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Interim Undergraduate Advisor
Tom Blomquist is an award-winning Writer, Producer, and Director. His prime time television credits range from science fiction (FARSCAPE, QUANTUM LEAP, SWAMP THING) to action adventure (THE A-TEAM, WALKER TEXAS RANGER, HUNTER) to family drama (FAME L.A., TWICE IN A LIFETIME, CATHERINE MARSHALL'S CHRISTY). Professor Blomquist was also Executive Producer, Co-Writer, and Second Unit Director of the critically acclaimed six-hour network mini-series sequel to CHRISTY, and Producer-Director of the comedy film PRISON LIFE, which was cited by the Houston Chronicle as one of the ten best shorts of the year. He has also received commissions to write feature film screenplays, among them the Dino DeLaurentiis vampire thriller DRACULA'S WIDOW, starring Sylvia Kristel and Lenny Von Dohlen.
Professor Blomquist was previously an NBC Staff Producer on the classic late night talk show TOMORROW WITH TOM SNYDER and Associate Producer of several Warner Bros. Television sitcom pilots, including DAD starring Martin Short.
More recently, he directed the music videos for singer-songwriter Kellie Coffey's WALK ON and I WOULD DIE FOR THAT, and served as the writer and director of a feature documentary about Ms. Coffey's music career, I'M STILL HERE. He currently provides Production Consultations for the stage play THEY CALL ME MR. FRY, which has enjoyed successful runs in theatres across the United States and Mexico.
Professor Blomquist counts among his most valued memories the extraordinary opportunity, at the ripe old age of 22, to work with cinema icons Orson Welles and Vittorio DeSica on THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and THE SMALL MIRACLE, respectively. Of that amazing experience, he says, "I had just finished studying CITIZEN KANE, UMBERTO D, and THE BICYCLE THIEF in college… only to inexplicably find myself on location in London and Rome three months later engrossed in daily conversations with the two gentlemen who actually made those masterpieces. It was surreal."
A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Professor Blomquist teaches Film and Television Production, Directing, and Media Aesthetics in the Department of Film & Electronic Arts. He is a member of the Directors Guild and Writers Guild of America, and Writers Guild of Canada.