, Co-executive producer, 2014
  • Brother Gordon, Producer/director, 2006
  • Beat, Producer/director, 2000
  • Through Thick and Thin, Producer/director, 1999

Selected Presentations

  • "The Story Spectrum: Cinematic Narrative Beyond the Hollywood Model," University Film and Video Association, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2018.
  • "Alternative Storytelling: Episodic Structure," Film and Television Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011.
  • "Such was McTeague: Introducing Characters through Defining Action," University Film and Video Association Conference, New Orleans, La., 2009.
  • "Objectivity/Subjectivity and Fellini's Use of Point-of-View," Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literatures, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2009.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • After Hours Trading, Best Feature Film, Big Muddy Film Festival
  • After Hours Trading, Best Feature Film, Cinema on The Bayou
  • After Hours Trading, Best Feature Film, South Texas International Film Festival
  • After Hours Trading, Best Feature Film, Iowa Independent Film Festival
  • After Hours Trading, Silver Award - Feature Film, UFVA
  • After Hours Trading, Best Screenplay, Jim Thorpe Film Festival
  • Beat, Jury Prize, Film Fest New Haven
  • Beat, City Award, Art Film Trenscianske Teplice
  • Beat, Finalist Deauville Festival of American Film
  • Beat, Excellence in Cinematography Award, Eastman-Kodak
  • Through Thick and Thin, Grand Prize, Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Award
  • Through Thick and Thin, Finalist AICP Commercial Production Award